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LIVE! Ep. 2: Transgender/Nonbinary Diversity & Belonging in the Corporate World

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court delivered a major victory to LGBTQ employees in the United States.

In a historic decision, the court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination based on sex. Given that nearly half of the states in the U.S. have no legal protection for LGBTQ employees, this is a big step in the right direction.

The federal law will now protect employees in all states from firing and other adverse employment decisions made on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Of course, we all know that there is so much more to achieving true diversity, inclusiveness and belonging in the corporate world for the LGBTQ+ community than a court ruling.

That’s why on this episode of LIVE! with Angelique Rewers, we spoke with Jay Pryor (they/them/theirs), CEO and founder of Jay Pryor Consulting, and one of the top global experts on LGBTQ – transgender/non-binary inclusiveness and belonging.

We addressed head on how organizations and companies can show up authentically as allies to the LGBTQ community — and especially how they can retain transgender and nonbinary employees in their organization.

This is the MOVEMENT Jay is leading.

And the importance of this work to increase corporate diversity and inclusion — especially for the LGBTQ+ community — cannot be overstated.

According to a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, 40% of LGBTQ employees are closeted at work and 75% have reported experiencing negative day-to-day workplace interactions related to their LGBTQ identity in the past year.

During our conversation, Jay also shared their incredible story, as well as some of their best strategies and advice for how they’ve established themselves as a true leader in this movement — lessons you can no doubt apply as you build your own thought leadership platform.

You’ll also hear Jay’s answers to tough questions, including how they’ve navigated some of the most interesting clients they’ve worked with on corporate diversity and inclusion, and what advice they have for you when the work you’re doing in the world requires old paradigms to be shattered.

Most of all, we hope this discussion will inspire you on your own path to LEAD YOUR MOVEMENT.

If you missed the live show, we encourage you to join us for the next one. LIVE! airs every, Wednesday at 1PM Eastern.

The best way to join us and participate is on LinkedIn.

We are broadcasting from my personal account, which you can find here.

 

Here are more detailed instructions on how you can watch the show LIVE…

HOW TO WATCH THE SHOW ON LINKEDIN:
Make sure you follow my personal page on LinkedIn, as it is the best way to tune in to the show. We’ll be broadcasting from my personal account and, when we go live, you can find the show at the top of my activity feed here.

OTHER WAYS TO WATCH:
Prefer a different platform? No problem. Our simulcast tech means this show is being broadcast on multiple streams at once. Join our Get Corporate Clients group to watch on Facebook, or subscribe to our YouTube channel to follow the show there.

Angelique Rewers
Angelique Rewers

Angelique is the bold, always blunt, and unapologetic CEO and founder of BoldHaus, a champion for helping small businesses win corporate clients. Having successfully navigated all sides of the corporate buying table for 20+ years, she has a direct understanding of what decision makers look for when hiring outside experts. Angelique was tapped for her expertise by USAID, National Geographic and The Smithsonian to mentor technology innovators across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and served as Uber’s first-ever Uber mentor. She serves on the Advisory Board for Space for Humanity, a global nonprofit focused on expanding access to space for all of humanity, as well as on a committee for the United Nations’ Women Peace & Humanitarian Fund. Angelique has been featured by Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., ABC, NBC, CBS, Business Insider, HuffPost, Washington Post, Yahoo! Finance and more. She has shared stages with Hollywood’s Steve Harvey, Shark Tank’s Daymond John, bestselling author Seth Godin, and NFL Super Bowl Champion Jamal Lewis. A Baltimore native and die-hard Ravens fan, she lives in Boca Raton, Florida, with her husband, twin boys, and goldendoodle, Raven. Check out Angelique’s latest media commentary here.