This is a collaborative event and learning experience. Registrations will be shared with all speakers so attendees can benefit from all our knowledge in more depth.
Why This Event? Why Now?
From the perspective of our panel of experts, it seems that allies need more support to take action.
A few weeks ago my transgender son experienced gender discrimination while attempting to use public transit. I wasn't there and this situation, rightfully, scared him. With his consent, I share his story on a LinkedIn post and asked one single question:
Would you have helped my son?
What came through in the comments was a resounded YES from allies BUT ALSO a solid voice from transgender and gender non-conforming folx saying they have NEVER ONCE had an ally support them when in a harmful situation.
So, there's a gap here and we want to help identify challenges and motivate allies into action.
TOPICS WE'LL COVER IN THE WORKSHOP:
Identifying Gender Discrimination
The Real-Life Impacts of Gender Discrimination,
Activating Emotional, Intelligence to Interrupt Patterns
Tactics for De-escalating Situations in Real-Time
and Moving BEYOND Comfortable Allyship
Ky Sargeant (she/they) - DEI Strategist & Educator
Jess Robson (she/her) - EQ & Communications Expert
Michael Bach (he/him) - DEI Leader/Author
Matthew Reynolds (he/him) - Equity Consultant/Author
Nyx Melody (they/them) - Psychotherapist & LGBTQIPA+ Consultant
Matthew has a passion for IGNITING TRANSFORMATION.
Having lived in a variety of communities, countries, and demographics, Matthew has thoroughly honed his communication skills and paired them with an innate generosity toward the perspectives of others.
With over 15 years as a teacher in secondary education, he’s passionate about disseminating knowledge. A focus on the performing arts has tuned his ability to reach minds and change hearts through multiple avenues of learning and processing.
WAYS TO WORK WITH MATTHEW:
In this workshop - Matthew and I will discuss performative allyship and ways to move off the sidewalk and into purposeful action.
Jess is a wizard with words. I think she may have been born already having meaningful conversations in her mind.
Her heart is in helping people find their voice and step into meaningful connections using therapeutic messaging and the tools of emotional intelligence.
In this workshop, Jess and I will discuss EQ - emotional intelligence - and PATTERN INTERRUPTION specific to gender discrimination.
WAYS FOR YOU TO WORK WITH JESS:
Johnnie Shaver identifies as a fat, queer & trans, white-settler descendant, and is a program design and evaluation consultant, with over two decades of experience as an anti-oppression facilitator.
He works to create trauma-informed service programs and workshops rooted in racial and gender justice.
When he’s not working or organizing, Johnnie spends his time with his family creating the backyard farm of his dreams, foraging for mushrooms in the forest, and watching Star Trek.
In this workshop, Johnnie and I will chat about de-escalation and identifying gender discrimination.
WAYS TO WORK WITH JOHNNIE:
Michael is the CEO of CCDI Consulting, providing a broad array of consulting services in inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA). Founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion.
He is a dedicated, accomplished global IDEA professional with expertise in developing, implementing and managing strategic initiatives that strengthen the workforce diversity of global organizations.
Michael is also the author of 2 books: Birds of All Feathers & Alphabet Soup
In this workshop, Michael and I discuss anger and how allies can be less fearful when stepping into active roles as non-performative allies.
WAYS FOR YOU TO WORK WITH MICHAEL:
In this workshop, Ky and I discuss the baseline details of gender equity and discrimination.
Best known for their skill as a speaker and facilitator, Ky leverages lived experience, inter-disciplinary knowledge, and over 8+ years of professional speaking experience. They strive to provide clients with an experience that is as enjoyable as it is impactful for inclusive change.
Current workshop topics:
- Gender Identity & Inclusion in the workplace
- Understanding and building teams for Neurodiversity
WAYS TO WORK WITH KY:
Nyx Melody is a queer and non-binary, genderqueer, trans femme New York State licensed psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, educator and consultant on anti-oppression, mental health, and LGBTQIPA2S+ issues.
NYX graduated from Point Park University with a bachelors degree in Psychology. I completed a dual masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. I also teach as an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and New York University.
In this workshop, Nyx and I discuss the real-life impacts of gender discrimination and ways allies can connect deeply with their intentions to reduce harm.
WAYS FOR YOU TO WORK WITH NYX: