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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Transgender Workplace Diversity workshop

There are a few more spaces available for the workshop on transgender workplace diversity for HR and legal professionals, scheduled for this Friday, November 2, 2007, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, at Ramapo College in Mahwah, New Jersey (just outside NYC).

This is a follow-up to the successful workshop that I gave in June, which was very warmly received by the representatives from Fortune 500 companies, the legal community and public agencies from around the country who attended.

The workshop fee includes breakfast and lunch. Each attendee will receive a copy of my new book, entitled "Transgender Workplace Diversity: Policy Tools, Training Issues and Communication Strategies for HR and Legal Professionals." (For those who cannot attend, this book is available on Amazon.com.) I'm pleased to note that the Human Resources Certification Institute will give 5 credits towards Human Resources professional certifications sponsored by the Institute.

You can register online here, or, for more information, call Diana Alspach at (201) 684-7625.



The subjects covered in the workshop are below.

I. TRANSGENDER BASICS
A. Terminology
B. The Gender Transition Process
C. Medical issues impacting the workplace
D. Physical changes to expect

II. GENDER IDENTITY LAW
A. Types of law in the United States
B. Statutory definitions
C. Case law

III. POLICY ISSUES AND TOOLS
A. The Gender Transition Plan
B. Bathrooms and Dressing Rooms
C. Dress Codes
D. Identification and Records Changes
E. Health Benefits
F. Customer and client communications
G. Recruitment considerations

IV. GENDER TRANSITION GUIDELINES
A. Sample Gender Transition Policy
B. Draft Gender Transition Plan
C. Gender Transition Guidance Memo for HR Professionals
D. Training Co-workers - Guidelines Review Session
E. Addressing Frequently Asked Questions

The presentation includes the collaborative learning techniques of case study and role-playing. It is guaranteed to be interesting, exciting and challenging.

Participants in the last workshop offered these comments:
Interesting, useful and relevant material, and an excellent presentation style!
I found all parts interesting and thought-provoking.
The guidebook - excellent resource! I like the step-by-step guidelines.
The most useful part is the roleplay scenarios and the group discussions.

About the Presenter:
Professor Jillian T. Weiss, J.D., Ph.D., is associate professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College. Her area of research is transgender workplace diversity issues, and she has conducted research involving hundreds of companies and public agencies that have adopted "gender identity" policies. She has written a dissertation and several articles in scholarly journals and books on transgender identity and the workplace. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies and major public organizations regarding training, policy development and communications strategies in the area of gender transition, including Boeing, HSBC, KPMG, Viacom, the New York City Department of Homeless Services and the Bergen County Utilities Authority. Her work has been featured in news stories by The Bergen Record, the St. Petersburg Times, the Society for Human Resource Management and Workforce Management Magazine. Dr. Weiss is on the Board of Advisors of the National Center for Transgender Equality, and she publishes a popular blog on the subject of transgender workplace diversity.

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