Supporting Trans colleagues and
overcoming stigma at work

First broadcast on Tuesday 18th July 2023

In this session, join us as we explore the importance of creating a supportive environment for our transgender colleagues, and discuss strategies to overcome the stigma they may face at work. 

Many individuals may not have a comprehensive understanding of transgender identities, leading to misconceptions and biases. This lack of awareness can result in unintentional or intentional discrimination, making it difficult for trans employees to thrive. This discrimination can lead to feelings of isolation, decreased productivity, and even mental health issues among trans colleagues.

By attending this webinar, you will learn:

   – How to organise awareness sessions to provide accurate information about transgender identities, terminology, and experiences
   – How to encourage open dialogue to challenge biases and stereotypes surrounding transgender individuals
   – How best to educate employees about microaggressions and their impact on transgender colleagues
   – Strategies to foster a culture of inclusivity and hold leaders accountable for promoting transgender inclusion within teams
   – Techniques to establish allyship programs to empower colleagues to support and advocate for their transgender peers


12:05pm EDT / 5:05pm BST 

Panel Discussion: Fostering and Supporting Neurodiverse Individuals at Work

In this panel, join us as we focus on the importance of fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace culture that values neurodiversity and provides accommodations and support for neurodiverse individuals to thrive in their careers.

  – Identifying the benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace such as enhanced creativity and problem-solving skills
  – Overcoming common challenges faced by neurodiverse individuals at work such as sensory overload and discomfort, communication barriers and social interaction difficulties, difficulty with time management and organization and challenges with task completion and following through
  – Identifying strategies for accommodating and supporting neurodiverse employees
  – Building awareness and understanding of neurodiversity among all employees
  – Encouraging open communication and feedback


Andrew Eddy, Co-Founder, Untapped

Paul Fox, Vice President, Customer Acquisition (Workplace), Texthelp

Meike Bliebenicht, Neurodiversity Programme Lead, BP

Our Speakers

Paul Fox, Vice President, Customer Acquisition (Workplace), Texthelp

Paul is Key Account Director and UK & Ireland Acquisitions Manager for Texthelp. Working across a number of key sectors including Government, Public Sector, Health, Third sector, Housing and Private Sector SME’s, Paul and his team provide assistive software solutions that help support those organisations in their diversity, inclusion and accessibility journey.

Prior to joining Texthelp in 2017, Paul spent 20 years with a leading Irish bank where he held positions including Area Manager and Head of Direct Sales & Service and more recently has also worked with the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Having spent a number of years as Volunteer Director and Chair of Stepping Stones NI and with close personal experience of learning disability, Paul has developed a keen interest in accessibility, diversity and inclusion and is passionate about promoting workplace equality and creating opportunity for all. 

Outside of work, Paul is a dedicated husband, devoted father of three, musician and most recently qualified pilot!

Visit Paul’s LinkedIn profile

Women at Work Digital Focus Day

What you will gain:

Flexible access to content

Our online conference portal offers a personalised content experience. You can join in with the sessions at work and on the go, live and on demand, and join in the conversation in-session with fellow attendees. 

An opportunity to make new contacts

After the learning, join us to meet speakers and fellow attendees and make new contacts at our exclusive after-show digital meetup.

Tuesday 5th June 2023 | Agenda

11:00am EDT / 4:00pm BST

Key advice on how to achieve wellness and wellbeing in the workplace 

  – Reviewing the wellbeing strategies which are working at Mazars – tips for other practitioners
  – Highlighting strategies to address anxiety and depression and other mental health issues
  – Protecting physical wellbeing in an age of flexible yet static desk-working
  – Tackling wellbeing issues connecting with the cost of living crisis
  – Measuring levels of content and taking a proactive approach to wellbeing issues

Sonal Dhulashia, Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing, Mazars 

in conversation with Georgina Wilczek, Chair, Diversity Network

11:25am EDT / 4:25pm BST

Panel Discussion: Improving employee wellness and wellbeing, belonging and inclusion

  – How can organisations ensure that wellbeing is a priority?
  – How is the recession affecting budgets for wellbeing initiatives? What low-cost initiatives still might help?
  – Best practices for including mental health first aid training in your organisation
  – Identifying particiular wellbeing challenges of our age, such as hybrid and remote working
  – Identifying the economic value of investing in workplace wellbeing

Moderated by
Georgina Wilczek, Chair, Diversity Network


Mark Jones, EMEA Wellbeing Manager, Randstad

Caroline Creven Fourrier, VP Global Head of Wellbeing, Novartis

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Campaign Director, Business in the Community (BITC)

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Our speakers

Sonal Dhulashia, Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Wellbeing, Mazars

Sonal is an MCIPD qualified inclusion, diversity and wellbeing specialist who brings experience working both strategically and operationally to create inclusive workplaces. Ability to utilise commercial HR experience from a variety of sectors including retail, legal and professional services to drive workplace cultural change.

Follow Sonal on LinkedIn

Supporting Trans colleagues and overcoming stigma at work | Agenda

11:00am EDT / 4:00pm BST

Case study: Strategies for supporting Trans individuals at work

  – Establishing an ERG to boost allyship for the LGBTQ+ community
  – Creating educational resources for HR and enabling people to engage on different levels
  – Responding to individuals’ unique needs: Not all Trans and non-binary people need the same kinds of support
  – Embedding Trans and non-binary guidelines within anti-harrassment and bullying policies
  – Providing gender dysphoria supports through company benefit schemes

Beth Try, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, Herbert Smith Freehills

11:15am EDT / 4:15pm BST

Breaking barriers: Advancing Trans rights and inclusion in Uganda

  – Sharing the experience of being a transgender activist in Uganda
  – Progressing the movement for greater tolerance towards the LGBTQ+ community
  – Summarising the work of LGBTQ+ organisations and Trans-led groups to increase awareness
  – Calling for anticriminalisation of transgender individuals in the country

Gafidyn Rae GP, Executive Director, Initiative of Trans with a Mission

11:30am EDT / 4:30pm BST

Panel Discussion: Supporting Trans colleagues and overcoming stigma

  – How to use correct terminology when addressing Trans and non-binary colleagues and avoiding common pitfalls
  – What should managers and colleagues do if they make a mistake? 

  – Top advice for respecting and supporting LGBTQ+ colleagues at work 
  – Ways in which DEI practitioners can become more knowledgeable about the LGBTQ+ community
  – Highlighting the importance of allyship in achieving meaningful progress for the LGBTQ+ community


Elisabeth Galvin, Content Editor, Diversity Network

In conversation with:

Sara Goffe, Senior Global DEI Manager & acting DEI Director for International, Sage 

Sammie Macjessie, Founder, Ivy Foundation, Malawi

Our Speakers

Beth Try, Senior Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, Herbert Smith Freehills

Beth Try is Senior Diversity & Inclusion Adviser for UK, US & EMEA at Herbert Smith Freehills. Previously, she was an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Adviser at SCS Railways – a Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture covering HS2 London tunnels.

She started my career as a Management Consultant and a leader within Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at PwC. She has extensive experience covering Inclusion, Change Management, Stakeholder Management Project & Portfolio Management, Process Design and Technology.

She is a leader within their LGBTQI+ Employee Resource Group, Shine, where she leads the London network, national Communications and our Womxn’s programme, Gender Diversity programme and Intersectionality programme.

Click here to connect with Beth on LinkedIn

Gafidyn Rae GP, Executive Director, Initiative of Trans with a Mission, Uganda

I am a feminist who uses transformational leadership to eliminate all kinds of social inequalities. I put gender analysis at the center of my attention and take affirmative actions which lead to transformation of present inequalities between men and women of all forms in their diversities including those without binaries at all levels of our societies.

I love engaging in movement building, strengthening and solidarity by identifying social change agents to engage power holders and the broader society in addressing a systemic problem or injustice while promoting an alternative vision or solution.

As a medical officer, I engage in work activities that have to do with ideas and thinking, searching for facts and figure out solutions to problems mentally. My social interests are work activities that assist others and promote learning and personal development. Others are reading and understanding work-related materials, listening to others and asking questions plus understand spoken information.

I have worked with Rhiza Collective New York and Fire that Fuels Uganda in partnership with New York University’s research development of a mental health intervention curriculum called Regeneration for first responders called Regenerators to mental health crises in Human Rights Defenders and Activists, trans and gender diverse community members. Many regenerators we were able to train have gone ahead and trained more regenerators to provide first response psychotherapy and care to LGBTQI people in crisis.creating a better workplace for all. As a journalist and author, she has also worked in the US, London, Australia and Hong Kong for a range of magazines and newspapers. She is now based in Australia writing her third biography for the publisher Pen & Sword.

Click here to connect with Gafidyn on LinkedIn

Sammie Macjessie, Executive Director, Ivy Foundation

Ivy Foundation is a non-governmental organisation dedicated to LBIQ (lesbians, bisexuals, intersex and queer) people. It works towards human rights, health, advocacy, awareness and education. The organisation was established in 2016 and operates through the three major Cities in Malawi: Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

It strives to enhance sustainable development to improve social basic needs of and the inclusion of LBIQ persons in all spaces like education and health care. It seeks to advance gender equality and the empowerment of all by promoting sexual and reproductive health as well as human rights.

Click here to connect with Sammie on LinkedIn

Sara Goffe, Senior Global DEI Manager & acting DEI Director for International, Sage 

Sara is a passionate and proactive Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging professional with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry in a global matrix organisation.

Click here to connect with Sara on LinkedIn

Elisabeth Galvin, Content Editor, Diversity Network

Elisabeth is content editor at Diversity Network, an organisation committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and creating a better workplace for all. As a journalist and author, she has also worked in the US, London, Australia and Hong Kong for a range of magazines and newspapers. She is now based in Australia writing her third biography for the publisher Pen & Sword.

Click here to connect with Elisabeth on LinkedIn

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