Conversations on Gender Diversity and Workplace Culture

Mega Session 3 | Tuesday, May 9 | 9:30 - 11:30

This is a conversation about change. This is a conversation about subconscious bias and the law. But mostly this is a broader conversation about societal norms, workplace culture, and who we are as HR professionals. Our faculty comprises three people with different advocacy points of view – a leader from EqualityMaine, a YMCA CEO, and an attorney. Gia Drew is Program Director for EqualityMaine, where she focuses on rural outreach, legislative advocacy, trans equality, and youth services. She was one of Maine’s first OUT transgender teachers and one of the nation’s first OUT transgender high school coaches. Helen BrenÍ‚a is CEO of the YMCA of Southern Maine, whose workplace values are based on the belief that all people deserve the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. She oversaw the respectful discussions of different viewpoints as the YMCA developed its groundbreaking policies on locker rooms and transgender access. Moderator Peter Lowe is a labor-management attorney with Brann and Isaacson in Lewiston, and a regular faculty member of this convention because of his strong values, ethics, and communication skills. The conversation that ensues will help you consider how these issues will be handled at your workplace, how you can make a difference in the lives of your transgender employees, and how you can lead conversations and drive policies on the next societal trend that challenges your way of thinking.

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI general (HR) credit.