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    "Understanding Transgender Issues in the Workplace"

    Date: October 12, 2011, 11:45am – 1:30pm
    Northwood Hall
    3240 Northwest Avenue
    Bellingham, WA 98226
    Event Type:
    Chapter Luncheon/Speaker/Meeting
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    The concepts of biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation will be reviewed, and the range of forms transgenderism can take will be described and located within this framework. The origins of gender identity will be discussed and the various paths transgender people take toward self-actualization explained. Michele will supply a subjective perspective by telling her own story, from her early childhood feelings of gender discomfort to her transition from male to female as a captain in a major city fire department. Best practices for handling transgender issues, including transition, in the workplace will be summarized.

    Presented By: Janis Walworth and Michele Kammerer,  Center for Gender Sanity

    About the Presenters: Janis Walworth has an MS in Counseling and is the author of Transsexual Workers: An Employer's Guide and Working with a Transsexual: A Guide for Coworkers. She has also written a chapter in Training Tough Topics  and a white paper for the Society for Human Resource Management that deal with transgender issues in the workplace.

    Michele Kammerer was a firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department for 33 years. She transitioned from male to female as a Captain in 1991 and retired in 2003. Her story exemplifies the difficulties and achievements of transsexual men and women in our society.

    Together, Janis and Michele founded the Center for Gender Sanity in 1997. They consult with employers who have transitioning workers, provide training for transsexuals' coworkers, and help transsexual employees transition successfully in the workplace. They also speak to a wide variety of audiences to promote understanding of transgendered people.

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    Sponsored by: Western Washington University MBA Program.  Click here for the full Western MBA Program bio


    • Member Lunch & Program: $20.00
    • Non-member Lunch & Program: $25.00
    • Program Only: $12.00
    • Student Lunch & Program: $12.00
    • Student Program Only: FREE

    We accept payment in the form of cash, check, debit card or credit card.

    This program is pending pre-approval for HRCI recertification credit.

    Registration and lunch begin at 11:45, and include time for networking with other members and chapter announcements. The presentation/program begins around 12:00pm and lasts until approximately 1:30pm (includes a question/answer period).

    Cancellation policy: Registrants will be billed if a cancellation is not received by 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to the luncheon.

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