Trans Awareness Week is always the busiest week of my year and this is year no exception. It’s exhausting, but I’m absolutely loving it!
I delivered two trans awareness training sessions this morning that were just 10 minutes apart, which was just enough time for a comfort break and to make a cuppa – but not to drink it!
My first session was actually a joint session alongside my friend and HR professional Annie Leaver. Annie is a member of a group of HR professionals called North East HR and she has be a staunch ally and a great friend. Annie had prepared an excellent presentation about trans rights history and why trans inclusion is so important and she invited me to come along to tell the story of “My Long Walk to Womanhood” and to do a Q&A at the end. After my very short break, I was straight into a solo lunch and learn session for around 90 staff of IT company Sabio Ltd.
After each session I received these two glowing recommendations on LinkedIn:
“I had the pleasure of meeting Katie as a guest speaker at one of our monthly ‘People & Leadership’ networking events. These events are attended by senior HR professionals and we were lucky enough to engage Katie during trans awareness week & her story of her transitioning journey was truly inspirational! Katie is a phenomenal trans ambassador and educator, she has a highly engaging personality and is a beacon of light for trans awareness. I can’t recommend Katie enough, if you get a chance to work with her, you won’t fail to be educated, inspired & incredibly moved! Katie, I wish you all the best in your mission to increase awareness for this hugely important subject. Can’t thank you enough for supporting our group, especially knowing how in demand you are!” – Elaine Jordan, Owner and Director a Extension Recruitment Ltd
“I first met Katie before lockdown at a diversity event, she had such an impact that when I started to create our ED&I strategy for the company I knew immediately who to ask for help. Katie spent some time with us today and presented her story through one of our lunch and learn sessions for the entire business. The session was so well received, with great feedback we are already organising the next event.
“Katie delivers learning in an open, honest and passionate way she maintains interest throughout. I would recommend Katie to my whole network, she is a fantastic trans ambassador and a great sounding board for me to understand how I can support our trans community within the business. Thank you Katie for your help, I’m looking forward to working with you on the next stage of our strategy.” – Michelle Wall, Chief People Officer, Sabio Ltd
If you would like me to deliver some trans awareness training for your organisation, please contact me now to arrange a meeting to discus it.