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Courtyard by Marriott Sherman Oaks

15433 Ventura Boulevard

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Navigating Change

Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity in the Workplace

Speaker: Sharon-Franklin Brown, Director of Human Resources, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Program Overview:

Although great strides have been made in diversity and inclusion programs, many members of the LGBTQ community continue to feel disenfranchised by their employers. Surveys find that 40% of lesbian, gay, bisexual people and nearly 90% of transgender people have experienced employment discrimination, harassment or mistreatment. Organizations that have pioneered diversity initiatives focused on the LGBTQ community have experienced positive results through improved relationships with employees, customers and vendors.

Through storytelling and personal narrative, participants in this session will learn:

  1. How our subconscious bias can impact employee relations.
  2. Strategies for implementing an employee training program to improve communications.
  3. Ways to update workplace policies to enhance the inclusion of LGBTQ employees.
  4. What it means to be LGBTQ culturally competent.

Speaker Bio:

Sharon-Franklin Brown is the Director of Human Resources for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. As Director of Human Resources, she is responsible for managing all operations of the Human Resources Department for a staff of over 600 employees including staff development and training, recruitment/hiring, benefits administration, personnel policies and organized labor relations. She is celebrating her 10th year with the Center this year.

Sharon’s story begins in Louisiana where she grew up in the rural south. Right out of high school she joined the United States Navy Reserves and served with honor while attending the University of Louisiana Monroe. Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Law.

This early training and education set the foundation for a career of leading change in many different industries like restaurant management, legal services, academia and non-profit. In 1997, she was a City Council candidate for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, making her the first openly transgender candidate to run for public office in the state. Sharon became a national speaker on transgender rights after being terminated from Fayetteville State University for being a trans-woman. Sharon was on the leading edge during her speaking engagements at colleges and universities on the importance of including gender identity and gender expression in their anti-discrimination policies. In 2010, she co-wrote the “ground breaking” recommendations for “Model Protocols – Police Interactions with Transgender Individuals” which was later adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department as policy. Today, she participates in LGBTQ competency trainings with various organizations on best practices in navigating change in the workplace, with a specialized focus on helping healthcare organizations improve delivery of services to the LGBTQ community. In addition to these public engagements, Sharon often devotes time to facilitating transgender support and small conversation groups throughout the local community. Folks who have met Sharon know that her impact is tangible and that her incredible influence has helped to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable world.

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