Pride Month is always a busy month for me, but even more so this year. It began in late May at the TLDEF Annual Gala fundraiser honoring Laverne Cox and Edie Windsor, where I made the welcoming remarks to the 300 attendees of the event.

June started on a very high note as the featured speaker at Novartis’ Pride Month event on June 3rd. My talk, entitled the “(R)Evolution of the Transgender Workplace Equality Conversation” was very well-received and will help the company continue to shape a fully inclusive workplace and culture, building on their already sterling record of LGBT workplace equality.

The month continues with my being featured on a Diversity Best Practices web ex for Macy’s, were we will continue the conversation about “Getting the Language Right” with respect to properly and respectfully communicating with transgender and gender non-conforming employees.

I have also been invited to speak at another Pride Month event, this time for PECO – an Exelon Company, which is the primary utility company in the Greater Philadelphia area. There I will be presenting a more comprehensive program wherein I outline the “before, during and after” story of transitioning on the job in Corporate America. The session will taped and edited into segments so that they can be used for training and orientation purposes afterward.

Stephanie Battaglino with Laverne Cox

Stephanie with Orange is the New Black star and transgender activist, Laverne Cox, at this year’s TLDEF Annual Gala where she was one of the organization’s honorees