The New Face of Diversity: Supporting Transgender Employees in your Workplace

  • 06 Mar 2018
  • 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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The New Face of Diversity:

Supporting Transgender Employees in your Workplace

featuring Linda Johnson, Tracie Sponenberg, and Alex Myers

March 6, 2018      7:30am – 12pm *Special Half-Day Session*

Manchester Country Club, 180 South River Road, Bedford NH


Increasingly, more and more people are “coming out” about their transgender identity.  Companies need to be prepared. From considerations of anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies to workplace trainings, knowing what the terminology means and what pronoun to use, how to deal with bathroom use issues, what medical benefits are available for transition treatment and how to support a transitioning employee.  This half day workshop will provide an overview of transgender legal rights in the workplace including federal and state laws as well as recommended policies and practices.  You will also hear from a company that worked with an employee during an employee’s transition and from Alex Myers about using a gender support plan that sets forth an employee’s rights, options and the support a company is willing to offer.  Learn how your company can be a more transgender inclusive, nondiscriminatory, and supportive workplace. 

About our Presenters: 

Linda Johnson, Esquire, McLane Middleton Professional Association

Linda, a director with McLane Middleton Professional Association has offices in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.  She has over 30 years of experience litigating cases in state and federal agencies and courts and in representing the interests of management and independent schools in all aspects of labor and employment, and private school law. Linda co-chairs the firm’s Education Law Practice Group and is also chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.   Linda is a former President of the Manchester Area Human Resource Association and currently serves on the Board of the NH Diversity Workforce Coalition and the NH Women’s Foundation.  She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell which is the highest rating for legal ethics and services.  She is listed in Woodward's Best Lawyers in America for both employment and education law, in New England SuperLawyers, and in Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers in Business.

Alex Myers, professor, Phillips Exeter Academy

Alex is a writer, teacher, and speaker. A graduate of Phillips Exeter and Harvard, he was the first openly transgender student at both institutions.  He teaches English at Phillips Exeter and is the author of Revolutionary (Simon & Schuster, 2014), a novel that tells the story of his ancestor, Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War.  Alex runs workshops and speaks at schools across the country on the topic of gender identity and supporting transgender students.

Tracie Sponenberg, Senior Vice President, The Granite Group 

Tracie is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for The Granite Group, a full-service wholesale distributor of plumbing, heating, cooling, water and propane supplies based in Concord, NH.  Responsible for leading all HR functions for 34 locations throughout New England and nearly 500 employees, she has gained a broad HR background across a wide range of industries in more than 20 years in HR, with much of her career focused on working with CEOs to develop strategic people strategies to help the organizations grow.  Tracie has a BA in Psychology from The College of the Holy Cross, and a MA in Human Resources from Framingham State University.  She is SPHR and SHRM-SCP certified, teaches the SHRM certification course at Southern NH University, speaks on HR issues locally and nationally, and is Co-Organizer of DisruptHR NH.  Tracie is on the board of her local food co-op, and lives in Concord, NH with her family.

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