I believe strongly in leveraging my presentations so that the audience obtains as much relevant information as possible. To one degree or another (depending on focus), my presentation will leave the listener with these takeaways:
- The value of diversity and inclusion based on a message about our interconnectedness.
- Understanding that fear is core to the human condition and strategies for addressing fear.
- Increased understanding of what it means to live life authentically, including the need for compassion–for ourselves and for others.
A direct outcome of my presentation is that listeners will come away with a better awareness of transgender persons in general. Most of the time, audience members feel a greater sense of self-awareness and willingness to self-examine.
The following “Tracks” are representative of my presentations:
Educational: “‘Transgender 101:’ Understanding What it Means to be Transgender.” Synopsis: this mainstay presentation covers the basics of what it means to be transgender and offers advice/tips on how to welcome and accept transgender persons. The talk also includes me sharing about my story. A full description of the talk can be found here.
Diversity and Inclusion: “Gray Area Thinking: Understanding Diverse Humans.” Synopsis: this very popular diversity and inclusion presentation provides a toolset (“Gray Area Thinking”) for how to interact with others who are “different” from “us.” A full description of the talk can be found here.
“The C* Project: Courageous Conversations about Diversity and Inclusion in the Greater Midwest.” A description of this diversity and inclusion presentation can be found at another tab on this website.
Enrichment: “Getting to Ellen: Gleaning Authenticity from a Moment of Truth.” Synopsis: this well-received motivational/inspirational presentation is part my story, part discussion about barriers to self-discovery and authenticity that all humans encounter because all of us lack an “owner’s manual.” A full description of the talk can be found here.
I am happy to collaborate with program coordinators to tailor specific presentations for applicable events. If desired, I can provide preparation surveys, post-presentation evaluations, time for audience questions, workshops, trial practice programs, and application for CLE credit (if appropriate). If you desire anything specific, please include that in your initial request. Most of all, I want to make my presentation work for you and for me. I do not disappoint.