Founded in 1973, PFLAG is the first and largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families. PFLAG’s network of hundreds of chapters and more than 250,000 members and supporters works to create a caring, just, and affirming world for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them.
Building Business Equality in Your Community
Track: Build the Future
Workshop Block 3 – Saturday, October 26 – 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)
The idea that equality is good for business is an established fact – employers retain productive talent, and LGBTQ+ people bring their whole selves to work without fear. However, the conversation around LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace has largely been centered on big corporations. Yet here are countless businesses in your community who can benefit from learning the business case for equality, finding how they can create policies that promote their commitment to inclusion for all, and getting key education and support to publicly declare their support. Learn how your chapter can connect with local businesses to educate, advocate, and develop mutually-beneficial partnerships to build inclusion in your community through using education tools, sharing advocacy resources, and creating visual representations to amplify their values.
Stephanie Battaglino, PFLAG National Board and Follow Your Heart
As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC, Stephanie is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop leader, trainer, and consultant focused on creating inclusive workplaces for transgender and gender expansive individuals. In addition to her Board position for PFLAG National, Stephanie has served on the Boards of the LGBT Community Center of New York, the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, and the International Foundation for Gender Education. She was also a long-standing member of the Transgender Advisory Committee of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. As a retired Corporate Vice President at New York Life Insurance Company, Stephanie has over 40 years of corporate experience in marketing and communications. Stephanie holds a BA in Communication from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She resides in Palm Desert, CA with her wife, Mari and their cat, Aengus.
Jean-Marie Navetta, PFLAG National
Jean-Marie Navetta is the Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG National, leading its Straight for Equality project, education programs, and inclusion efforts. Under her leadership, more than 16,000 people have participated in PFLAG educational programs. Jean-Marie is the former director of communications for PFLAG where she increased the organization’s visibility in outlets including the New York Times and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She was also the media relations manager for the American Association of University Women, where her work focused on issues such as discrimination in education, pay equity, and Title IX. But Jean-Marie is, most importantly, living proof that philosophy majors can get real jobs. She lives with her wife Jude and their two talented cats in Palm Springs, CA.