How HR and People Leaders Can Create an LGBTQ2+ Inclusive Workplace Culture

Join us on a deep-dive addressing LGBTQ2+ concerns in your HR and People operations. From policy to forms to partnerships to recruitment pipelines, this presentation will provide you with tips and best practices on your journey to an inclusive office. While taking care to outline high-level issues and goals to guide your strategy, we will also be getting into the specifics surrounding foundational tools such as Self-ID and climate surveys that will provide vital metrics and information to drive inclusion. By the end, you should come away with a host of potential initiatives to implement or refine that will affirm and empower queer employees as well as give your team the information they need to advocate for and co-create a more LGBTQ2+ inclusive workplace culture.

Presenter Bios

Keith Plummer, BA, MSc
Keith Plummer - Feminuity

Keith Plummer (pronounce) is a consultant with Feminuity.  Keith embraces a global and intersectional perspective in their work. Keith practices compelling compassion in their approach, synthesizing storytelling, interactive exercises, illustrative data, media, and comprehensive policy analysis to help bring about a more equitable workplace and world.

Keith brings with them an understanding that identities are never insulated from the environments a person inhabits. Discerning and navigating who you are among different communities, workplaces, and institutions can be both frightening and empowering.  Keith comes to the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion with the goal of creating spaces where people find support and flourish on their vulnerable journey toward authenticity. Keith believes workplaces succeed when policies, cultures, programs, and leadership teams value difference and create opportunities for team members to creatively infuse their difference across daily operations.

Keith holds a BA in Sociology and Gender & Sexuality Studies from the College of the Holy Cross, spending their junior year abroad at the University of Oxford. While at Holy Cross, Keith ushered in policy changes making it one of the first Catholic universities in the United States to provide gender-inclusive housing accommodations. Following undergrad and some professional experience, Keith returned to the University of Oxford for their Master’s in Comparative Social Policy which they are set to finish this year. In addition to these academic qualifications, Keith is a certified Human Resources professional.

Keith has a longstanding passion for issues relating to LGBTQIA+ justice spending over a year conducting research and international outreach for the Digital Transgender Archive, the first online repository of transgender history. Afterward, Keith worked as an associate at Out & Equal, a nonprofit dedicated to global LGBTQIA+ workplace inclusion headquartered in San Francisco, California, where they helped create resources, facilitate training, and plan events for companies and organizations across the Fortune 500, government, and the globe. As a queer activist, professional, and scholar, one of Keith’s major goals is to replace reductive and binary thinking with the empathy and complexity embodied in the human experience.

Keith is a white, American, non-disabled, neurodiverse, non-binary and queer person. Outside of work, Keith enjoys travel, television, fashion, memoir, and socializing with friends at their favourite brunch-spot or café.

Sarah Saska, BAH, MA, PhD
Sarah Saska - Feminuity

Dr. Sarah Saska (pronounce) is Co-Founder and CEO of Feminuity, an advisor, and a startup investor. As a social scientist and orthogonal thinker, Sarah challenges, reimagines, and redesigns the mindsets, technologies, and systems that surround us with the aim to shape a future that benefits everyone and brings us all forward in an equitable manner.

Sarah is a seasoned academic and experienced practitioner having led pioneering doctoral research at the intersection of equity, technology, and innovation. Her research highlighted the need for companies in the technology and innovation sector to centre ethical and equitable design and became the inspiration for Feminuity.

Sarah holds a Ph.D. from Western University, an M.A. from The Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa/Université d’Ottawa and a B.A. (Hon) and certification in Sexual and Gender Diversity from the Department of Gender Studies at Queen’s University. Sarah was a facilitator for the SARE randomized controlled trial which became the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA) Sexual Assault Resistance Education Program and is now used across Canada as the Flip the Script™ program.

Sarah continues her research as a leading researcher and advisor to the growing body of research relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Canadian tech sector. She co-authored the 2019 “Inclusion, Intention, Investment: A Playbook for Women Working in Tech” in partnership with #movethedial, and she has advised on flagship studies, including “Who Are Canada’s Tech Workers?,” Tech for All: Breaking Barriers in Toronto’s Innovation Community,” and “Canada’s Gender Equity Roadmap: A Study of Women in Tech.” She is currently a Research Advisor on Tech for Women’s Justice, a study exploring the intersections between violence against women, access to justice, and technology.

Sarah has twice been named amongst the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada and on Culture Amp’s list of “Diversity and Inclusion Leaders You Should Know” in 2018 and 2019 and on Create and Cultivate’s list of 10 Diversity Leaders Transforming the Workplace and Beyond. She speaks internationally and is a TEDx speaker, and she’s been featured on CBC’s The National, as well as in Fast Company and The New York Times. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship at Western University, as well as a member of the Advisory Council for the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities at Western University. She is a former member of the Advisory Council for Equality Fund (formerly The MATCH International Women’s Fund) and a former member of the Board of Directors for Wen-Do Women’s Self Defense.

Sarah is a left-handed and left-leaning, Hungarian-Canadian, pansexual, Jewish woman. She appreciates a critical perspective and values the messy parts of human interaction. As a survivor of sexual violence and someone who has lost two parents to cancer, she remains hard on issues but soft on people. As an only child, Sarah’s friends are family and she’s rarely found without Gordon, (lovingly named after the late Gord Downie), by her side.

Nadir Ebrahim
Nadir Ebrahim - WorkTango

Nadir is passionate about helping organizations put their people first and building equitable workplaces. He has spent the last 15 years building HR technology and advisory companies that enable organizations to improve their employee experiences. Nadir co-founded WorkTango in 2016 – a solution that makes it easy to collect authentic employee feedback, instantly gain insight about people and culture, and inspire leaders to take proactive action. Nadir is also an avid basketball player and fan, cyclist, and loves spending vacations out in nature.