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Vanessa Sheridan
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Vanessa Sheridan is a nationally recognized expert consultant, inclusion/awareness trainer, and speaker/presenter on transgender workplace issues. She is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Transgender Economic Advancement. Since 1991 Vanessa has helped organizations of all sizes enhance their cultural competence and improve effectiveness by providing professional transgender-related business services.

Vanessa helps client organizations develop transgender-inclusive employee policies, create effective guidelines and procedures, identify and implement best practices, and provide transgender awareness trainings for employee groups. Some of the organizations with which Vanessa has worked include McKinsey and Company (New York, N.Y.), Ecolab (Naperville, Il.), Aveda Corporation (Blaine, Minn.), Best Buy (Minneapolis, Minn., headquarters), HSBC North America (Chicago, Il., and Buffalo, N.Y., offices), Zoro Tools (a division of W. W. Grainger, Mundelein, Il.), Celera Corporation (San Francisco, Calif.), Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.), Global Novations, Inc. (Boston, Mass.), Human Rights Campaign (Washington, D.C.), Amherst H. Wilder Foundation (St. Paul, Minn.), University of Minnesota (Minneapolis and Morris, Minn., campuses), Multicultural Forum on Workplace Diversity (Minneapolis, Minn.), Conference Board USA Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Conference (Chicago, Ill.), and Mountain Area Health Education Center SouthEastern Health Summit (Asheville, N.C.).

Vanessa is the author of numerous articles for publications such as the Huffington Post, Diversity Business Magazine, Echelon Magazine, and Lavender Magazine. She has been selected by Metropolitan State University of St. Paul, Minn., as "One of 40 Alumni Who Are Making a Difference." Vanessa was quoted and identified as an expert on transgender workplace issues in HR Magazine and the Cincinnati Enquirer. She was the subject of a feature-length article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and she is featured prominently in Transitions, a traveling corporate diversity and inclusion educational initiative produced by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives.

Vanessa is also a member of the national Transgender Advisory Committee for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates; a member of the Advisory Board for GLBTQ Online High School, the world's first online high school specifically for GLBT youth or those questioning their sexuality or gender; a former (and the first transgender) member of the Board of Directors for the Stonewall National Museum and Archives; a two-time national Lambda Literary Award finalist for her pioneering books on transgender spirituality topics; and listed and profiled as a "leader in religious movements for justice for LGBT persons" by the LGBT Religious Archives Network.

Vanessa is the author of the groundbreaking business book The Complete Guide to Transgender in the Workplace, the first hardcover, full-length volume on this leading-edge business topic ever released by a mainstream publisher.

Entries by Vanessa Sheridan

Wanted: Economic Equality for the Gender Diverse Community

(2) Comments | Posted April 12, 2015 | 5:28 PM

Every minority group aspires to social equality, and the gender diverse (a.k.a. transgender) community is no different. Gender diverse persons want the same rights and opportunities as every other citizen: Not special rights or special treatment, but equality in every area of life. No more, no less.

No one...

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The Christian Right's 'Religious Freedom Law' Scam

(6) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Let us consider the question of religious freedom, since it is such a timely and relevant topic these days. I'm a big believer in the Constitution's First Amendment and am very much in favor of the general concept of religious civil liberty for every American citizen. It's a wonderful thing...

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Transgender Economic Equality: The New Frontier

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 8:44 PM

These are pivotal times for the visibly emerging transgender community. Transgender people are coming out in record numbers while increasingly demanding economic equality. The transgender community is recognizing that without the ability to achieve economic parity in the marketplace, social marginalization -- often accompanied by unemployment/underemployment, poverty, substance abuse, prostitution,...

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Transgender in the Workplace: The Need for Training

(2) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Laws are changing. Increasingly, legal battles are being fought and won. Subsequently, transgender people are becoming increasingly visible in every area of society, including the workplace. As more companies respond positively to the new business reality of transgender inclusion, the need for awareness training also increases.

The first step that...

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Transgender in the Workplace: What's In It for Your Organization?

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 2:51 PM

It may sound cold, but the fact is that corporations exist for only one reason: to make a profit for the shareholders. That's a harsh reality and a business imperative in today's economy. Since this is the case, it seems reasonable to ask why a business organization would consider becoming...

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Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace: The Time Is Now

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 8:30 PM

Transgender inclusion in the workplace has quietly become a phenomenon of global proportions. In the year 2000, there were three Fortune 500 companies that included gender identity in their employee nondiscrimination policies. Today, over half of Fortune 500 have implemented such policies. More major corporations are lining up to join...

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