Podcast Episode 017: Pride in the Workplace: Why Building LGBTQ Inclusive Culture is Critical

Episode Summary:

In this episode, Gloria welcomes to the show founder and CEO of Harmony Gold and GLAAD co-founder, Jehan Agrama, and CEO and founder of Translator, Natalie Egan. Both incredibly strong women, Jehan and Natalie are open and proud members of the LGBTQ community. They open up about their experiences facing discrimination in their respective workplaces. Jehan and Natalie speak to the structural changes they would like to see within organizations moving forward to allow for a more open corporate culture. Finally, Jehan and Natalie open up about the importance of advocacy over alliance in the fight for LGBTQ rights and societal acceptance. 

The included interview first aired live on YouTube during Take The Lead’s Virtual Happy Hour. Watch the video here.

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Books Mentioned

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Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution, by Linda Hirshman

No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, by Gloria Feldt

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“I’ve always been sort of a serial entrepreneur. I’ve been starting businesses, trying to solve problems, help people and kind of make money along the way since I was about five years old.”

— Natalie Egan

“I lived my life in a bubble of white male privilege with access and resources. I never had to think about my identity. I identified as cis-gender, hetero, normative bro.”

— Natalie Egan

“It’s not over. It’s far from even beginning.”

— Jehan Agrama

“Trans people have been around since the beginning of time. We were just hiding. And, we didn’t have any ability to communicate with ourselves and, therefore, the world kinda didn’t know that we existed.”

— Natalie Egan

“In dealing with the media, in dealing with education, the message has to be very clear and very simple.”

— Jehan Agrama

“I also think that if companies and organizations do not become diverse, they’re really not going to succeed.”

— Jehan Agrama

“I wouldn’t think of myself as an ally. I would switch the word ally to advocate. And, that’s really what it’s about, ya know. We’ve got friends. We need advocates.”

— Jehan Agrama

“This country is built on shame. I suppose it didn’t help that the Puritans were the first that landed here. As an immigrant, I guess I can say that, but it’s incredibly, incredibly Puritanical.”

— Jehan Agrama

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