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Being Non-Binary in a Binary World

July 2 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Headshot of Justin Hester, the speaker of the event.
Being Non-Binary in a Binary World
Tired of feeling squeezed into a box at work? This session throws out the binary code and empowers the glorious non-binary and gender-nonconforming folks to rock their authentic selves at work. We’ll get real about the challenges faced (misgendering, bathroom woes, the whole shebang) and how these impact well-being. But don’t sweat it! This session will arm you with ninja-level self-advocacy skills. Learn how to choose your pronouns for work, politely shut down misgendering offenders (because shyness is overrated), and have THE TALK with your manager and coworkers. Plus, we’ll explore building a support network that’s got your back and strategies for creating a more inclusive workplace (think gender-neutral everything and unconscious bias training). This session also acknowledges the world can suck, and sometimes, walking away is the ultimate power move. Get ready for an interactive session packed with tips to help you thrive, not just survive, at work. It’s time to rewrite the rules and break the binary of the workplace. This session will discuss:
  • The importance of bringing your authentic self to work for overall well-being and productivity.
  • Discuss common challenges faced by non-binary/GNC individuals at work (e.g., misgendering, lack of gender-neutral options in restrooms, work forms not having options, etc.)
  • Discuss studies that show the impact of these challenges on mental health and work performance.
  • Discuss how laws and protections for GNC folks are being rescinded or ignored.
  • Discuss strategies for self-advocacy
  • Discuss how to be an active ally
  • Summarise the key takeaways
This is a digital session and FREE for all to attend! Please register HERE to receive the Zoom link. 


Justin Hester (They/Them), Managing Partner, Centric Advisory 

Headshot of Justin Hester, the speaker of the event.Justin Hester (they/them) is an experienced and dedicated sales and customer success executive, change agent, and industry expert with over 20 years of experience leading teams and organizations to exceed their business goals. They bring experience in corporate strategy, software GTM, sales, customer success, business transformation, and manufacturing to guide business operations, create new strategies, and drive profitability. Justin has experience in leading digital and SaaS transformations of businesses. They are adept in dealing with complex issues and challenges, leading diverse teams to achieve their potential. They are passionate about workplace inclusivity and LGBTQIA+ issues and are a firm believer that everyone should work in a team and workplace environment that allows them to freely be their authentic self at work.



July 2
12:00 - 13:00
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Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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