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Stephanie Battaglino is an Assistant Vice President and Communications Director at the New York Life Insurance Company. She successfully transitioned on the job in October of 2005, and is the first transgendered person to do so in the 165–year history of the company. In so doing, she worked collaboratively with NYL’s human resources executives to establish a process for successful workplace transitions for transgender employees, and most recently, ensuring that comprehensive transgender health benefits have been incorporated into the company’s available employee health coverage. She also is a founding member of New York Life’s LGBT employee resource group, NYLPride.
Outside of New York Life, Stephanie is an activist and advocate for transgender rights – both in and out of the workplace. She serves on the Board of Directors of both the LGBT Community Center of New York and the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), and serves on the Advisory Board of the Out & Equal Metro New York Affiliate. Stephanie has also held leadership roles the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Winslow Street Fund, the Oasis Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, and Pride Center of New Jersey.
Stephanie’s professional career spans over 28 years in marketing, marketing communications and related fields. Stephanie received her BA in Communication from the University of Delaware and holds an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She resides in Cliffside Park, NJ with her partner Mari and her son Andrew. She is looking forward to attending UCLA Anderson School of Management’s LGBT Leadership Institute program in 2011.
Deborah (Debbie) Drew is the Senior Manager of the Validation Engineering Department at Abbott Bioresearch Center in Worcester, MA. Debbie is the chair of the Abbott Laboratories Pride Employee’s Network Member Development Committee and also the chair of Abbott Bioresearch Center’s Abbott Pride Employee’s Network Chapter. As part of her involvement with the Pride Employee Network, she is part of the benefits team working on improving Abbott’s HCR CEI rating to 100%.
Outside of Abbott Laboratories, Debbie is involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), the Tiffany Club of New England, and working on the passage of the Massachusetts Transgender Equal Rights Bill.
Debbie has an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from City Colleges of Chicago, a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Widener University, and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Debbie is a veteran of the US Army and has, over a 24 year period, worked as: a machinist while completing her Bachelors, a Manufacturing Management Access candidate at SmithKline & Beecham, an engineer in various positions at AstraZeneca, a consultant for Parexel Consulting, a Director at Avecia Biotechnology, and a Manager at Shire before joining Abbott Laboratories in 2007. Debbie also teaches and lecturers for the Parenteral Drug Association on Qualification of Steam Sterilizers.
Debbie is the proud parent of two children; a 25 year-old daughter, and a twenty year-old son.
Chair, Transgender Advisory Committee
Lori Fox is a passionate advocate and member of the incredibly diverse LGBT community. As President and Founder of Lori Fox Diversity/Business Consulting, Lori works as a diversity/business consultant and personal coach, consulting with individuals and corporations on workplace issues. Lori’s primary focus is the personal and professional development of LGBT business and non-profit professionals, and the organizations they serve.
Lori served as a Director of Human Resources and Business Partner with a global corporation, working throughout the United States and international assignments for over twenty years; consulting in unique cultures, with unique people.
Lori has worked in leadership, training and coaching roles in a diversity of local and national organizations, including OutandEqual, where she currently serves as National Chairperson of the Transgender Workplace Advisory Board.
Lori is a frequent speaker and facilitator on LGBT Diversity issues on university campuses, churches and business organizations throughout the US. As a Transgender woman, she truly lives her life with a passion for authenticity and excellence.
Jennette "Jenny" Caden
Jenny is a technical writer currently employed on a short-term contract assignment. She is vice-chair of the Equality Ohio c4 board , the state-wide LGBT lobbying group. In addition, she is a past board member of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center . While working on a recent 2-year assignment at NCR Corp., where she successfully transitioned in 2007, she was the Dayton Chapter Representative for League@NCR, the NCR BRG for LGBT employees. During this time she was also instrumental in establishing a set of Gender Workplace Transition Guidelines for NCR. Jenny has spoken about transgender issues at many places and events throughout the greater Dayton, Ohio area, such as LGBT events, medical schools, college classes, area organizations, and in 2007 was the first transgender speaker ever at the annual Dayton Pride Dinner. Recently, she was the subject of an article on transgender life in Dayton that was published in the Dayton Daily News March 16, 2008 edition on the front-page.
San Francisco-based author, activist, and public speaker Jamison Green is internationally recognized as a leader in the fields of transgender law, policy, theory, and education. He serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, the Transgender Law & Policy Institute, and TransYouth Family Allies. His book, Becoming a Visible Man, was a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, and won the Sylvia Rivera Prize for "Best Book in Transgender Studies" from the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies in NYC. In 2009 he received a Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists for his contributions to LGBT mental health, a Transgender Advocate award from the National LGBT Bar Association, and a Vanguard Award from the Transgender Law Center. He has been an invited speaker at colleges, governmental agencies, professional conferences, and LBGT community pride events in over a dozen countries.
Following a 30-year career managing technical publications for companies several industry groups (including Visa U.S.A., Sun Microsystems, Cooper Medical, and others), Jamison is president of Jamison Green & Associates , specializing in transgender training and policy consulting for business, education, and government. In December, 2007, he formed the Transgender Education Partnership  with Donna Rose in response to congressional refusal to include "gender identity and expression" in the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He is also currently employed as the Primary Care Protocols Manager at the national Center of Excellence for Transgender Health in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.
Jamison is the proud husband of Heidi Bruins Green and the proud father of two adult children. He holds a MFA degree in English (Fiction Writing), and will complete a PhD program in Law in 2010.
Michelle Smith is an engineering process focal in Boeing’s Advanced Military Aircraft Division of Integrated Defense Systems. She has held leadership positions in Boeing’s LGBT affinity group since its inception in 2005. She also supports all diversity activities at the site and is a Boeing Diversity Change Agent. Michelle’s support of the LGBT community in the Greater St Louis area includes holding the positions of vice president and outreach director for the St Louis Gender Foundation, a transgender support organization and past secretary of Pride St Louis, Michelle speaks at local community forums and to university classes and groups about the St Louis Gender Foundation and what it means to be transgender.
Michelle with her wife who supported her through her transition have dedicated themselves to improving the acceptance of transgender individuals by being visible, supporting others to be themselves, and by the sharing of their experiences.
Moonhawk River Stone
Moonhawk River Stone, MS, LMHC is a psychotherapist, consultant, educator, public speaker and author and in private practice in the Albany, NY area and is, himself, an out, open and proud transsexual man. In his clinical practice, Mr. Stone has specialized in working with the LGBT community (especially with transgender people of all ages and their families), with survivors of childhood trauma, and people with dissociative disorders for over two decades. As an educator/trainer, he has presented hundreds of workshops and trainings at numerous conferences and companies locally, nationally and internationally, both academic and clinical on many topics, but specializes in transgender education, especially in human resource issues, policy development and implementation, and legislation. Stone has over two decades experience with transgender workplace issues where every client he has ever worked with has successfully transitioned in their employment. Stone has a devoted many years of service in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, among them The AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy, GLSEN, International Foundation for Gender Education, FTM International, Empire State Pride Agenda. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force where he is Vice Co-chair. He is also Vice President of Trans Youth Family Allies, and he serves on many other advisory boards. He is a leading proponent in removing Gender Identity Disorder from the DSM. Stone writes a monthly column, Trans View, for his regional LGBT paper.