4.26.22 | Live Virtual Panel

Removing Barriers for Future LGBTQ+ Leaders

Join PIOW and nonprofit leaders on 4/26, from 11:45 AM – 1:00 PM, for a live panel examining the inequities impacting LGBTQ+ young adults.

LGBTQ+ young professionals overcome barriers to enter the workforce authentically, maintain employment, and access leadership development opportunities. Amidst an ongoing climate of legislation targeting the future generation of LGBTQ+ professionals, we must ask what happens when existing barriers to entry are further exacerbated by a lack of community support, housing stability, and access to educational resources.

Speakers

Connor Schoen, Derrick Young Jr., and Grace Sterling Stowell will be joining us as panelists on April 26th. Katie Martell will be moderating the panel discussion and Q&A.

Connor Schoen (he/him), Co-Founder & Executive Director of Breaktime

Learn more about Connor.

Connor Schoen is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Breaktime–a rapidly-growing, Massachusetts-based nonprofit that empowers young adults experiencing homelessness to build sustainability in their lives while building resilience in their communities. Recently recognized as Forbes 30 Under 30 for Social Impact, Connor is a young, emerging leader in the nonprofit world with a deep, infectious passion for empowering young people with the opportunities and support they need to reach their full potential. With an honors degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University, Connor brings a data-informed, quantitative approach to program design and evaluation. Connor is one of six Lead Innovators in the 2021 Social Innovation Forum cohort, and he recently was elected to the Board of the Midas Collaborative, where he advocates for state funding for matched savings programs to help eliminate the racial wealth gap and elevate MA residents out of poverty. Previously, Connor served as a Cheng Social Innovation Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, and he was a finalist in the American Heart Association’s 2021 EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator.

Grace Sterling Stowell (she/they), Executive Director of BAGLY

Learn more about Grace.

Grace Sterling Stowell has been a pioneering activist and leader in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and social justice communities for over 40 years.

Grace is the founding executive director of the Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Youth (BAGLY), one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ youth organizations in the nation. Grace is a founding member of several local and national LGBTQ youth advocacy organizations, and she currently serves as an Executive Committee member of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth, a Steering Committee member of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), and a Board Member of Breaktime. Grace is also a nationally known advocate and leader on the issues facing transgender youth and young adults.

Grace received a B.A. in English from Curry College in Milton, MA, and a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and she currently resides in Cambridge, just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. While Grace has served many roles in her community work over the past three decades, she is particularly honored to be known as “Mother” (and now “Grandmother!”) by three generations of greater Boston’s LGBTQ youth.

Derrick Young Jr. (he/him), Co-Founder & Executive Director of Leadership Brainery

Learn more about Derrick.

Derrick Young Jr. is a champion for social justice, racial equity, and anti-oppression. He is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Leadership Brainery, an organization working with prospective and current graduate students, academic institutions, employers, and committed community members to eliminate systemic barriers to advanced education and workforce leadership roles. Derrick believes that with greater resources and access to inclusive networks and advanced education, underrepresented communities can leverage influential and higher-wage careers to establish financial stability and reinvest in their communities to create generational prosperity.

He was formerly the Policy and Strategy Specialist for Intergovernmental Relations at the Boston Public Health Commission. At BPHC, he represented the City of Boston on local and state public health coalitions, drafted priority legislation, and prepared the annual operating budget for approval by the City Council. In addition, at the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, he was assigned to Boston’s Medical Intelligence Center as the Information Box Supervisor. In that role, he provided colleagues, first-responders, and residents with rapidly evolving coronavirus updates and resources.

Katie Martell (she/her), Host, Marketing Consultant, PIOW Board Member

Learn more about Katie.

Katie Martell is an “unapologetic marketing truth-teller.” She is the author and producer of Woke-Washed, a book and documentary exploring the collision of marketing and social movements, and the author of Trust Me, B2B a short book about building long-term trust through marketing.

As marketing evolves in a digital age, she partners with brands to amplify stories of transformation and trends in customer experience. You may see her hosting Experience TV, a live show about the experience economy in partnership with Oracle, or hosting the annual Adobe Experience Maker Awards gala event.

Named “one of the most interesting people in B2B marketing” and a top marketing voice on LinkedIn 3X, Katie has been a startup CMO, SaaS entrepreneur, communications consultant and startup “Director of Buzz.” She served as Executive Director of Boston Content, New England’s largest community of content professionals.

With a distinct opinion and independent perspective, Katie is a frequent speaker and emcee at conferences in the US and internationally. She bats cleanup and plays third base on her modified softball team.

Additional Event Info

Removing Barriers for Future LGBTQ+ Leaders

LGBTQ+ young professionals overcome barriers to enter the workforce authentically, maintain employment, and access leadership development opportunities. Amidst an ongoing climate of legislation targeting the future generation of LGBTQ+ professionals, we must ask what happens when existing barriers to entry are further exacerbated by a lack of community support, housing stability, and access to educational resources.

Join Pride in Our Workplace and an incredible panel of nonprofit leaders on April 26 to discuss:

  • The systemic inequities that too often limit the career trajectory of LGBTQ+ young adults
  • How we can create professional development pipelines that support LGBTQ+ professionals and build towards a more equitable future of work
  • The lasting impact of current legislative battles on emerging LGBTQ+ professionals
Is this a free event?

Yes! This webinar is free to attend.

Questions?

Do you have questions about this event? Do you want to submit questions for the panel of speakers? Email info@piow.org.

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