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Track 1: Today’s Workplace Issues | Room: 1305
Tyler Titus, Co-Vice Chair, PA LGBTQ Commission

Join members of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs for a session on inclusion and diversity. Learn information, skills, and language to be forward-thinking when it comes to LGBTQ communities within your workplace.

Learning objective of this presentation:

  1. Expand awareness of the intersections of sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and how these intersections uniquely impact the workplace
  2. Increase understanding about the need for creating a LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace
  3. Address current policy and procedures that create potential barriers for LGBTQ+ employees

This session will empower attendees on how to create an inclusive work environment by creating comprehensive policy and procedures, improve workplace culture around diversity, and enhance awareness of daily struggles faced by a LGBTQ+ population. Attendees will feel prepared to engage in informative discussions around equity and feel better prepared to design a workspace that empowers LGBTQ+ to live authentically at work, thus improving retention and production within the organization. This 45-minute presentation will be conducted through PowerPoint with handouts, video segments, and end with a question and answer session.

Tyler is co-vice chair of the PA LGBTQ Commission, which was created in 2018 by Governor Tom Wolf. The 40-member commission is the only one of its kind in the nation. In 2017, Tyler Titus became the first openly transgender elected official in the state of Pennsylvania. Tyler is a Licensed Professional Counselor, youth advocate, a trauma-informed community leader, public speaker, and elected school board director. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Crime Victim Center, Erie City School Board, and the Greater Erie Alliance for Equality (GEAE). In addition, Tyler regularly presents at local and national conferences on the topics of trauma, suicide, and ways that communities can reach out to under-served populations. He uses his presence to speak for those who need a voice and engages others in conversations that lead to meaningful change.