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2024 Retrain Expo Seminar Programme

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Understanding Trans Inclusion: Building Compassionate Communities

14 Nov 2024
Seminar Theatre 5

Octavian explores the critical importance of trans inclusion in professional settings and its direct benefits to businesses and individuals undergoing retraining in various fields. Rooted in compassion and empathy, understanding the needs of the trans and gender-diverse community is not only a moral imperative but also a strategic advantage for businesses seeking to thrive in diverse environments.

Octavian will delve into the intersectionality of factors such as race, class, and health inequality that influence the experiences of trans individuals in professional settings. Statistical evidence reveals their barriers, including limited social mobility, which can impact their productivity and well-being.

Creating safe and welcoming spaces within businesses is essential for retaining and attracting talent from across all communities and intersections. Empowering and supporting every individual, regardless of their gender identity, not only fosters a more inclusive and equitable society but also unlocks the full potential of our communities and businesses. When prioritising inclusion, we create environments where everyone can thrive, collaborate, and contribute their unique perspectives and talents.

According to a survey conducted by Totaljobs in the UK, 43% of transgender employees have experienced discrimination or harassment at work. However, companies with trans-inclusive policies and supportive workplace cultures have seen a 90% increase in employee morale and a 75% reduction in employee turnover, highlighting the positive impact of trans-inclusion on business performance and employee well-being.

This presentation offers practical insights and strategies for businesses and professionals undergoing retraining, highlighting the tangible benefits of trans inclusion in fostering a more diverse, equitable, and successful workplace environment.


Octavian Starr, Founder and Director - UNBOXD LTD
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