Discussing Tumultuous Times

Discussing Resilience and Strength with Lily Zheng

Today on the show, we discuss and celebrate the beauty and resilience of the LGBTQIA+ community. In the wake of recent decisions made by the Supreme Court, I sit down with a prolific author, change-maker, and advocate of the queer community to discuss issues that affect the trans community.
We’re excited to welcome to the show Lily Zheng (they/them), a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategist and consultant who works with organizational leaders to turn their positive intentions into positive impact. A dedicated change-maker and advocate, Lily was named a Forbes D&I Trailblazer. They were also named a 2021 DEI Influencer and Top Voice on Racial Equity. In addition, Lily’s writing and opinions have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, and NPR.
They are the author of Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace (2017), The Ethical Sellout (2019), and most recently DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing it Right, which will be out in November 2022. Lily holds an MA in sociology and a BA in psychology from Stanford University.
Lily is widely recognized as an advocate and a force to be reckoned with. They continue to use their voice to discuss and promote further conversation on effective allyship and advocacy in the workplace. Today we discuss:

  • Core characteristics that contribute to the resilience and strength of the trans and gender-diverse community;
  • Why correct pronoun use is great but insufficient; and
  • Our collective gender socialization, the limitations of the gendery binary, and hegemonic masculinity.

Read Lily’s wonderfully generous LinkedIn post on advocacy and five critical questions for us to ask ourselves in socially tumultuous times.

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