Happy LGBTQ+ Pride Month! As we enter week 2 of Pride Month, Jayzen is excited to welcome his guest, Sharon-Franklin Brown, Chief Impact Officer of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Sharon also serves as the Board President for LA Pride, one of the oldest and largest LGBTQ+ Pride festivals in the country.
Sharon has remarkable career story to share and works tirelessly to create space for her community and make the world a more equitable place for trans and gender non-conforming people. As Chief Impact Officer for the largest organization in the world serving the LGBTQ+ community, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership, management, guidance to programs and Human Resources for a staff of nearly 800 employees as well as impact efforts through grantmaking, and community engagement.
In celebration of Pride Month, the Lead With Your Brand!™ Podcast has partnered with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the premier organization working exclusively on LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Each week in June, we’ll be featuring an out leader each with an amazing career story to share. In addition, we’ve assembled an entire collection of shows with LGBTQ+ guests from the past three seasons, including two special roundtable episodes where we explore issues around the trans experience and intersectionality of race and LGBTQ+ in the workplace. The team at Out & Equal has created free downloadable discussion guides, so we encourage you to use the podcast as a virtual “book club” with your ERG or group of friends. Listen to the episodes, download the discussion guides and schedule your group discussion! Check out www.leadwithyourbrand.com/pride for more information.
Chief Impact Officer, Los Angeles LGBT Center
& Board President, LA Pride
Sharon-Franklin Brown is a navigator of change and a recipient of the Leadership Award for her extraordinary contributions by supporting and furthering civil rights in advancing workplace diversity in an exceptional manner on behalf of the Employment Round Table of Southern California and the City of Los Angeles. As Chief Impact Officer for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership, management, guidance to programs and Human Resources for a staff of nearly 800 employees as well as impact efforts through grantmaking, and community engagement. She is celebrating 15 years with the Center and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Christopher Street West Association/LA Pride.
Sharon became a national speaker on transgender rights after being terminated from Fayetteville State University, a historically black university, for being a trans-woman. Sharon was on the leading edge during her speaking engagements at colleges and universities on the importance of including gender identity and gender expression in their anti-discrimination policies. In 2010, she co-wrote the “ground breaking” recommendations for “Model Protocols – Police Interactions with Transgender Individuals” which was later adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department as policy. Folks who have met Sharon know that her impact is tangible and that her incredible influence has helped to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable society.
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