Stephanie Battaglino

  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Range USD On Request

Tagline: Inclusivity Speaker

Talent Highlights

  • Founder, Follow Your Heart, Speaker on Equity and Inclusion

Keynote Topics

Finding My True Self in Corporate America

  • Male privilege is a very real thing – it pervades all aspects of society, especially in the workplace, but what happens when you do not have it anymore?
  • Stephanie was the first transgender person and appointive officer to come out – on the job – in the 160+-year history of New York Life – and in so doing had that happen to her
  • Suddenly the glass ceiling is a very real thing.  Is it because I am transgender?  Or is because I am a woman in the workplace?
  • The Good News is that she was accepted as a woman in the workplace, and the Bad News is she was accepted as woman in the workplace
  • Stephanie’s unique and very personal experience provides a powerful trailblazing story of inspiration, self-discovery and perseverance
  • Uniquely relevant in the #MeToo age

  • There are many companies that already feel they have “punched their ticket” with respect creating a workplace that is welcoming to LGBTQ+ individuals of all stripes – in particular the transgender community.
  • But as Stephanie uniquely points out, this work is far from over, in fact it is ongoing.
  • Stephanie takes you on a journey on how to move your enterprise’s inclusion efforts from policy creation to literally imbuing your company’s culture with the principles it needs to embody this inclusion – each and every day, with each and every employee and with each and every interaction

  • This information – packed talk informs your audience about all the necessary information and key issues that face the transgender community – inside and outside of the workplace
  • Stephanie, through her own unique brand of personal storytelling, leads your audience through each of these areas with a sincerity and passion that can only be delivered by someone who has navigated the journey of discovery to her truest self.

As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC., Stephanie is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, author, coach, and workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant. A major voice in the LGBTQ+ workplace equality movement with emphasis on transgender and non-binary individuals, Stephanie casts a bright light on all of the pertinent Diversity, Equity, […]

As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC., Stephanie is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, author, coach, and workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant.

A major voice in the LGBTQ+ workplace equality movement with emphasis on transgender and non-binary individuals, Stephanie casts a bright light on all of the pertinent Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) issues that companies and organizations must face to successfully transform their workplaces into a truly welcoming environment for all of their employees.

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Stephanie’s warm and personal style has engaged and enlightened her audiences wherever she speaks.

She currently sits on the Board of PFLAG National, where she also serves as the Chair of the organization’s Business Advisory Council. She has proudly served on the Boards of the following organizations: the LGBT Community Center of New York and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF).

Stephanie Battaglino has been named to LinkedIn’s inaugural group of LGBTQIA+ Top Voices and GO Magazine’s 100 Women We Love 2022 list which celebrates women who’ve made significant achievements in their respective fields.

Stephanie’s new book, Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America chronicles her life as a corporate vice president at New York Life Insurance Company, where she was the first transgender person to transition on the job in the 165-year history of the company. It is part memoir, part cautionary tale of what it is like to experience a career on both sides of the gender divide. Stephanie Battaglino frank, honest and vulnerable storytelling paints a vivid picture of what the intersection of gender and gender identity looks like from a decidedly unique point of view.

Stephanie possesses over 40 years of management and leadership experience in marketing, advertising and communications within the Fortune 100. Stephanie Battaglino holds a BA in Communication from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing from the Samuel L. Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She is also a graduate of the prestigious UCLA Anderson School of Management’s LGBT Leadership Institute. She resides in Palm Desert, California with her wife, Mari and their cats, Aengus and Fionna.

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