“Josephine is bright, clever, interesting, and really funny! Loved hearing everything that was taught today. I could listen to this topic for several more hours.”
“She made us feel comfortable asking questions.”
“Informational, direct, unashamed, and authentic.”
— anonymous feedback from ‘Gender 101’ training sessions
I am an experienced facilitator and have provided training sessions around issues of gender identity for schools, medical institutions, arts organizations, businesses, and more. I am based in Chicago but available for travel. My basic sessions are:
Ideally a 90- to 120-minute session for a group of up to 100. This session covers basic terminology around issues of gender identity, an overview of issues pertinent to transgender and intersex communities, recommendations for actionable steps tailored to the needs of the organization, and time for questions and conversation. Participants leave with a basic understanding of trans and intersex needs and a concrete list of ways to improve their organization’s approach to these populations.
Ideally a 4-6 hour session for a group of up to 25. Gender 201 is a deeper dive into the topics of Gender 101, for those who already have a baseline understanding and want the tools to become community leaders around these issues. This session focuses more heavily on group participation and in-depth conversation.
If you have questions or ideas for a different type of session, I would be excited to discuss them. Please reach out!
I have conducted training sessions and/or consulted for the following organizations, among others:
Primary Education: Chicago Public Schools (multiple locations, IL); Evanston School District 65 (multiple locations, IL); Elgin District U-46 (IL); Barrington School District 220 (multiple locations, IL); Lake Bluff School District 68 (IL); Park Ridge School District 64 (IL); Niles School District 71 (IL); Elmhurst School District 205 (IL); Oak Park Friends School (IL); Near North Montessori School (Chicago, IL); Illinois Educators’ Association Representatives Assembly 2019; Illinois Directors of Student Activities Conference 2018; TimeLine Theatre Company’s Living History Education Program (multiple locations, Chicago, IL); Avoca School District 37 (Wilmette, IL – upcoming); Downers Grove School District 58 (IL – upcoming);
Secondary Education: Northwestern University (Evanston, IL); Christopher Newport University (Newport News, VA); Feinberg School of Medicine (Chicago, IL)
Medical: Northwestern Memorial Hospital Plastic Surgery Program (Chicago, IL); AIS-DSD Conference 2018 (Rosemont, IL); Centegra Pediatric Nursing Symposium (Huntley, IL); Presence Resurrection Medical Center (Chicago, IL); Northwestern University Genetic Counseling Program Faculty Retreat (Chicago, IL); Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (IL); Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield, IL); McHenry County Mental Health Board (IL – upcoming);
Theatre: Fifth Avenue Theatre (Seattle, WA); STU FOR SILVERTON Broadway development workshops (Newport News, VA & upcoming in New York, NY); Kansas City Repertory Theater (MO); TimeLine Theatre Company (Chicago, IL); Shaw Festival Theatre (Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada – upcoming); Oak Park Festival Theatre (IL – upcoming); more on my theatre-specific experience here.
Other: Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club (Chicago, IL); Snow City Arts (Chicago, IL); Grow Your Own Illinois (Chicago); Evanston Public Library (IL)