"Tales of Workplace Transitions" Panel

Join us for a panel discussion concerning successful workplace transitions for transgender employees. Panelists include:

  • Stephanie Battaglino, Assistant Vice President & Communications Director of New York Life;
  • Tony Ferraiolo, Manufacturing Supervisor for Madison Company;
  • Margaret S. Stumpp, PhD, Chief Investment Officer at Quantitative Management, a subsidiary of Prudential.

Panelists will discuss their personal experiences transitioning, including how their transitions were handled and what they did to facilitate a smooth transition at their respective places of business. Jennifer Brown, Co-Director of Out & Equal Metro New York, will moderate the panel.

Tales of Workplace Transitions

WHEREThe Center, 208 West 13th Street, New York, NY (map)

WHENThursday, October 29th.  6 pm Cocktail Reception.  7pm Panel.

About the panelists:

Stephanie Battaglino, Assistant Vice President - Communications Director at New York Life Insurance Company, successfully transitioned on the job in October of 2005, and is the first transgender person to do so in the company's 165–year history. In so doing, she worked with NYL's human resources executives to establish a process for successful workplace transitions and was a founding committee member of NYLPride. Stephanie serves on Out & Equal Workplace Advocates' Transgender Advisory Committee and is a Board Member of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE). Stephanie holds a BA in Communication from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She resides in Cliffside Park, NJ with her partner Mari and her son Andrew.

Tony Ferraiolo is employed as a Manufacturing Supervisor for Madison Company, a level sensor manufacturer in Branford, CT. He was featured in Fortune 500 Small Business Magazine for his successful transition at the workplace. Tony is the President and Co-Founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, which provides financial support to the transgender community to assist with gender-confirming surgeries. Tony is known for infusing his talks on transitioning from female to male with insight and humor.

M. Dru Levasseur is a staff attorney at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), a national nonprofit that works to achieve equality for transgender people, and is Co-Founder and Vice-President of the Jim Collins Foundation, Inc., an organization that works to provide financial assistance to transgender people for gender-confirming surgeries. Dru received his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

Margaret S. Stumpp, PhD is Chief Investment Officer for Quantitative Management Associates (QMA) -a $60 billion investment management affiliate of Prudential Financial. She has authored numerous articles in publications such as: The Financial Analyst's Journal, The Journal of Portfolio Management, and the Journal of Investment Management, has appeared on CNBC and her research and opinions have been covered in publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Forbes magazine. Margaret holds MA and PhD degrees in Economics from Brown University. In early 2002, Margaret formally changed genders from male to female while maintaining her visibility in the investment profession.  She focuses on issues affecting transgender people in the workplace.

About the moderator:

Jennifer Brown heads Jennifer Brown Consulting, a leadership, communications and diversity consulting firm based in New York City advising leading businesses and non-profits such as Cisco Systems, BASF, Schwab, Ernst & Young, American Express, The New York Times, Working Mother Media and GenderPAC on the creation of inclusive workplaces that resonate with current, and future, employees and leaders. She speaks and consults globally, specializing in generational differences, leadership development, team dynamics, and personal branding and presence for executives. Jennifer is currently Co-Director of the Out & Equal Metro New York regional affiliate, dedicated to creating educational and networking events on the topic of LGBT workplace advocacy.