Brief Synopsis of Program: Transgender and gender non-conforming people are already in many areas of the work place. Understanding transgender people in today’s society is more important than ever. What issues will they need help and guidance with to transition in the company? What does their insurance cover? What other employees should know about the company’s policies are for a trans-inclusive workplace.
These and other trans-inclusive topics will be discussed and answered
1. Employing transgender workers
2. How HR can support transgender employees
3. Creating a trans-inclusive workplace
4. Transgender inclusion at work
About our Speaker
Mandy Monsees is a Native of Springfield, MO. She graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1988 and served 24 years in the United States Navy (1988 to 2011). While serving in the Navy she held numerous positions, working a Nuclear Power Plant Welder, Firefighter, Chemical Biological and Nuclear weapons decontamination, Engineering Plant supervisor, Rescue Swimmer, and Recruiter for Enlisted, Officer and Reserves programs. Since retiring in 2011, she has lived and worked in Springfield, devoting her free time to transgender education, and helping people understand how to be Inclusive with LGBTQ.
Mandy gives lectures about what it is like growing up knowing you are not the gender you were assigned at birth, the difference between sexuality and gender identity, LGBTQ rights in the United States, and openly answers all questions the audience asks. She also does stand up comedy in Springfield about being transgender in the Ozarks. Mandy gives lectures at MSU every semester to Physician Assistant students, Area Business about how to improve Diversity Equity and Inclusion. Mandy has also started a group for parents and loved ones to help better understand how to support family members that have recently came out as Gay or transgender
Mandy began her transition in 2015, after her military career ended. She was married for 28 years and in 2020 married her teenage sweetheart after not seeing each other in over 35 years, has three daughters, and three grandchildren. She openly speaks about provides insights on living, working, and attending church as a transgender woman in Southwest Missouri. Mandy has been a board member of the GLO center, PFLAG, ACLU trans leadership of Missouri, Southwest Missouri National Organization of Women, and works with the Springfield Mayor's commission for Diversity and Human Rights, works with PROMO to testify at the Missouri State capitol about the effects of bills being written about the LGBTQ community in Missouri, and currently the Vice President for Transgender Veterans support for Missouri.