SAVVY ALLY WORKSHOPS
CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED VIRTUALLY OR IN PERSON
Savvy Ally Workshops are a fun and encouraging way for people to gain confidence as LGBTQ+ allies and to learn practical skills for creating inclusive spaces. All workshops come with take-away informational handouts to reinforce learning.
Never ever "death by PowerPoint," Savvy Ally Workshops are highly interactive, non-judgmental, and chock-full of useful ally tips, with entertaining pop quizzes along the way. Each workshop is an hour in length. They can be custom designed and combined to create longer programs. Mix and match to suit your needs.
MAKING A SPLASH
"The information shared was great, and something I can put into action today. GREAT session. Probably the best one I've ever attended!" - Humana Inc., Kentucky
“Fabulous! She is one of, if not the most, effective educators I’ve encountered in a training.” – Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
“Everything was perfect. As a queer, social justice advocate this training affected me on so many levels. It was refreshing and life changing.” - Arkansas State University, Arkansas
“Awesome, humorous when appropriate and serious when appropriate …Not sure there was anything that could have made this better. Very informative and so appreciated.” – New York State Perianesthesia Nurses Association Conference, New York
“It was mind-expanding and inspiring... Not sure how it could be better... You have given me the tools to assist humanity.” – Contra Costa College, California
"This is one of the best sessions I have attended. I learned so much and learned that I still have so much to learn!" - Lockheed Martin Corporation, Maryland
“I don’t know how the training could improve. I loved it! Your passion was infectious and I think I will be a much stronger ally because of this.” – Monmouth University, New Jersey
LGBTQ+ Etiquette and Common Bloopers
LGBTQ+ terms and identities are constantly changing. It is difficult to keep up. Many people feel intimidated by all the changes and are silenced by the fear that they will accidentally say something that will offend someone. This workshop helps relieve this anxiety by offering easy respectful language tips and suggestions for how to mess up properly. Participants will leave with a list of the most common LGBTQ+ etiquette bloopers, better language suggestions, best-practice communication tips, and an increased confidence in their ability to have respectful interactions with and about LGBTQ+ people. Allies can create safer spaces with their language choices and this workshop shows them how.
Orientations, Identities, Behaviors! Oh My!
Can transgender people also be gay? Why would someone use “they” as their pronoun? What does “pansexual” mean? What does any of this have to do with work or school? This workshop answers these questions and much more. Participants will leave this workshop with a strong understanding of the many identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, what being out and authentic in the workplace is all about, and the damaging consequences of confusing orientations (which come to work/school) and sexual behaviors (which stay at home).
Good Talk: The Art of Useful Conversations
If done well, with a big heart and a non-judgmental attitude, allies can offer a wonderful gift to others by meeting people where they are, listening carefully, and allowing them to mess up royally (without feeling like jerks) while they figure it all out. This workshop focuses on creating those wonderful ally-to-ally environments. Starting with a conversation about how people learn, participants will discuss what has and hasn’t worked for them when they have been in the hot seat as the learner. This workshop offers effective communication techniques that reduce defensiveness and open people’s ears to new ideas. Participants will leave feeling more confident in their skills as listeners and educators, and more effective in their LGBTQ+ inclusion and advocacy efforts.
Straight Pride Parades and Special Snowflakes: Addressing Common Questions
Because allies are not directly impacted by microaggressions, they are in a prime position to step up and handle the emotional labor of helping people understand the impact of their comments and actions. This workshop shares common LGBTQ+ related questions and areas of pushback that participants are likely to hear and provides an opportunity for them to discuss appropriate responses. Some examples of common questions are: “Why isn’t there a Straight Pride Parade?” “I just treat everyone the same; what’s wrong with that?” and “Don’t you think we’ve gone too far with all of this PC language?” Participants will leave with informed and effective responses to these common questions.
Patch-Up Jobs and Big Fixes: Two Paths to Travel Towards More Inclusive Spaces
In order to create more LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces we must offer two different kinds of interventions. One is short-term patch-up jobs that immediately help LGBTQ+ individuals who don’t fit into our systems; the other is long-term big fixes that completely change the environment. This workshop looks at some common problem areas where advocacy is needed, including non-inclusive forms, outdated policies, and gendered facilities, and offers best-practice recommendations for positive change. Participants will leave with actionable patch-up job and big-fix solutions for creating the most LGBTQ+ inclusive spaces in their school, workplace, or faith community.
Five Things Allies Should Know About LGBTQ+ Pride
Celebrate Pride month this year by learning a little Pride history, some savvy ally tips on how to be respectful at Pride events, and ways to get involved. This workshop will answer these five questions: Why does there need to be an LGBTQ+ Pride? Why is there no straight/cisgender Pride? Are allies welcome at Pride events? Are there LGBTQ+ cultural faux pas that I should avoid? What can I do during Pride month to show my support for the LGBTQ+ communities? Straight/cisgender allies and LGBTQ+ individuals are welcome to join this discussion and share their ideas on how to make Pride great for everyone!
A FEW OF THE MANY PLACES WHERE JEANNIE HAS PRESENTED
Alzheimer's Association (New York)
Argonne National Laboratory (Illinois)
CooperVision (New York)
Corning Incorporated (New York)
CSEA Annual Conference (Washington DC)
Enterprise Holdings (New York)
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Illinois)
Humana Inc. (Kentucky)
Johnson C. Smith University (North Carolina)
KPMG International (New York)
Kronos Incorporated (Massachusetts)
Lockheed Martin Corporation (Maryland)
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (Massachusetts)
New York State United Teachers (New York)
Norfolk State University (Virginia)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (Pennsylvania)
Providence College (Rhode Island)
San Diego City College (California)
Tompkins County Government (New York)
Ventura County Behavioral Health (California)
Yale University (Connecticut)