Queer Eye for the Workplace Ally: Understanding Complexities of LGBTQ Identities and Interactions at Work

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Liz Pawley, NCC, is an Assistant Director and Career Coach at UC’s Lindner Career Services. At Florida State University, Liz worked as a Career Advisor for a social justice-focused collegiate career center, which served all individuals, ranging from 18 year old college students to elderly community members struggling with unemployment. She studied Communication and Psychology at the University of Kentucky during her undergraduate career, and received a Master’s in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University. Multicultural competency and communication was a focus area for Liz in her graduate program. Liz teaches business students job search skills and professionalism, and is currently working towards earning her MBA.  She is a National Certified Counselor.

Nadia Ibrahim-Taney is an Assistant Director and Career Coach at UC’s Lindner Career Services coaching students from Industrial Management, Operations Management and Finance majors. With a double major Law and Sociology undergrad degree from the University of Louisville and two Master’s degrees in Higher Education Administration and Education Leadership and Management, Nadia is approaching nearly 10 years’ experience working with students and has held a multitude of roles across campus working and engaging students from different backgrounds, orientations, identities and needs.

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: In funding partnership with JPMorgan Chase, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s LGBTQ Workplace Climate Survey (2018) showed 46% of LGBTQ workers say they are closeted at work and nearly 31% of LGBTQ workers say they have felt unhappy or depressed at work. In this session, Lindner College of Business Career Coaches summarize the evolving and complex landscape of LGBTQ professionals’ perceptions and experiences navigating business workplace environments, consequences of unwelcoming environments and the significance of ally ship in creating and sustaining diverse and supportive workplaces. Questions and input from participants will be welcomed through shared anecdotes and scenario-based discussions regarding the overlap between LGBTQ identities and career-related issues. Lastly, presenters will guide participants through practical strategies and tools to owning the journey of equity & inclusion in the workplace and in their practices.


– Outline the current limitations of federal and state laws protecting LGBTQ workers.
– Introduce the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 LGBTQ Workplace Climate Survey, including factors that may prohibit LGBTQ individuals from positively assimilating into the work force.
– Discuss methods of facilitating a positive, welcoming workplace environment and interactions for LGBTQ individuals.
– Equip practitioners with tools and knowledge to authentically promote both effective self-efficacy and allyship.