Creating lgbt inclusive workplaces

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Duration: 60-minutes

Despite recent advances in LGBT legal rights, few workplaces are fully inclusive and welcoming for their LGBT employees. Jessica Halem was hired to lead Harvard Medical School in developing sustainable structures of inclusion to respond to the needs of students, faculty, trainees and staff. Learn how Halem’s engagement with stakeholders, departments and hospitals has created meaningful change at Harvard Medical School and can act as an example for other organizations.

In this session, participants will learn: 

  • Who makes up the LGBT community?
  • What are everyday acts of inclusion that can be implemented right away?
  • How do you go beyond parties and t-shirts to ensure real change for years to come?

Sponsored by:




   Jessica Halem

   LGBT Program Director    

   Harvard Medical School

Jessica Halem is the LGBT program director for Harvard Medical School and engages in diversity and inclusion efforts with students, faculty, trainees and staff and at its 16 affiliated hospitals. Halem has led successful programs for social and organizational change since the 1990s. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, she worked alongside former Congresswoman Bella Abzug advocating at the United Nations. Halem was later recruited to lead the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago. There, she spearheaded the transformation of LCCP from a volunteer-led initiative to a national leader advancing LGBT health through training and advocacy. Halem also trained at The Second City where she cultivated her humor and improv skills to facilitate dialogue on critical issues. She has been featured in Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal and on NPR. Halem further developed her expertise in diversity, leadership and mentoring at Simmons College School of Management in Boston where she received her MBA.