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We are on a mission to empower and uplift transgender women and transfeminine individuals in Dane County. We're dedicated to breaking down formidable employment barriers by providing the skills, knowledge, and connections needed for thriving in higher-paying careers. With a strong focus on those of color, our program addresses the discrimination and job loss transgender individuals often face. Our goal is to create a more inclusive and equitable workforce, benefiting not only transgender women but the entire Dane County community.

we have big goals.

transform acknowledges and celebrates intersectionality, where gender identity intersects with race, education, and class, leading to complex forms of discrimination. By focusing on transgender women, we aim to address the disparities they experience in terms of employment opportunities, wage gaps, and workplace acceptance. Our goal is to provide comprehensive supportive services and career readiness tools that not only combat discrimination but also empower transgender women to thrive professionally, creating a more inclusive workforce that benefits everyone.

what to expect.

coaching

one-on-one mentoring and career coaching, fostering self-confidence and guiding them to career success

connection

a network of LGBTQ+-affirming employers committed to diversity and inclusion

workshops

workshops on career readiness, LGBTQ+ rights, and financial literacy

tech

participants receive a laptop to overcome technology barriers and keep upon completing 80% of program activities

community

complimentary year-long OPEN memberships expand participants' access to resources and support beyond the program

your commitment.

We are seeking individuals who demonstrate unwavering commitment to both their personal goals and our program. If you are dedicated, driven, and ready to invest in your success, we invite you to join us on this transformative journey. Your commitment is the key to unlocking your full potential, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

meet the team.

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gabe loredo
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transgender advocate

outreach lgbt center

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aj hardie, phd
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program director

outreach lgbt center

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heidi duss
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founder

open foundation

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vica-etta steel

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program advisor

founder, justbe ministry

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dina nina martinez-rutherford
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program advisor

alder, district 15

founder, lady laughs comedy

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jessica jones
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program advisor

co-owner, giant jones brewery

get involved.

We invite individuals and organizations to join us in making a positive impact on the lives of transgender women in Dane County. Your support can help break down employment barriers, foster inclusivity, and create lasting change. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Donations: Your financial contributions go a long way in providing essential resources and support to program participants. Consider making a donation to help us continue empowering transgender women in their career journeys.

  • Volunteering: If you have expertise in career coaching, job readiness, or other relevant areas, you can volunteer your time and skills to mentor and guide program participants. 

  • Partnerships: Organizations interested in partnering with us to further our mission are welcome. Collaborations can take various forms, from providing employment opportunities for program participants to co-hosting workshops and events.

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