(San Francisco, CA) – Transgender and gender nonconforming people in tech, industry leaders, and others are coming together today for the second annual Transform Tech, a day-long summit presented by Transgender Law Center and hosted by Salesforce.
“Tech has shaped the journeys and lives of countless trans people seeking support and connection, and trans folks have led some of the most exciting innovations in the sector. So why aren’t we better represented and supported in the industry?” asked Kris Hayashi, executive director of Transgender Law Center. “Transform Tech is an opportunity to network, explore difficult questions, and start to build a tech world that centers and supports our communities.”
Transgender Law Center launched the Transform Tech initiative in 2017 with a summit for transgender people working in the technology sector and leaders in the field to connect and discuss challenges. With the support of corporate partners like Slack Technologies, Inc. and Salesforce, that initiative has evolved into a broader effort to transform the tech industry, including the development of curriculum for use across the sector.
“At Salesforce, equality is a core value and we strive to create workplaces that are reflective of the communities we serve. There is clearly more work to be done to ensure the LGBTQ+ community is represented in tech — and feels valued, heard and included,” said Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer at Salesforce. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Transgender Law Center for the second year in a row to host the Transform Tech Summit and bring awareness to this important issue. Together we can reach Equality for All.”
Today’s Transform Tech summit includes a fireside chat with leaders from Salesforce, Slack, and Transgender Law Center; breakout sessions on social responsibility, employment pathways, and nonbinary visibility in tech; and ignite talks by community and industry leaders.
For more information about Transform Tech, please visit: https://transgenderlawcenter.org/transform-tech.
Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. www.transgenderlawcenter.org