Thirty transgender people took part in Ireland’s first trans leadership summit,Telling MY Story, this past weekend. Telling MY Story is the result of a collaboration between TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) and Accenture. Telling MY Story is the first event of its kind in Ireland and was designed to empower, educate and equip future trans leaders.
Telling MY Story was developed in response to the fact that a high number of trans people are not in employment.
In TENI’s Speaking from the Margins report, just 51% of trans respondents were employed. TENI works with diverse employers to ensure workplaces are more trans inclusive, and to help remove some of the barriers that trans people face when seeking employment.
We also want to help trans jobseekers to improve their skills and build their confidence. Throughout the weekend, communications experts, recruitment specialists and trans advocates provided advice on how to harness the power of personal stories.
Telling MY Story participants learned how to tell their stories with confidence, by improving their communication skills; discovered ways to talk about their trans journeys positively, clearly and succinctly; got advice on applying for roles and how to navigate the recruitment and interview process; developed and practised their networking skills; and heard how trans leaders used their stories to effect change.
Telling MY Story was supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) seeks to improve conditions and advance the rights and equality of trans people and their families. www.teni.ie