Profile on TransCanWork with Michaela Mendelsohn
TransCanWork is knocking down walls and replacing them with bridges. Because the transgender community remains one of the groups most discriminated against in the workplace, TCW has taken on the challenges of showing corporations the pool of talented and motivated workers they are missing out on.
The mission is to promote California as a truly transgender-positive workplace and create a model for the rest of the country to follow. They are committed to helping people of the transgender community find jobs through resources on their website and also training businesses on how to create safe spaces for diversity to prosper. They have built alliances with many different types of organizations to take part in designing transgender inclusion programs as well.
Founder, Michaela Mendelsohn, has over 40 years of entrepreneurial leadership experience as a transgender activist and corporate CEO. She is an in‐demand speaker all over California and partners with committees that share her passion about the cause. One of the latest TCW accomplishments is the passing of the resolution by LA Community College District in May in favor of working to train all teachers, staff, and workforce partners; create a TGNC (transgender and gender-nonconforming) summit; and to make TGNC inclusion a part of the curriculum.
TransCanWork partners with trans job seekers to achieve higher levels of success by providing job readiness guidance. The organization also works with local government and school systems to create inclusion workshops; speaks at events; and is implementing a thorough training program for businesses. The team at TransCanWork are avid believers that through coordination and collaboration, communities of every demographic will benefit from the services they offer.