Fairygodboss interview

Who better to lead User Experience than an anthropologist? Meet Natalie Hanson. She’s a Principal at ZS, where she provides human-centered strategy, research and design for clients. In addition to a master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology, she also has a master’s in Whole Systems Design. She’s the sponsor of Pride@ZS, the company’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group. As a result of her involvement with the group, Natalie has found a growing inspiration in her life, saying “I’m now more vocal and political and engaged than I’ve been in many years.” 

She recently talked to Fairygodboss about her many interests, how rewarding she finds reverse-mentoring, and how she feels supported by her company in all her endeavors.

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Transgender Awareness Month

This article is cross-posted from the ZS intranet (which we call ZSpace), where I write episodically about issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It’s been lightly edited for an external audience.

This Friday (November 20th) is Transgender Day of Remembrance, part of a month of transgender awareness efforts coordinated by GLADD and other organizations.  There are lots of resources linked on the Glaad page if you want to organize an educational / awareness-raising effort.

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Another affirming commercial

This article is cross-posted from the ZS intranet (which we call ZSpace), where I write episodically about issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It’s been lightly edited for an external audience.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.  What an extraordinary (and yet completely ordinary) thing to see ourselves represented in the media.  Here is a new commercial from Nabisco & Oreo in conjunction with PFLAG.  

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Coming Out Day 2020

This article is cross-posted from the ZS intranet (which we call ZSpace), where I write episodically about issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It’s been lightly edited for an external audience.

This weekend (Sunday October 11th) was National Coming Out Day in the U.S..  

For LGBTQ folks that are out of the closet, Coming Out Day can be a joyous occasion.  What a relief to be out!  This weekend, my social media feed was a riot of rainbow and memes and celebratory feelings.  But for many of us, the path through to this point was through rejection, heartache, and disappointment.  Those risks, of course, are what prevent many people from coming out at all.  

Matters are even more complicated in the work setting, where people earlier in their career fear there may be repercussions or perception issues that affect their career progression.  And, sadly, no matter what we do to make our company a welcoming place, these challenges are not unique to ZS. 

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What I’m Reading – Oct 2020

This article is cross-posted from the ZS intranet (which we call ZSpace), where I write episodically about issues of interest to the LGBTQ+ community and our allies. It’s been lightly edited for an external audience.

I’ve been reading way more than I’ve been sharing these days.  A lot of it has to do with how busy my teams are at the moment, and the backdrop of Covid-19, of course.  Back to school has brought new challenges – both my boys have ADHD so I find myself acting as administrative assistant and homework tracker in addition to my regular mom duties.  But, I’ve always been a voracious reader and this Fall is no exception!  So here are some articles I thought would be worth sharing.  Some educational, some light-hearted … hopefully something for everyone.  

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