45 minutes | Dec 8, 2020

Empowering the Trans Workforce with Michaela Mendelsohn

Create and nurture an inclusive culture for all, and workplace equality for the trans community. Michaela Mendelsohn joined us to share her story of resilience and leadership, her mission, and how we can contribute to the economic empowerment and workforce development for the transgender community. This podcast was recorded live for our community. If you would like to attend live recordings, please reach out to info@kahilla.com ******* Michaela Ivri Mendelsohn is a transgender activist, public speaker, and businesswoman with over forty years of entrepreneurial leadership experience. She is currently the CEO of Pollo West Corp, a franchise group for El Pollo Loco restaurants. Michaela was chosen as a 2018 Nation's "Face of Diversity" for the restaurant industry and led the 2018 LA Pride Parade as the Grand Marshall. As part of her career with El Pollo Loco, Michaela spent nine years as the President of their national franchise association. Michaela founded the organization TransCanWork whose mission is: "Building a culture nationwide for transgender people to thrive in the workplace. Michaela speaks across the nation on LGBTQ issues to create awareness and foster change. She serves on the board of the Trevor Project whose mission is to eradicate suicide in LGBT youth as well as the Founder's Council of The Williams Institute, an LGBT Research Program of the UCLA Law School. Michaela was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to serve on his LA Workforce Development Board. Michaela's work was highlighted in the National Geographic documentary, "GenderRevolution" hosted by Katie Couric and was the feature of August's "LA Stories” on Spectrum. Michaela was recently honored by Adweek in their inaugural "PRIDE All Stars Campaign." She is the proud parent of three grown children and now lives with her partner, Carmel, their five-year old son, Isadore and their recent addition baby Livia.
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