Guess who’s nominated for an Outie Award!

I’m so honored to announce that my mother Michelle Smith has been nominated for and Outie Award!

The “Outies” are awarded at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit. Outie Awards recognize individuals and organizations who are leaders in advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in workplaces globally.

Michelle is a nominated for the Champion Award. “The Champion Award recognizes any LGBT person or Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. The champion award winner will have shown a unique commitment to LGBT workplace rights and will have used his or her talents to further that cause, even at some risk.”

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Michelle Smith is a Project Engineer in the Ventures organization within Phantom Works – Boeing. Michelle has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as St. Louis Public Radio where she spoke to her experience of transitioning in the workplace. She is a member of the Out and Equal Transgender Advisory Committee member where she was an active participant in completing the Workplace Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines.

“Michelle has provided one on one coaching for employees who are currently in transition. Michelle leverages her personal experience in transitioning to help coach, provide support and hope to employees beginning and in the process of transitioning in the workplace.”


I couldn’t be more prouder of my mother and can’t wait to see if she wins at the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit October 4 – October 7 on Orlando, FL



To learn more about the 2016 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, click here.

To learn more about the Outies, click here.

To learn more about the other Champion Award nominees, click here.

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