WELCOMING SPEAKERS

Tina Madison White

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Pride Center Inc; Former Director, Human Rights Campaign; Co-Host and Blogger for The Asheville View

In 2014, after 35 years helping large organizations to transform themselves, Tina embarked on her largest transformation project yet: herself. Tina shares, in ways relatable to everyone, what it is like to struggle with gender identity . Tina seeks to connect her experiences to a much broader issue: our universal tendency to label, marginalize, and stereotype, all at tremendous cost to ourselves, our families, and our organizations.


 Diversity, Gender Identity, Stereotype Threat, Transgender, Welcoming Workplaces

Tina White is the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc., a member of the board of directors for the Human Rights Campaign, and a co-host of The Asheville View.

She is an outspoken advocate for human rights and social justice.

Tina spent most of her career helping corporations to transform their organizations. In 2013, she embarked on her most ambitious transformation project yet: herself. With the support of her wife, family and colleagues, Tina finally acknowledged the gender she had so carefully tried to suppress since early childhood.

Today, Tina’s transformation continues. She is learning how to be a community activist and a public servant. She is figuring out how to take joy in her rediscovered southern roots even as she struggles to confront the shadow of racial prejudice and white privilege.
Tina appears frequently as a public speaker. She has been interviewed on National Public Radio and The Doctor Oz Show. In 2015, she published, “Between Shadow and Sun”, an account of her 50-year struggle to find happiness as a man and of her family’s struggle to support her.
Tina lives in Asheville, North Carolina with Mary, her wife of twenty years. From there, they watch the progress of their five children and five grandchildren.

From Tina:

Fees: I generally speak to non-profits free of charge. I encourage other organizations to donate to Blue Ridge Pride or to the Human Rights Campaign.


    Asheville, NC 28801, USA
     Social Website Video Email
     9178229085

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