The New LGBTQIA Workforce Has Arrived

The New LGBTQIA Workforce Has Arrived

Watch the June 22 event replay

The LGBTQIA community is experiencing major generational shifts relating to more racial diversity and more workers in younger generations. According to research, policies implemented over the past 20 years while critical, are no longer enough to create an inclusive workplace and change behaviors and biases of majority groups.

Join WICTSE for a conversation about what companies are doing to ensure employees do not feel the need to hide a crucial part of their identity while at the office.

Our moderator is Tonya Walley, VP of Field Operations and Plant Maintenance at Cox Communications and Opening Salvo remarks will be made by Robert Rustman, Director of Human Resources, Strategic Initiatives, Chicago at Comcast. Panelists will include Nicole Young-Turner, CEO of Kaleidoscope Village, Nathan Small, Sr. Recruiter | Talent Acquisition WarnerMedia (News & Sports), and Mason Beck, who started his hormone replacement journey in 2017 just before his 19th birthday.  They will share examples of daily experiences that impact feelings of inclusion and D&I strategies that can help to improve inclusion, which has a significant impact on innovation, creativity, and retention.

When: June 22nd, 2021

Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT/11 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT

Where: Virtual

Tonya Walley 
Vice President Field Operations 
Cox Communications Virginia 

Tonya is a 20-year industry veteran with a successful track record of leading high-performing technical teams, innovating infrastructure and customer relationship management. Tonya started her telecom career as a field technician at Verizon where she continued to advance her career, gaining valuable industry knowledge and excellent leadership experience. She switched paths to pursue her passion for community service, serving as Vice President of Operations for the Community Foodbank of New Jersey from 2016 to 2018.  

Tonya joined Cox Communications in 2018.  She leads Field Operations which includes Field Services and Outside Plant Maintenance and is responsible for installation, maintenance/service and customer experience related to the Cox network in Virginia.  Tonya continues to fight food insecurity by serving as Board Member and Operations Committee Chairperson for Food Bank of Virginia Southeastern.  She is also involved with several charitable organizations such as Junior Achievement New Jersey and the Spur Honor Society at Saint Peter’s College. 

Tonya earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Cum Laude) from Saint Peter’s College, a Master of Science in Network Engineering and a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management both from the Stevens Institute of Technology. 

Over the course of her career, Tonya has had to navigate intersectionality as a female, African American and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ family.  Tonya is a passionate leader who is fearless and proud to share her story.  She is also a servant leader who believes in giving back and sharing her experiences in hopes of inspiring and motivating others.

Nicole Young-Turner
Founder & Principal Consultant, Kaleidoscope Village
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Leader | Brave Educator | LGBTQ+ Activist

Nicole Young-Turner, Founder and Chief Consultant of Kaleidoscope Village, is a #Brave Educator, courageous advocate for elevating and empowering LGBTQIA2s+ communities of color and cultivating allyship. Her identity and lived experiences as a Southern Black Queer Woman fuels her passion for educating diverse leaders and mobilizing underrepresented people through a equity and inclusion lens. Nicole began her journey as  a first generation college student at Georgia Tech where she received a President’s Undergraduate Research Award for a study focusing on media representations of LGBTQ+ families. 

For over a decade, Nicole has played an integral role in educating communities and establishing transformational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives on a regional and national level, including launching the national LGBTQ+ Community Alliance at Teach For America, leading Employee Resource Communities, and serving as the current Board Chair of the Prism Metro Atlanta Coalition.

Mrs. Young-Turner currently lives and leads in her hometown Atlanta, GA with her wife and co-creator, Margo Young-Turner, and is energized to continue her work as the Founder of Kaleidoscope Village, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm and community nonprofit with the mission to elevate the voices of our community, educate all leaders on building truly inclusive cultures, and creating empowering spaces for all people in our village to connect and thrive! 

Nathan Small
Sr. Recruiter | Talent Acquisition
WarnerMedia (News & Sports)

Nathan graduated from the State University of New York at Oneonta with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. After moving out West to Los Angeles, he worked as a recruiter at a staffing agency and then as a recruiter for The Nielsen Company, where he handled recruitment for various offices across the nation, focusing on analytical and engineering positions. He was then presented with an opportunity to work for The Art Institute of California–Hollywood, where he served as a career services advisor to support current students in developing their resumes, improving their interviewing techniques and helping students secure job opportunities post-graduation. From there Nathan joined Edelman Public Relations helping manage recruitment in their West coast offices and then also for the New York City location. He then landed at Bloomberg LP where he managed recruitment for the media arm and organization before joining Turner/CNN which was acquired by WarnerMedia / AT&T.

As a recruiter and a true human resources professional, he considers himself an extrovert who is extremely passionate and loves what he does!

Robert Rustman
Director of Human Resources – Strategic Initiatives
Comcast NBCUniversal

Robert Rustman, MBA is the Director, Human Resources – Strategic Initiatives for the Comcast Chicago Region.  He supports a 29-member HR team in three states and supports the development and implementation of an overall strategic plan for Human Resources. He advises on and helps develop a network of Comcast individuals who can provide strategic advice, feedback and input to the VP of HR.  He is an integral team leader who is one of several leading the implementation of Workday for Comcast enterprise-wide. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate and a national advisor for Out@Comcast. Pronouns: he/him/his.

Advise on and help develop a network of Comcast individuals who can provide strategic advice, feedback, and input to the VP of HR.

Integral team leader who is one of several leading the implementation of Workday for Comcast Enterprise wide.

Mason Beck
Assistant Manager, Burger King

Mason Beck began his hormone replacement journey on March 4, 2017, just before his 19th birthday. He’s been on hormone and testosterone for about three years. 

An Assistant Manager at Burger King, he currently attends welding school and will transfer to Norfolk Technical Center this summer. In his spare time, he plays guitar and likes to sing, hike, swim, work and go to the dog park with his doggo Buddha. Mason really enjoys visiting with his family because he spent a lot of time with them before he recently moved. In addition to calling them as often as possible, Mason is appreciative of his siblings and his parents “who have been some of the most accepting individuals on the planet.”