PRIDE in the Restaurant Industry
Episode 341st June 2021 • Order Up • National Restaurant Association
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June is Pride Month and what better way to celebrate than by speaking with a leading LGBTQ voice in the restaurant industry. Michaela Mendelsohn is a Transgender activist and restaurateur who made a name for herself in the El Pollo Loco restaurant franchise.

Michaela joined us for a discussion on her experience in the restaurant industry as well as with TransCanWork, an organization she founded to bring more job opportunities to trans individuals seeking work.

Take a listen to the episode to learn how you can become an ally to our friends in the trans community.

  • (01:37) - Michaela's story
  • (03:37) - Career impact of transitioning
  • (05:28) - Trans Can Work
  • (09:46) - How employers can support the community
  • (12:47) - Welcoming diversity
  • (14:18) - Job fairs
  • (17:12) - Become an ally

To Learn more, check out the following resources:

The Trevor Project

UCLA School of Law - The Williams Institute

2018 Faces of Diversity Award Winner: Michaela Mendelsohn’s video feature

Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric

Trailer, Gender Revolution

Gender Revolution: Live Aftershow with Katie Couric | National Geographic


National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation related articles:

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