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Career Panel: Coming and Being out in the Workplace


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This is one of multiple 5C series on Your Identity, Your Career co-hosted by Pomona and Harvey Mudd College. Join us for a discussion with panelists about their experience with being out, or not, in the workplace. Featuring Alice Timken (POM '16), Dr. Nancy Williams (HMC '95), Aithan Peterson (Scripps), Rebecca Sirmons, Melantha Hodge, and Manny Diaz (CGU). Please RSVP via the link below on handshake!

Information about panelists:

Alice Timken graduated from Pomona College in 2016 with a B.A. in politics. After graduation she moved to New York City and worked as the executive assistant at a major PR firm, and then as the Director of E-Commerce for two product design brands in Brooklyn, New York. As an Asian-American student-athlete, she grew up navigating social and cultural spaces that weren't always comfortable but prepared her well to exist in the "real" world as an out adult.

Nancy Williams (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Keck Science Department of CMC, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. Professor Williams identified as a crossdresser from 2010 to 2012 before coming out as a trans woman in 2012-2013. Williams volunteered with the Leadership LAB of the LA LGBT Center knocking doors to have prejudice-reducing conversations, mostly surrounding trans rights from 2014-2017, in LA, Miami, and Tacoma. Williams has performed with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles since 2016, and is a member of several professional queer/trans organizations, and has given various talks and trainings
in the area.

Aithan Peterson is Assistant to the Dean of Faculty at Claremont McKenna College. They received their B.A. in English from Scripps College and their M.A. in International Comparative Education from Stanford University. They have taught abroad in South Korea and Laos, directed a college preparatory program for international students, and worked for educational and research nonprofits in South Korea and the US.

Rebecca Sirmons is an out LGBT creative development executive who works at Robert Rodriguez's El Rey Network. She has been active in the entertainment industry for over a decade and most notably won a GLAAD Award for airing the first ever women-of-color-same-sex marriage on network television for Monifah and Terez's wedding on R&B Divas. Originally from Panama City, Florida.

Melantha Hodge is currently the Strategic Partnership Manager at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest LGBT organization, where she has been serving our community for the past four years. She graduated from Syracuse University with a double major in Marketing and Finance and a minor in Music Industry. Melantha has navigated the entertainment industry for over 13 years with past experiences working on the management teams of Chris Brown, LeToya Luckett, and Melanie Fiona, serving within the marketing department at Universal Motown Records, and managing emerging talent.

Manny Diaz is the current Director of the Queer Resource Center of The Claremont Colleges. He is a recent alumnus of Claremont Graduate University where he received his PhD in Education. Additionally, he is also a Lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona where he teaches courses on gender, sexuality and diverse LGBTQIA+ communities.

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