Marnie, who identifies as gender neutral and goes by the prounouns "ze" or "they," created their first LGBTQ training as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa. Marnie then worked for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, where ze organzied and canvassed for gay marriage.
After coming out as gender neutral at Columbia Business School, Marnie realized that their peers were a bit confused and had a lot of questions. Marnie created a Transgender 101 training, which now occurs annually at Columbia Business School. Marnie also worked with the school to get a gender neutral bathroom created and add an option other than male and female into the admissions application.
After graduating with an MBA in Operations, Marnie began work as a Global Process Manager at Google. While at Google, Marnie mentioned the need for trans education at Google to their colleague, Kevin Perry, who launched an LGBTQ Ally Program for Bank of America. Drawing on their previous training experience, Kevin and Marnie created Transgender @ Google, a training that has now been given at Google offices around the world and to over 2,000 Google employees.
After attending the Transgender @ Google session, Nancy Lee, Google's Vice President of People Operations said:
In my 10 years here, it was one of the best trainings I’ve been to, and also one of the most moving.
Marnie recently partnered with the Finance Black Google Network to create a training called Black @ Google: A Pathway to Allyship. Feedback for the first session included the following:
- The best race-related programming event I have ever been to by far, thank you.
- Absolutely incredible. I wish every Googler, every person, could do this.
- It was one of the best sessions I've been to in my tenure at Google. Incredibly honest, inspiring, and eye opening.