PDX Trans Works Project
The PDX Trans Works Project envisions a world where transgender and nonbinary (TNB) people are empowered to build the careers and businesses of their dreams. It is a project housed within PABA, Portland’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, and meets quarterly. The Project centers services and support around the most vulnerable and invisible TNB Portlanders and holds itself accountable to TNB communities through ongoing community listening sessions, and the establishment of a TNB-focused business advisory council.
The project will achieve its goal by meeting the following objectives:
1. Expand the TNB Business Advisory Council. The Council exists to hold the PDX Trans Works Project accountable to meet the needs of local TNB communities. Members are local business and community leaders. The Council is committed to balancing its membership with 75% TNB people and 25% allies. At least 30% of total membership will come from marginalized communities. If the Council does not comply with these metrics, it shall make an annual contribution of $750 to a local nonprofit that supports marginalized communities in the area. The council meets quarterly.
2. Develop a TNB Employer Index. A TNB employer index will be developed with the support of the Council. This index will evaluate employers on the implementation of TNB inclusive laws, policies, and workforce development initiatives. It will assess employers on things related to TNB recruitment, hiring events, marketing, and supplier diversity initiatives. It will also examine an employer’s workplace culture, leadership, policies, systems, and practices. The index will help TNB job seekers inform their decision-making when considering employment opportunities that best affirm, respect, and support their career development.
3. Offer Career Development Support. The project connects TNB job seekers with support, resources, and mentorship helping them with transitioning on the job, entering a new field, determining the best path forward when navigating the potential of having to share gender histories with employers, and more. We are currently seeking resources to offer technical support to existing nonprofit organizations to help them offer TNB culturally specific career development workshops, training programs, and coaching opportunities.
4. Deliver Business Development Boot Camps. The project empowers TNB entrepreneurs with business development boot camps that connect aspiring business owners with affirming resources offered by local SBDCs, SCORE, PSU, PABA, and other partnering organizations. We are currently seeking resources to offer technical support to existing organizations to offer culturally specific services to TNB community members.