Gabrielle Claiborne

Co-Founder & CEO
Transformation Journeys Worldwide


The past few years have seen many organizations incorporate a focus on LGBTQIA+ inclusion within their HR and DE&I strategies, with many employers making visible and vocal commitments both within their organizations and externally through support of Pride events and beyond. While this is a positive move, what’s still missing are efforts to impact the lived experience of LGBTQIA+ employees when it comes to their “everyday” experience in the workplace.

 A 2022 Deloitte Pulse Survey reported many LGBTQIA+ employees continue to experience non-inclusive behaviors, both in the office and virtually, while 82% believe allyship helps them be out at work. Join Gabrielle Claiborne to uncover barriers to inclusion of LGBTQIA+ employees in the workplace and identify actions we can all take to create change to the everyday culture they experience.


Gabrielle Claiborne is Co-founder and CEO of Transformation Journeys Worldwide, an inclusion training and consulting firm with a transgender focus. She travels extensively, helping cutting-edge organizations position themselves to attract and retain the best talent, foster collaborative working environments, thus maximizing innovation and directly impacting the bottom line by creating fully trans-inclusive cultures. Some of her clients include Home Depot, Sun Life Financial, Royal Bank of Canada, Comcast, Mercedes Benz, UPS, Kaiser Permanente, Cox Media, WarnerMedia, AARP, New York City Pride, the Atlanta Hawks, IGLTA and the Centers for Disease Control, among others.

As an out and active transwoman since 2010, Gabrielle served on the Executive Board of Atlanta Pride for 5 years, and currently serves as Co- Chair of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s Trans & Gender Expansive (TGX) Initiative, as Co-Chair of the Trans Affairs Committee on the City of Atlanta’s LGBTQ Mayoral Advisory Council, as Secretary of the Out Georgia Business Alliance, as chair of Out Georgia Business Alliance’s TGX360 Workplace and Entrepreneurship Initiative, and as a member of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s (IGLTA). In 2022, she received the Georgia Diversity Council’s LGBTQ Leadership Award and in 2020, she published her memoir meets self-help book Embrace Your Truth: A Journey of Authenticity. In 2019, the Atlanta business Chronicle acknowledged her as their Diversity & Inclusion“Outstanding Voice” Award recipient, and she delivered a TEDx talk for Centennial Park Women TEDx. In 2018, Gabrielle received the Georgia Small Business Administration’s LGBT Small Business Champion Award in recognition of her efforts in advancing LGBT business ownership. In 2015, Gabrielle was chosen as Atlanta’s Best Trans Activist, and her work was featured in Forbes in 2018 and the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2017.

Transformation Journeys Worldwide was honored to be chosen as the Out Georgia Business Alliance 2018 Small Business of the Year, and to receive the Atlanta Hawk’s prestigious 2019 True Comes in All Colors award for their cutting-edge inclusion work.

Mainstage and Keynote Speakers

Mainstage Conversation and Panel

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Former naval officers and co-authors of Athena Rising and The Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace

Interactive Keynote


IWL Foundation CEO, gender strategist and President of YWomen.

Breakout Sessions

Learn from our subject matter experts as they build upon the information shared in the morning “Foundations of Allyship” session to address the nuanced behaviors experienced by, and practice of allyship to, specific gender and intersectional groups. All breakouts will cover information specific to the group being addressed:

Diya Wynn

Sr Practice Manager, Emerging Technologies & Intelligent Platforms
Amazon Web Services

Allyship and Intersectionality: Digging Deeper into Race, Ethnicity and Culture

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

Author and Expert
Introverts and Extroverts at Work

Allyship to Introverts – Advocating for the Quiet Leaders Among Us

Gabrielle Claiborne

Co-Founder & CEO
Transformation Journeys Worldwide

Alphabet Soup Allyship: Being Good Allies and Strong Advocates for LGBTQIA+ People


Founder and President
HOPE (Helping Other People Excel)

Women, Let’s Step Up as Allies for Other Women