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Making Meaningful, Inclusive Conversations: Understanding the 2SLGBTQIA+ Community

Power Skills


Including 2SLGBTQIA+ community has gone from moral courage to a human rights imperative. We can't tell someone's sexual orientation or gender identity by looking at them, so the language we use to describe our identities has always been important and somewhat complex. Even those who identify as members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community can lose track of the most current and appropriate terms as well as how to use them in various situations. Pride at Work Canada discusses how to use inclusive language and how to act in allyship—from understanding the basics to becoming a positive agent of change.


Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, participants will:

  • Have a better understanding of right language and making meaningful conversations
  • Understand the terminologies associated with 2SLGBTQIA+ topic and the concept of sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation
  • Explore ways to create an inclusive workplace through gender-neutral communication
  • Understand the importance of pronouns and inclusive language
  • Learn why it is important to be a good and visible 2SLGBTQIA+ Ally
  • Understand how to act in allyship with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities
  • Learn why 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion is a matter of human rights



1.0 (Leadership)


6:30 PM - Welcome & Opening

6:35 PM - Presentation Begins

7:35 PM - Q&A

7:55 PM - Closing Remarks

8:00 PM - Conclude


Fees: (Subject to HST)

PMI Toronto Members (login prior to registering) - Complimentary

Non-Members and Guests - $10.00




Sandeep Nair (he/they)

Manager of Business Development, Pride At Work Canada

Being a temporarily abled, non-binary, queer person of colour with a vibrant cultural and ethnic background, he understands the role organizations can play in harnessing the power of business for a positive social change. Sandeep moved to Canada from India with his husband in 2019 with over 13 years of work experience and has worked as EDI Consultant for over a decade. Experienced in working with various organizations across the Asian region, he comes with a global perspective on EDI. Sandeep’s work focuses largely on creating an inclusive workplace environment for all, especially 2SLGBTQIA+ community and people with disabilities. Sandeep has led programs, campaigns and provided training and consulting services to drive the EDI strategy across various organizations globally, where he shares his lived experiences as well to drive the importance of allyship. He has played a key role in developing three key research publications on 2SLGBTQIA+ Inclusion, to achieve success in creating a safe and inclusive society.

Sandeep contributed his expertise in EDI at the global summit by Out & Equal for two consecutive years and has led the This is Me campaign which centres on the sharing of stories and lived experiences of disability and mental health, an initiative by the Lord Mayor's Appeal in London.

Sandeep volunteers with youth and teens as a mentor with Vancouver Island BigBrothersBigSisters Foundation, and is part of the EDI committee for Volunteer Canada and is also a volunteer with an organization working towards senior well-being. Sandeep is part of RAHM Community which is a global community of groundbreaking LGBTIQ+ leaders and was part of a global movement called It Gets Better Project. He was on the board of Nanaimo Pride Society and SIETAR BC (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research). He is on his way to becoming an adoptive parent.




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Type of category: PMI Toronto Monthly Meeting

Type of activity: Power Skills

Date: June 28th, 2022

Hour: 6:30PM to 8:00PM

# of PDUs: 1



Non-Members & Guests: $10.00