Thursday, October 14, 2021
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.

Event Description

Creating Gender Inclusive Spaces - Understanding Pronouns

Kaig Lightner, Founder and Gender Diversity Consultant, Quantum Gender LLC

Personal pronouns are a common part of speech that many people in Western cultures pay little attention to, however, pronouns are a critical part of everyone’s identity. In the last decade a significant cultural shift has begun that has brought a spotlight on the use of pronouns, gender neutral language and the appropriate ways to show respect to people of all gender identities/expressions. There are allies who’ve begun including pronouns in their company email signature to show solidarity in addition to online profiles. But, it is more complex and nuanced than just these simple acts in order to create safe and inclusive spaces. This workshop uses practical examples and personal stories from the presenter’s own lived experience as a transgender person.

Due to the increasing COVID-19 cases and rise of the Delta variant, this network session will be held virtually via Zoom.

About the Presenter

Kaig Lightner, Founder and Gender Diversity Consultant, Quantum Gender LLC

Kaig Lightner has been publicly speaking about his experience as a Queer, Transgender person for nearly 15 years.  Through the telling of his own personal lived experiences mixed with relevant, tangible information, Kaig creates an environment of expansive growth mindset to learn about the complex and often challenging subject of LGBTQ+ inclusion. In 2017 Kaig started Quantum Gender LLC, to provide consulting and education for LGBTQ+ inclusion. He has provided services to Adidas, Oregon State University, US Youth Soccer and several other small businesses.  In 2013 he started Portland Community Football Club, a non profit soccer club for marginalized youth. Kaig graduated from Portland State University in 2012 with a Masters in Social Work and now currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the department. When Kaig isn't running two businesses and teaching you can find him on the soccer field coaching or playing, but also spending time with his partner Jimmy, their pitbull Charlie and two kittens, Leo and Stevie.



$30 NAO Member 
$50 Nonmember

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October 14th, 2021 8:30 AM through 10:30 AM
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 50.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding