Wednesday, December 7, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (PT)
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.

Event Description

Creating Gender Inclusive Teams: Understanding Pronouns to Create Inclusion

Kaig Lightner, MSW, Founder/CEO, Quantum Gender

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 highlighting the use of pronouns, gender-neutral language and the appropriate ways to show respect to people of all gender identities/expressions. Some allies have begun including pronouns in their company email signature to show solidarity in addition to online profiles. Still, it is more complex and nuanced than just these simple acts to create safe and inclusive spaces. This workshop uses practical examples and personal stories from the presenter's experience as a queer, transgender coach and youth soccer club leader.


  • Understand the importance of pronouns to individual identity
  • Build empathy for transgender and nonbinary communities
  • Gain comfort and skills in using gender neutral pronouns 

Target Audience:
This workshop is ideal for anyone who is just beginning to understand the importance of using pronouns and gender neutral language respectfully. Those who are eager to increase their allyship skills for transgender and nonbinary identified colleagues and athletes in order to create thriving team cultures will benefit from the interactive and reflective process of the workshop. 

Automatic closed captioning via Zoom is turned on by default for all NAO virtual sessions. For other accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Presenter

Kaig Lightner, MSW, Founder/CEO, Quantum Gender

Kaig Lightner has been speaking publicly since 2006 about his experience as a queer, trans person with the goal of educating others and elevating the importance of inclusion for LGBTQ+ communities. He believes in using his experiences of living through oppression and discrimination, based purely on not fitting into gender norms, to educate others on the harmful impact that the two gendered system
has on all aspects of our society.

His experience of working with underserved communities as a social worker since 2005 combined with 25 years as a licensed soccer coach has given him the unique combination of understanding the complexity of systematic oppression and how it impacts minority communities, including in youth sports. It was these overlapping professional experiences that led him to found Portland Community Football Club in 2013, a nonprofit competitive soccer club that provides access to high-quality, affordable soccer for low-income, under-resourced, and marginalized youth across Portland, including LGBTQIA+, Black, Brown, Latinx, immigrants, and refugees.

Through his extensive experience as a high level coach and graduate level social work professor, he has honed the skill of breaking down complex ideas into smaller, tangible pieces of information. He uses this skill, combined with emotional intelligence, and trauma-informed knowledge to help cisgender people understand not just how to be inclusive of all genders, but to also deeply reflect on how they came to understand their own gender identity.

As a white person he also focuses on anti-racist work through the lens of speaking openly about his white privilege and the ways he now experiences cisgender and heterosexual privilege as well. To gain a better understanding of his approach to this work please watch his YouTube series “Intoxicating Privilege”.


Thank You Sponsors

Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank

More sponsors coming soon!


$40 NAO Members
$60 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.
EILN Member Pass holders may register for events within this specific network. Your unique discount code may be used for ten registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization.

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December 7th, 2022 8:30 AM through 10:30 AM
Online Event
Event Fee(s)
Price $60.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, 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