#CelebrateingtheRainbow at the workplace – share your stories of Pride!
Devapriya Khanna is a branding expert who has worked with leading multinational companies as a marketing professional for 18 years, before embarking upon her entrepreneurial journey. During her corporate career, she has helped launch and build powerful global brands that have won consumer confidence & delivered outstanding business results.
Devapriya is a Reach Certified Personal and Social Brand Strategist and a NABET and an SQA certified soft skills trainer. She is the Founder of 212 Degrees – The Personal Brand Consultancy. Passionate about evolving individuals into successful, sustainable brands, Devapriya works closely with corporate professionals, entrepreneurs, returning women professionals and students to help them build and powerfully express their own winning personal brand. She specializes in the areas of Appearance (visual image management), Behavior (etiquette), Communication (verbal, vocal, body language) and Digital Presence (online personal branding) to achieve success in the fast-changing world of today. She delivers her training through workshops and 1:1 coaching.
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Can you believe this bloke compelled me to wear only saris - full time at home- till the eighth month of my pregnancy?! The excessive heat coupled with humidity made my life miserable.
Recently when I browsed an interesting post by a fellow author on this very forum I had a sense of déjà vu. She describes the absolutely unnecessary hullabaloo over ladies donning nighties and /or dupatta –less suits.
I wish to narrate how I was in dire straits so far wearing a ‘nightie’ was concerned.
I lived in my ultra orthodox sasural under constant surveillance of two moral guardians (read Taliban) in the shape of the husband’s mom and dad. The mom was unschooled and dim-witted while the dad was a medical practitioner. But he out-Heroded the Herod in orthodoxy.
My supervisor introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As a transwoman navigating the corporate world, I had encountered my fair share of discrimination and challenges. Transitioning without the support of my parents and having limited friendships in my personal life made the journey difficult and lonely. However, when I stepped into the office, something remarkable happened, I left behind the stress and negativity, embracing a space where I could truly be myself.
Joining the marketing team as a graphic designer, I was initially apprehensive about how my colleagues would react to my gender identity. But to my surprise, the atmosphere was welcoming and respectful from day one. My supervisor, Sarah, introduced me as a valuable member of the team, emphasizing my skills and contributions rather than focusing on my gender identity. This simple act set the tone for my experience in the workplace.
As I settled into my role, I discovered that my colleagues went out of their way to make me feel comfortable and included. They consistently used my correct name and pronouns, creating an environment where I could be authentically me. Being an introvert, making friends wasn’t always easy for me, but within this workplace, I found a supportive community that embraced me for who I truly am. The workplace became a haven where I could escape the stresses of my personal life and focus on my professional growth.
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