San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Monthly Meeting
Our Mission
To Promote Employee Assistance Programs as an effective means of enhancing the well-being and productivity of employees in the workplace, and to facilitate the professional identification of Chapter members and the development of quality Employee Assistance in the San Francisco Bay Area
May 11, 2021
Michael Coyle, Principal Program Director

Topic Title:
Gender Transitions at Work, Best Practice Considerations
Presentation Schedule:
11:30am-12pm - Group Introductions

12pm-12:10pm - Presentation of the history and current state surrounding the Transgender Community

12:10pm-12:40pm - Presentation of guidelines for employers

12:40pm-1:10pm - Employer DEI Journey - Pacific Gas and Electric Company

1:10pm-1:30pm - Questions & Answers
Presentation Description:
An overview of best practices for gender transition guidelines at work.

Educational Goals:
  1. Gain a solid understanding of elements for thoughtful and sensitive support for individuals transition at work
  2. Understand best approaches for team members and supervisors to support those transitioning

  1. Participants will be able to identify key elements of support for transitioning employees
  2. Participants will be able to identify key resources for further learnings on Allyship for Transitioning Employees

 I. Overview
II. Common Considerations & Definitions
III. Guidance for Transitioning Employees
IV. Guidance for Supervisors / Managers
V. Guidance for Co-workers
VI. How to be an Ally
VII. Creating a Workforce Engagement Plan Checklists
In advance of the Transition
Planning the Transition
Planning name changes in systems
Announcing the Transition
VIII. First day of Workplace Gender Transition
IX. Resources
Internal Resources
External Resources
X. References & Benchmarks

MIchael Coyle is the Principal Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. He designs and delivers the company’s enterprise Diversity and Inclusion strategy and oversees a network of executive champions. Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at PG&E encompasses the full employee lifecycle from workforce development to retention and leadership development. Inclusive Leadership has been embedded through the program’s efforts into the company’s learning curriculum at the leadership and front line field level. He is the author of PG&E’s Gender Transitioning Guidelines originally published in 2016. Since that time he has supported over a dozen transitions in the workplace. Michael earned his Bachelors of Science in International Business from Ithaca College and holds a Master’s degree in International Employment Relations from the London School of Economics. Additionally, Michael has chaired Out & Equal’s Regional Leadership Affiliate from 2010-2014 and has served as advisor to the PG&E’s LGBT Employee Resource group PrideNetwork (the longest running LGBT ERG in the world) since 2009.

PG&E Gender Transition Guidelines
The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs and/or LEPs. The San Francisco Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. The Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.  

The San Francisco Chapter of EAPA can be reached via our website: or by writing us at PO Box 5370 Walnut Creek, CA 94596. Contact us for any needed accommodations or to address any grievances. Our CAMFT Continuing Education Provider Number is 57003.
CEU Requirements:
  1. Participants will join the course on time and will remain for the entire presentation. Participants will come prepared to learn and participate openly in discussion
  2. Participants will be required to submit the course evaluation form before being sent a CEU certificate. Any participant with disabilities or other special needs, who need special accommodations in this course are invited to share these concerns or requests at as soon as possible.
  3. Registration is required
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2021 Upcoming Presentations
June 8th - Alyson Orcena, LMFT - How DBT Skills can help with professional burnout
July 13th - TBA
August - No Meeting