The Connection Between Thoughtful Teaching and a More Inclusive Workplace

A Guide Through Transition

Kendra Thomas, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Pearson, says only a very small handful of people at the company have gone through gender transitions over the last few years.

“The impact of how those transitions are received in the workplace,” she says, “has turned out to to be a lot bigger than just that handful of people.”

To ease the transition for everyone involved, Kendra and her team have produced a gender transition handbook.

It includes a glossary of unfamiliar terms. It guides training for colleagues of employees going through a transition.

“It’s helping the whole office,” Kendra says. “We’re getting a lot of positive feedback about the company’s commitment to inclusivity—and I share that handbook broadly with my peers elsewhere who ask about it all the time.”

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Corporate Equality and Company Strength

For the fourth year in a row, Pearson earned a top score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. It was the only education company to earn that honor.

The index is an effort to codify and recognize “leading policies, benefits and practices for the LGBT workforce and their families.”

“Maintaining a workplace where everyone feels included is deeply embedded in our corporate values,” said Pearson CEO John Fallon in a press release. “Not only because it is the right thing to do—but also because it helps make our company stronger.”

More than 1,000 businesses were rated in this year’s report. Pearson and 516 other companies achieved top marks—the highest number in the history of the index.