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Inclusive Hiring and Building Safe Spaces

  • 5153 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)

From the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce website:
We will be hosting, as part of Third Thursday, a series of Interactive Masterclasses designed to help small/independent businesses thrive. June 21 we welcome everyone to join us for a limited seating (we will relocate when max seats are reached) masterclass that focuses on inclusive hiring and building safe spaces and what it means to hire people from the trans community.

The interactive Masterclass will be lead by two individuals who are creating change through advocacy and education.

If you have any questions about this or any Masterclass please contact David Oakes, Business Services Manager, at

Jes Scheinpflug, LSW is a community organizer and social worker based in Chicago. They are a co-founder of Praxis Group and a volunteer with Brave Space Alliance. Jes runs a peer-led support group for nonbinary folks and acts as a liaison between employers and potential employees as part of the #HireTrans initiative. Jes is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Togo from 2010 to 2012. They are on the Board of Directors of Expanding Lives, a nonprofit based in Chicago that empowers West African women who are the first in their families to attend high school. Jes received their BSW from Illinois State University & their MSW from Loyola University Chicago.

H. Melt is a poet, artist, and educator whose work proudly celebrates Chicago’s queer and trans communities. Their writing has appeared many places including the Chicago Reader, The Offing, and Them, the first trans literary journal in the United States. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring and editor of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. Lambda Literary awarded them the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers in 2017. They’ve also been named to Newcity’s Lit 50 list, as well as Windy City Times’ 30 under 30. H. Melt co-leads Queeriosity at Young Chicago Authors and works at Women & Children First, Chicago’s feminist bookstore.