Chai R. Feldblum is a former Commissioner at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a Partner and Director of Workplace Culture Consulting at Morgan Lewis. As an EEOC Commissioner, Chai pioneered the effort to cover LGBT people under sex discrimination laws, expanded employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and developed methods for preventing workplace harassment. Prior to serving at the EEOC, Chai was a law professor at Georgetown Law School, where she created and directed a Federal Legislation Clinic that served nonprofit clients. Chai served as the lead drafter and negotiator of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. At Morgan Lewis, Chai helps organizations create safe, respectful, and inclusive workplaces, focusing on preventing and responding to workplace harassment, including protection for LGBTQ employees. Chai grew up in Washington Heights in NYC, is descended from a long line of Hasidic Rabbis, attended Barnard College and Harvard Law School, and clerked for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Dr. Joy Ladin holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award; her recent book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and a Triangle Award. She has also published nine books of poetry, including, most recently, The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New and Selected Poems. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, and two Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Fellowships, among other honors. A nationally recognized speaker on trans and Jewish identity, she also serves on Keshet’s Board of Directors.
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