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Stephanie Battaglino, MBA

Founder and Owner

Company: Follow Your Heart, LLC
Role: Session Presenter  /  Webinar Presenter

2021 Conference Session: Reflections From Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling (S2-A)

As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC (, Stephanie Battaglino is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, author, and workplace diversity and inclusion consultant.

A major voice in the LGBTQ workplace equality movement focusing specifically on transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, Stephanie casts a bright light on all of the pertinent diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues that companies and organizations must face to successfully transform their workplaces into a truly welcoming environment for all of their employees. Stephanie’s warm and personal style engages and enlightens her audiences wherever she speaks.

Stephanie currently sits on the board of PFLAG National and is the chair of their Business Advisory Council. She has proudly served on the boards of the LGBT Community Center of New York and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF). She is also a past member of the Transgender Advisory Committee of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

Her upcoming book, “Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My True Self in Corporate America,” chronicles her life as a corporate vice president at New York Life Insurance Company, where she was the first transgender person to transition on the job in the 165-year history of the company. It is part memoir, part cautionary tale of what it is like to experience a career on both sides of the gender divide. Stephanie’s frank, honest, and vulnerable storytelling paints a vivid picture of what the intersection of gender and gender identity looks like from a decidedly unique point of view.

Stephanie possesses more than 40 years of management and leadership experience in marketing, advertising, and communications within the Fortune 100. She holds a BA in communication from the University of Delaware and an MBA in marketing from the Samuel L. Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is also a graduate of the prestigious UCLA Anderson School of Management’s LGBT Leadership Institute.

Stephanie resides in Palm Desert, Calif., with her wife, Mari, and their cats, Aengus and Fionna.



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