TEA Talks: Acceptance - Love is Love

  • Wed, March 15, 2017
  • 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM
  • American Red Cross, 2700 Southwest Fwy, Houston, Texas 77098

Please join OCA Greater Houston, friends, family, and community partners on March 15th from 6:15-8:30pm at the American Red Cross for Part I of our "Bridge" series, as we discuss expression of love and acceptance for our friends and family regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. 

We will listen to a panel discussion on LGBTQ acceptance with Dr. Nguyen "Tom" Griggs, share our individual experiences on the topic, and discuss immediate actions to take to support and be in solidarity with our LGBTQ community. 

This TEA Talk will be co-facilitated by Melanie Pang and Judy Le.

More on Dr. Nguyen "Tom" Griggs:

Dr. Nguyen “Tom” Griggs is a native Houstonian. He holds an MBA and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Dr. Griggs has been involved in helping college students becom successful in and out of the classrooms for more than 15 years. He is an instructor in Verbal Judo and has certificates in Advanced Negotiations and Conflict Resolution from Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business.

More on Melanie Pang:

Melanie Espinosa Pang is a social worker, who currently serves as a data and program evaluation manager with The Salvation Army of Greater Houston. Throughout her career, Melanie has served in a variety of communities and capacities, aiming to further equity and lived equality -- from advocacy efforts to reduce and prevent childhood obesity in food deserts to serving as a case manager to refugee minors in foster care and young adults experiencing homelessness. In June of 2016, she was appointed to serve as co-chair of Mayor Turner's LGBTQ Advisory Board, the first of its kind in the City of Houston.

More on Judy Le:

Judy has over 18 years of leadership development experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Before starting TakeRoot, she served as the director of Leadership Rice at Rice University. In this role, she created and facilitated classes, workshops, and programs in leadership and professionalism, and worked with organizations across the country to instill a culture of mentoring and talent development.

As an instructor for the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University, she teaches a course on the Art and Practice of Influencing Without Authority. Judy started her career at Deloitte Consulting as a change leadership practitioner. She has also served as program director for Leadership Houston and is a lead facilitator for LeaderShape, a national leadership institute. She is a board member of Girls, Inc of Greater Houston. 

We will be live tweeting during the event! Be sure to follow us @ocahouston! Don't forget to use #TEATalks for questions/comments!

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