TransNewYork Board

Meet Our Board Members

Stephanie Battaglino

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

In addition to her Board responsibilities, Stephanie also spearheads the organizational education initiatives of TransNewYork and is also the director of the organization’s speakers bureau. In addition to her roles at TransNewYork, Stephanie currently sits on the Board of PFLAG National and is the Chair of the organization’s Business Advisory Council. She is a past board member of the following organizations: the LGBT Community Center of New York and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF).

Stephanie possesses over 40 years of management and leadership experience in marketing, advertising and communications within the Fortune 100. Stephanie 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. She resides in Palm Desert, California with her wife, Mari and their cats, Aengus and Fionna.

William Self

The Board of Directors of TransNewYork is pleased to announce that William Self has joined TransNewYork’s Board.

Bill is currently the Director for Library Services at Lenox Hill Hospital/Northwell Health and previously held the position of Executive Director of The Medical Library Center of New York, a consortium headquarters for over 70 metropolitan academic and hospital medical libraries.

No stranger to TransNewYork’s programs, Bill comes to the Board with extensive experience in non-profit management. At Lenox Hill, Bill serves as a voice for LGBTIQ staff as well as LGBTIQ patients and their families on a number of committees and councils including the Advisory Council to the Executive Director, the Lenox Health Community Outreach Health Education Council, Lenox Hill Hospital LGBTIQ Employees Council (as Co-Chair), and the LGBT Medicine Program for Lenox Health Greenwich Village Advisory Committee. He is also the founder and coordinator of Lenox Hill’s Pride on the Hill Celebrations.

Along with his husband, Kevin Uhrin, who currently sits on the LGBT Advisory Committee to the NYPD Commissioner, they support a number of other LGBTIQ organizations including Live Out Loud, Immigration Equality, OutRight Action International, National Equality Action Team/Freedom for All Americans, GOALny: The Gay Officers Action League of New York, and the NGLCCNY.

Please join us in welcoming Bill to the TransNewYork Board!