TransWork Partners with NExT Philadelphia for "In Solidarity: The Renaissance of Allyship"

IN SOLIDARITY: The Renaissance of Allyship


The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP) Join Week theme is “YP Renaissance: Blaze Your Trail”. Join week empowers chapters across the country to design innovative programs that draw in new members, cultivate a vibrant membership community, and inspire YPs to be powerful forces for positive change in the movement. NExT Philadelphia is thrilled to spotlight the theme 'Getting in Good Trouble,' encouraging young professionals to champion transformative change and hold society accountable.

In Solidarity: The Renaissance of Allyship

Join us for an intimate and impactful forum that delves into the contemporary landscape of allyship. In partnership with TransWork and the Independence Business Alliance (IBA), the LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce for the Greater Philadelphia Region, we will explore historical instances of intersectional oppression and division among minority groups, highlighting both successful alliances and conflicts between movements. “IN SOLIDARITY '' aims to bring together community advocates and DEI leaders, contributing to a profound conversation on the authentic meaning of allyship.

Taking place at Industrious, 901 Market Street Suite 3020, this in-person gathering promises to be a transformative experience where civil rights meets social justice. Discover how allyship can make a difference and learn practical ways to support marginalized communities. Engage in thought-provoking discussions and hear from influential speakers who are passionate about creating a more inclusive society. The program will begin with a panel discussion, exploring the inherent obstacles and strengths when advocating together as allies. Following this engaging dialogue, attendees will actively participate in an open forum for Q&A. Together, we will devise strategies to amplify our voices and mobilize for lasting change.



Lauren J. Footman, Moderator

Lauren J. Footman is a strategic leader, consultant, and coach that positions organizations and individuals to achieve their desired outcomes. She has experience in corporate, non-profit, higher education and government sectors. Lauren recently served as inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, for a county government.

Sydni Perry-Anderson, TransWork Administrator

Sydni Perry-Anderson (she/her) is the TransWork Administrator with the Independence Business Alliance, Greater Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce. TransWork addresses economic disparity in the trans community, focusing on connecting job-seekers and entrepreneurs with supportive and affirming employers and business partnerships. It was launched in 2018 and is the first trans economic empowerment project housed within a chamber of commerce.

About TransWork: TransWork addresses economic inequality in the trans community, primarily through employment and entrepreneurship. In collaboration with a network of supportive and affirming organizations, employers, and other partners, TransWork connects job-seekers and entrepreneurs with opportunities and resources to help them take the next step towards economic empowerment.We maintain a job board at where job-seekers can find open positions from inclusive and affirming employers, and employers can list their openings as well, and we also host regular training sessions for our partners to engage with the process of becoming more affirming and creating safer and more inclusive workplaces.
TransWork resources include: Job Board -

Ernest Owens, CEO of Ernest Media Empire

Ernest Owens is an award-winning journalist and CEO of Ernest Media Empire, LLC. He is the the Editor of Eater Philly, Political Writer at Large for Philadelphia Magazine, President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, and Regional Vice President of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Mid-Atlantic Chapter). He is the executive producer and host of the hit podcast “Ernestly Speaking!” and host of Philadelphia City Council Live on WURD Radio. He’s the author of the book “The Case for Cancel Culture” that’s published by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers. As an openly Black gay journalist, he has made headlines for speaking frankly about intersectional issues in society regarding race, LGBTQIA, and pop culture. In 2018, he launched his growing media company that specializes in multimedia production, consulting, and communications.

Alain Joinville, Director of Strategic Communications and Programs of Philadelphia Office Immigration Affairs (OIA)

Alain Joinville is the Director of Strategic Communications and Programs for the Philadelphia Office of Immigrant Affairs. As a child of Haitian immigrants, Alain is intimately aware of the challenges and opportunities that immigrants face when they immigrate to the United States. Throughout his adult life, he has worked to improve the lives of immigrants through both professional and volunteer efforts. Alain has over sixteen years of leadership experience in local government. He is passionate about strategic communications and collective impact.

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