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Joanna Wagner
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  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States
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Life Coach (Community Health Program Representative)
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I'd like to network with other transgender people that are succeeding in the workplace and learn about diversity issues faced by others in the trans community.

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Life is Sweet

I'm a happy and independent woman living in San Francisco, CA. I work as a counselor in a mental health clinic. Grad school (MSW or MFT) is looming in my future, soon. I love my job, the city I live in and the people in my extended family.

There was a time when I was a grumpy middle-aged stockbroker. I hated it even though it paid well and I was good at it. There's just not much satisfaction in making money for people that already have lots of money

A lengthy illness gave me a new perspective and I reassessed my direction in life. I learned to live in the moment and go after the things I really wanted. Three years ago I made my transition from male to female. My job is I help mentally ill offenders get jobs, manage their illness and learn to live happier more productive lives. I'm very happy with my choice even though I'll never make the money I did in financial services :)

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Help save a Transgender Mental Health Program in San Francisco

San Francisco's Center for Special Problems has one of the oldest mental health care programs in the country that's focused on people with transgender identities. In addition, many transfolk suffer a variety of other mental health issues like PTSD, depressive /bi-polar disorder, and substance abuse.

CSP's Transgender Program was founded 1n 1966 in the wake of the riots at Compton's Cafeteria. In an effort to prevent more violence, CSP took on not only the mental health issues… Continue

Posted on May 9, 2009 at 5:03pm

California Diversity Council presentation

I was invited to present my story of transition in the workplace by the CDC. The audience was HR and diversity professionals that work in the corporate world. They represented companies such as Robert Half International, Charles Schwab & Co., The American Red Cross and Oracle. The participants were very interested in what I had to say. I talked about my transition at work and how the management team supported me and made the change easy for me and my co-workers. I probably should have… Continue

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 8:46pm

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At 2:05pm on May 7, 2009, Clair Farley said…
Joanne great work at the JVS event. I am so happy you recieved the Employee of the Year 2009 award. Your speach was great and you looked beautiful. Hope to see you soon!
At 2:40am on April 29, 2009, Joanna Wagner said…
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistant one. - Albert Einstein

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