Geena Rocero

Founder, Gender Proud

Geena Rocero, born and raised in Manila, Philippines, is a model, public speaker, producer, trans rights advocate and co-host of the 2017 Webby Awards honoree TV show ASPIREist, broadcasted on HLN/CNN.

On March 31, 2014, in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, Rocero came out as transgender at the annual (main stage) TED Conference. Her viral talk has since been viewed more than 4 million times and translated into 32 languages. Rocero is the co-founder of Gender Proud, an award-winning media production company that tells stories on what it means to be trans and gender non-conforming.

She, with Gender Proud Productions, produced and presented Beautiful as I Want to Be on LogoTV highlighting trans youth, and received the 2016 GLAAD media Award. Gender Proud also produced Willing and Able, a 2017 GLAAD Media nominated web series about transgender employment with Fusion TV and worked with Fusion/Univision to produce a TV documentary about transgender athletes, No League of Their Own, which won 2017 Association of LGBTQ Journalists’ Best in Health and Fitness Coverage.

Most recently, she co-executive produced the 2018 GLAAD Media awards-nominated Made to Model, a documentary on nine pioneers and emerging trans models in collaboration with LogoTV, MTV and VH1.

Rocero has spoken at the White House, World Economic Forum, United Nations, and been featured on E’s I am Cait, Candy Magazine cover, Vanity Fair: Trans America, Marriott’s #LoveTravels Campaign and CoverGirl Cosmetics #GirlsCan Campaign. She was also on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar India.

On September 2018, published by Simon and Schuster, she contributed a chapter to the New York Times bestselling book American Like Me co-authored with actress America Ferrera, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani and many others.

Rocero is a board member of the New York LGBT Center and an Ambassador for The Stonewall Inn. She has been featured in media publications such as CNN, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, Today Show, NHK World Channel, HuffPost Live, New York Magazine, Mashable, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, Elle, Entertainment Weekly, People, Variety, Take Part, The Advocate, MTV and others.

Gender Proud | Our global work focuses on empowering marginalized transgender communities around the world, to advocate for their own legal rights.

Closing Keynote Session

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The Honorable Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of California   Geena Rocero, Founder, Gender Proud   Panel Discussion: Strategies for making the most of generational diversity in the workplace featuring: Carla Boragno, Senior Vice President, Global Engineering & Facilities, Pharma Technical Operations, Genentech Lee Jourdan, Chief Diversity Officer, Chevron Carin Taylor, Chief Diversity Officer, Workday […]

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