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Badass Women at Any Age

Mar 15, 2022

Wynne Nowland realized at an early age that she was not like the other kids.  Unable to share her real feelings until later in life, Wynne’s evolving process of transitioning from Wayne to Wynne was a journey of self realization, acceptance, and communication.  Wynne is the CEO of Bradley and Parker and at the age of 56, Wynne came out as trans to her entire company in an email which was featured in the Wall Street Journal saying, “You’ve all known me as Wayne, but tomorrow morning I will arrive to work as Wynne”.  She was already out to her family and many friends, but coming out at work was the final step to being who she truly was and almost everyone at her firm greeted her with open arms.  As one of very few trans CEOs, Wynne provides a unique insight on trans issues and workplace topics as a trans business leader and entrepreneur.  Listen to this episode to learn more about Wynne’s unique badass story.

What You Will Hear in This Episode: 

  • Wynne’s journey and the uniqueness of her public transition in the world of business.
  • The impact of self realization and self discovery.
  • The process of understanding, accepting, owning, and communicating who you are.
  • Role models and inspiration.
  • Timing the decision to transition and privilege.
  • Public perception and reaction.
  • Negative experiences amongst the mostly positive experiences.
  • Making assumptions vs one on one connections.
  • Normalizing experiences to eliminate bias.
  • Lessons learned, advice and seeking help.
  • Empowering women and women’s issues in the workplace.


  • “When you are really able to live and be your authentic self,  there certainly is a tremendous sense of peace and relief.”
  • “The one thing we can’t get more of is time.”
  • “People are better than, a lot of times, we give them credit for.”
  • “The way we get acceptance and the way we all get along together is when we normalize differences.”
  • “Women are much tougher on themselves than their male counterparts.”
  • “Nobody does a better balancing act than a woman”


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