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Daily Schedule for Thursday March 23, 2017

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7:00A "Good Morning Keystone!" Workout @ 7 am Cheryl Katon Workout Area


Join Cheryl for this quick, 20-minute workout which will include yoga, stretching as well as a little cardio and dance. With only 20 minutes you won't see results during the conference, but maybe you'll be inspired to create and stick with your new 'Keystone' Resolution! You'll have fun with everyone and each routine will help you trim and re-define your shape to enhance your figure. Be sure to wear work out attire and tennis shoes and don’t forget your water bottle and yoga mat (if you’ve got one). This is a great way to start your day in a judgement free environment among friends. The journey to a new and healthier you starts now.
This is a Keystone Co-Event and not directly associated with the Keystone Conference. Co-Events are activities/events hosted by trusted organizations, businesses and people who are extending a special invitation to all Keystone participants. For more information about this event, please contact the host of the event directly.
9:00A SO Sanctuary Suite 543


The "Spouse & Significant Other Sanctuary" is a reguge, open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to all spouses and significant others of transgender partners ONLY. It is a place where you, the partner of a transgender person, can relax and speak freely to other spouses and significant others.

In the evening, the SO Sanctuary is opened further to spouses/SO's and their trans-partners for various receptions.

Keys for the sanctuary may be obtained from our sanctuary leaders or from the Keystone Conference Registration Desk. Our sanctuary leaders are always just a phone call away to offer their shoulder, support, encourage and stand with you. You may contact them at (717) 508-7292. Please join us in supporting each other--there is hope and help, together.
9:00A Spouse & Significant Other Coffee, Donuts & Sanctuary SO Directors Suite 543


Come meet other spouses and significant others for coffee and donuts as we begin the Keystone weekend.  This is open ONLY to spouses and significant others of transgender partners.  It is a place where you, the partner of a transgender person, can relax and speak freely, from any point of view, to other spouses and significant others. Our sanctuary leaders are here to support you, offer their shoulder, encourage you and to stand with you. Please join us in supporting each other.There is hope and help as a group.  For more information, or to contact our Spouse/Significant Other program directors Sara, Karen & Cindy, please call (717) 508-7292.
9:00A Where Are You Going and How Will You Know When You Get There? Continuing Education Alexis Lake TBA

Alexis
Lake


An interactive workshop that will explore the range of answers to the question "What is your destination? Male? Female? Trans? Other? How and why did you decide that? Do you have a course laid out? How fast or slow will you go? When will you arrive, and how will you know you are there? Who have been your role models both positive and negative? Will you enjoy the journey? What is right for YOU? Let’s talk!

This session is designed for anyone who wonders how others think about these questions, including helping professionals. I hope to help people better understand the many different ways of thinking about gender, and presentation, and perhaps to better understand their own travel plans.
9:00A Providing Support Systems for Transgender Inmates Continuing Education David Radziewicz
Dr. Wayne Popowski
TBA

David
Radziewicz


Incarceration of transgender inmates has troubled many trans-advocates and activists for many years. The support system developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) with the assistance of TransCentralPA could serve as a model for correctional activities around the U.S. The attendee should come away with an example of a model support system for trans-identified inmates that could be applicable in a variety of locations. In January of 2016, PA DOC determined to create a support system under the provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination of 2004 also known as (PREA). The PA DOC is providing a monthly support meeting for transgender-identified inmates in the PA prison system. Initially, TransCentralPA provided training (Transgender 101) to all 26 Superintendents of the state prisons as well as the Deputy Secretaries, the 26 PREA Managers, the PREA Compliance Managers, and to the members of the PA Prison Society. The support system utilizes the video conference capability available in the units and facilitated by members of the DOC as well as members of TransCentralPA.
9:00A Navigating My Health Before/During/After Transition Liz Leen TBA

Liz
Leen


Navigating Transition is difficult and there are a lot of hoops to jump through. Once the transition is complete what happens next? How do I find an affirming provider? Do I need to come out to my provider(s)? Are there medical exams and tests I should be getting? How do I navigate my health insurance? This workshop will address recommended health care screenings for individuals and provide an open discussion about insurance coverage.
9:00A Transgender Spirituality Kenneth Dollarhide TBA

Dr. Dollarhide


This seminar will raise the question of why so many religious fundamentalists and dogmatic secularists have problems accepting transgender and transsexual people. In some cases, particularly among religious fundamentalists it seems this prejudice is grounded in a particular translation of a text and/or scripture. In the case of the secularist they often do not want facts to cloud their opinions and so they develop "theories" to explain away transpeople and set themselves up as "experts" in the field of transgender and transsexual studies.
9:00A Finding the Best Wig for Your Face Shape Laurie Chism TBA

Laurie
Chism


  • Have you ever wondered if your wig is right for your face shape?
  • Have you wondered what coloring matches your skin tone?
  • Have you wondered how to style your wig natural hair as you transition?
  • Have you questioned how to properly care for your hair/wig?
  • Have you wondered what the difference is in a $60 wig and a $600 wig?

    • If you answered yes to any of these questions this workshop is for you. Join style and lifestyle expert Laurie Chism, in this fun an interactive and educational workshop see your confidence level soar as you learn the skills to expertly style your wig/hair. Laurie Chism will both entertain and inspire the audience on how to choose what wig looks best for face, shape and color. We will also go over different materials in relation to the wigs and the benefits of the different fibers, with this you can make an informed decision on what material is right for your style goals. The hair market can be confusing with so many different price points we will go over the different price points , materials of wigs how to get the best value for your money. We will also go over fact versus myths on wig/hair care Expect to leave this workshop feeling confident, motivated and well informed.
10:00A Tea Time with Jenny Jenny Jensen Hotel Restaurant


For those of you that are attending the Keystone Conference for the first time or feel you need a little moral support, join Jenny Jensen as she hosts 'Tea Time with Jenny.' It’s an informal gathering of first timers, newcomers and anxious attendees in a comfortable and discreet setting. It’s an opportunity for those that are unsure of themselves and want to start off their Keystone experience on a good footing, learn a little more about the conference and how it can help them.

We can also provide you with a Big Sister or Big Brother to help you get through the apprehension, worry and nervousness you might be feeling attending the Conference. For more information and to sign up for 'Tea Time with Jenny' contact Jenny at HelpingHand@Keystone-Conference.org to start your Keystone Conference off on a positive and enjoyable note.

'Tea Time with Jenny' starts each morning at 10 am in the Dog and Pony Lounge.
10:30A Expectations (For Significant Others Only) Alexis Lake TBA

Alexis
Lake


This workshop will discuss how to develop and set expectations not only for the conference, but also in your relationships. It's an opportunity to bounce your ideas off of others with similar circumstances. Come share your concerns and ideas in the privacy of other spouses and SOs with therapist Alexis Lake. This workshop is open only to SOs.
10:30A Transgender People to the Table: Setting the Tone for Change in Pennsylvania Naiymah Sanchez TBA

Naiymah
Sanchez


What are the biggest challenges facing transgender communities in Pennsylvania? How can trans people work together to effect the policy changes we need to guarantee safety, equality and justice for our communities? Join us for an interactive discussion about opportunities to advocate for our rights and make change in Pennsylvania!
10:30A Gender Fluid Sandra Stewart TBA

Sandra
Stewart


An exploration into gender identities in general, and a relatively new one specifically. What gender identity did you adopt, which one adopted you. Discussion will ensue!
10:30A How Do I Take Care of Me Without Forgetting About You? Amy Keisling TBA

Amy
Keisling


The trans journey requires a tremendous amount of self-focus in order to navigate its twists and turns. Your relationships with friends and loved ones can ease the pain of traveling this path alone, but sometimes it can be hard to remember to nurture these connections. This workshop will focus on exploring the challenges participants have faced in navigating relationships during the trans journey.
10:30A Feminizing the Male Face without Surgery Amanda Richards TBA

Amanda
Richards


I will cover makeup application techniques to bring out the female in any male. This will include, foundation application, enhancing the shape of your face with contouring and highlighting, eye shadow application, including how to do a smoky eye, and how to get that pouty looking lip. Attendees should bring their pad and paper to take notes, and I will answer any questions throughout the presentation.
11:00A Introduction to Being Photographed Cassandra Storm TBA

Cassandra
Storm


11:00 AM – 11:50 AM on Thursday Location: Cassandra Storm Photography’s Portrait Studio is located in the Day Room just outside of the Commonwealth Ballroom where everyone gathers for lunch and the Gala. Are you interested in being professionally photographed but nervous to enter the studio for the first time?  Not sure what to wear or how to dress or pose?  Do not fear, we are hosting a light and informal Meet and Greet with Keystone’s official staff photographer, Cassandra Storm.  Our studio is located in the Day Room on the main floor just outside of the Commonwealth Ballroom (near the elevators) where everyone gathers for lunch and the Gala. Let us calm your nerves and answer any questions that you have about being photographed.  We will help you with how to style your clothes and how you should wear your make-up.  We will even show you a couple quick posing techniques that work everywhere from the fun conference candid to the professional studio. Allow us to show you just how fun, easy and quick a portrait sitting can be.  We will also be sharing before and after photographs of our clients and the wonders of our airbrushing technology.  Come visit with us – we are super friendly and would love to meet you!
12:00P Ladies Who Lunch: Dining en Femme Andrea Ziff Dog & Pony Lounge


Dining while expressing feminine poise, posture and mannerisms can be a difficult feat. Join the table to dine “en-femme” with Andrea Ziff as she hosts her interactive “Dining en Femme” seminar. Put your skills to test while learning as Andrea demonstrates the innate difference between male and female dining mannerisms and shares with you, her simple secrets to being a more cultured woman while dining. Participants will dine in the Dog & Pony Private Dining Room rather than the Commonwealth Ballroom and therefore will not be present for the luncheon guest speaker.

You must pre-register for this workshop. Class size limited.
12:00P Thursday Luncheon, "Recognizing Veterans" Col. Sheri Shokowski Commonwealth Ballroom


Sheri Swokowski is a retired Army Colonel with 22 years active and 34 years total service. As such, she is the highest ranking, out, transgender veteran in the country. Sheri is a career infantry officer, has commanded a light infantry company, deployed twice, served on battalion, brigade, state and Department level staffs. She retired in Dec 2004 as the J1 (Dir of Personnel and Manpower) for the Wisconsin National Guard. Other assignments included Organizational Force Integration Officer, Strategic Planner, Mobilization Planner and Army ROTC Instructor/Executive Officer at Univ of WI-Stevens Point. She has been an advocate for transgender rights and Trans military service since she was fired from her government contracted position at USAFMS when she transitioned in 2007. She has advocated for transgender rights on Capitol Hill and worked with National Center for Transgender Equality and Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPART*A) and the Human Rights Campaign. In 2015, she became the first female to wear an infantry uniform at the Pentagon and White House.
1:30P Debutante Outing Debutante Sisters Front Lobby


Looking to do a little shopping or get your nails done but ae a little nervous to go alone? Join our Big Sisters on a Debutante Outing to local stores and shops. They can help you achieve your 'look' and help alleviate any jitters and apprehensions about being out in public. So if you want to get serious about your appearance and learn some of the tricks of the trade come join our Big Sisters. Contact the Debutante Program Director at debutante@keystone-conference.org with questions.
This is a Keystone Co-Event and not directly associated with the Keystone Conference. Co-Events are activities/events hosted by trusted organizations, businesses and people who are extending a special invitation to all Keystone participants. For more information about this event, please contact the host of the event directly.
2:00P 'National Geographic: Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric' (film) Hemlock


In her groundbreaking documentary, Katie Couric explores what the words "gender" and "transgender" mean, and helps break it down for anyone to understand. Katie Couric travels across the U.S. to talk with scientists, psychologists, activists, authors and families about the complex issue of gender.

This film is 90 minutes long.
2:00P The Gender Spectrum and Beyond Continuing Education David Bathory TBA

Dr. Bathory


We live in a binary world that attempts to categorize people into male and female stereotypes. Many people find it difficult or impossible to fit into either of these dichotomies. As individuals try to define their identities somewhere between these two polarities they often become lost. Titles such as trans masculine, nonbinary etc. provide descriptors for some but many people are still left felling undefined. How do you define a persons gender? Do these new titles help or hinder people discovering themselves? What would happen if we erased our societal preconceptions of male and female and started over? Join me in a workshop to help define yourself, and challenge the gender spectrum.
2:00P Unleashing Your Inner Muse: Creativity with a TG Twist Jenny North TBA

Jenny
North


You want to share your story, but you don’t know how? Or maybe writing just isn’t for you? Well, not to worry! There are lots of ways to creatively express yourself, and for trans people the best part is that you’ve already learned all the skills you need to get started. (Even if you don’t realize it!) In this interactive workshop we’ll explore what makes your journey exceptional whether you’ve transitioned and live full-time in your preferred gender or whether this is your first time stepping out of your hotel room. We’ll also talk about different creative outlets that might benefit from a TG spin, knowing when to educate your audience and when to inspire them, and how to have fun with your unleashed creativity!
2:00P How to Transition Successfully on the Job Victoria Datta TBA

Victoria
Datta


This workshop gives transgender individuals who are seeking to transition on the job the necessary tools to reach their goal successfully. In the presentation, we will review 1. The Basics (you need to address when considering transition on the job), 2. The Plan (you need to create), 3. The Execution (how to realize your plan), 4. The Adjustment (it's not all rainbows and unicorns, be prepared), 5. The Integration (remember it's a journey not a single date). This Workshop has been adopted into Federal Govt., I myself along with many others who have attended my workshop in prior years have used it to successfully transition in their own workplace.
2:00P Getting Out and About Jan Brown TBA

Jan
Brown


Ready to be yourself in the wide world? Jan will share her experiences and the stories she's learned from other transwomen and transmen. She has been out in various places all over the USA. She will talk about her early ventures and will relate her feelings on the journey. For example: Be vigilant and try to be aware of their surroundings. It helps to go places with others. There are a lot of "what if's" along the way. What would you do if you are stopped by the police en route somewhere? What if you recognize someone or someone recognizes you? What would it be like to attend a show on Broadway? Where do I go to the bathroom? This will be an interactive presentation and will include discussion of family situations. Hopefully, we'll all learn new ideas to enjoy our life even more.
2:00P The Civil Rights of Identity Intersectionality and the Relationship to “Religious Freedom” Joanne Carroll TBA

Joanne
Carroll


Today, many on the far right of the political spectrum as well as many within the "evangelical" Christian community are claiming that the actions to end discrimination against marginalized communities violate their religious freedom. This seminar will provide the attendee with an introduction to the following: 1. What the founders really thought about the formation of our democracy. 2. The Constitutional background for LGBT equality. 3. Existing laws providing discrimination protections 4. What we can do to advance our rights
3:30P Know Your Rights When Stopped by the Police Continuing Education Julie Zaebst TBA

Julie
Zaebst


“Walking while trans” isn’t a crime, but we know police and other law enforcement stop trans people every day. What are your rights if you are stopped by police? What can you do to protect yourself? And where can you turn if you have been unjustly profiled? Join the ACLU of Pennsylvania for discussion and training on your rights when interacting with law enforcement.
3:30P Sucessfully Traveling by Air while Presenting En-Femme Geeta Tg TBA

Geeta
Tg


If there is one Transgender topic that I'm asked to speak to more than any other it would undoubtedly be air-travel while dressed "en-femme", that is - as a woman. The mere thought of negotiating the numerous challenges - be it identity documentation, TSA screening, interaction with those seated next to you on the aircraft, or simply being on public display are such that most members of the community will never rise to this particular challenge. From my point of view I think this is unfortunate since flying en-femme is not only do-able, but I have found it to be one of the most fulfilling accomplishments on my transgender journey. In this workshop we will cover everything you need to know to travel by air successfully and enjoyably as a transgender person. With part of my career spent in the employ of a major airport authority, and more recently traveling at least a dozen flights a month to over 60 countries, the presenter will cover every part of the airport/flight experience in detail as it applies to our community, including profiling, Whole body scanners, identity reqirements, how to handle enhanced searches, what to wear ( or not ), and most importantly -- how to open up to enjoying the experience and accept the goodness of those you will interact with on your journey.
3:30P Relationship Priorities – Languaging and Negotiation: An approach to keeping the relationship together while transitioning Judith Bienvenu TBA

Dr. Bienvenu


Discussions often focus on the needs of the transitioning transgender individual, somewhat exclusive to the needs of the relationship with a partner. This course will turn the focus to the relationship between the transgender person and their spouse. Transition is a very difficult time for a couple, and frequently leads to the loss of the relationship. We do not believe this has to be the inevitable outcome, and hope to offer our experiences in the hope that others can find them useful. We discuss aspects such as “couples transition,” and skills in languaging and negotiation. These approaches are proven techniques in couples counseling, and have helped us tremendously in our journey through Jude’s transition. Come join us for discussions and exercises that can help bring a new understanding to the power of language and negotiation.
3:30P My Transgender Journey Sheri Swokowski TBA

Sheri
Swokowski


Sheri Swokowski is a retired Army Colonel with 22 years active and 34 years total service. As such, she is the highest ranking, out, transgender veteran in the country. Sheri is a career infantry officer, has commanded a light infantry company, deployed twice, served on battalion, brigade, state and Department level staffs. She retired in Dec 2004 as the J1 (Dir of Personnel and Manpower) for the Wisconsin National Guard. Other assignments included Organizational Force Integration Officer, Strategic Planner, Mobilization Planner and Army ROTC Instructor/Executive Officer at Univ of WI-Stevens Point. She has been an advocate for transgender rights and Trans military service since she was fired from her government contracted position at USAFMS when she transitioned in 2007. She has advocated for transgender rights on Capitol Hill and worked with National Center for Transgender Equality and Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPART*A) and the Human Rights Campaign. In 2015, she became the first female to wear an infantry uniform at the Pentagon and White House.
4:15P DIY Couture Susannah Robinson TBA

Susannah
Robinson


Participatory mini-workshop on Do-It-Yourself Couture -- specifically, making relatively inexpensive outfits for occasions like the Keystone Gala. We'll start with making up a dress form, and then move to the black skirt outfit I made for the Gala last year and the dress I've made for this year's Gala as examples of what can be done quite reasonably using off-the shelf components. [The inspiration for his year's dress is the IBM-Watson Marchesa dress that Karolina Kurkova wore to the Met Gala.] If interested participants can bring articles/outfits they've created, we can share tips and techniques.
5:00P Couples' Wine & Cheese Social SO Directors Suite 543


Come join other couples in the SO Sanctuary for wine and cheese.
5:00P Friends of Bill W. Meeting Ash


This meeting welcomes those who think they have a problem with alcohol and/or any other substance, and will be based on the program of Alcoholics Anonymous, a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help others to achieve sobriety.
5:00P Thursday Reception Dog & Pony Lounge


Gather in the Sheraton's Dog & Pony Lounge for some social time!
5:30P Central PA Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Mixer TransCentralPA Assemble Area


Come meet our local business leaders for a joint Keystone and Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Mixer. Bring your business cards and 30 second elevator speech.
6:00P Hollywood Casino & Penn National Race Track Suzane Oliva Front Lobby


Dining at Hollywood is always a special experience. They offer a variety of choices, each with its own special flair, unique flavors, and the kind of red-carpet service you deserve. Take a look at the following page to see what they’ve got and get a taste of Hollywood. Hollywood Casino features over 2,450 reel, video slot and video poker machines ranging from one penny to $100, with all the hottest games currently available. And with over 50 table games and 16 poker tables, Hollywood Casino has a game for everyone.

Don't forget your bus ticket and a photo ID! The casino will check to see that you have an ID--not what the picture looks like!
6:00P ''Killing for the Crown'' Mystery Dinner Cheryl Katon Salon A


We know you've just been DYING to be in a beauty pageant! Join us for this years murder mystery event Killing for the Crown.....

After a week of competing in the nation’s most prestigious beauty pageant, the contestants, judges and coaches are invited to a pre-pageant party the night before the final round of competition.

With the crown on the line, everyone seems desperate to gain the competitive edge on their rivals...and for one guest that means murder!

During this event each guest will actively participate, investigate, sleuth and wear your best pre-pageant ensemble! Prizes will be awarded for Miss Congeniality and other awards based on poise, appearance, demeanor and ruthless cunning.
6:30P Keystone Bingo! Jenny Jensen Salon C


Come celebrate Keystone’s 5th annual BINGO party with your friends, colleagues and fellow Keystone attendees. Keystones Bingo Night is back with more prizes, fun trivia, plenty of pizza and soft drinks for everyone. Bingo Girls and Boys from the four corners of the earth, or, at least Pennsylvania have been eagerly waiting all year to have a chance to win valuable prizes, meet old and new friends, eat some delicious pizza and have a great time eagerly waiting for the Big Bingo Bonanza to come their way.
8:30P Karaoke in the Dog & Pony Lounge TBA Dog & Pony Lounge


Come and join us for Karaoke in the Dog & Pony Lounge! You've shown us your inner woman, now bring out your inner Diva! Belt out a ballad! Croon your tune! Raise the roof on some rock and roll! And even if you don't want to sing, you won't want to miss Keystone's very own version of American Idol!
9:30P Couples' After Party Reception SO Directors Suite 543


Join other couples in the SO Sanctuary for some social time.
9:30P Keystone Dance Party Ray Smith Salon E


Come join us for the Keystone Dance Party in Salons C, D & E.

 

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