Career Stories: Individual Experiences of Transgender Professionals

Two friends of the college will share their individual stories of navigating their work lives and careers as transgender professionals.

Please join us in creating an encouraging environment for learning and discussion. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your own experiences. 

Pizza will be served at this lunchtime discussion! Register in LyonNet.

Liv Wyatt

Designer/Construction Administrator, Kuhn Riddle Architects

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Liv Wyatt, a native of Virginia, received her architectural education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. She began her architectural career in 1973 with Yates & Berkeley of Portsmouth, Virginia. In 1978 she joined the staff of Gillen Kuhn Riddle & Gray in Amherst, Massachusetts. After returning to Virginia for two years to continue her education, Ms. Wyatt rejoined Gillen Kuhn Riddle & Gray in 1983. In 1988 she accepted a position at Juster Pope Frazier in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts and was named an associate of the firm in 1993. In the fall of 2004, she renewed her association with John Kuhn and Chris Riddle and joined the staff of Kuhn Riddle Architects.

Ms. Wyatt has over 25 years experience as a project manager and has worked on a variety of projects including hospitality facilities, retail centers, schools, athletic facilities, dormitories, museums and public safety complexes. Major institutional projects include the DeWitt Wallace Collections and Conservation Center at Colonial Williamsburg; The Koch Natatorium at Deerfield Academy (in association with Skidmore Owings & Merrill); the Holyoke Fire Department Headquarters and Station 5; the Amherst Police Station; the Longmeadow Police Station; and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. Ms. Wyatt’s collegiate clients have included Smith College, Wheaton College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Ms. Wyatt is active in a number of professional organizations including the Western Massachusetts AIA and the Boston Society of Architects Building Enclosure Council.

Perry Cohen

Executive Director, The Venture Out Project

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Perry Cohen realized a lifelong dream of combining his love of the outdoors, his commitment to social justice, his own trans & queer identity, and his professional life when he founded The Venture Out Project, a non-profit organization that leads backpacking and ski trips for the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition to leading trips for The Venture Out Project, Perry is the lead facilitator and trainer for The Venture Out Project’s gender and diversity training program. He works with colleges, schools and other institutions to develop and deliver a comprehensive and progressive curriculum around gender diversity.

Prior to founding The Venture Out Project, Perry was the Vice President of Talent Management & Leadership Development for the ninth largest privately held company in the US. Perry was a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Team at the company. He was responsible for identifying and developing talent to meet the strategic needs of the organization.

Perry holds an M.Ed and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and earned an M.S. in Sport Administration and Physical Education from the University of New Mexico.

Perry lives with his two children, partner, and their chocolate lab in Western Massachusetts.