Dr. Paula Stone Williams is an internationally known speaker on gender equity, LGBTQ advocacy and human understanding. As a transgender woman, Paula brings a unique perspective to her work on gender equity.  She says, "The differences between living as a man and a woman are massive. There is no way an educated white male can understand how much the culture is tilted in his favor, because it is all he has ever known and all he ever will know." 

Whether a corporate meeting, women's conference, company retreat or national gathering, Paula's unique perspective and story-telling skill delights both men and women as she humbly and effectively advocates for gender equity, LGBTQ rights and appreciation for the differences among us.

Paula has been the CEO of a large religious non-profit, the editor-at-large of a national magazine, host of a national television show and a corporate consultant. With her doctoral thesis on the DiSC Personality Profile, Paula has led hundreds of corporate boards and work teams to become more efficient and productive. Paula has served as an adjunct university professor in the United States and Europe, and is the author of eight books, including She's My Dad, co-authored with her son, Jonathan.

In addition to her public speaking and corporate consulting, Paula currently serves as a pastor at Left Hand Church in Longmont, Colorado, where she also maintains a counseling practice.

Paula has been featured in The New York Times, New York Post, Denver Post, NPR, New Scientist, Radio New Zealand, and Colorado Public Radio She has spoken at TEDWomen, TEDxMileHigh and Retail Week Live, among other events. Paula's recent TED talk with her son, Jonathan, has had over one million views, and her TEDxMileHigh talk on gender equity has had almost two million views. 

Paula is currently working on her memoir where she lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.



Based on her TED talk (over 1.8 million views), Dr. Paula Stone Williams speaks about her experience living as a male and as a female. Are men privileged in ways they do not understand? Do women have to work harder to be seen as leaders? Do men empower each other more than women empower each other? With humor and insight, Paula Williams answer these questions and more, using both empirical data and her experience in both genders to explore the difference between equality and equity. Attendees will hear Paula's narrative of her journey, as well as be invited to examine their own lives for subtle and not so subtle ways in which we take in the messages of our culture and live them out in every area of our lives. Men will depart with a greater understanding of their own privilege, and the opportunities to make a difference that come along with that privilege. Women will understand the importance of standing up for themselves and working together to bring about change. Both genders will be asked to examine how we bring our privilege with us in all of our interactions.


Dr. Paula Stone Williams has two masters degrees and a doctoral degree.  Both her second master's thesis and doctoral thesis were focused on using the DiSC Personal Profile System to identify leaders and increase team effectiveness.  The DiSC is one of the most popular and accurate predictors of workplace behavior.  Paula has given and interpreted thousands of DiSC tests over a 30-year period, and has a unique ability to help individuals and groups understand how they might work better together. After taking the test together, Paula will talk about how team members prefer to interact with others and why. She will lead the entire group in gaining an understanding of the four basic work styles and combinations thereof that determine corporate culture. Each attendee will leave with a better understanding of the other members of the team, and how they can work together to increase efficiency and effectiveness.


Over half of those who identify as LGBTQ identify with a specific religion, most as Christian. Eighty-three percent of non-religious Americans are supportive of LGBTQ equality, but only 36 percent of evangelicals are supportive. Why such a disparity between the two groups? Dr. Paula Stone Williams explains the origins of the animosity toward the LGBTQ population, and why she is convinced that positive change is coming soon. She discusses about the three major shifts taking place that will usher in this change, as well as the ongoing challenges that remain. Those who attend the workshop will leave with a greater understanding of the religious landscape, and suggestions of what they can do to bring about greater acceptance toward the LGBTQ population in America.

We hope you were surprised and delighted by Dr. Paula Stone Williams, a transgender pastoral counselor whose moving speech blew the roof off.
— Retail Week Live