Transitioning in the Workplace

In 2015, Dana Pizzuti was a vice president at a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical firm, overseeing more than 400 people in 30 countries, when she decided to pursue the process of coming out and transitioning. However, as she considered her future and began to research how she would begin a workplace transition, she found resources to be scarce.


Following her transition and her emergence as a powerful advocate for LGBT+ rights, Dana has now written the book she wishes she had when she was transitioning at work herself.


The first guide of its kind, Transitioning in the Workplace is a must-have resource for both employees and managers operating in the increasingly diverse work world of the 21st century. The book offers transgender people and their employers everything they need to know to ensure a successful transition in the workplace, including strategies for coming out to co-workers, recommendations for constructing realistic medical timetables, tips on assembling a work-appropriate wardrobe following a transition, advice for identifying discriminatory behaviors, tactics for evaluating the corporate culture and inclusiveness of a prospective employer, and an easy-to-read breakdown of current laws and existing corporate policies.


The decision to transition takes real courage—the kind of courage that has proven to be an asset in any professional setting. Transitioning in the Workplace acts as a roadmap to ensure that those who transition at work have the tools and support they need to succeed and flourish in their chosen professions.

Praise for Transitioning in the Workplace

"Dana Pizzuti’s book will improve workplaces, open hearts, and save lives. Transitioning in the Workplace does many things at once: it tells moving stories of trans people’s struggles and triumphs; it provides best practices for employers; and above all, it offers hope. Inspiring, pragmatic, and wise.”

—Jennifer Finney Boylan, New York Times bestselling author of She’s Not There and Long Black Veil

“Businesses are improved by actively recruiting and supporting LGBT employees and executives, but we still have a long way to go before we have a truly inclusive workforce. In Transitioning in the Workplace, Dana Pizzuti offers the roadmap that employees and their corporations need in order to get down to the important work of ensuring that everyone—no matter how they identify—achieves equality at work. Both moving and practical.”

—Erin Uritus, CEO, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

“Dana Pizzuti provides a rare and beautiful insight of a health care professional living her truth.  Through Dana's example we learn how one can successfully navigate every aspect of a transition in the workplace. There has never been a life story like this one, and it is told so honestly that everyone can find in it more strength, no matter what the costs to pride and prestige.”

Martine Rothblatt, Chief Executive Officer of United Therapeutics Corporation

"Dr. Dana Pizzuti’s Transitioning in the Workplace offers a thoughtful and practical guide for how to approach the often-complicated experience of becoming one’s authentic self at work. The books reads like a guide from a caring friend with invaluable personal perspective. Beyond giving transgender people valuable advice, Transitioning in the Workplace also offers employers insights into the experience of transgender employees so that they may create affirming work cultures."

—Joe Hollendoner, CEO, San Francisco AIDS Foundation

“[H]onest, informative and inspiring… [Dana Pizzuti] successfully combines candid insight into her own transition with legal advice, practical tips for difficult situations or conversations, and plenty of reassurance. This is an essential read for anyone who wants to learn more about gender transition.”

—Ori Chandler, Managing Director, INvolve