Sady Fischer joined the GAGV Board in January 2017. She is a dynamic, highly sought after queer, feminist, Latinx speaker who is known for her energy and passion around social justice issues.
Sady is the Inclusion Programs & Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Inclusion at Excellus BCBS, where she updated the company’s Gender Transition Guidelines and led staff in its implementation; initiated and led the company’s first-time participation in the Puerto Rican Day Parade; and most recently accepted the role as Chair of Excellus’ LGBTQA Employee Resource Group.
Sady holds a Bachelor’s in Gender Studies from Empire State College and is a Certified Diversity Professional.
As a result of her own intersecting identities, she has a strong passion for women, Latinx and LGBTQ issues. Sady is involved with many community initiatives, which include serving as the Co-Chair of Latinas Unidas’ Soy Unica! Soy Latina! Rally and Co-Chair of FR=EE’s Summit on Race Education Committee. She is a Facilitator with the United Ways’ Pride in Leadership Development Program; a Trainer with the Gay Alliance’s LGBTQ Academy and member of the Speakers Bureau; Senior Facilitator with the National Coalition Building Institute’s Rochester Chapter; and Facilitator with the YWCA’s Racial Equity Program. She is also the Co-Founder of Ambush Rochester.
In 2015, Sady graduated from the inaugural class of the Pride in Leadership Development Program (PLDP). She completed the United Way’s Latino Leadership Development Program in 2008. In 2016, she joined the core team of collaborators from Excellus, the United Way and the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, in developing and implementing the 2016 PLDP program.
Sady was the 2015 Recipient of Latinas Unidas’ Reconocimiento Volunteer Service Award; a 2013 Democrat & Chronicle’s “Woman to Watch”; a 2009 “Latina to Watch” in La Voz; and the 2008 Recipient of the NYS Commissioner’s “Distinguished Service Award” for her work around HIV/AIDS.
When she’s not trying to shift perceptions and break through stereotypes, you will find her with her family: her partner, Leslie, and their 3 boys. “They’re my pride and joy, and motivate me to make a difference in the world!”
“This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” (Gary Lew)