Argo Collective works with startups and businesses developing gender inclusive strategies for long-term safety and sustainability. As a queer-owned organization, e offer training, workshops and collaborative labs to improve the lives of trans and nonbinary employees and establish welcoming environments for all identities. We also provide resources for transitioning employees and share strategies for safe and healthy transitions in the workplace.
We are always looking to partner with other individuals and organizations doing this work to spread an intersectional message across the industry that promotes all marginalized identities and de-centers racist, ableist, sexist, classist, transphobic, xenophobic and islamophobic agendas in the workplace and the world at large.
Co-Founder & CEO
Jay Bendett is a strategist and master facilitator who specializes in gender inclusion for workplace communities. Jay founded Argo Collective to transform startups, and corporations into supportive environments for trans and nonbinary identities by developing actionable tools to navigate complex situations.
Through their work with Argo Collective Jay empowers team members to become agents of change in the workplace and the world at large. The artistry behind Argo’s process is the result of years conducting extensive research on Trans inclusion and safety in startups and schools, a Master’s degree in Gender Politics from NYU, and published works in academic journals.
Co-Founder & Creative Director
Max Masure is strategist and creative director at Argo Collective. As a trans-masculine gender inclusion facilitator, Max draws on his personal experience as well as his extensive background in design thinking. Max develops the blueprints for organizations to use creativity, empathy and collaboration to tackle gender inclusion challenges.
For over a decade Max served as an award-winning UX Designer for startups and Fortune 50 companies including Talkspace, Goldman Sachs and IDEO. As vice president of the Paris-based organization Girlz in Web, he promoted women in STEM. Max continues the vital work to improve safety for all identities working with D&I teams from innovative companies around the world.
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Summer Minerva is an educator and performance artist with gender and multiculturalism as focal themes of their work. Summer holds a BA in International Studies and Journalism from the University of Miami and a Masters of Science in Education from the City College of NY. They worked for 5 years as an elementary school special education teacher at Central Park East 1, the Earth School, as well as PS36. Summer currently works to incorporate sociological research and personal storytelling to engage participants in workshops they facilitate.
Natalie Spitzer is a data analyst, combining years of experience working with the Department of Education and a strategic understanding of experiential learning. Her Masters Degree from New York University in Sociology of Education with a concentration in Education Policy lends itself to translating raw data into logistical policy design and successful environmental adaptations.
A word about Pronouns:
Some team members use "They/Them" pronouns. The usage of the singular "they" is now recognized in English Dictionaries as grammatically correct.