Living your authentic self

Supportive workplace helps Michael transition from Michelle
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/27/2019
Deloitte
Michael Cherny is chief of staff to the national audit practice leadership at Deloitte in Toronto. Credit: Deloitte

When she was seven years old, Michelle Cherny remembers playing video games and creating characters whom she’d call Michael. And when asked to picture herself in 20 years, Michelle drew herself as a basketball player for the Toronto Raptors, wearing number eight — as Michael.

But it wasn’t until 20 years later that Michelle finally went by the name Michael, when he came out as transgender at Deloitte, where he works as chief of staff to the national audit public practice leadership in Toronto.

It was a bold move, announced on LinkedIn on Jan. 8: “Hi, I’m Mike. And today is my first day living my truth.”