Software Engineering Manager
Home Chef

Forest Handford is an engineering leader who works as a Software Development Manager at Home Chef, a meal kit and food delivery service. Forest hosts the Practical Leadership podcast.
Forest is a trans woman whose transition began when trans rights were under attack in her state of residence (Massachusetts). In 2018, Forest knew multiple trans folk who were fired due to their gender identity. Forest had to balance her trans rights advocacy against her safety as a frequent business traveler to Egypt, where being LGBT comes with a 10-year prison sentence. Forest has a memoir titled A Trans Feminists Past and has written several novels including a queer sci-fi romance called Flipping.

Early in the pandemic she founded Employee Empowerment, a now defunct website meant to reduce the wage gap. While not at work, she’s bringing her family to foreign countries, corn mazes, conventions, and Burning Man events. Her website is EastCoastGames.com where she publishes video and writes about various topics.

Summits Attended: 2023 Pride

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.