Coming out in a TED Talk? That was hard. Watching the talk with my co-workers? Even harder.

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For Morgana Bailey, it was nerve-wracking enough to step on the TED stage and reveal that she is a lesbian — a fact she’d kept hidden for 16 years. But walking into a viewing party to watch the talk with her co-workers? That brought a whole new level of anxiety.

“I live in a very conservative community,” explains Bailey, who directs State Street’s Global Human Resources data management team and works out of the financial services company’s office in Kansas City, Missouri. “I just wasn’t sure how some people would react.”

When Bailey spoke at TED@StateStreet — a TED Institute event held in November, 2014 — the company brought together employees from across its offices in 29 countries to give and listen to 15 talks. But the event was held in London, and Bailey was the lone representative from Kansas City. While she’s often on conference calls with people…

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