In the mid 2010s Jess Bierling came out as transgender several years into her tenure at WellsFargo. Jess was raised male in St. Louis but felt from a young age that that didn’t quite fit. She felt more connected to her feminine side. She said that “out of fear” she ignored those feelings, trying instead to embrace being a man, playing sports and joining the Army. She moved to Des Moines to study actuarial science while grappling with her gender identity.
Jess came out to her wife as a transgender woman in 2010 and a few years after came out at work. The reception was positive, and Wells Fargo’s Employee Assistance Consulting helped Jess develop a plan to transition in place. Jess came out to her team and other coworkers by reading a letter about her experience. Her manager and colleagues were supportive. “It’s weird, because I’m the same person, and yet a change happened,” she said. “Friends can’t place what it is about me that’s so different, but they can tell that I’m happier than I have ever been. I know that’s due to coming out.”