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Keynote + How to use ERGs as support networks

Outline: The ongoing Covid-19 global pandemic continues to have a disproportionate impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ people with an elevated risk of domestic and family violence and “increased social isolation and anxiety”, to date over 220 Pride celebrations around the world have either been cancelled or have been postponed and we know that many LGBTQ+ people are struggling to access HIV treatment and other medical services.

Not only may many of these people may be employees and colleagues in your businesses but all these contributing factors could be greatly impacting on their wellbeing and staff morale. Join LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups leaders as they deep dive into a discussion on how to use ERGs as support network. The panel will also discuss how networks can be used to encourage people to come out and be themselves.

Hear from Benjamin Firth - Associate Director EY as he delivers the morning’s opening keynote.

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Speakers:

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    Benjamin Firth
    Benjamin Firth
    Communications and Engagement Leader, LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    EY
    Ben is Communications and Engagement Leader at EY in the UK. He’s also Co-Chair of Unity, EY’s LGBT+ employee network and a trustee of the charity, MindOut. Ben has over 15 years of corporate communications experience, gained through a variety of sectors in the UK and Australia. He’s passionate about working with leaders to drive positive change, business outcomes and inclusive cultures – all through compelling communication. Prior to EY, Ben spent eight years at the Financial Services Authority and Financial Conduct Authority working in internal and change communications throughout the financial crisis and shake-up of financial services regulation. Before then, he worked in corporate PR at Sydney Opera House and the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Born and raised in Gloucestershire, Ben regularly gets back to the Cotswolds to enjoy the countryside and see his family. He met his Partner while living in Australia. They moved to the UK in 2008 and have been living in North London since. When Ben’s not at a spin class with Psycle London or more recently doing a HIIT at home, he’s usually at theatre or socialising with friends.
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    Damien Shieber
    Damien Shieber
    Head of Culture and Inclusion
    Santander
    Damien is the Head of Culture and Inclusion for Santander UK plc. Alongside the role at Santander, Damien sits on the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter Industry Board as the UK Banking representative and on the Business in the Community Wellbeing Leadership Team with the aim to build a movement that is committed to positioning health and wellbeing as strategic boardroom issues with a particular focus on mental health; driving collective action through evidence-based, practical solutions. As the Head of Culture and Inclusion for Santander in the UK, Damien leads the development of the culture strategy identifying the overall cultural themes to support the alignment of purpose, values and behaviours across 23,000 colleagues. Included in his responsibilities are culture, employee wellbeing, inclusion and diversity, culture measurement, people insights & data and employee engagement. Prior to taking up this role, Damien was the Head of Performance Management designing and implementing a cultural change programme and as a secondary role was part of a HR Global Project Team as a Global HR Transformation Director for Performance Management, developing a harmonised approach to performance management across all countries in Group Santander for 200,000 employees. Damien previously worked at the BBC in Talent and Organisational Development leading the pan-BBC Talent identification, assessment and development long term strategy and for RWE Group (Utility provider) in Essen, Germany and Swindon as a Talent and Development Lead focusing on key cultural change and talent programmes aligned to the business strategy. Damien started his career in consulting with Capita Group.
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    Neil Reavey
    Neil Reavey
    Associate Director, Research Assurance | Global Inclusion & Diversity Council
    AstraZeneca
    Neil is Associate Director of Research Assurance for AstraZeneca at their headquarters in Cambridge UK. He started out his career as a Junior Research Technician, progressing to the role of Senior Scientist, before switching direction to focus on Research Ethics, whilst working for AstraZeneca in the US. He is a graduate of Business Management and holds a MSc in Organisational Change & Strategy, both of which underpin a keen interest in organisational psychology and culture. A diverse perspective has helped him shape the dialogue about ethics and transparency in research, and he has led global programs that promote and celebrate sustainable innovation. For more than 15 years Neil has been driving the Inclusion and Diversity conversation in the workplace, and co-founded AstraZeneca's LGBTQ+ Employee Network AZPride. In addition, Neil is the External Insights lead on the AstraZeneca Global Inclusion and Diversity Council, chaired by CEO Pascal Soriot. Outside of work, he is on the board of trustees for Cambridge LGBTQ+ youth charity The Kite Trust, and Co-Chairs the Proud Science Alliance, a global cross-sector initiative to further LGBTQ+ inclusion in life-science and healthcare.
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    Chloë Davies
    Chloë Davies
    Head of PR & Partnerships
    myGwork
    Chloe Davies is an activist, proud bisexual woman, mother of two, chef and entrepreneur, who campaigns for inclusion and equality in social spaces, corporate organisations and the wider community. She spent over 15 years working in retail, artist management and PR before starting her own company in 2015. Chloe is Head of PR & Partnerships for myGwork - The global recruitment and networking hub for LGBT professionals and organisations promoting diversity and inclusion. Chloe volunteers with UK Black Pride (UKBP) as the Strategic Officer, working closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to help shape the future of UK Black Pride. She is also the Community Lead for the London Queer Fashion Show - An annual showcase of fashion, identity, and expression.
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    Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor
    Head of Content Enrichment and Publication
    RS Components
    Preston is Chairman of the employee-led, SPECTRUM LGBTQ+ community within RS Components, in his own words "I believe everyone should be able to bring their true selves to work. We have created an open and honest environment, whilst shining a light on diversity and inclusion through our campaigns and events. As a proud transman, I am always willing to answer questions, provide insight, mentor, guide, or just listen." Preston is currently Head of Content Enrichment and Publication and divides his time between digital transformation and his tireless work for the community. "Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken" - Oscar Wilde
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    Peter Lewin
    Peter Lewin
    Senior Director, Strategy & Marketplace Insights
    Levi Strauss & Co.
    Peter Lewin is Senior Director of Strategy & Marketplace Insights, Europe, for Levi Strauss & Co., where he is responsible for artificial intelligence in addition to strategy and consumer insights. Peter serves as a member of the European Leadership Team, a founding member of the European Impact Accelerators and Diversity Council, and sponsor of Unlabeled - the European LGBTQ+ and ally employee network. Before joining Levi Strauss & Co., Peter worked in the Technology Advantage practice in BCG’s London office. He has also been a member of the Strategic Planning Group of American Express, where he led a variety of digital projects, has consulted on a freelance basis for LVMH and News International, and had a previous career in investment banking with UBS in New York and London.
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    Kay Hallsworth MA, MIHM, Chartered Fellow CMI
    Kay Hallsworth MA, MIHM, Chartered Fellow CMI
    Medical Services Officer
    Royal Navy
    Compassionate and inclusive, I am a highly experienced specialist with a history of delivering medical operational capabilities in the military industry. I have a broad portfolio of skills including operational planning and support; emergency planning and management; healthcare governance and assurance; people management including work in diversity and inclusivity; coaching and mentoring; communication and social media lead for internal employee support networks. Ambassador for Association of Royal Navy Officers and RN Officer’s Charity Ally for Compass, Royal Navy Gender and Sexual Identity Network. RN Patient Link for CANDID, Chronic Illness and Disability in Defence Network.
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