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

Speakers:

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    Benjamin Firth
    Benjamin Firth
    Communications and Engagement Leader, LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    EY UK
    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 UK plc
    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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    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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