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Panel: Executive Sponsors

Paul Reed, chairman of mygwork will be chairing this panel with global leaders. 

Outline: A discussion on the role of Executive Sponsors in empowering successful ERGs within your workplace, why they are effective in being sponsors of change, and sharing tips and best practices on their experiences. If you are looking to launch an LGBT employee network, we highly recommend this panel.

Our panel will also discuss

  • Strategies to be an efficient executive sponsor
  • ERG funding
  • Why is it vital for ERGs to secure management buy-in?
  • How to secure management buy-in

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  • Paul J. Reed
    Paul J. Reed
    Chairman and non executive director
    Paul spent his whole career in BP in a variety of posts predominantly in supply, trading and business development. He worked in 6 countries in 3 continents, and among his roles he was a crude and oil products trader, ran the Mergers and Acquisitions department, was head of Strategy for the Refining and Marketing business, and for seven years was the Chief Executive of BP’s International Trading division of 4000 staff in 40 offices worldwide, responsible for all trading globally of oil, gas and foreign exchange for BP. He was active at different stages on the group chief executive’s diversity council, and was executive sponsor of BP’s LGBT and of their Ethnicity employee networks. He was for three years named in the top ten of the Financial Times Outstanding in Business LGBT leaders and today works as a non-executive Director of three international companies.
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    Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore
    SVP, The People Team
    Lisa leads Verizon Media’s People Operations, Talent and HR Business Partner teams globally. That's a team of 75 team members in 10 countries. She and her HRBP team are strategic talent partners to business leaders. They bringing that voice and the business’ requirements to program owners in the HR Centres of Excellence to ensure delivery of targeted and tailored programs which propel the business forward. Through the shared service and operations teams, Lisa strives to create and continuously improve friction-free processes and delivery, striking a balance between streamlined automation and human touch. Lisa spent 15 years in various HR Business Partner roles before moving from London to New York with AOL in 2017 to take up her current role at Verizon Media (merger of Yahoo! and AOL). Her scope has included global HRBPs, global shared services teams, operations, HRIS tools & technology, Employee Relations, Contingent Workforce and the Program Management Office. Lisa studied Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish) at The University of Sheffield in the UK before embarking on a career in HR. She has worked in various global companies across multiple sectors from professional services to media and tech. She also ran a small start up and her own independent HR consultancy whilst on her second maternity leave. Lisa has lived and worked in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and now the US. Lisa is a Board Member at HMI: the Hetrick Martin Institute, the largest and longest-standing organisation in the US founded on the belief that all young people, regardless of sexual identity and orientation deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. She is executive sponsor of the PRISM ERG, Verizon Media’s employee resource group for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies. When she is not at work, she hangs out with her 2 teenage kids, walks her dog Captain, spends whole days in thrift stores and listens to all kinds of music. She ran the New York marathon in 2018 (her 3rd).
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    Tamara Box
    Tamara Box
    Managing Partner, EME
    Reed Smith LLP UK
    I am the Managing Partner for Europe & the Middle East of top 20 international law firm Reed Smith LLP, a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team and its global board, as well as a market leading finance lawyer. In 2019, I was ranked 30th in the Global Yahoo Finance HERoes Women Role Model List and shortlisted for Woman in Law at the British Legal Awards. In 2018, I was Highly Commended as Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society of England & Wales and ranked 15th in the Financial Times & HERoes 100 Champions of Women in Business list. I also ranked 9th in the Financial Times & HERoes 50 Champions of Women in Business list in 2017. I was named the Champion of Rising Stars (Mentor) in the We Are the City Rising Star Awards in 2016 and also won the Mentor of the Year at the Women of the Future awards in 2016. I’ve been named a Top 30 Inspirational Woman and Champion of Diversity by Brummel Magazine. I am a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, on the board of Companions for the Chartered Management Institute and sit on the Advisory Board of charity Theirworld. Finally, I am a member of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and sit on the school’s audit committee.
  • Moriaki Kida
    Moriaki Kida
    Regional Chief Operating Officer
    EY Japan
    Joined the audit practice in New York, NY in 1996 and became an audit partner in July 2007 in San Jose, CA. Served as an audit partner in sectors such as Technology, Diversified Industrial Products, Consumer Products and Energy. Spent 3 years in London as part of Global Professional Practice. Global Capital Markets groups, responsible for global assurance policies, consulted on foreign private issuer (SEC registrant) teams, Audit Quality Reviews, Litigation Support and gave audit and accounting trainings. Based in New York, was the Americas Area Director of Japanese Business Services (JBS) from 2013 to 2016, the largest Japanese Business Service practice Area in our global organization Moved to Tokyo in 2016 to become the Japan Area Deputy Area Managing Partner Founding member of LBGT ERG “Unity” in Japan and was a member of the steering committee bEYond (LGBT ERG) based in the US during the first half of 2000s. Financial Times Top 100 LGBT+ Executives in 2017 and 2019.
  • Hannah Grove
    Hannah Grove
    Chief Marketing Officer
    State Street
    Hannah leads teams at State Street focused on strategy, client onboarding, brand, media relations, content marketing, digital and client experience. She is a member of the Company’s Management Committee, its senior-most strategy and policy-making team. Hannah supports State Street’s revenue growth and client acquisition and retention, and serves to positively influence all constituencies’ understanding of the company. She also serves as executive sponsor for State Street Pride, the company’s LGBTQ employee network, and its Asian Professional Alliance; as a founder of “Leading Women,” a mentoring program for senior women across the company; as an advisory board member for the Company’s Professional Women’s Network; as a member of the company’s Executive Talent and Client Committees, and its Conduct Standards Committee; and serves on the Board of State Street Hangzhou, its operations in mainland China. Prior to joining State Street in 1998, Hannah was marketing director for the Money Matters Institute, an initiative supported by the United Nations, the World Bank and private sector companies to foster sustainable development in emerging economies. Earlier in her career Hannah owned and operated a public relations firm in London. She moved to the US as communications director of the World Economic Development Congress in Washington, DC. Hannah has been named to American Banker’s annual list of “Most Powerful Women in Banking” 2017, 2018 and 2019; to OUTstanding’s list of top LGBTQ allies for the past four years; and for the past three years to the HERoes Champions of Women in Business list of female role models helping to increase gender diversity. Hannah currently serves as a board member of Project Bread, which focuses on eradicating hunger in Massachusetts, and as a member of the fund board for the Boston Public Library. She previously served as the president of the board of directors for the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime community in Boston for disadvantaged women. LinkedIn Profile ; Twitter: @HannahGrove9
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