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WorkPride 2023: Allyship Around the World: A Global Perspective

Allyship is an important part of ensuring that all marginalized communities are supported to thrive and succeed, be it socially or in the workplace. But what does true, authentic allyship look like, how do we extend that support globally, and how can you ensure that your allyship journey is intersectional? Join our panel of professionals in discussing how to uplift marginalized communities and identities within, and beyond, our own community. 

- Join the next WorkPride 2023 event here: WorkPride 2023: WorkPride Day 5 Opening Keynote

Sponsored by: State Street and Fitch Group

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    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Business Development Director
    Michelle Raymond is the Business Development Director at myGwork, a global networking hub and job board for LGBTQ+ professionals and graduates. In addition to being a public speaker and D&I consultant, Michelle is also an accomplished musician who performs under the artist name ‘Michi.’ She has graced the stage with some of the biggest names in music today including Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor, DJ Marshmello, Rita Ora, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
  • Meghan Neenan, CFA
    Meghan Neenan, CFA
    Managing Director
    Fitch Group
    Meghan Neenan is a managing director in Fitch Ratings’ financial institutions group and the North American head of Non-Bank Financial Institutions. Her coverage includes alternative and traditional investment managers, hedge funds, pension funds, securities firms, business development companies, consumer and commercial finance companies, and leasing companies. Meghan is also the North American Ally Chair for Fitch Pride.
  • Jason Shand-Rodger
    Jason Shand-Rodger
    People Business Partner
    Hello, thank you for taking the time to read this. Originally from the coast of Essex I moved to London over 12 years ago with my now husband. After achieving my CIPD level 5 in Human Resources Management I began my career as a HR generalist and am now a People Business Partner at a great scale up IT consultancy here in London. Being the type of person I am, I love all things people and really enjoy making connections with others, understanding different points of view and seeing people grow and develop. Away from the world of work, I play rugby got an LGBTQ+ inclusive rugby team in South London, it's a game I have loved playing since I was a teen and now feels amazing that I get to experience it with people of our community.
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    Keiran Bailey
    Keiran Bailey
    Diversity & Inclusion Advisor
  • Jen Polzin
    Jen Polzin
    PRIDE Co-Chair
    Jen is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) activist with an LGBTIQA+ focus. She co-chairs the LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Employee Resource Group (ERG) at JTI an international company with about 46,000 employees. Her passion and main objectives are bringing together queer employees, raising awareness for the LGBTIQA+ community and building allyship to maintain a global safe space. As a DEI speaker Jen is involved with many projects and initiatives. She was recognized as PROUT PERFORMER 2022 of the PROUT AT WORK Foundation. Jen is based in Germany.
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    Amelia Conway
    Amelia Conway
    Associate Manager, Enterprise Center of Excellence
    Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I'm a transgender woman that works for Sanofi as a data analyst. I've been working here for almost 5 years, and transitioned after working here for 3 years. I'm celebrating living as my authentic self for almost 2 years now, and it's been a pleasure to have had this opportunity! If I had to sum up my background in a sentence, my way of working is to "do the best you can with what you have, even if you don't have everything you need." Sometimes, not all of the variables we need are known, but that doesn't mean we can't put our best foot forward. I enjoy solving complex, data-oriented problems, and getting those around me excited and energized to engage with them. I believe in centering those problems around key customer needs - not simply developing technology for technology's sake. Outside of technology, I enjoy presenting, public speaking, and teaching. I'm always happy to lend a helping hand if there's an opportunity to do so. Please reach out and introduce yourself, I would love to meet you!
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