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WorkPride 2023: Creative Queers

What does it mean in 2023 to be LGBTQ+ in the creative industry? Our panel of Queer creatives will sit down to discuss their work and sector, as well as discuss their own route to where they are today. Whether you're looking to get into the industry, learn more about it, or just want to keep up to date on what's happening in the creative world, this is a panel you won't want to miss. Sign up now! 


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Sponsored by: Danaher and Capgemini

DanaherCapgemini inclusive employer

Speakers:

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    Chad Edwards
    Chad Edwards
    Creative Director
    EY
    In my role I design, develop and deliver creative solutions for clients under the EY global brand. I provide and drive creative strategy as a expert and leader with a hands-on approach working with top tier clients, senior key stakeholders and teams across the globe. My core emphasis and passion is a design experience that inspires others. I am a member of Unity, EY’s diversity and inclusion LGBT+ network ensuring that all our people’s voices are heard and valued. This approach not only attracts and retains the best people, but helps get better answers for our clients and our business. I had the honour to serve as the Co-Chair for a number of years and continue today as an ambassador to the network. I'm honoured to be recognised as an LGBT Great Top Gamechanger in 2022. Outside of EY, I serve on the InterBank LGBT+ Financial Services Forum and am a Co-Chair Emeritus; serve as an Advisory Board Member to Telegraph UK's Diversity and Inclusion Conference; P3 Network Brand Advisor; Emeritus Panel Advisor for AdAge Digital
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    Saski .
    Saski .
    LGBTQ+ Inclusion Specialist Consultant
    www.saski.co.uk
    Saski is a well established LGBTQIA+ Inclusion training consultant in both schools and the workplace. She is also a Life Coach and Mentor,  Official PRIDE Host, Interviewer for Podcast, Radio and online. Panel Moderator and Singer.  Saski’s mission is to positively spotlight the LGBTQIA+ community through these various strands of her work and create environments where everyone can be their true authentic self.  In addition she is also a Pride ambassador for Pride Life Magazine, Includability.com and a PRIDE365 Champion. Saski has the unique ability to be versatile on a wide range of subjects, whilst engaging both her audiences and panellists, bringing about the best conversations for education and awareness. Humour meets grace and knowledge meets respect...it’s what Saski does best.  A keen advocate for positive promotion and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and all, Saski has appeared on several BBC TV and Radio shows and panels, promoting inclusion. She has also worked closely with a variety of charities and organisations, as an LGBTQ+ Inclusion trainer, interviewer, and Host.  Collaborations include Inclusive Companies, MyGwork, HR.com, Diva Magazine, Pride Life Magazine and various UK PRIDE’s, Mermaids and Diversity Role Models Youth charities, Clexacon, The British Youth Council and P3 Parenting Network to name but a few.  
Find out more here www.saski.co.uk  and follow Saski on Facebook & Instagram @Saskisinger & on Twitter @Saskisinger1
  • Martin Hiller
    Martin Hiller
    Marketing, Creative + Content Director
    RX Global
    Martin is very people-orientated, has knowledge of human relations, is a good communicator, has an understanding of different cultural groups and enjoys a wide interest in many subjects. He has a critical mind, sound judgement and the ability to learn quickly. He works well under pressure and thrives on meeting tight deadlines. Martin is a hard-working and conscientious individual who perseveres until he has mastered what he has set out to do. From Martin’s achievements and work experience, it is evident that he is easy to get along with and strives for perfection when faced with a task.
  • Fliss Goldsmith
    Fliss Goldsmith
    Inclusion and Belonging Consultant, Emotional Wellbeing and Empowerment Coach, and Speaker
    Fliss Goldsmith Inclusion
    Fliss has worked as an Educational Consultant and Writer for the past 10 years. Her focus is on DEI and Belonging. Advocating for a better representation of LGBTQIA+ people and disabled people in education is a life's mission and pillar of her work. She has written resources for Primary and Secondary Schools, had 2 children's books published and worked in person with students, and in training staff about how a whole school inclusivity approach should function on a practical level. Accessibility underpins all of the work created because she believes fostering an inclusive workplace or educational establishment, cannot be truly immersive if those it is designed for have the barrier of accessibility to it. Fliss works to create safe and welcome spaces for LGBTQIA+ people and their Allies. As a founding member of Pride in Belper, welcoming over 6,000 people to the town in 2019 for the first event Fliss has a personal connection to Pride events across the world. Having scaled up since then. been featured by the BBC and becoming runners up at the 2022 National Diversity Awards, Fliss continues to work year round to ensure that spaces and institutions are accessible and supportive for all. Intersectionality is a special area of interest for her. She has spoken at Pride in Education for the last 3 years on Asexual identities, representation and the current climate of Acephobic language in the media and education curriculum. As Asexuality is not protected under any UK policies or laws and neither is it mandatory or even recommended to be discussed in PSHE in schools, she is passionate about making real change here and creating a robust and visceral legacy for Aces across the world. Having also written and delivered talks, training and speeches and both hosted and appeared in radio, TV and magazine interviews, public speaking is something she feels very comfortable with. Fliss works with SME's and Educational Organisations to explore, support and enrich their DEI & B provision. Fliss opened her Codesign Coaching business in 2023. She provides Emotional Wellbeing and Empowerment Coaching with a focus on inclusion and intersectionality. Meeting her clients where they are, judgement free and working together through careful questioning and exploration to guide them towards their optimal future - whatever that looks like for them. Fliss also hosts an empowering Podcast 'The Way Forward' where she and trusted, experienced guests unpack some of the more difficult situations we face in out daily lives. From trauma to body image, chronic illness to career change - Fliss is committed to providing free, expert emotional guidance for her listeners. She lives by the self penned mantra, 'Whatever the question, let love guide the answer.'
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    Lee Sesoko
    Lee Sesoko
    External Engagement Jr Manager and LGBTQIAP+ ERG Leader
    Novartis Brazil
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    Tom Holmes
    Tom Holmes
    Associate Consultant
    frog, part of Capgemini Invent
    Associate Management Consultant, specialising in innovation and strategy. Proactive, forward looking I value collaborative working, thriving in a team environment. Tom specialises in crafting narratives from varied and complex data sources. I have experience in Extended Reality, Retail, Media, Automotive, and the Financial Services sectors, focusing on brand and innovation strategy.
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