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WorkPride 2023: How to Secure a Career in Science

The Science industry offers so much potential, and so many areas of employment for prospective hires. Over the course of the hour, our panel of industry experts will sit down to discuss their experiences working in the Sciences, the state of play for LGBTQ+ in the sector, and how you can begin your journey to securing a career in science - including what to expect when you start your career! 

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- Join the next WorkPride 2023 event here: WorkPride 2023: Being LGBTQ+ in the Media: What's Changed?

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  • Chelsea Dow
    Chelsea Dow
    People and Culture Manager
    LettUs Grow
    Chelsea Dow is the People and Culture Manager at LettUs Grow, where she’s been fundamental in building the company's dynamic culture. As a founding member of the team, she aids this innovative indoor farming company in scaling up, without compromising the company's core mission and values. With a degree in Environmental Studies from Pace University, Chelsea has nine years experience working in the urban agricultural sector. From educating children on rooftop farms, to managing farmers markets in vulnerable neighbourhoods, to installing hydroponic farms in local businesses, she was a key figure in the sustainable agricultural sector of New York City. She now brings this expertise to LettUs Grow, where she builds a positive and inclusive community focused on sustainability. She ensures the company is transparent in their mission to be ethically sound and environmentally conscious, whilst also looking after the individuals who make this company so special.
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    Devin Ibañez
    Devin Ibañez
    Customer Success Manager and Public Speaker
    Devin Ibañez is the first openly gay Major League Rugby player and is dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy in sport. He hopes to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ athletes and make sport an inclusive space for them. Raised in Boston, MA, Devin played for Major League Rugby team, the New England Free Jacks, in their 2019 exhibition season. He won a gold medal while representing Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also won the 2018 D1 National Championship with his club team, Mystic River Rugby Club. When not playing, Devin has coached rugby at Westlake Boys High School in New Zealand, his alma mater Brookline High School and most recently with the Northeast Academy. He holds a degree in sport management and education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Devin was announced Global Ambassador for International Gay Rugby (IGR) in May 2021. He is now looking towards a career in Public Speaking and Community Engagement. As of December 2023, Devin joined myGwork as a Customer Success Manager, the largest global business community for LGBTQ+ professionals and inclusive employers.
  • Michael Hakeem
    Michael Hakeem
    Senior Director Global Talent Acquisition
    Charles River Laboratories
    originally from Massachusetts, worked in talent acquisition for over 25 years with a focus on life sciences.
  • Jeffrey Kopicko
    Jeffrey Kopicko
    Vice President, Statistical Programming
  • Frankie Stubbins
    Frankie Stubbins
    Principal Research Entomologist
    Bayer UK & Ireland
  • James Britnell-Yorke
    James Britnell-Yorke
    Senior Scientist
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