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WorkPride 2023: LGBTQ+ Influencers

With the advent of decentralised media platforms, influencers risen to occupy a space in promoting ideas and campaigns with their platforms. On this panel, we'll be highlighting LGBTQ+ influencers, the work they're doing, as well as discuss their journeys and thoughts on the industry. 

- Join the next WorkPride 2023 event hereWorkPride 2023: Businesses: How to be Welcoming of LGBTQ+ Customers

Sponsored by: Danaher and Omnicom Media Group
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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.
  • Paul Phillips MIPA
    Paul Phillips MIPA
    Strategy Director | Board Director
    Omnicom Media Group
    A media professional, and Accredited Member of the IPA, with over 27 years' experience on both sides of the media fence (media owner and agency). Since my move to agency side in 1999 I have strategically planned and implemented brand, brand response and direct response campaigns across all media channels in local, national and international arenas.
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    Vfx Animator
    Patricia Galvan
  • Stephanie Stevens
    Stephanie Stevens
    Duty Operations Manager
    Royal Albert Hall
    Trans-rights advocate, ED&I public speaker, Trustee and award winning Operations/Visitor Services Manager with experience overseeing community focussed heritage projects . A commercially astute, performance driven, heritage operations manager specialising in project/event operations and people management. Oversaw the opening of the UK’s first LGBTQ+ Museum. Currently working alongside the V&A to deliver a diverse front of house team geared towards opening the UK’s leading young audience focussed museum the Young V&A.
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