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WorkPride: Be Proud! Becoming an Ally in the Workplace

Creating a safe environment of inclusion, namely when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community, is a common effort that should be created inside out. Allyship is an important step in fabricating a sense of family and mutual support inside an organization, especially for groups and communities that might be marginalized in their daily lives outside of work. 

This training session discusses what it means to be an LGBTQ+ ally within the workplace. We will start by covering a basic recap on LGBTQ+ spectrum and its evolution over time, as well as an introduction to LGBTQ+ identity and pronouns. We will then jump over to an explanation of how to become an effective ally for the community in the workplace and discuss why it is now more important than ever. 

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    Belton Flournoy
    Belton Flournoy
    Managing Director
    In addition to being a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Technology & Digital consulting practice, Belton is founder of Protiviti UK's LGBT+ group, which won best LGBT+ network in 2019 by the Inclusive Tech Alliance. Belton was shortlisted as a top 10 inspirational business leader in 2020 by the British LGBT+ awards, was recently listed as #18 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Future Leaders, #15 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders and was featured on the top UK Black Role models, presented by Google. Belton was co-founder of Pride in the City with Pride in London where he ran a Mayor backed initiative dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity across London businesses.  In January 2021, Belton joined The Inclusion Initiative (TII) at the London School of Economics as an Advisory Board Member supporting their three-year innovative partnership programme bringing together research and practice to build more inclusive work environments. He has over a decade of experience supporting clients with deploying strategic solutions across some of the world’s leading financial services institutions, while maintaining a strong passion for ensuring diversity and inclusivity remain high on organisations business agenda.  He is extremely passionate about intersectionality, where he believes it is each person’s role to support other groups who are in the minority – “after all, we don’t want to preach to the converted, we want to educate and inspire people to be more aware and inclusive.” Belton also acts as an adviser to the UK Multicultural network, proCulture. He has experience delivering Cyber Security, Customer Experience, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Spreadsheet Risk and Compliance/Regulatory Risk programs across Europe. He has managed global teams across large organisations, as well as supporting small and medium-sized organisations to implement fit-for-purpose solutions. Protiviti is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration through consulting solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit. Please do not contact me if you require financial support.
  • Marty King
    Marty King
    LX Design Manager
    Allied Electronics & Automation
    Learning and Development professional with 18 years of experience, which includes design, LMS administration, and curriculum development with 12 years of management responsibility. I am one of five leaders of our Engagement Squad. This team focuses on engaging employees in activities and educating them on Diversity and Inclusion and environmental protection. I am also a member of SPECTRUM, which is an LGBTQ+ one of our Employee Resource Groups. I am an ally for LGBTQ+ and BLM and an active human rights supporter.
  • Shelby Ann Murrell
    Shelby Ann Murrell
    Associate - HR
  • James Williams
    James Williams
    Private Client Manager
  • Kate Walmsley
    Kate Walmsley
    HR Case Consultant
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Who am I? I am the very proud Mummy of a 3 year old, Harper-Rae. I am the Proud Ally+ Lead for Lloyds Banking Group. HR Consultant - specialising in Health & Well-being of colleagues I&D advocate supporting Lloyds Banking Group division - People & Places, driving inclusion in our places and spaces. I&D Lead for Lloyds Banking Group division - People & Places committed to promoting teams from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender. Ensuring everyone is empowered and has an equal voice.
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