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WorkPride - Focus Panels for Industries: Science

Our focus panels for industries explore the challenges and opportunities related to workplace equality specific to the science industry. Key topics of discussion will cover:

- Progress made towards workplace equality: Successful inclusion practices and learnings from the industry

- Challenges and barriers to workplace equality

- What it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in the science industry

- The impact of Covid-19 on the science industry

- The current recruitment outlook

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    James Cheng
    James Cheng
    Global Head of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
    Zimmer Biomet
    Global DEI Executive | Strategy and Implementation | Veteran - A passionate, results-driven strategist with a solid record of achievement and demonstrated success driving global Diversity Equity & Inclusion while providing inspirational leadership in a highly competitive market by gaining buy-in, hands-on leadership, learning & development, organizational development with a growth mindset. Unwavering in developing employees, employee engagement, securing brand loyalty, and building strong relations with internal and external stakeholders. Record of accomplishment of performance while spearheading operational enhancements to drive productivity, managing in hyper care environments, elevating work in hyper-growth organizations, and reduce costs in multiple industries. Excel in self-motivated, ambiguous, global, demanding, highly matrix environments, while remaining grounded and focused. Specialization in building and leading high-performance teams. My passion is to empower the right people to work together and create innovative solutions while creating an inclusive culture through the employees and promoting a growth mindset. To own, lead, and create the vision and strategy at a committed global enterprise.
  • Jim Donnell
    Jim Donnell
    Business Analyst (M&A IT)
    Business Analyst at AstraZeneca in the M&A IT team, previously I have spent over 20 years in the Financial Markets locally and at a Global level in operations and project work. I'm a proud straight super ally and work closely with our employee resource group AZPride. Away from work most of my energy is focused to my family but I still have time for my passion for rugby, photography, and Live Action Roleplay (LARP).
  • Lee Perry
    Lee Perry
    Principal Scientist | Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
    Hello Everyone, I am a Principal Scientist at GSK with 29+ years of experience working within the pharmaceutical industry – and have a strong background in Research and Development (R&D). In addition to my primary role, I am an Inclusion Champion and extremely passionate about driving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace – and strive to create a safe environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. Through my DE&I work, I represent our UK Leadership Team for Spectrum, GSK’s LGBTQ+ and Ally Employee Resource Group (ERG) – which aims to connect like-minded employees, provide support, and help our company shape a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ employees. I am also accountable as the company Lead for Pride, and through this role collaborate with external organisations such as the Proud Science Alliance as the lead coordinator for events, to align a combined approach to our participation. For anyone unfamiliar with the Proud Science Alliance; they are a collective of healthcare and life science sector LGBTQ+ networks, who work together to raise the bar on LGBTQ+ inclusion within their own organisations and in the sector as a whole. Externally, Caribbean carnival culture has always been a major part of my life – and for 10+ years I helped to manage one of the largest Trinidadian Mas Bands in Europe and at the parade in Notting Hill Carnival; including the organisation of many cultural events, carnivals, parties, socials, live concerts and excursions. I now support a smaller charity group, sharing my experience to help them facilitate the delivery of their events; and raise their profile as a business. Please do reach out, should you wish to connect. For more information, visit:
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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.
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    Simon Fleming (he, him, his)
    Simon Fleming (he, him, his)
    Executive Vice President, Global Data Operations
    Hi All, I currently head up the Global Data Operations team at Parexel. I have been working within the Pharmaceutical and CRO industry for 29 years, as a Statistical Programmer before moving into successive management role covering global Quality Management, Data Management, Biostatistics and Statistical Programming operations in both Full-Service and Functional Service Provider (FSP) engagements. I am also involved in Parexel Pride, an internal committee that seeks to advance and promote an inclusive, “We Care” culture where colleagues can bring their authentic selves to work. Parexel Pride promotes the inclusion and awareness of our LGBTQ+ patients, colleagues, clients, and supplier communities – with heart. The group not only leads the way in celebrating the LGBTQ+ community, but also informs programs and policies, so that Parexel remains a workplace for everyone. Outside of work, I am a huge fan of Tennis (both watching and playing), love travelling and watching Sci-Fi TV/Films (I am a Stats Programmer, after all).
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