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WorkPride - Focus Panels for Industries: Travel and Hospitality

Our focus panels for industries explore the challenges and opportunities related to workplace equality specific to key industries. 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 travel and hospitality industry

-How workplace equality and bringing your authentic self to work positively impacts the customer/traveler experience

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Speakers:

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    Katie Birchall
    Katie Birchall
    Employee Relations Helpdesk Team Lead
    Whitbread
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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
  • Giuseppe Giulio
    Giuseppe Giulio
    Account Executive
    Gay.it
    People call me a marketing unicorn. Helping companies to work on LGBTQ+ community, and reach this target on the Internet using ads, brand content, digital pr, and special projects. Strong business development professional graduated from 24 Ore Business School. I can speak in Italian, English, and basic Spanish & German. Skilled in Digital Strategy, Creative Briefs, Brand Implementation, and Web Content. I'm currently working as Executive for Gay.it, the main LGBTQ+ media in Europe. I regularly speak at digital, and LGBTQ+ marketing conferences, including Gnetwork 360, Lincoln Center, and Hospitality Day. Since 2018 I have been a member of IGLTA.
  • Alex Brown
    Alex Brown
    Global Manager, Recruitment Marketing
    Booking.com
  • Jack Bates
    Jack Bates
    Corporate Counsel
    Expedia Group
    My name is Jack and I am a Corporate Counsel, registered as a practicing solicitor with the SRA. I support Expedia Group on tax related matters, such as VAT, DST and CIT and help shape the company's fiscal strategy globally (excluding US domestic taxes). I am also the Global Partnerships Chair of Expedia Group's LGBTQIA+ network, working to foster a positive and inclusive environment for our employees.
  • Angel Franklin
    Angel Franklin
    Assistant Head of UK Operations
    edyn
    Hey I'm Angel the Assistant Head of UK operations with the Edyn group, looking after 26 Aparthotel teams across the UK (SACO and Cove brands). Having been in the hospitality, food and beverage industry for over 12 years, I regularly interact with a diverse range of colleagues and customers and love that my role in Edyn focusses on education and inclusion. Building a strong culture can be hard, but it's so important to make sure we're being true to ourselves in every aspect of life - especially at work. Over the last few years I have worked hard to understand its ok to be my authentic self, I love to help people be comfortable enough to feel this way too.
  • Michael Bonsor
    Michael Bonsor
    Managing Director
    Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
    Starting from an early age Michael worked alongside his parents at their hotels in Scotland before venturing to the US to work with Four Seasons & Resorts for 10 years in Boston, Toronto and New York. Working at iconic hotels such as The Pierre and the Four Seasons Hotel in New York and opening restaurants including L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon. On returning to London, Michael began his British career at Claridge’s as the Food & Beverage Manager then becoming the Hotel Manager of this iconic hotel. After four years at Claridge’s, Michael opened Rosewood London, a highly anticipated opening of this ultra-luxury hotel brand. Rosewood London has garnered numerous awards since its opening including Virtuoso Hotel of the Year, AA Hotel of the Year, GQ Hotel of the Year and Forbes 5 stars.
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