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WorkPride Opening & Intersectionality

Welcome to WorkPride 2020, a global online conference powered by Zoom. 

We are delighted to present our first workplace conference together with our headline sponsor, EY. myGwork and EY have been partners since the launch of our network in 2015. We are really proud and honored by their continuous support not only to myGwork but also to the LGBTQ+ community worldwide. 

EY is a leading professional services firm helping organisations across the world to navigate complex change. Our community of more than 230,000 people in over 150 countries provides forward-thinking advice to help our clients make better decisions. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients, and for our communities.

EY's longstanding support of the LGBT community is just one example of their open, diversity, and inclusive culture. Unity, EY's LGBT+ network, was originally set-up in the UK in 1995 (one of the first of its kind in the private sector) and since then has grown to over 600 members here and over 4,500 members worldwide in over 77 countries.


Panel outline: Intersectionality is the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual. 


Join Aritha Wrickramsinghe - Lawyer for iProbono and human right’s activist as he chair’s a panel of industry leaders to discuss why businesses need to ensure that Intersectionality (if applied) is embedded by HR as working practice throughout.

Speakers:

  • Sandra Thompson
    Sandra Thompson
    Audit Partner/ Unity Co-Partner Sponsor
    EY UK
  • Aritha Wickramasinghe
    Aritha Wickramasinghe
    Lawyer, policy expert, human rights activist.
    iProbono
    I am an international banking and real estate finance solicitor with substantial experience in providing premium advice and assistance on some of the largest international transactions in the market. I have always been a champion of diversity and equality in the workplace and lead and support a number of diversity and social mobility initiatives in the UK and Globally. I believe that people perform their best when they are free to be themselves. In order to encourage personal development and productivity growth, we need to create environments at work and elsewhere which encourages individuality and discourages prejudice. I believe in giving back to the community. I have initiated and contribute towards a variety of pro bono work across the world. I am a founding director of iProbono's Justice Programme, an organisation that connects civil society with pro bono legal help across the world and I am a founding trustee of THINK EQUAL - a new UN Human Rights Office endorsed education initiative that is working with countries to introduce a new subject into schools teaching children social and emotional intelligence. Over the next several years, I wish to continue my legal development. I want to develop a sound and niche knowledge of financial transactions with a projects and real estate focus while seeking exposure to emerging and frontier markets. Pro bono and diversity will remain a passion and I intend on continuing the development of my pro bono and diversity portfolio. Specialties: Finance, Real Estate Finance, Diversity networks, Pro bono iniatives, Human Rights and Public Policy
  • Dilraj Sura
    Dilraj Sura
    Commercial Insights Partner (Respiratory)
    GSK
  • mentor
    Colette Comerford
    Colette Comerford
    Head of Inclusion & Culture
    LGIM - Legal & General Investment Managment
    Colette Comerford Head of Inclusion & Culture at Legal & General Investment Management Colette joined LGIM in 2018 from M&G Investments where she spent nearly a decade working to create and maintain a balanced workforce. During her tenure, she helped grow and implement M&G’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy addressing gender, ethnicity, nationality, LGBT, cultural diversity, social backgrounds and mental health/wellbeing. During her career, she also held senior roles in employer brand, talent attraction and retention, delivering innovative solutions to ensure a diverse candidate pipeline. Colette is responsible for driving the evolution and continuous improvement of LGIM’s culture, as well as LGIM’s diversity and inclusion objectives. Colette works closely with the executive team, LGIM’s diversity and inclusion team (LEGIT), and Legal & General’s Group Diversity and Inclusion team. Colette is a member of the Diversity Project's Steering Group – an initiative which aims to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture and achieve diversity across all dimensions in the investment profession, and LGBT Great's Lead Role Model Ambassador.
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