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WorkPride Panel: ERGs and Their Work Year-Round

Join ERG leaders from across sectors to discuss the impact their groups have had on embedding inclusion culture within their businesses and the vital role they will continue to play in bringing employees together in these challenging times. 


On this panel ERG leaders will discuss, on the one hand, how Employee Resource Groups are making the shift to support both individuals and the business within itself, and on the other hand, the importance of ERG in maintaining employee morale during a global pandemic. 


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Speakers:

  • Geff Parsons
    Geff Parsons
    Managing Director
    Macquarie Group Limited
    A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Geff has over a quarter of a century of experience in investment banking, based variously in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Amsterdam. He joined Macquarie in 2013 as a Managing Director in the EMEA region, and now focuses on structured risk mitigation and distribution, and key change management projects. Geff has also chaired the Pride (LGBTQ+) employee network group for over seven years, during which time it has grown to include (with allies) one-third of the ~2,000 staff in the EMEA region. Under his stewardship, Macquarie: • won the inaugural PinkNews’ Business Equality Award in October 2018, in recognition of its exemplary commitment to LGBTQ+ rights within its workforce, its customers and the business; and • has been named in the Top UK 100 Employers list by the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ rights charity, Stonewall, in each of its past four years of submission (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020). Individually, Geff’s passion for promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality has resulted in his: • winning the award for ‘LGBT+ Inspirational Leader’ at the British LGBT Awards in May 2019; • being ranked in the top quartile of the global list of the Top 100 LGBT+ Executives in each of 2018 and 2019 (sponsored by the Financial Times and Yahoo Finance); and • being nominated for the award of 'Corporate Role Model' at the Pink News Awards in October 2018. Outside work, Geff acts as trustee for two important UK-based LGBTQ+ charities: GiveOut and Diversity Role Models. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on D&I-related matters.
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    Annie Newman
    Annie Newman
    Senior digital content editor
    GSK
    Being able to make a difference to LGBT+ inclusion in the health & life sciences sector is of upmost importance to me. Having grown up identifying as gay, I like many in the LGBT community have had to deal with the challenges that that can bring but as an adult I am out and proud and passionate about doing what I can to help others. As the first female lead of GSK’s award-winning LGBT+ employee network group Spectrum, I feel privileged to be able to influence GSK’s LGBT+ agenda and to be in a position to support and be the voice for those within the organisation. During my involvement with Spectrum we have grown from strength to strength and I believe one of my biggest contributions to be enabling the community to connect better than ever before. I also see that through my day job as Senior digital content editor for GSK's internal and external corporate channels, I have been able to utilise my passion for bringing to life the diversity of employees across the company. As Engagement lead for the Proud Science Alliance, a ground-breaking cross-company collaboration. I'm responsible for engagement across our member communities. To bring such a large and diverse group of LGBT+ employee groups together with one mission takes a robust strategy and great story-telling. It’s an honour to bring their stories to life and also to work across the organisations to ensure best practice is shared. I recently was named Role Model of the Year 2020 by Pink News. Over the past few years I have placed in the 2019 and 2020 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model list, LGBT+ future leader category and was a finalist in DIVA's Rainbow Honours LGBT Champion category.
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    Lee Perry
    Lee Perry
    Principal Scientist | Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
    GSK
    Hello Everyone, I am a Principal Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) with 28+ 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 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the workplace – and strive to create a safe environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. Through my EDI 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 in London and UK Black Pride, and through this role collaborate with 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 with me. For more information, visit: www.gsk.com/en-gb/responsibility/our-people/inclusion-and-diversity-at-gsk/ www.proudsciencealliance.org
  • Pete Hazell
    Pete Hazell
    Support Lead
    Discovery
    I've been working in the TV industry for over 25 years in various roles, including creating presentation schedules, writing continuity links and producing and editing programmes and trailers. Since June 2010 I've been working for Discovery, where I currently support the presentation scheduling department. I'm also one of the co-chairs for our UK Pride group.
  • Victor Gonzalez
    Victor Gonzalez
    Resourcing Officer
    Fitch Group
    Victor Gonzalez is a Regional Recruitment Leader with the Fitch Group/Fitch Ratings in New York. He partners with business leaders on talent acquisition; securing talented individuals for various businesses across the region and in multiple global locations, including the US, Canada and Latin America. Victor has experience in three core human resources functions: Executive Recruitment, Graduate/Campus Recruitment and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. He’s held various positions of leadership throughout his career spanning multiple industries, including financial services, consumer product goods and pharmaceuticals. He’s been a Diversity Leader for the Institutional Clients Group, Office of Diversity at Citi, Global Head of Campus Recruitment at MasterCard and Regional Head of Campus Recruitment at BNP Paribas, Unilever and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Victor is a graduate of New York University.
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    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Head of Customer Success
    myGwork
    Laila Howard is the Head of Customer Success at myGwork. myGwork is the business community for LGBT+ professionals, graduates, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in workplace equality. Laila’s goal is to help her customers connect, network + thrive. Before joining the company, Laila created talent marketing strategies for a large portfolio of clients across several industries. LGBTQ+ equality has always been a personal and professional passion of hers.
  • Kevin Brunk (he/him/his)
    Kevin Brunk (he/him/his)
    Sr Financial Analyst
    Oracle
    Kevin has worked in the tech industry for over 30 years in various roles relating to Accounting, Commissions and Finance. He was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia but moved to Indiana where he graduated from Goshen College and thereafter began his professional career. He moved to Texas over 17 years ago to escape the cold weather of Indiana, where he now resides in Leon Valley (a suburb of San Antonio), with his partner Ruben, their three dogs, two cats and a raccoon. By day, he is a bi-lingual Financial Analyst for Oracle. But in his gay job, he is on the Oracle Pride Employee Network (OPEN) ERG Global Board as North America Region co-lead, and is also the OPEN San Antonio chapter co-founder and co-lead. He is also involved with all of Oracle's 7 other Diversity and Inclusion ERGs and holds the Treasurer role for 3 other local chapters. When not in a pandemic, he and his partner enjoy traveling, attending concerts and trying new restaurants.
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    Adam Martel (he/him)
    Adam Martel (he/him)
    Global Learning Lead
    Finastra
    Advocating for inclusion by moonlight, creating innovative learning solutions by daylight. While not quite a hero at the same level of Sailor Moon, I do enable companies to create inclusive and innovative cultures by providing unique development journeys for all employees, including leaders and top tech experts, all while contributing Learning solutions for Talent, DEI and Performance initiatives. I am a builder by nature. If something doesn't exist yet, I want to make it happen, like I did by launching Finastra's LGBTQ & Friends ERG in 2019. I've been at Finastra for 13 years in various roles, working on the Customer Support Learning Team and, most recently, on the People Team as a member of the Culture and Leadership group.
  • Ramses Oliva
    Ramses Oliva
    Transgender Inclusion Lead
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Ramses (ramses.uk) is the Transgender lead of the Rainbow LGBTQ+ Network at the Lloyds Banking Group. He has been providing advice to several companies (including British Land, Khiel's, Hitachi) to improve transgender inclusion, and his work has been featured on BBC, Gay Times, Metro, PinkNews, BBC, and several media outlets.
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