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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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    Emma Smith
    Emma Smith
    Head of Talent
    Creative Assembly
    I oversee Creative Assembly's Talent pipeline and been with the studio for more than 10 years, seeing the studio grow to over 500 people strong and multiple awards including BAFTA's and GI.Biz Best Places to Work 2017 and 2018. As lead of CA’s Legacy Project and a part of Top 100 Most Influential Women, my team and I drive forward the studios long-term commitment to education, community and charity. From playground to industry, the Legacy Project works to give people the skills needed to become the games development talent of tomorrow and promote games as a power for good.
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    Emily Abbam ACIPD (she/her)
    Emily Abbam ACIPD (she/her)
    Diversity and Inclusion Business Partner
    Rapport Guest Services
    Hi everyone! My name is Emily and my role is Diversity and Inclusion business Partner working for Rapport Guest Services. I believe in the importance of putting diversity, inclusion and equity at the heart of what we do and providing opportunities to educate, share diverse views and opinions and give back to the community. I also enjoy getting creative looking at ways to engage our teams with different events and initiatives. I understand the importance of investing in personal progression and have recently self-funded and completed my CIPD Level 5 Diploma in Learning and Development with Acacia Learning.
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    Nejc Jaka Sekula (He/Him/His)
    Nejc Jaka Sekula (He/Him/His)
    Head D&I Novartis Technical Operations
  • Devin Ibañez
    Devin Ibañez
    Professional Rugby Player and Public Speaker
    New England Free Jacks
    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.
  • Laurie Ferland-Caouette
    Laurie Ferland-Caouette
    Sales Team Lead
  • Liam O'Shaughnessy
    Liam O'Shaughnessy
    Third Party ABAC Risk Manager
    I have been working in the life sciences/pharmaceuticals industry for 8 years now. In that time I have had a variety of roles in Health and Safety, Commercial Compliance, Risk Analytics and Anti-Bribery and Corruption. More recently I co-lead our UK LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group "Spectrum", this has been a fantastic opportunity to build on my leadership skills and get to work with a variety of stakeholders internally and externally around subject I am incredibly passionate about and personally linked to.
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