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WorkPride Panel: Girl power! The importance of women in the workplace

The workforce today is fortunately more diverse than ever when it comes to gender. Women make up the majority of all staff nowadays, holding roughly 50% of all management and professional roles, in which 37 female CEOs made it to the Fortune 500 list. 

Having women as part of the workforce has been evolving, but what does it mean to actually have female peers be themselves at work? What valuable inputs can they bring in and how can they generate business value? 

We want to share the experiences of women from different backgrounds, namely what it means to be an LGBTQ+ woman in 2021, and how they can inspire others to be their true selves in professional and casual settings.  

What are the challenges during this time of COVID-19? 

Why is visibility and representation more important than ever? 

What are some of the barriers that stop women from being 'out' in the workplace and how can this be overcome?

How can we be better allies to each other? Who are some of your LGBTQ+ role models? 

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  • Evanna Fitzgerald
    Evanna Fitzgerald
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    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Business Development Director
    Michelle Raymond is the Business Development Director at myGwork, a global networking hub and job board for LGBTQ+ professionals and graduates. In addition to being a public speaker and D&I consultant, Michelle is also an accomplished musician who performs under the artist name ‘Michi.’ She has graced the stage with some of the biggest names in music today including Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor, DJ Marshmello, Rita Ora, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
  • Gemma Murray (pronouns She/Her)
    Gemma Murray (pronouns She/Her)
    Scrum Master
    Lloyds Banking Group
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    Raven Davis
    Raven Davis
    Senior Account Executive
    I am passionate about being a force for positive, equitable change in our world. I firmly believe that collectively reimagining and feeling the feelings of existing in a future where all people can safely exist outside of the systems that oppress us is our key to freedom.
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    michele van den borre
    michele van den borre
    Transformation, Rewards and Method director ABInbev
    I am married, have a 12-year old son. Living in Leuven - Belgium. Fan of running and pilates. Worked at KBC in it/is for 8 years, worked for Delhaize in it/is of 1 year. Working for ABI for 13years in different area's. 2008-2010 it/is for commercial and supply area, 2011-2012 transformation lead migrating activities from country to shared service center, 2013-2014 responsable for lean / continuous improvement agenda in 3 europe bsc's. 2015 Responsable for back-office activities of people (hr) and procure to pay, living in Budapest. 2016 Responsable to migrate Budapest office to India BSC. 2017 People transformation lead driving process, organisational and system change in the people (hr) department of ABI, 2018 scope expansion with people analytics, 2019 scope expansion with employee experience, 2020 scope expansion with method and rewards director. Strong knowledge and experience in driving change through method.
  • Alicia Clinton
    Alicia Clinton
    Talent Acquisition Sourcing & Engagement Manager
    I have worked in Corporate America for most of my career in varying roles from entry level to management positions. I love people. I believe that, regardless of our personal beliefs, values, preferences, etc,, diversity, inclusion and equity should be assessible to ALL! I value education and the empowerment that it provides. I have an Associate's Degree in Banking & Finance, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Master's Degree in Human Resources and a Ph.D in Life! :-) Family is my top priority and I love volunteering to help others. My family and church serve at our local Samaritan Kitchen 4-5 times annually. I also volunteer in our public school system at the middle and high school levels but have also done elementary reading tutoring and mentoring as well. I am a published author (Destined for Success), motivational speaker and minister. I love working at Hanesbrands! Our commitment to diversity extends far beyond the workplace. We are dedicated to growing the Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy with attention to the focus area of "Global Community." We hear, see and will not ignore the need to support our employees and the global community. We will progress forward in diversity, inclusion, equity and justice for all. Racial equity and justice is embedded in our role as a socially responsible company. While conversion and reflection is a rich tool, we also commit to ACTION.
  • Lisa Charlwood-Green
    Lisa Charlwood-Green
    The WOW Network
    Described as 'A Powerhouse of a Woman' by Pride in London, Lisa Charlwood-Green is the Founder and Director of The WOW Network. This organisation was founded in March 2017, in response to a study which found that 64% of LGBT women in the workplace felt unable to come out. The WOW Network was set up as a direct response to this need for a group to support, guide and connect with LGBTQ+ women in the workplace. The WOW Network is proud to be the only network specifically supporting LGBTQ+ women at work in the UK. Lisa has actively championed for LGBT equality and diversity for over 19 years, currently sitting on the board of two charities, Outspoken Arts as chair, and LEAP Sports. As a queer mother of two and a surrogate to a gay male couple, she has the power to influence a great deal of people simply by living the inclusive values that she stands for. Testimonials - An inspiration to myself and many others’ Mark Carne CBE, former Chief Executive Network Rail 'A true queer champion, commendable for the work that you do' Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston
  • Mzz Kimberley
    Mzz Kimberley
    Singer , Actress, Trans Activist
    Mzz Kimberley
    Mzz Kimberley also known Kim Tatum is one of the UK’s most fashionable artists. Singer , Actress and Trans Activist
  • Tracey Bewick
    Tracey Bewick
    Senior Credit Analyst
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Senior Credit Analyst assessing credit worthiness for Higher Education Institutes and Charities. Business Banking, Recoveries, Credit Controller and Oversight capabilities. Inclusion & Diversity advocate - leading on a number of initiatives, panels & workstreams.
  • Monne Williams
    Monne Williams
    McKinsey & Company
    Monne Williams (she/her) is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Atlanta office. As part of the McKinsey Transformation practice, she has led multiple full-scale transformation efforts across industries. Monne focuses on driving performance sustainability through organizational behavior change and capability building. She works closely with executive teams to improve how effectively they work together during transformations. In addition, Monne is active in McKinsey’s efforts to drive racial equity. She is on the leadership team for McKinsey’s Institute for Black Economic Mobility and coauthored the 2021 report, Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector. Prior to business school and McKinsey, Monne served as Marketing Manager for the Boston Red Sox, where she built the team’s social media presence and led the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Monne earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and African & African American Studies from Duke University. Monne serves on the board for Reaching Out, an organization committed to developing LGBTQ+ leaders. She resides in Atlanta with her wife, Donna-Marie.
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