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WorkPride Panel: How Can LGBTQ+ Employees Spot Pride Within the Workplace in 2021

Having support and resources available from the organizations can sometimes be a stepping stone for employees to finally open up and be their authentic selves at work. But now that everyone is working from home, the scenario might look slightly different. 


In this panel, we will have an overview of how employees can reach out to different colleagues, managers and teams in the organization to find out if there is already an existing network or ERG for Pride and how they can benefit from it. Additionally, we will cover how an existing network or ERG for Pride can boost motivation and inclusivity in a remote work scenario. 


In Partnership With

Speakers:

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    Tj Richards
    Tj Richards
    PMO & Stakeholder Outreach Manager / National LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    Santander
    In my day job I focus on organising and summarising large projects to ensure we're working effectively towards the same goals and communicating with stakeholders, colleagues and the public in exciting and transparent ways. In my gay jobs (ha!) I focus on ensuring I am vocal about the needs of the entire LGBTQ+ community, and use my platforms to raise awareness of those parts of the community that need it most - these days that feels like our trans, non binary and ethnic minority siblings who day in and day out are facing far more hurdles than white cisgendered LGB communities are, and we're already facing a lot! In terms of what I get up to, I'm a person who likes to keep busy; I Co-Chair Santander's LGBTQ+ Employee Network, I chair the Board of Trustees at Q:alliance (a Milton Keynes based LGBTQ+ focused registered charity), I sit on the Communications Strategy Committee for OUTstanding, I was on the organising committee for Pride:MK 2019, I help run the online social media group "Support LGBTQ+ Businesses" - and with what spare time I have left I narrate wlw fiction audiobooks on Audible, Amazon & iTunes, because there simply wasn't enough representation in this area when I was growing up and I want to help change that! Lucky for me I have a very understanding, and VERY supportive wife. I'm always happy to help people and pass on whatever life wisdom I may have gained so far on this rock. I'm also very keen to listen to and learn from other people's stories. We aren't equal until we're ALL equal.
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    Dirk Pschichholz
    Dirk Pschichholz
    Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, International
    Vertex Pharmaceuticals
    I am an experienced Talent Acquisition Lead in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, overseeing recruitment and talent acquisition across various ex-US geographies. I am currently co-chairing the Vertex PRIDE Employee Resource Network in the international region and have been involved in LGBTQ+ related associations, groups and activities for the past 20 years
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    Saski .
    Saski .
    LGBTQ+ Inclusion Consultant
    www.saski.co.uk
    Saski is a well established LGBTQ+ Inclusion Consultant, Official PRIDE Host, Interviewer, Radio host, Panel Moderator, Singer and out and proud Queer Parent. She 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 activist for positive promotion and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and all, Saski has appeared on several BBC TV and Radio shows, promoting inclusion and has also worked closely with a variety of charities and organisations as an interviewer, LGBTQ+ Inclusion Trainer, guest speaker and Host, Including Diva Magazine, PRIDE London, Mermaids, Diversity Role Models, Clexacon, The British Youth Council and P3 Parenting Network to name but a few. Find out what’s she’s up to next on FB & Instagram @Saskisinger & Twitter @Saskisinger1
  • Bryan Horrocks
    Bryan Horrocks
    Talent Acquisition Manager - EMEA
    Booking.com
    CCMA Award Winner – a creative & inspirational Talent Acquisition leader with 20 years expertise in the global contact center environ. Highly specialized in recruitment, people management & communication through inclusive culture, unapologetic, collaborative delivery & energizing vision.
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    Lorenzo Riberto
    Lorenzo Riberto
    Digital Platform & Omnichannel Manager | Timberland
    VF Corporation
    Working in digital for 10 years now, and big fan of Japan and everything belonging to their culture. Activist for human rights and founder of the VF Pride employee resource group.
  • Jung Wei Toh
    Jung Wei Toh
    Manager, Process Engineering
    HSBC
    Originally born and raised in Malaysia, I have been fortunate enough to experience living and working in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. My formative years as a gay young adult and exposure to LGBTQ+ activism began during my university days at San Diego State University. After that, I moved back to Malaysia to embark on my first career in management consulting with Accenture; with that move back home, in the most literal sense, I went back into the closet. It was quite detrimental to my mental health, not being able to be my authentic self both at home and work for about 2 years back in Asia. My saving grace came via a gay professional connection and I was recruited into the financial services advisory body of EY Hong Kong. It was in EY Hong Kong that I first stepped up to help form and grow the UNITY (EY’s LGBTQ+ employee group) and received a lot of guidance from out and proud gay leaders. Being in Hong Kong, naturally, due to the massive scale of HSBC, I was providing advisory services to and eventually joined HSBC. My life adventure resumes with my move to London in 2019 through an opportunity with HSBC.
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    Jake Potter [He/Him]
    Jake Potter [He/Him]
    Head of Social Media
    Colt Technology Services
    Jake is the global lead and one of the founding members of Pride Matters, Colt’s LGBTQ+ and allies network. Prior to joining Colt, Jake worked with other big agencies such as Oracle, Netsuite, and Bronto.
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    Adam Shooman
    Adam Shooman
    VP Business Risk Manager
    State Street
    Top 10 Future Leader, British LGBT Awards 2021 | As a Business Risk Manager, I operate from within the first line of defence to help our business better understand, monitor and mitigate their risks - whether through controls design and testing, effective policy and regulatory implementation, issue and incident management and remediation, or reporting and governance. Prior to this role I led State Street's Global Markets Compliance Oversight Programme in EMEA. I have also been co-chair of State Street's UK Pride Network since 2019.
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