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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. 


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Speakers:

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    Tj Richards
    Tj Richards
    PMO & Stakeholder Outreach Manager / National LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    Santander UK
    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
    Talent Acquisition Associate Director, 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 Specialist Consultant
    www.saski.co.uk
    Saski is a well established LGBTQIA+ Inclusion training consultant in both schools and the workplace. She is also a Life Coach and Mentor,  Official PRIDE Host, Interviewer for Podcast, Radio and online. Panel Moderator and Singer.  Saski’s mission is to positively spotlight the LGBTQIA+ community through these various strands of her work and create environments where everyone can be their true authentic self.  In addition she is also a Pride ambassador for Pride Life Magazine, Includability.com and a PRIDE365 Champion. Saski 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 advocate for positive promotion and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and all, Saski has appeared on several BBC TV and Radio shows and panels, promoting inclusion. She has also worked closely with a variety of charities and organisations, as an LGBTQ+ Inclusion trainer, interviewer, and Host.  Collaborations include Inclusive Companies, MyGwork, HR.com, Diva Magazine, Pride Life Magazine and various UK PRIDE’s, Mermaids and Diversity Role Models Youth charities, Clexacon, The British Youth Council and P3 Parenting Network to name but a few.  
Find out more here www.saski.co.uk  and follow Saski on Facebook & Instagram @Saskisinger & on Twitter @Saskisinger1
  • Bryan Horrocks
    Bryan Horrocks
    Head of Talent Acquisition - EMEA
    Coachhub.com
    CCMA Award Winner - a creative, inspirational Talent Acquisition leader with an exemplary career in entrepreneurial, global start ups & house doctoring people and processes for maximum impact, efficiency & engagement. Highly specialized in recruitment, management, mentoring & communication through inclusive culture, unapologetic, collaborative delivery & energizing vision. #keepinspired #youmatter
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    Lorenzo Riberto
    Lorenzo Riberto
    Global Ecommerce Store Manager - Prada.com
    Prada Group
    Working in digital for 10+ years now. Activist, musical theater lover, and big fan of Japan and foreign cultures.
  • 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
    Legal & Regulatory Change Management - CIB Markets EMEA Lead
    JP Morgan
    Top 10 Future Leader, British LGBT Awards 2021 | As EMEA regional lead for JP Morgan’s Legal & Regulatory Change Management programme (CIB Markets), I am responsible for the end-to-end process from identifying regulatory developments, through impact assessment, gap analysis and implementation across a diverse range of front office products & services. Prior to this role I spent 7 years at State Street, initially leading the Global Markets Compliance Oversight Programme in EMEA before transitioning into a FLOD Business Risk Management role within Institutional Services & Global Delivery. I was co-chair of State Street's UK Pride Network between 2019 & 2021.
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