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WorkPride Panel: How to be Inclusive of Trans Peers in the Workplace

Creating a diverse and inclusive culture will not only attract high-calibre applicants and increase your talent pool but could have many other advantages. Your business will grow alongside your customers and clients. A diverse and inclusive culture increases employee satisfaction, thus resulting in increased productivity. 

This panel aims to cover what the reality is for of trans peers when trying to find and secure a job. Additionally, it will give organisations strategies on how to welcome trans people into their workforce and give them the necessary ground to be their true selves, thus generating positive results for the organisation as a whole. 

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  • Gabbie Santos
    Gabbie Santos
    Senior Consultant
    Gabbie is a Senior Consultant at EY, focusing on Wealth and Asset Management technology solutions delivery. He is based in London, UK. Gabbie launched his career in financial services consulting in 2017, with the goal of helping industry participants navigate change and disruption. He started as an analyst at a large asset management firm’s strategic advisory unit, focused on post-2008 portfolio management and wind-down strategies of large global banks and government entities. In 2019, he became a relationship manager for the Aladdin investment platform, covering four global asset managers and insurers. Gabbie has an MSc in Political Sociology (2021) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in International Politics and Economics (2017) from Middlebury College in Vermont, USA.
  • Stephie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    Stephie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    Head DEI - Disability
    A Pharmaceutical Industry Professional passionate about people, diversity, equity and inclusion. I am driven by a sense of purpose that all company associates should have a positive workplace experience and are able to bring their true-authentic selves to work, feel that they belong and are able to give their best in an environment free of discrimination and full of opportunity. I am a proud transgender woman and have been out and authentic in the workplace since November 2019. With over 30 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, my career started as a QC laboratory technician in the UK and progressed through validation activities into Information Technology Management across diverse technical platforms and international locations. I enjoy the challenge of working in an international and culturally diverse environment and am now motivated to pivot my career to a role where I can drive cultural change and enable belonging. Key experience: Pharmaceutical Compliance, Computerized System Validation, Global IT System implementation, Project Management, Business Partnering.
  • Charley Woodward
    Charley Woodward
    Director EMEA Support Renewals, Channel
    Working, predominantly, leadership positions, Charley is a seasoned professional that has worked in the high end Technology Industry for over 30 years. She has a strong track record of building and driving successful high performance teams. Working for VMware for the last 15 years, she is Director responsible for VMware's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) renewals channel business. Prior to VMware, Charley worked for Oracle, Digital Equipment and a number of successful start-up companies. Charley made the decision to transition in the workplace in 2017. A decision she has never once regretted. She knows from experience, the positive impact, of what bringing your true authentic self to work can have both personally and professionally.
  • Ebone Bell
    Ebone Bell
    Editor and Keynote Speaker
    Tagg Magazine
    Eboné Bell is a business owner, speaker, and trailblazer who shines bright in the world of entrepreneurship, DEI, activism, and LGBTQ media. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine. After seeing a lack of LGBTQ women represented in local publications, she decided to start a magazine and website to tell stories, provide resources, and create events. This year, Tagg Magazine celebrates ten years of telling thousands of stories, creating safe-spaces for queer women, and providing important resources for the LGBTQ community. Over the past four years, Tagg Magazine has been named “Top 25 LGBTQ-Owned Companies” by the Washington Business Journal. Eboné was recently featured in Forbes Magazine as an "Inspiring Black Entrepreneur Changing Our World." And that's exactly her mission: To create change and leave a stamp on this world. One of those stamps includes starting a student group for LGBTQ people of color while attending University of Maryland College Park. Eighteen years later the group is still going strong. ​She has produced such events as the annual Capital Queer Prom giving the older LGBTQ community a second-chance prom, Capital Pride Women’s Events, Pride in the Sky, and Put on the Gloves Fashion Show benefitting The Trevor Project, just to name a few. These events have raised over $50,000 for LGBTQ non-profit organizations. She continues her community work by serving on the board of the Equality Chamber Foundation, an organization providing financial awareness and economic opportunity to LGBTQ-owned businesses. In 2018, Eboné founded the Tagg Scholarship Fund—a scholarship created specifically for young, queer, women of color who can’t afford to attend school. In addition to running a queer women’s publication, she shares her knowledge and passion as a keynote speaker at conferences, schools, and events across the country.
  • Artur Łada
    Artur Łada
    Senior KYC QA Specialist
    State Street
    Currently employed as a Senior KYC Quality Assurance Specialist at State Street. Young, affirmative knowledge enthusiast finding his way in the financial branch, building his brand. Creative quick-learner who always tries to find a better way - adopt, adapt, overcome. Focused on reasearch quality, diversity and inclusion. Co-author of "TRANSformation - inclusive practice in the workplace" - the manual on how to create an inclusive workplace for transgender and non-binary people. Learn more at: (PL) Privately - a criminal fiction writer, actyvist, physics enthusiast and hiker.
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