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WorkPride Panel: Shedding a light on LGBTQ+ health and wellbeing

This international panel explores the impact of confinement, isolation, and social distancing on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community. It offers a range of perspectives from the latest academic research in the field of psychology to front-line counselling. 

The panel discussion will cover and promote understanding of the latest research on identity as well as LGBTQ+ mental health, wellbeing and support. It will also provide an overview of socio-demographic inequality and its wide ranging impact on a range of sexual orientations and gender identities. The panel will finish off by laying out a number of support options LGBTQ+ peers can rely on when affected by this inequality.   

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  • Matthew Riley
    Matthew Riley
    Communications Manager
    Communications Manager at Brink, an innovation practice focussed on social impact and international development. Previously Communications and Marketing Manager at Tonic Housing. We opened the UK's first LGBT+ retirement community. Co-host and producer of Bottoming, the LGBTQ+ mental health podcast. Rock bottoming and beyond. Website: Socials: @bottomingpod
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    Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor
    Head of Supplier Content Programmes
    RS Group
    Preston is Chairman of the employee-led, SPECTRUM LGBTQ+ community within RS Components, in his own words "I believe everyone should be able to bring their true selves to work. We have created an open and honest environment, whilst shining a light on diversity and inclusion through our campaigns and events. As a proud transman, I am always willing to answer questions, provide insight, mentor, guide, or just listen." Preston is currently Head of Supplier Content Programmes and divides his time between digital transformation and his tireless work for the community. "Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken" - Oscar Wilde
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    Saski .
    Saski .
    LGBTQ+ Inclusion Specialist Consultant
    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, 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’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,, 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  and follow Saski on Facebook & Instagram @Saskisinger & on Twitter @Saskisinger1
  • Silvia Petretti
    Silvia Petretti
    Chief Executive Officer
    Positively UK
  • Suzanne McAndrew
    Suzanne McAndrew
    Global Head of Talent Advisory, Data & Software
    Suzanne McAndrew is a Global Business Leader for the Talent line of business for Willis Towers Watson. In her role, Suzanne is leading the integrated human capital portfolio across talent management and organizational alignment, communications and change management, employee insights, Saville Assessment and employee experience platform. Suzanne’s client focus is applying design thinking to HR, organization transformation, future of work, and the employee experience. She also is leading the conversations on inclusion and diversity as part of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Task Force and as WTW’s Global LGBT+ Inclusion Network leader. Suzanne rejoined Willis Towers Watson in 2013 after spending time at American Express, where she served as Vice President of Executive Talent Management. In her role, Suzanne was responsible for reshaping the executive talent strategy and the approach to critical role succession by working closely with the Operating Committee and the Board of Directors. As part of HR transformation, she led the integration of central processes across executive talent assessment and succession planning to help American Express strategically plan talent movement for the company’s top 1,500 executives. In addition, Suzanne pushed the bar on executive development finding innovative ways to closely link these programs and investments to better match the critical capabilities needed for business growth. Prior to joining American Express, Suzanne worked across a number of practice areas at Willis Towers Watson for 15 years. She is known as a talent integrator, expert in aligning business strategies with talent solutions, as well as a senior organizational change architect who has been successful in helping businesses solve for the simple and the complex by working side-by-side with senior-level business leaders.  In addition, she was a leader in our community of consultants who sought new ways to bring marketing science to Willis Towers Watson to drive behavior change and increase employee engagement. After spending time in HR leadership roles as Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, Suzanne first joined the firm in 1998 as a communication consultant, ultimately driving revenue by leading broad-based sales teams to acquire new clients, building client relationships and leading talent management, change management and communications strategies.    Suzanne currently resides in East Harlem in NYC with her wife and son. She is actively involved in her community working with a women’s non-profit, Sanctuary for Families, to help their clients in need re-enter the workforce and advance their careers. She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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    Andy Gouanvic
    Andy Gouanvic
    EMEA Product Manager
    Johnson & Johnson
    Andy has joined Janssen in 2018 as an EMEA Product Manager for Mood Disorders. Andy has a MSc in Neurobiology from Paris Descartes, an MSc in Management of Pharmaceutical Companies from Grenoble Ecole de Management and, an MBA from IESE. At Janssen, he oversees the commercial strategy and execution for a potential blockbuster therapy in Major Depressive Disorder. In 2019, he also launched and leads the Open&Out Employee Resource Group. The group now comprises 200+ allies and has managed to create a more inclusive environment for LGBTI employee and allies.
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