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WorkPride Panel: Shining 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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  • Tate Smith
    Tate Smith
    Activist & Speaker | Founder
    Tate Smith Consulting
    Tate is an award-winning trans activist, consultant, and speaker, passionate about trans male visibility, educating others and debunking common myths surrounding trans people. Tate's accolades include being named one of Attitude Magazine's 10 LGBTQ+ Trailblazers To Watch Out For In The Future, selected as a LinkedIn Top Voice and recognised as one of 50 Champions of Inclusion on the Diversity Power List. In 2022, he was nominated for PinkNews' Community Role Model. Tate has worked with a number of organisations including Barclays, Unilever, Science Museum and National Student Pride. With his unique 'Lunch and Learn' format, Tate has discussed his medical transition, sexism in the workplace, the effects of testosterone, intersectionality, family and workplace acceptance, toxic masculinity, men's mental health, menopause, male privilege and more. His work across corporates and charities has seen him become a prominent and influential voice who champions the trans community. In addition to his speaking engagements, Tate founded Tate Smith Consulting in May 2023, to equip brands and businesses with policies and specialist advice on trans inclusion, as well as volunteering with Gendered Intelligence's youth groups for young trans people in his spare time. @tatemichaelsmith
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    Devin Ibañez
    Devin Ibañez
    Customer Success Manager and Public Speaker
    Devin Ibañez is the first openly gay Major League Rugby player and is dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy in sport. He hopes to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ athletes and make sport an inclusive space for them. Raised in Boston, MA, Devin played for Major League Rugby team, the New England Free Jacks, in their 2019 exhibition season. He won a gold medal while representing Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also won the 2018 D1 National Championship with his club team, Mystic River Rugby Club. When not playing, Devin has coached rugby at Westlake Boys High School in New Zealand, his alma mater Brookline High School and most recently with the Northeast Academy. He holds a degree in sport management and education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Devin was announced Global Ambassador for International Gay Rugby (IGR) in May 2021. He is now looking towards a career in Public Speaking and Community Engagement. As of December 2023, Devin joined myGwork as a Customer Success Manager, the largest global business community for LGBTQ+ professionals and inclusive employers.
  • Graham McKeown
    Graham McKeown
    AVP- Asset Servicing Oversight Manager / UK Pride Chair
    State Street
    Experienced Asset Servicing individual overseeing governance, risk, compliance, control and KPI's of the processing deliverables. Managing Onshore Oversight Team and Overseeing the daily operation of the offshore FA CA Team. Escalation point of client queries / issues, owning and seeing through to resolution whilst implementing action to prevent reoccurrence to enhance the client experience. Interpersonal individual with the capability to navigate through-out the firm and facilitate conference calls with stakeholders. Engage with Onsite and Global Ops Teams to implement client requirements and process / control enhancements. In addition, the "day job" I operate as Chair State Street's Pride Network. I have been involved in pride networks for the past 13 years. One of my goals since becoming s chair of the Pride Network in 2021 to be as inclusive to all taking account of all elements under the pride banner and its allies. We have completed many initiatives by collaborated with other internal network employee groups which demonstrates the "power of networks". State Street is also a member of the Interbank LGBTQ Forum of which we have joined forces with other members firms in hosting joint events.
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    James Winstanley (certRBCB)
    James Winstanley (certRBCB)
    Manager, Inclusion and Diversity
    Lloyds Banking Group
    I have worked for Lloyds Banking Group for 19 years, starting in the branch network and progressing to various management roles before moving into the training team for 10 years as a leadership and change project training consultant. In 2022 I joined the Group Inclusion and Diversity team , primarily supporting our Race Action Plan and running a Career Development Programme for over 90 colleagues. Away from the day job I am also on the steering committee for Rainbow - the professional LGBT+ network within Lloyds Banking Group. My role is Personal Development lead and I look after the Rainbow Mentoring Scheme along with organising personal development sessions throughout the year for all colleagues on a range of topics.
  • Sunni Patel
    Sunni Patel
    Health Director and Founder
    Dish Dash Deets
    Dr Sunni Patel is founder of Dish Dash Deets; a specialist holistic health and gut health company. he holds over 15 years experience in senior corporate and global roles with experience in strategy, leadership and employee wellness programs also supporting EDI initiatives. He is a clinician scientist holding a PhD on risk factors for diabetes and heart disease and currently a certified PT and culinary medicine coach with a specialist interest in gut health. He discovered the power of plant based foods and lifestyle changes with his personal experience of living with IBD and IBS. He uses this knowledge and experience to coach clients and celebrities and supports companies with recipe development, catering and hosting large employee wellness events globally. He has been featured on the BBC, ITV and has regular health segments on BBC radio shows as well as leading press outlets including The Guardian, Daily Express and The Independent.
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