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WorkPride Panel: The How and Why to Becoming an Executive Ally

A feeling of inclusivity and belonging is crucial for workers worldwide to feel good about themselves, especially now that we spend so much time at home and away from each other. Initiatives that foster a communal way of doing things can go a long way in attracting and retaining top talent, namely when such talent comes from the LGBTQ+ community.

Executives have an important role in building a strong culture of inclusivity through allyship. This panel aims to include a variety of executives who will discuss how they drive inclusion within their organizations, as well as how allyship has had an impact on their career progression. 

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    Belton Flournoy
    Belton Flournoy
    Managing Director
    In addition to being a Managing Director in Protiviti’s Technology & Digital consulting practice, Belton is founder of Protiviti UK's LGBT+ group, which won best LGBT+ network in 2019 by the Inclusive Tech Alliance. Belton was shortlisted as a top 10 inspirational business leader in 2020 by the British LGBT+ awards, was recently listed as #18 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Future Leaders, #15 on Yahoo Finance’s Top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders and was featured on the top UK Black Role models, presented by Google. Belton was co-founder of Pride in the City with Pride in London where he ran a Mayor backed initiative dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity across London businesses.  In January 2021, Belton joined The Inclusion Initiative (TII) at the London School of Economics as an Advisory Board Member supporting their three-year innovative partnership programme bringing together research and practice to build more inclusive work environments. He has over a decade of experience supporting clients with deploying strategic solutions across some of the world’s leading financial services institutions, while maintaining a strong passion for ensuring diversity and inclusivity remain high on organisations business agenda.  He is extremely passionate about intersectionality, where he believes it is each person’s role to support other groups who are in the minority – “after all, we don’t want to preach to the converted, we want to educate and inspire people to be more aware and inclusive.” Belton also acts as an adviser to the UK Multicultural network, proCulture. He has experience delivering Cyber Security, Customer Experience, Identity & Access Management (IAM), Spreadsheet Risk and Compliance/Regulatory Risk programs across Europe. He has managed global teams across large organisations, as well as supporting small and medium-sized organisations to implement fit-for-purpose solutions. Protiviti is a global consulting firm that delivers deep expertise, objective insights, a tailored approach and unparalleled collaboration through consulting solutions in finance, technology, operations, data, analytics, governance, risk and internal audit. Please do not contact me if you require financial support.
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    Michael Harvey
    Michael Harvey
    Area International Premier Relationship Manager
    Since graduating Newcastle University in 2008 I have worked within the HSBC group. My early career was customer facing, based in a branch as a meet and greet/customer services officer. Around 10 years ago I progressed into management within the bank. I spent time developing the M&S Bank in store proposition (part of the HSBC Group), launching our flag ship branch in Marble Arch London. My career then progressed to running high profile/high net worth branch’s of HSBC in central London. With the success of my work with High Net Worth clients I progressed to our International Premier team. This involves looking after the groups most valuable customers who have relationships in multiple geographies. Helping to run a team of over 30 people. Along side my day role I have been an active committee member of HSBC Pride for a decade and running Pride UK for the last 2 years. In this role I help to steer the conversation within HSBC on how to build inclusion for our LGBT+ colleagues and our LGBT+ customers as well. This role has resulted in me working on multiple projects, from delivering a trans guide, a 15 day ally challenge and the strategy for our Pride March’s. Through this role I have been able to help other firms set up their employee resource network groups, allowing them to build successful programs within their own companies. I truly enjoy both of these roles, as I feel that both of them help people to be at their best and help the community around us.
  • Mike Simonton
    Mike Simonton
    Managing Director
    Fitch Ratings
  • Helen Jones
    Helen Jones
    SVP Head of Audit & Assurance
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya
    Gautam Bhattacharyya
    Partner in Global Commercial Disputes
    Reed Smith LLP
    Gautam has been a partner in Reed Smith since 2000 and is based in its London office. He specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation in a number of industry sectors, and is also a member of Reed Smith’s global board, its Executive Committee. Gautam is the former managing partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office and co-chairs the firm’s India Business Team.
  • Anjali Pendlebury-Green
    Anjali Pendlebury-Green
    Vice President | Global Digital Customer Operations Leader
    Anjali is the global Talent & HR and Customer Experience services portfolio leader at Capgemini. In this role, Anjali leads the Future of Experience operations, HR and Learning delivery services portfolio delivered from across 15+ countries. Anjali partners with clients to define the future of organisational experience delivered to both Customers and Employees. This includes building hybrid global workforces enabled by innovative technologies like Workday, SuccessFactors, ServiceNow, Zendesk and Amazon Connect. She is also adept at working with clients on delivering challenging business change journeys that embed a new operating model. Anjali is also a member of the Capgemini Business Services (BPO) Executive Committee and an ally co-chair of Capgemini 's OutFront UK initiative. In addition, she is part of the EMEA Board of Advisors of the HR Outsourcing Association.
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