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

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. 


Executive sponsors can have an important role in building a strong culture of inclusivity through funding and support. This panel aims to include a variety of sponsors who will discuss how to be an efficient sponsor and what strategies to use to secure management buy-in. 



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Speakers:

  • Chris Crespo
    Chris Crespo
    Director, Inclusiveness
    EY
    Chris is a Director at EY who inspires people to lead authentically while connecting people to achieve more together through EY's Professional Networks, LGBT+ inclusiveness strategy, and DE&I advocacy. During her 30+ years at EY in Tax and on the Talent team, Chris co-founded Unity (EY’s LGBT+ employee network). Chris’s efforts have been recognized with the inaugural Americas Chairman’s Values Award at EY and the Trailblazer Award by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Chris resides in New Jersey, uses Chris/she/they pronouns and can be contacted at [email protected]
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    Belton Flournoy
    Belton Flournoy
    Director
    Protiviti
    In addition to being a 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
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    Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore
    SVP, The People Team
    Verizon Media
    Lisa leads Verizon Media’s People Operations, Talent and HR Business Partner teams globally. That's a team of 75 team members in 10 countries. She and her HRBP team are strategic talent partners to business leaders. They bringing that voice and the business’ requirements to program owners in the HR Centres of Excellence to ensure delivery of targeted and tailored programs which propel the business forward. Through the shared service and operations teams, Lisa strives to create and continuously improve friction-free processes and delivery, striking a balance between streamlined automation and human touch. Lisa spent 15 years in various HR Business Partner roles before moving from London to New York with AOL in 2017 to take up her current role at Verizon Media (merger of Yahoo! and AOL). Her scope has included global HRBPs, global shared services teams, operations, HRIS tools & technology, Employee Relations, Contingent Workforce and the Program Management Office. Lisa studied Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish) at The University of Sheffield in the UK before embarking on a career in HR. She has worked in various global companies across multiple sectors from professional services to media and tech. She also ran a small start up and her own independent HR consultancy whilst on her second maternity leave. Lisa has lived and worked in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and now the US. Lisa is a Board Member at HMI: the Hetrick Martin Institute, the largest and longest-standing organisation in the US founded on the belief that all young people, regardless of sexual identity and orientation deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. She is executive sponsor of the PRISM ERG, Verizon Media’s employee resource group for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies. When she is not at work, she hangs out with her 2 teenage kids, walks her dog Captain, spends whole days in thrift stores and listens to all kinds of music. She ran the New York marathon in 2018 (her 3rd).
  • John Tweeddale (He/Him)
    John Tweeddale (He/Him)
    SVP Higher Education Services
    Pearson
    John leads a professional services team providing a suite of comprehensive services to customers aligned to the customer life-cycle. John has led successful business transformation and organizational change efforts to support new business opportunities as markets have accelerated toward more digital customer experiences. Prior to his current role, John has held senior leadership roles in sales, marketing, and product management in North America and in Europe. He is currently part of the Pearson global Diversity and Inclusion executive team and serving as global executive sponsor Spectrum, an employee resource group supporting LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies and for the corporate disability mentorship program. John holds degrees in Economics and International Relations and continues to pursue new educational opportunities as a committed life-long learner. He has held board positions in a local community organization and a national charity organization and has volunteered as a coach, mentor and leader for youth sport and community organizations as a parent and supporter. John is currently training for a half marathon in the fall, continuing to work on his tennis game, and is an avid New England sports enthusiast.
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