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WorkPride Panel: The Power of Authenticity

Being your authentic self is not only an inspiration for those around you but can also bring outstanding business results for an organization. When people feel comfortable in their own skin, they are keener to being motivated and thus being more productive at work. 


Speakers in this panel will share with us a few tips on how to be our authentic selves and how that can be a positive driving force in a career. The panel will include coming out stories at work and how these have helped with personal branding, an overview of the role of LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Groups (ERG) in supporting the coming out journey and some further personal advice from members of the community. 


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    Hayley Vaughan
    Hayley Vaughan
    Talent Attraction & Acqusition
    EY
    Responsible for recruiting exceptional and diverse talent across EY Audit London.
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    Jessica Chu
    Jessica Chu
    Group Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
    RS Components
    Australian born and bred, I arrived in London in 1999 for a six month back-packing holiday and loved it so much, decided to stay! I have spent the last 20 years working in the Financial Services sector across a number of disciplines and for the last decade I've specialised in leading diversity and inclusion programmes at leading banks and now at RS Components a global digital and engineering organisation. As the Group Head of D&I, I am responsible for delivering work that has a real impact on our people and communities we operate in. What I love most is the breadth of my role and the fact that no two days are ever the same! I have two young children, who keep me extra busy when not at work. As a family we love to spend time at the park, having picnics, riding bikes and jumping on the trampoline. I also love to cook, garden, watch movies and read.
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    Ben Johnson
    Ben Johnson
    Global Head of Insurance
    Sheffield Haworth
    Ben joined Sheffield Haworth in 2019 with a vision to build out the Insurance practice into the number one provider of transformation talent solutions in the industry. His goal is to deliver solutions that combine industry expertise with strategic thinking – driving creativity, innovation, diversity and inclusion for clients. For over 14 years he has placed executives, interims, and consultants at C-Suite level across some of the biggest names in the sector, gaining deep insights into how talent can solve companies’ most challenging business problems. Ben has a BA in Fashion & Marketing from Central St.Martins, London and he applies his passion for creative thinking to every client engagement. Prior to joining Sheffield Haworth, he led the Insurance, Asset & Wealth division for Interim Partners, focusing on Operations, Marketing, Digital and Technology. Ben is on the Advisory Board of LINK, the LGBTQ+ Insurance Network.
  • Rodrigo Adanya
    Rodrigo Adanya
    Chief People Officer (CHRO)
    Glovo
    Senior executive with more than 17+ years of experience in multinational blue chip companies & Start-up environments in hyper-growth at the scale-up stage (having helped taking two of them to a Unicorns status USD 1Bi+ valuation). Extensive experience working internationally in functional roles. Trilingual (English, Portuguese, Spanish), used to very matrix-like global companies. Experienced partner, supporting executive leadership teams as well as leading the specialised functions of HR. Active participation on the boards of the companies regarding People related topics. Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging champion, proud Out Gay man and on a recent journey in learning about it even more every day! Above all, a Pro-Business HR practitioner and a true believer that finding and developing the right talent is key to winning in the marketplace and getting people to find the Job of Their Lives!
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    Alex Brueggeman
    Alex Brueggeman
    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead
    72andSunny
    Alex Brueggeman is an anthropologist, writer, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion professional currently working in the advertising industry. After graduating from Howard University, Alex worked for the United States National Park Service as a field archaeologist, studying 18th and 19th Century mid-Atlantic enslaved populations. Following that, he transitioned into the non-profit sector where he provided resources and educational opportunities to Afro-diasporic and Latinx immigrant communities in Flushing, Queens. Now, as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead at 72andSunny, a global advertising agency, he develops systems and programs that lift up marginalized demographics in an effort to create more equity in the creative class.
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    Nicci Take
    Nicci Take
    Head of growth
    Mercer wealth uk
    Sales expert. Serial Entrepreneur. Consulting and coaching. D&I champion. Comedienne.
  • Ned Munroe
    Ned Munroe
    Chief Global Design Officer
    HanesBrands
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    Adriana Mantilla
    Adriana Mantilla
    Regional Manager Canada
    Booking.com
    I am Adriana, born and raised in Colombia, South America and now living in Toronto . I am Passionate about tourism industry and developing business for emerging regions. I have been 8 amazing years in Booking.com now leading the 3 Canadian offices and before I was the Area Manager for Lima and Bogotá office, running 5 countries simultaneously. My mission is to be able to inspire people to have a voice and represent the ones that still can not have it. I work proactively so everybody can bring their authentic self to work and now I am thrilled to be participating in expanding our Travel Proud Program to US and Canada https://www.linkedin.com/in/adriana-mantilla-8ab08618/
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