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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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  • Ricky Lee
    Ricky Lee
    Global Insurance Marketing Manager
    I'm a strategic and creative marketeer with experience in the private and public sectors. I currently work as Global Insurance Marketing Manager at EY and also lead the communications efforts for EY's LGBTQ+ network, Unity, in the UK. I'm passionate about all aspects of DE&I and my current focus on LGBTQ+ equality and socio-economic diversity within financial services.
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    Abraham Briseno
    Abraham Briseno
    Associate Account Strategist
    I am a passionate Queer knowmad who believes that cultural understanding and self-awareness are part of the solutions to avoid human conflicts. For inclusion to be part of our daily lives, we first need to start believing in ourselves and give love to ourselves, we are not able to give to others what we are not giving to our own selves. So, how can we give love and compassion to others if we are the first ones to be rude to ourselves? This is why I have been a DEI advocate across different countries, within my work environment and in my extended community, to empower more people to speak up and to live their best life by being true to who they are.
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    Dr Gus Bussmann
    Dr Gus Bussmann
    Diversity and Inclusion Officer
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    Nikki Phinyapincha
    Nikki Phinyapincha
    Director of Media Relations & Communication
    Asialife Media (Thailand)
    Promoted as a Director of Media Relations and Communication in an international PR firm before turning 30, Nikki Phinyapincha is a communication business strategist as well as a spokesperson (VITO) for the Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia for Thailand & Indochina market. With a Swiss Master degree in international tourism and professional background in corporate and branding communication, her career expands over several industries including tourism and hospitality, luxury products and international trade. Nikki is also the Chair of PRCA APAC Pride Network, Country Director of AYAN Thailand and DE&I keynote speaker advocating trans leadership and gender diverse workplace for various organizations including IBM, Hill+Knowlton Strategies TH and Karlshochschule Academy. Recently awarded The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP) by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Nikki also founded TransTalents, a blog with determined purpose to empower transgenders to thrive professionally and be a future leader in corporate companies no matter what barriers and limitations they face. Nothing is impossible.
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    Emma Stowell
    Emma Stowell
    Director of Data Science, Analytics and Insights
    Immersive Labs
    20 years experience in all aspects of Data and Analytics having worked in a wide range of industries. I specialise in establishing data functions and building truly great teams.
  • Kel de Witt
    Kel de Witt
    Software Engineer
    I'm a non-binary, out and proud individual who has worked hard to feel comfortable in their own skin, and has a passion to help others do the same. By day I am a software engineer and degree apprentice working for Capgemini, and a co-chair of our OUTfront UK Network and community.
  • Aleksandar Damchevski
    Aleksandar Damchevski
    D&I Director
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