WorkPride Webinar: Amplifying Our Unique Strengths as Queer Leaders
Join us as we host this webinar exploring how you can become a queer leader, and maximise your strengths to overcome adversity.
Kirstie StorrieGlobal Technology Project Manager
EY“A highly motivated, adaptable and responsible professional with strong interpersonal skills gained through multiple roles within Global Technology over the past 16+ years. A strong and empathetic people manager who plays an invaluable role in several diversity and inclusiveness initiatives. Described as an authentically present and true EY brand ambassador. A people person who gives time freely to help make a better working world for colleagues. Co-Chair of Unity Scotland and Unity Ambassador within EY Technology.” I’m currently working as a Project Manager within Global Technology and used to have a focus on DEI but have moved into more of an Infrastructure based role. I have one mentee from a different global location and work with them and am passionate about helping them meet their full potential. This became even more important during the past year and along with other Leads in my team we have established regular touchpoints to ensure our team are thriving and not suffering through what has been a difficult period. I was nominated in 2021, 2022 and now for 2023 for the Unity LGBT+ Awards as a Person with Purpose, Inspirational Role Model and being Visible and Vocal. These are a recognition of efforts that I make to work beyond the parameters of my EY role to support and contribute to the Unity Network, and the wider community. I received praise for being inspirational in the way that I think, lead and act. I’m proud that I was recognised as a role model by embracing different perspectives, promoting diversity and uplifting others.
MFrancesco AlbaneseFuture Trainee Solicitor
Bryan Cave Leighton PaisnerFormer Placement Student and Future Trainee Solicitor at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner ('BCLP'). I am currently finishing my Legal Practice Course at BPP University, London. I will be commencing my Training Contract in September 2022 - I can't wait! I have been supporting the Inclusion & Diversity and Emerging Talent Team at BCLP, as an Emerging Talent Sponsor for the LGBTQ* Sub-Network. I have been supporting aspiring LGBTQ* solicitors as a Mentor since 2019.
Jai Raichura, MBAManaging Principal
CapcoUK Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Co-Sponsor at FS consultancy, CAPCO.
Ebone BellEditor and Keynote Speaker
Tagg MagazineEboné Bell is a business owner, speaker, and trailblazer who shines bright in the world of entrepreneurship, DEI, activism, and LGBTQ media. She is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Tagg Magazine. After seeing a lack of LGBTQ women represented in local publications, she decided to start a magazine and website to tell stories, provide resources, and create events. This year, Tagg Magazine celebrates ten years of telling thousands of stories, creating safe-spaces for queer women, and providing important resources for the LGBTQ community. Over the past four years, Tagg Magazine has been named “Top 25 LGBTQ-Owned Companies” by the Washington Business Journal. Eboné was recently featured in Forbes Magazine as an "Inspiring Black Entrepreneur Changing Our World." And that's exactly her mission: To create change and leave a stamp on this world. One of those stamps includes starting a student group for LGBTQ people of color while attending University of Maryland College Park. Eighteen years later the group is still going strong. She has produced such events as the annual Capital Queer Prom giving the older LGBTQ community a second-chance prom, Capital Pride Women’s Events, Pride in the Sky, and Put on the Gloves Fashion Show benefitting The Trevor Project, just to name a few. These events have raised over $50,000 for LGBTQ non-profit organizations. She continues her community work by serving on the board of the Equality Chamber Foundation, an organization providing financial awareness and economic opportunity to LGBTQ-owned businesses. In 2018, Eboné founded the Tagg Scholarship Fund—a scholarship created specifically for young, queer, women of color who can’t afford to attend school. In addition to running a queer women’s publication, she shares her knowledge and passion as a keynote speaker at conferences, schools, and events across the country.
MJayson DarbyDirector of Science
Thomas InternationalAs the Director of Science at Thomas, I lead three teams across the UK and South Africa: Psychology, Data Science, and Content Experience. Together, the Science department ensures that our psychometric IP, content assets and data insights are applied to enhance the customer experience of our products. It’s great fun!