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Due to Covid-19 LGBTQ+ helplines are experiencing twice the usual amount of calls and many people have lost their jobs. Research shows the LGBTQ+ community is particularly isolated and at risk (Trevor Project, 2020).

This has serious implications for the mental health of the LGBTQ+ people. With most Pride events being postponed or cancelled around the world, we want to make sure the LGBTQ+ business community is visible and celebrated.

This is why we are launching the WorkPride Week Conference.

A Global Event free for all attendees to make the Pride Week more inclusive than ever!

These series of events are for professionals, graduates, inclusive employers, and anyone who believes in workplace equality. We are focusing on pride in business because this is what we know best!

This is a great opportunity to showcase what your organizations and employee resource groups (ERGs) are doing for LGBTQ+ inclusion while learning new skills.

Inclusiveness (June 22)

ERGs & Networks (June 23)

Skill Set (June 24)

Students and Graduates (June 25)

Well-Being and Support (June 26)

Speakers

  • Sandra Thompson
    Sandra Thompson
    Audit Partner/ Unity Co-Partner Sponsor
    EY UK
  • Tim Jarman
    Tim Jarman
    Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusiveness
    EY UK
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    Benjamin Firth
    Benjamin Firth
    Communications and Engagement Leader, LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    EY UK
    Ben is Communications and Engagement Leader at EY in the UK. He’s also Co-Chair of Unity, EY’s LGBT+ employee network and a trustee of the charity, MindOut. Ben has over 15 years of corporate communications experience, gained through a variety of sectors in the UK and Australia. He’s passionate about working with leaders to drive positive change, business outcomes and inclusive cultures – all through compelling communication. Prior to EY, Ben spent eight years at the Financial Services Authority and Financial Conduct Authority working in internal and change communications throughout the financial crisis and shake-up of financial services regulation. Before then, he worked in corporate PR at Sydney Opera House and the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Born and raised in Gloucestershire, Ben regularly gets back to the Cotswolds to enjoy the countryside and see his family. He met his Partner while living in Australia. They moved to the UK in 2008 and have been living in North London since. When Ben’s not at a spin class with Psycle London or more recently doing a HIIT at home, he’s usually at theatre or socialising with friends.
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    Alex Enness-Laporte
    Alex Enness-Laporte
    Sales Operations Manager, LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    EY UK
    Alex is one of the EY LGBT+ Network Co-Chairs and is a Sales Operations Manager for their Government and Public Services Advisory practice. She has worked with EY for over 5 years and her career has progressed through many industries, including Hospitality, Live-in Caring, Upstream Oil & Gas, Insurance and IT. She originates from Melbourne, Australia, and has lived in London since May 1999.
  • Aritha Wickramasinghe
    Aritha Wickramasinghe
    Lawyer, policy expert, human rights activist.
    iProbono
    I am an international banking and real estate finance solicitor with substantial experience in providing premium advice and assistance on some of the largest international transactions in the market. I have always been a champion of diversity and equality in the workplace and lead and support a number of diversity and social mobility initiatives in the UK and Globally. I believe that people perform their best when they are free to be themselves. In order to encourage personal development and productivity growth, we need to create environments at work and elsewhere which encourages individuality and discourages prejudice. I believe in giving back to the community. I have initiated and contribute towards a variety of pro bono work across the world. I am a founding director of iProbono's Justice Programme, an organisation that connects civil society with pro bono legal help across the world and I am a founding trustee of THINK EQUAL - a new UN Human Rights Office endorsed education initiative that is working with countries to introduce a new subject into schools teaching children social and emotional intelligence. Over the next several years, I wish to continue my legal development. I want to develop a sound and niche knowledge of financial transactions with a projects and real estate focus while seeking exposure to emerging and frontier markets. Pro bono and diversity will remain a passion and I intend on continuing the development of my pro bono and diversity portfolio. Specialties: Finance, Real Estate Finance, Diversity networks, Pro bono iniatives, Human Rights and Public Policy
  • Jack Murray
    Jack Murray
    Talent & Development Lead
    Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
  • Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore
    SVP, The People Team
    Verizon Media
    Lisa leads Verizon Media’s People Operations 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 upon the creation of Oath (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).
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    David Weston
    David Weston
    Strategy & Innovation Lead | Global Inclusion Council
    AstraZeneca
  • Matthew Beard
    Matthew Beard
    Executive Director
    All Out
    Matt Beard is the Executive Director at All Out, a global LGBT+ human rights group, partnering with frontline organisations to work towards a world in which nobody has to sacrifice their family, freedom, safety or dignity because of who they are or who they love. Prior to starting at All Out in 2016, Matt served as the International Director of Fundraising and Communications at Action Aid, a global anti-poverty and women's rights organisation. Before joining Action Aid, Matt worked for 10 years at Amnesty International in the UK, Australia, Germany and Canada, leading teams working on digital engagement, fundraising and communications.
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    Belton Flournoy III
    Belton Flournoy III
    Director
    Protiviti
    In addition to being a Director in Protiviti’s Technology & Digital consulting practice, Belton is a Head of Pride in the City for Pride in London where he runs a Mayor backed initiative dedicated to increasing diversity and inclusivity across London businesses. 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 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. 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 is founder of Protiviti UK's LGBT+ group, which won best LGBT+ network in 2019 by the Inclusive Tech Alliance, and in 2020 he was shortlisted as a 'Top 10 Inspirational Leader' by the British LGBT+ awards.
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    Antonia Belcher
    Antonia Belcher
    Director
    MHBCCumming
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    Annie Newman
    Annie Newman
    Senior digital content editor
    GSK
    Being able to make a difference to LGBT+ inclusion in the health & life sciences sector is of upmost importance to me. Having grown up identifying as gay, I like many in the LGBT community have had to deal with the challenges that that can bring but as an adult I am out and proud and passionate about doing what I can to help others. As the first female lead of GSK’s award-winning LGBT+ employee network group Spectrum, I feel privileged to be able to influence GSK’s LGBT+ agenda and to be in a position to support and be the voice for those within the organisation. During my involvement with Spectrum we have grown from strength to strength and I believe one of my biggest contributions to be enabling the community to connect better than ever before. I also see that through my day job as Senior digital content editor for GSK's internal and external corporate channels, I have been able to utilise my passion for bringing to life the diversity of employees across the company. As Engagement lead for the Proud Science Alliance, a ground-breaking cross-company collaboration. I'm responsible for engagement across our member communities. To bring such a large and diverse group of LGBT+ employee groups together with one mission takes a robust strategy and great story-telling. It’s an honour to bring their stories to life and also to work across the organisations to ensure best practice is shared. Over the past few years I have placed 9th in the 2019 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model list, LGBT+ future leader category and was a finalist in DIVA's Rainbow Honours LGBT Champion category.
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    Cheryl Lander
    Cheryl Lander
    Sr. Director, Release Management
    Oracle
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    Jason Sloan
    Jason Sloan
    Organisational Development Consultant
    GSK
    Helping individuals, teams and organisations perform at their best. I am an organisational development and business strategy development/deployment expert with more than 18 years experience in a global, corporate environment. In addition, I have more than 5 years professional experience working in education/non-profit community organisations. I am NTL OD certified. I am a trained and experienced business coach and a certified practitioner of the GSK developed accelerating delivery and performance (ADP) program that integrates the disciplines of change management, project management and organisational development. I learn fast and am highly agile, always motivated by rapid change and challenge. I like to use both sides of my brain. I'm a creative type who understands the necessity and value of research and detail. I prefer diverse, open-minded, relatively casual environments that are serious about delivering value. Specialties: Organisational Development, Business Strategy Development/Deployment, Business/Employee Engagement, Business Coaching, Leadership, Internal Communication, Change Management, Project Management, Writing, Researching
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    Sasha Scott
    Sasha Scott
    CEO
    Inclusive Group
    Sasha Scott runs the Inclusive Group team and is considered an international thought-leader on diversity, bias, inclusivity and managing psychological health.
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    Maxwell King
    Maxwell King
    Consultant
    Loftus Bradford Executive Search
    A specialist headhunter engaging senior level executive search work for prominent multinationals, working principally in data & analytics along with legal but also with experience in HR and commercial functions. In his previous company he advised Senior Associates and Partners on their careers and orchestrated their moves between different leading law firms.
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    Spyros Diakakis
    Spyros Diakakis
    Project and Change Manager
    AstraZeneca
    Spyros is a Project and Change Manager in AstraZeneca’s Global Operations function, where he is responsible for leading technical change projects and programmes to implement product security and traceability legislations to secure supply chains and protect patients from counterfeit medicines. Spyros co-founded AZPride UK, AstraZeneca’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group and co-chaired the group between 2016 and 2019. He is an advocate for inclusion and diversity in the workplace and leads initiatives to empower his LGBTQIA+ colleagues to reach their full potential. Connect with Spyros on linkedin.com/in/spyrosdiakakis
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    Damien Shieber
    Damien Shieber
    Head of Culture and Inclusion
    Santander UK plc
    Damien is the Head of Culture and Inclusion for Santander UK plc. Alongside the role at Santander, Damien sits on the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter Industry Board as the UK Banking representative and on the Business in the Community Wellbeing Leadership Team with the aim to build a movement that is committed to positioning health and wellbeing as strategic boardroom issues with a particular focus on mental health; driving collective action through evidence-based, practical solutions. As the Head of Culture and Inclusion for Santander in the UK, Damien leads the development of the culture strategy identifying the overall cultural themes to support the alignment of purpose, values and behaviours across 23,000 colleagues. Included in his responsibilities are culture, employee wellbeing, inclusion and diversity, culture measurement, people insights & data and employee engagement. Prior to taking up this role, Damien was the Head of Performance Management designing and implementing a cultural change programme and as a secondary role was part of a HR Global Project Team as a Global HR Transformation Director for Performance Management, developing a harmonised approach to performance management across all countries in Group Santander for 200,000 employees. Damien previously worked at the BBC in Talent and Organisational Development leading the pan-BBC Talent identification, assessment and development long term strategy and for RWE Group (Utility provider) in Essen, Germany and Swindon as a Talent and Development Lead focusing on key cultural change and talent programmes aligned to the business strategy. Damien started his career in consulting with Capita Group.
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    Peter Lewin
    Peter Lewin
    Senior Director, Strategy & Marketplace Insights
    Levi Strauss & Co.
    Peter Lewin is Senior Director of Strategy & Marketplace Insights, Europe, for Levi Strauss & Co., where he is responsible for artificial intelligence in addition to strategy and consumer insights. Peter serves as a member of the European Leadership Team, a founding member of the European Impact Accelerators and Diversity Council, and sponsor of Unlabeled - the European LGBTQ+ and ally employee network. Before joining Levi Strauss & Co., Peter worked in the Technology Advantage practice in BCG’s London office. He has also been a member of the Strategic Planning Group of American Express, where he led a variety of digital projects, has consulted on a freelance basis for LVMH and News International, and had a previous career in investment banking with UBS in New York and London.
  • Natasha Whitehurst
    Natasha Whitehurst
    Head of HR
    Rapport
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    Jessica Chu
    Jessica Chu
    Group Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement
    RS Components
  • Siobhan Harvey
    Siobhan Harvey
    HR Business Partner
    The SR Group
    I am an HR professional, with a Generalist background. I am currently an HR Business Partner at The SR Group, which is a specialist recruitment company. In my role I business partner with our APAC, Dubai and London regions. The areas of my role that I love are adding value around employee engagement, performance and most importantly, well-being. After all you can't have a high performing organisation without a base line of well-being. In my personal life, I love running, cycling and walking my dog, Winnie!
  • Paul J. Reed
    Paul J. Reed
    Chairman
    myGwork
    Paul spent his whole career in BP in a variety of posts predominantly in supply, trading and business development. He worked in 6 countries in 3 continents, and among his roles he was a crude and oil products trader, ran the Mergers and Acquisitions department, was head of Strategy for the Refining and Marketing business, and for seven years was the Chief Executive of BP’s International Trading division of 4000 staff in 40 offices worldwide, responsible for all trading globally of oil, gas and foreign exchange for BP. He was active at different stages on the group chief executive’s diversity council, and was executive sponsor of BP’s LGBT and of their Ethnicity employee networks. He was for three years named in the top ten of the Financial Times Outstanding in Business LGBT leaders and today works as a non-executive Director of four international companies and is also Chairman of myGwork.
  • Gurchaten Sandhu
    Gurchaten Sandhu
    Programme Support Officer
    International Labour Organization
    Born to Indian migrant parents in the UK, Gurchaten (Nanoo) Sandhu (he/his; they/them) is a Programme Support Officer at the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch. Alongside his B.A. (HONS) in Economics and MSc in Development Economics, his passion for social justice has led him to focus his efforts on promoting the principle of non-discrimination in employment and occupation. Over the past 12 years, Gurchaten has built his expertise and knowledge on promoting social justice through quality, decent and inclusive work for all, in particular to enhance LGBTIQ+ rights at work and economic inclusion. He also finds the time to volunteer as President for UN GLOBE, the group representing LGBTIQ+ staff in the UN system. As its President, he works to ensure the voice and rights of LGBTI staff are represented in UN policies and procedures. He also serves as committee member of International Family Equality Day NGO, advising on non-discrimination based on family status in the world of work, and is a fellow of the Salzburg Global LGBT forum. In 2018 & 2019, he was listed as the Top 30 OUTstanding Role Model in the Public Sector.
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    Neil Reavey
    Neil Reavey
    Associate Director, Research Assurance & External Insights Lead, Global I&D Council
    AstraZeneca
    I am Associate Director of Research Assurance for AstraZeneca at their headquarters in Cambridge UK. I started out my career as a Junior Research Technician, steadily progressing to the role of Senior Scientist, before switching direction to focus on Research Ethics, whilst working for AstraZeneca in the US. I am a graduate of Business Management and hold a MSc in Organisational Change & Strategy, both of which underpin a keen interest in organisational psychology and culture. A diverse perspective has helped me shape the dialogue about ethics and transparency in research, and has enabled me to lead global programs that promote and celebrate sustainable innovation. For more than 15 years I have been driving the Inclusion and Diversity conversation in the workplace, and co-founded AstraZeneca's LGBTQ+ Employee Network AZPride. In addition, I am the External Insights lead on the AstraZeneca Global Inclusion and Diversity Council, chaired by our CEO Pascal Soriot. Outside of work, I am on the board of trustees for Cambridge LGBTQ+ youth charity The Kite Trust, and Co-Chair of the Proud Science Alliance, a global cross-sector initiative to further LGBTQ+ inclusion in life-science and healthcare. I am driven by doing the right thing, using my skills, knowledge and privilege to elevate issues I am passionate about, in particular, Human Rights, Equality and Sustainability.
  • Sanchia Constance
    Sanchia Constance
    Data Analyst
    GSK
    I'm Sanchia. I've been working with GSK for nearly 6 years. I started off in the Quality labs as a lab analyst and moved up to senior analyst before I joined the Quality Data Team. As part of these roles, I have had experience with lab work, batch approval, investigations, and data system set up. I'm super passionate about equality for women and LGBTQ+ people. I identify as Bi and have been out at work for around 3 years or so. I sit on the leadership team of GSK's LGBTQ+ employee resource group and the site committee for the disability confidence employee resource group. My aims are to make talking about things such as LGBTQ+ and hidden disabilities part of everyday conversation, and to reduce the stigma bisexual people face and combat bi-erasure. Feel free to message me if you want to talk/have ideas about how to improve Bi+ resources for companies, or anything to do with Health and Wellbeing of LGBTQ+ folk. https://www.mygwork.com/en/my-g-news/my-hope-for-the-future-is-that-mental-health-becomes-a-natural-part-of-conversation-an-interview-with-sanchia-constance This is a piece I wrote for Mental Health Awareness Week.
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    Colette Comerford
    Colette Comerford
    Head of Inclusion & Culture
    LGIM - Legal & General Investment Managment
    Colette Comerford Head of Inclusion & Culture at Legal & General Investment Management Colette joined LGIM in 2018 from M&G Investments where she spent nearly a decade working to create and maintain a balanced workforce. During her tenure, she helped grow and implement M&G’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategy addressing gender, ethnicity, nationality, LGBT, cultural diversity, social backgrounds and mental health/wellbeing. During her career, she also held senior roles in employer brand, talent attraction and retention, delivering innovative solutions to ensure a diverse candidate pipeline. Colette is responsible for driving the evolution and continuous improvement of LGIM’s culture, as well as LGIM’s diversity and inclusion objectives. Colette works closely with the executive team, LGIM’s diversity and inclusion team (LEGIT), and Legal & General’s Group Diversity and Inclusion team. Colette is a member of the Diversity Project's Steering Group – an initiative which aims to accelerate progress towards an inclusive culture and achieve diversity across all dimensions in the investment profession, and LGBT Great's Lead Role Model Ambassador.
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    Emily Heath
    Emily Heath
    Diversity & Inclusion Manager
    Verizon Media
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    Alison Shea
    Alison Shea
    Vice President Global HR and Corporate Citizenship - Learning and Transformations
    State Street
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    Chloë Davies
    Chloë Davies
    Head of PR & Partnerships
    myGwork
    Chloe Davies is an activist, proud bisexual woman, mother of two, chef and entrepreneur, who campaigns for inclusion and equality in social spaces, corporate organisations and the wider community. She spent over 15 years working in retail, artist management and PR before starting her own company in 2015. Chloe is Head of PR & Partnerships for myGwork - The global recruitment and networking hub for LGBT professionals and organisations promoting diversity and inclusion. Chloe volunteers with UK Black Pride (UKBP) as the Strategic Officer, working closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors to help shape the future of UK Black Pride. She is also the Community Lead for the London Queer Fashion Show - An annual showcase of fashion, identity, and expression.
  • Claire Skinner
    Claire Skinner
    Principle
    Marsh & McLennan Companies
    Hi, I am Global Co-Chair of Mercer Pride, our LGBT+ Employee Network. I also work with a number of D&I and LGBT+ organisations including LBWomen, Midlands Alliance and Diversity Role Models. My day job is advising pension scheme clients on their investment arrangements within a delegated framework.
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    Kate Fisher
    Kate Fisher
    Enterprise Account Manager
    Oracle
    Seasoned sales professional and a dynamic, engaging leader and speaker for the LGBTQ+ community seeking to empower others to embrace vulnerability and thrive in their personal story. Motivated to develop authentic leaders that lead from their strengths. Active in building safe workplace environments that value, promote and recruit diverse talent as a global co-chair for the Oracle OPEN (Oracle Pride Employee Network) an LGBTQ+ ERG. Proud contributing member of the Board of Directors for one-n-ten a nonprofit organization serving and assisting LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Aseel Altuwaijri
    Aseel Altuwaijri
    HR Officer
    United Nations
    Aseel is from Kuwait and is a Human Resources Officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). She holds a MSc in Human Resources Management and Development. Aseel has been an advocate in Kuwait and the UN for trans rights and trans inclusive policies. She volunteers for UN GLOBE, the group representing LGBTIQ+ staff in the UN system, advising the board on trans-affairs.
  • Rachel Reese
    Rachel Reese
    CEO
    Global Butterflies
    Rachel Reese is an experienced and engaging (and often humorous) facilitator and consultant who specialises in helping companies create a trans and non-binary inclusive workplace. She supports organisations through a number of ways, from coaching senior level decision makers, to delivering general training sessions, to supporting HR teams. In 2019, Rachel wrote (alongside Emma Cusdin) the Lloyds of London Trans & Non-binary Guide which has hit the City of London with great acclaim. Rachel has spoken in front of audiences all over the UK, US and Canada and has worked with many large and small businesses in regard to their trans and non-binary initiatives. Having started her career in avionics as a software engineer, Rachel later moved into the legal sector after retraining as a lawyer. She passed The Law Society Solicitors Final Exams in the 90s. During this time she was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria, and later while she was working at The College of Law, she transitioned her gender expression from male to female; this at a time when it was difficult to be out and trans in the City. She worked in a number of senior operational roles, eventually rising up to Production Director. In 2015, Rachel founded Global Butterflies, a trans and non-binary inclusion training company that comprises of trans only staff. Global Butterflies donates a percentage of its profits to LGBT+ causes. Rachel gives up much of her free time as a trans and non-binary inclusion advocate to many orgainations which include; Vice-chair of the Law Society’s LGBT Lawyers Division Committee, Trustee for GiveOut ,Judging the People In Law Awards, Mentor to Aspiring Solicitors LGBT+ Scholarship candidates, Judge for the OUTvertising Awards. Rachel addressed the Pride In London Gala Dinner in regard to trans and non-binary rights in the UK and the Pride In London breakfast for CMS (Pride In London sponsor).
  • Dilraj Sura
    Dilraj Sura
    Commercial Insights Partner (Respiratory)
    GSK
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    Emma Cusdin
    Emma Cusdin
    Director
    Global Butterflies
    Emma Cusdin has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organisations. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and she is passionate about raising awareness of trans & non-binary issues. Emma has spoken at many trans & non-binary events organised by leading private sector companies. She has been featured in the Financial Times and has written a number of blogs including for the Huffington Post and HR Zone. Emma was a Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) and she chaired the National Trans Youth Conference for 2 years in succession. She also was a co-founder for Trans*formation. She was delighted to receive the Positive LGBT Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards and she appeared in the OUT at work top 50 UK LGBT Executives. In 2019, Emma was delighted to receive the Prime Minister’s Office Point of Light award in recognition for her tireless work in trans & non-binary inclusion. Emma is a Director at Global Butterflies, a company that has been extremely successful in bringing about trans & non-binary inclusion and acceptence within corporate organisations in the UK, US and Canada.
  • Laura Yeates - Chartered FCIPD
    Laura Yeates - Chartered FCIPD
    Head of Graduate Talent
    Clifford Chance
    Laura Yeates is Head of Graduate Talent at the global law firm, Clifford Chance. In her most recent role she oversees the graduate recruitment and development teams, both of which have won awards for ground-breaking initiatives focused on improving access to the legal profession, tackling the stigma of mental health and sexual harassment in the workplace. She joined Clifford Chance in 2006, having previously worked at J.P. Morgan in both the graduate recruitment team and also in a generalist HR role. With over fifteen years graduate recruitment experience and five years HR experience, she is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Trustee of the Bridge Group, a member of the National Student Pride Steering Committee and on the Advisory Board of The Apples & Pears Foundation, a London based charity enabling inner city families to take weekend school trips with their children and volunteers. She is also a former Board Director of the Institute of Student Employers.
  • Tom Guy
    Tom Guy
    President
    National Student Pride
  • Alexandre De Freitas
    Alexandre De Freitas
    Rio de Janeiro State University
  • Tehzeeb Fatima Bukhari
    Tehzeeb Fatima Bukhari
    Future Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
    LLB Finalist at the School of Oriental and African Studies. As a queer Muslim woman, it is my prerogative to create safe spaces for those in the LGBTQIA+ community and advocate for the rights of those intersections of society that are vulnerable, as I have also faced the struggles many young people who identify with these communities have faced. I believe in the important of visibility and equal opportunities in the development of any professional career field. As a future trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance, I hope I can become a role model for other queer professional Muslim women like myself. To truly thrive as a person in all avenues in life, I strongly believe that being able to be your true authentic self lies in enabling and inclusive environments which not only give a sense of belonging but aid you in flourishing as an individual. Now that I have a voice, I want to use it for those who do not or are just beginning to use theirs.
  • Tyler Brklacich
    Tyler Brklacich
    IE University
  • Georgie Court
    Georgie Court
    Graduate Recruitment Specialist
    Clifford Chance
  • Zoe Jenkins
    Zoe Jenkins
    Graduate Recruitment Specialist
    Clifford Chance LLP
  • Maria Goldsmith
    Maria Goldsmith
    Wellbeing Consultant
    Goldsmith Counselling and Mediation Services Ltd
    As the founder and Director of GCM (Goldsmith Counselling and Mediation) Maria brings close to three decades of experience counselling people individually and in groups with specific issues (trauma, autism, Aspergers Syndrome, rape and sexual abuse). She also provides tailor made organisational support and senior management consultancy including mediation, sickness absence, compliance and capability, grievances and environmental stress audits. She offers a range of individualised solutions to support the care and wellbeing of your employees. Maria’s philosophy is built upon mapping, planning and delivering “win/win” outcomes that meet the needs of the individual and the organisation.

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