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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.

Receive an LGBTQ+ certificate of attendance for the #WorkPride conference when registering and attending 5 webinars.

Inclusiveness (June 22)

ERGs & Networks (June 23)

Skill Set (June 24)

Students and Graduates (June 25)

Well-Being and Support (June 26)

Speakers

  • Natasha Sinclair
    Natasha Sinclair
    Senior Manager
    EY
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    Mauricio Ariza Barile
    Mauricio Ariza Barile
    D&I Manager for Latam North
    EY
    Mauricio majored in Political Science and Public Administration at Mexico City’s Universidad Iberoamericana. He holds an M.A. in Human Rights from the same university, and a specialty diploma in Immigration Studies from Mexico’s Colegio de la Frontera Norte. Throughout his career, Mauricio has worked extensively to promote and advance human rights, particularly regarding discrimination in LGTBQ and indigenous populations. He has also advocated for gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights. Mauricio has worked for numerous local and federal Mexican government agencies, such as Mexico City’s Health Ministry, Mexico City’s Council to Prevent and Eradicate Discrimination, Mexico’s National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women (CONAVIM), and Mexico’s Ministry of Labor. Additionally, Mauricio has served as an advisor at Mexico’s ADIL (Alliance for Diversity and Labor Inclusion), the National Institute for Social Development (Instituto Nacional de Desarrollo Social), and the Advisory Council for the organization Género y Desarrollo A.C. Currently, Mauricio is the Manager for Diversity and Inclusiveness at EY’s North Lat/Am branch, where he oversees and implements policies that advance a climate of inclusiveness in the corporate workplace, especially in the case of women, people with disabilities, LGTBQ people, and younger populations.
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    Hayley Vaughan
    Hayley Vaughan
    Talent Attraction & Acqusition
    EY
    Responsible for recruiting exceptional and diverse talent across EY Audit London.
  • Ryan Horwood
    Ryan Horwood
    Senior Assurance Associate
    EY
    I am currently working with EY Bristol in Assurance. I am primarily responsible for Financial Statement Audits and work with clients across various industries including Technology, Manufacturing, Energy and Optical. In terms of my LGBT+ work, I lead the Bristol Unity committee (a subsect of EY's Unity UK&I). This involves leading activities inside and outside EY Bristol, organising workplace events, and promoting EY's policy of inclusiveness for all.
  • Cyrielle Collignon
    Cyrielle Collignon
    Auditor
    EY
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    Harry Queenborough
    Harry Queenborough
    Associate Director
    EY
    Harry is a trusted business consultant and works closely with EY's business development leadership focused on the development and implementation go-to-market strategy, plan and programs internationally. Harry is proudly bi+ and serves as EY's Bi Inclusion Champion, leading EY's bi+ professional and bi+ ally community and works with EY's Diversity & Inclusion and LGBT+ employee network leadership to visibly heighten focus on the needs of EY's bi+ communities. He led the co-founding of an inter-company Bi Inclusion Summit in September 2019 and chairs an inter-company network of bi leaders/champions to which new joiners are welcome to join. He works closely with bi+ inclusion charity, Bi Pride UK. Follow Harry: Instagram: @hrq & LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harryqueenborough
  • Chris Crespo
    Chris Crespo
    Director, Inclusiveness
    EY
  • Catherine Vaughan
    Catherine Vaughan
    Global Financial Crime, Ethics & Compliance Leader
    EY
    A member of EY's Global Executive team I am responsible for our Financial Crime, Ethics & Compliance teams. Working with internal stakeholders my role is to design and implement policies and procedures to safeguard against financial crime risks. I am also a Partner sponsor to our Unity network, both in Ireland and for our EMEIA Region. I have been involved with Unity for many years now, having been one of the original team to start the chapter in Ireland, 10 years ago. As an out partner I am committed to LGBT+ inclusion throughout EY and the ecosystem in which we work.
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    Alex Enness-Laporte
    Alex Enness-Laporte
    Sales Operations Manager, LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    EY
    Alex an EY UK&I LGBT+ Network Co-Chair. She joined EY in 2014 and is an Assistant Director in Sales Operations for the Consultancy part of the business. 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 1999.
  • Siqi Chong
    Siqi Chong
    Assurance Senior
    EY
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    Benjamin Firth
    Benjamin Firth
    Communications and Engagement Leader, LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    EY
    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 the theatre or socialising with friends.
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    Lucy-Anne Bryans
    Lucy-Anne Bryans
    Procurement Enablement - Global Corporate Card Programme Manager
    EY
    Alongside my day job of managing our global commercial card programme I lead the Networking & Development workstream of EY’s LGBT+ network - Unity. I have been working in ERGs since the first day I discovered one more than 10 years ago and believe passionately that the opportunity to create an additional network of like minded people is a really important tool and can open doors and build confidence. At work I manage our global commercial card contract for EY. We look to drive new and innovative card solutions that enables the business to be agile in their purchasing processes, alongside a large corporate card programme that supports our employees as they travel.
  • Kirstie Storrie (She / Her)
    Kirstie Storrie (She / Her)
    Assistant Director in Operational Excellence
    EY
    I have worked for EY for 14 years and been in various technical roles and now working as a Deputy Lead for a CSI Delivery team as well as being the Business Manager for the larger Optimization Services working closely with finance to manage a large financial budget. A member of the LGBT+ Network (EY Unity) and actively works as part of the communications team. This involves developing the internal SharePoint site as well as helping to strengthen the online presence on Social Media. For the last two years I have been one of the Co Chairs of Unity Scotland where enhancing and driving diversity and inclusion within the firm in Scotland and Newcastle is a priority. I am currently among a panel of people organising EY's attendance at Lesbians Who Tech Pride Summit in June 2021.
  • Nicola Douglas
    Nicola Douglas
    Senior Tax Advisor
    EY
    Nicola Douglas, an Architecture graduate working in finance. Currently working in the field of Customer Tax Reporting for EY I have almost 3 years of experience in analysing and amending data in relation to Wealth Asset Management. Prior to this I spent 2 years preparing personal tax returns for overseas employees working in the UK as part of the PAS department within EY. At Northumbria University I was heavily involved in the LGBT* society first as the Womens Rep and then as the President of the society. I have continued LGBT* activism in the workplace by joining EY's LGBTQIA* network 'Unity' as a regional representative. Within Unity I have mostly been involved in promoting the awareness of LGBT* issues by creating and delivering a monthly newsletter to the local office of 500+ staff. Most recently I have provided video content and interviews to discuss non-binary issues which have been circulated nationally not only within EY but also other large financial companies. When I'm not working I like to go hill walking, rock climbing, complete a variety of crafts projects and play Bass. None of which I am probably very skilled at, though all of which I enjoy immensely!
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    Tim Jarman
    Tim Jarman
    Assistant Director for Diversity and Inclusiveness
    EY
    Tim is an experienced and passionate Diversity and Inclusiveness professional, having joined EY’s D&I team in 2007. Prior to that, spent several years in EY’s Human Capital team. Before joining EY, Tim spent 4.5 years at Fidelity International, including time working in India on offshoring projects. Tim is a vocal advocate for LGBT+ equality, both in the workplace and beyond. He has been repeatedly recognized for this work over the years, for example being featured in the UK Pride Power List in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2019, Tim took part in the first cohort of ESCP Europe Business School's LGBT+ Leadership Programme. He holds a BSc International Studies (Hons) degree from the Open University which he achieved during his time at EY and has recently been working towards a Level 6 Certificate in Leadership and Management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
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    Liam Rezende
    Liam Rezende
    Global Talent and D&I, Brands, Marketing and Communications, Assistant Director
    EY
    Originally from Trinidad and Tobago but based in London, I'm currently the Global Talent and D&I, Brands, Marketing and Communications Assistant Director at EY. Previously, I worked at Hyatt and led the company's LGBT+ Employee Resource Group as Global Co-Chair. Ranking fourth in the 2019 Top 50 Outstanding & Yahoo Finance LGBT+ Future Leaders list, I've also spoken at the House of Commons on the impact of anti-LGBT+ laws across the Commonwealth. Additionally, in 2018 I co-founded Checking-IN, an industry network for LGBT+ professionals and allies working in the hospitality industry. I'm a founding Trustee at LGBT+ arts charity QueerCircle and a board member of Outvertising. I was also Research Fellow – Caribbean at Open For Business, developing the economic and business case for LGBT+ inclusion in the region and was appointed to the organisation's Board of Trustees in 2021. I'm passionate about equality, advocacy, people, travel, art and design.
  • Sandra Thompson
    Sandra Thompson
    Audit Partner/ Unity Co-Partner Sponsor
    EY
    I am an Audit Partner in EY, Reading and Audit Partner Sponsor for Onboarding and Transformation. I work with a variety of clients across many diverse industries and geographies, from large private businesses to global multinational listed businesses. I am also Unity Co-Partner Sponsor (EY's LGBT+ network) and I Co-Lead Diversity & Inclusivity in the Reading office. I moved to Reading on 1 May 2019 from the North East, where I was Office Senior Partner and Head of Audit for EY, Newcastle. As Head of Networks in Newcastle, I championed D&I and was Co-sponsor to one of the largest Professional Services Women's Network in the North East. I initially joined EY in early 2015 in their London office, where I was the UK Audit Leader for Private Client Services, where I focused on dynamic, entrepreneurial and fast-growth businesses with a key focus on technology, retail, private equity backed and fast-growing businesses looking to IPO or keen to expand internationally. Prior to this I was CFO of an AiM listed global on-line acquisition business, working across North and South America, Europe and Asia, having moved from Practice where I was an Audit Partner in Grant Thornton and Audit Director in PwC. I am a Non-Executive Member of the Finance & Investment Committee for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
  • Evanna Fitzgerald
    Evanna Fitzgerald
    Partner
    EY
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    Paul Sobers
    Paul Sobers
    Senior Manager - Student Recruitment, Attraction and Early ID
    EY
    Paul is a Senior Manager within EY , where he is focused on delivering the student recruitment attraction and early identification strategy for the UK. After graduating with an MEng in Civil Engineering from Loughborough University, he spent a number of years working as a Bridge Engineer before deciding to change careers and move into recruitment. Over the last few years he has built his career in recruitment but particular student recruitment for a number of multi-national organisations. Now, he has an active leadership role within EY with a strong focus on people leadership, stakeholder management and strategic project delivery.
  • Joel Fisher
    Joel Fisher
    Resource Deployment Manager
    EY
    Joel is a Resourcing Manager in EY and also Faith Lead for EY's LGBT+ Network (Unity). Openly Gay and Jewish in the workplace, Joel has led events looking at the intersectionality of Faith and Gender/Sexuality and has worked with guest and internal speakers to explore and educate on the challenges people from this intersection face. Joel has also given several talks on inclusion for invisible minorities and is a thought leader on Invisible Prejudice and its effects in the workplace. Previously, Joel has been CEO and Exec. Director of companies in the theatre industry including a charity supporting professional actors, where he championed diversity in the industry.
  • Nicky Burr
    Nicky Burr
    Associate Director
    EY
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    Lorenzo Riberto
    Lorenzo Riberto
    Digital Platform & Omnichannel Manager | Timberland
    VF Corporation
    Working in digital for 10 years now, and big fan of Japan and everything belonging to their culture. Activist for human rights and founder of the VF Pride employee resource group.
  • Bryan Horrocks
    Bryan Horrocks
    Talent Acquisition Manager - EMEA
    Booking.com
    CCMA Award Winner – a creative & inspirational Talent Acquisition leader with 20 years expertise in the global contact center environ. Highly specialized in recruitment, people management & communication through inclusive culture, unapologetic, collaborative delivery & energizing vision.
  • Jung Wei Toh
    Jung Wei Toh
    Manager, Process Engineering
    HSBC
    Originally born and raised in Malaysia, I have been fortunate enough to experience living and working in the USA, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. My formative years as a gay young adult and exposure to LGBTQ+ activism began during my university days at San Diego State University. After that, I moved back to Malaysia to embark on my first career in management consulting with Accenture; with that move back home, in the most literal sense, I went back into the closet. It was quite detrimental to my mental health, not being able to be my authentic self both at home and work for about 2 years back in Asia. My saving grace came via a gay professional connection and I was recruited into the financial services advisory body of EY Hong Kong. It was in EY Hong Kong that I first stepped up to help form and grow the UNITY (EY’s LGBTQ+ employee group) and received a lot of guidance from out and proud gay leaders. Being in Hong Kong, naturally, due to the massive scale of HSBC, I was providing advisory services to and eventually joined HSBC. My life adventure resumes with my move to London in 2019 through an opportunity with HSBC.
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    Dirk Pschichholz
    Dirk Pschichholz
    Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, International
    Vertex Pharmaceuticals
    I am an experienced Talent Acquisition Lead in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, overseeing recruitment and talent acquisition across various ex-US geographies. I am currently co-chairing the Vertex PRIDE Employee Resource Network in the international region and have been involved in LGBTQ+ related associations, groups and activities for the past 20 years
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    Tj Richards
    Tj Richards
    PMO & Stakeholder Outreach Manager / National LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    Santander
    In my day job I focus on organising and summarising large projects to ensure we're working effectively towards the same goals and communicating with stakeholders, colleagues and the public in exciting and transparent ways. In my gay jobs (ha!) I focus on ensuring I am vocal about the needs of the entire LGBTQ+ community, and use my platforms to raise awareness of those parts of the community that need it most - these days that feels like our trans, non binary and ethnic minority siblings who day in and day out are facing far more hurdles than white cisgendered LGB communities are, and we're already facing a lot! In terms of what I get up to, I'm a person who likes to keep busy; I Co-Chair Santander's LGBTQ+ Employee Network, I chair the Board of Trustees at Q:alliance (a Milton Keynes based LGBTQ+ focused registered charity), I sit on the Communications Strategy Committee for OUTstanding, I was on the organising committee for Pride:MK 2019, I help run the online social media group "Support LGBTQ+ Businesses" - and with what spare time I have left I narrate wlw fiction audiobooks on Audible, Amazon & iTunes, because there simply wasn't enough representation in this area when I was growing up and I want to help change that! Lucky for me I have a very understanding, and VERY supportive wife. I'm always happy to help people and pass on whatever life wisdom I may have gained so far on this rock. I'm also very keen to listen to and learn from other people's stories. We aren't equal until we're ALL equal.
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    Jake Potter [He/Him]
    Jake Potter [He/Him]
    Head of Social Media
    Colt Technology Services
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    Cassius Naylor
    Cassius Naylor
    Assistant & Adviser to the CCMO & Co-Chair of Proud FT
    Financial Times
    I wear a few different hats at the FT. Primarily, I act as a Chief of Staff for our Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, simultaneously an assistant, adviser and team coordinator for her department. I also fulfil a similar function for our Director of Strategic Partnerships. Further to this, I am the UK Co-Chair of the FT's LGBTQ+ employee network Proud FT, with a focus on the group's communications and trans inclusion strategies, and represent the FT on the steering committee of Intermedia. Outside of the FT, I advise widely on corporate and creative D&I issues and am a commercial strategist for Outvertising. I also write op-eds and speak on podcasts, very occasionally!
  • Jamie Langley (she, her, hers)
    Jamie Langley (she, her, hers)
    Senior Director
    Parexel
    Experienced operations, people, and learning & development leader with a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and continued learning and education at employee, patient and client levels.
  • Stephanie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    Stephanie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    IT Head
    Novartis
    A Pharmaceutical Industry IT Professional specializing in manufacturing and quality IT systems implementation and operation. With over 30 years experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry, my career started as a QC laboratory technician in the UK and progressed through validation activities into Information Technology Management across diverse technical platforms and international locations (Switzerland, Germany, Singapore & France). I enjoy the challenge of working in an international and culturally diverse environment and am motivated to build experience in other functions within regulated industries. I am a passionate advocate for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a global LGBTQI+ Lead within Novartis. I am a proud transgender woman and have been out and authentic in the workplace since November 2019.
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    Chris Sanders
    Chris Sanders
    Strategy Lead
    GSK
  • Jim Donnell
    Jim Donnell
    Business Analyst (IT & Finance)
    AstraZeneca
    Business Analyst at AstraZeneca, previously I have spent over 20 years in the Financial Markets locally and at a Global level in operations and project work. Away from work most of my energy is focused to my family but I still have time for my passion for rugby, photography, and Live Action Roleplay (LARP). I have been an active ally for 15 years.
  • Miguel Mourato Gordo
    Miguel Mourato Gordo
    Director, Global Strategy and Policy Division, Office of Human Resources
    United Nations
    Miguel Mourato Gordo is the Director of the Global Strategy and Policy Division in the Office of Human Resources at the United Nations. He leads the Division which serves as the central strategic authority for human resources policy matters for the global United Nations and rapidly evolving operations of field entities. He is a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources and represents Assistant Secretary-General and Under-Secretary-General on strategic human resources management and policy issues before governing and oversight bodies. Mr. Mourato Gordo oversees the comprehensive approach to strategic workforce planning, developing strategies and initiatives to build a diverse workforce across the Organization. He leads the development of a robust knowledge management system to support capacity building, change management, organizational development and learning, performance management, career development and staff mobility, and succession development through effective engagement with a range of stakeholders, partners and practitioners. Mr. Mourato Gordo has enjoyed a 26-year career in a variety of management areas in the private and public sectors. He previously served as Executive Officer of the Department for General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM) (2014 – 2020) and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary-General for Human Resources Management (2009 – 2014). He has had the privilege to have worked in increasingly complex programmatic fields at both Headquarters and in Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor (UNTAET) and Haiti (MINUSTAH) as an executive manager, programme manager, change agent, advisor and resource manager. Mr. Mourato Gordo holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oxford and a Licenciatura in Management from the Technical University of Lisbon. He is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.
  • Bee Oshomuvwe
    Bee Oshomuvwe
    HR Manager
    PlayStation London Studio
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    Anghrija Chakraborty (She/Her/Hers)
    Anghrija Chakraborty (She/Her/Hers)
    Associate Director - Compliance
    AstraZeneca
    Professionally: Anghrija is able to make key decisions and recommendations on difficult and important compliance issues. She has a spirit that drives her to do more and is an expert at planning, organizing, and controlling the day-to-day administrative and operational compliance activities of a company. In her present role she plays an essential part in the overall working of her department and is instrumental in ensuring the correct implementation of operational procedures. Her key strengths include carrying out investigations, providing an advisory service to senior leaders, establishing controls and mitigating risks. Personally: Dog-mum. Work. General stupidity. Believe in everyday heroes and fractured fairy tales. Oh, and food.
  • Samantha Renke
    Samantha Renke
    Broadcaster and disability rights campaigner
    Samantha Renke ltd
  • Jaromír Staroba
    Jaromír Staroba
    Center Director
    AB InBev
    I am currently Director of Business services center in Prague for ABInBev, world's largest brewer and major global drinks company and also board member of ABSL, Business Services Association in Czech republic. I have spent my career through various different functions (logistics, projects and HR) and geographies (Belgium, UK , Czech republic), started in ABInBev in 2006 as a logistics specialist and was given the opportunity to grow at the pace of my talent. Since being in HR/people function in ABInBev, I became passionate ambassador of diversity and inclusion and ally to LGBTQ+ community, because I believe inclusive worklace enables people to be true themselves. This stimulates their creativity and performance and they become more engaged and passionate colleagues and people.
  • Marty King
    Marty King
    Learning and Development Manager
    Allied Electronics & Automation
  • Adam Martel (he/him)
    Adam Martel (he/him)
    Global Learning Lead
    Finastra
    Advocating for inclusion by moonlight, creating innovative learning solutions by daylight. While not quite a hero at the same level of Sailor Moon, I do enable companies to create inclusive and innovative cultures by providing unique development journeys for all employees, including leaders and top tech experts, all while contributing Learning solutions for Talent, DEI and Performance initiatives. I am a builder by nature. If something doesn't exist yet, I want to make it happen, like I did by launching Finastra's LGBTQ & Friends ERG in 2019. I've been at Finastra for 13 years in various roles, working on the Customer Support Learning Team and, most recently, on the People Team as a member of the Culture and Leadership group.
  • Kevin Brunk (he/him/his)
    Kevin Brunk (he/him/his)
    Sr Financial Analyst
    Oracle
    Kevin has worked in the tech industry for over 30 years in various roles relating to Accounting, Commissions and Finance. He was born and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia but moved to Indiana where he graduated from Goshen College and thereafter began his professional career. He moved to Texas over 17 years ago to escape the cold weather of Indiana, where he now resides in Leon Valley (a suburb of San Antonio), with his partner Ruben, their three dogs, two cats and a raccoon. By day, he is a bi-lingual Financial Analyst for Oracle. But in his gay job, he is on the Oracle Pride Employee Network (OPEN) ERG Global Board as North America Region co-lead, and is also the OPEN San Antonio chapter co-founder and co-lead. He is also involved with all of Oracle's 7 other Diversity and Inclusion ERGs and holds the Treasurer role for 3 other local chapters. When not in a pandemic, he and his partner enjoy traveling, attending concerts and eating out.
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    Adam Shooman
    Adam Shooman
    VP Business Risk Manager
    State Street
    As a Business Risk Manager, I operate from within the first line of defence to help our business better understand, monitor and mitigate their risks - whether through controls design and testing, effective policy and regulatory implementation, issue and incident management and remediation, or reporting and governance. Prior to this role I led State Street's Global Markets Compliance Oversight Programme in EMEA. I have also been co-chair of State Street's UK Pride Network since 2019.
  • Helen Jones
    Helen Jones
    SVP Head of Audit & Assurance
    GSK
  • 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.
  • Angela Eagle
    Angela Eagle
    Member of Parliament for Wallasey
    UK Government
    Angela has been an active member of the Labour Party since she first joined aged 17 in 1978 and has since held various positions in the party. She was elected to the Party’s National Women’s Conference in 1989 and chaired the National Conference of Labour Women in 1991. From 1989 until 1991 Angela was the constituency party secretary for Peckham in South London before being selected as the Labour Party candidate for Wallasey. Angela was first elected to Parliament in the 1992 General Election when she defeated the then Minister for Overseas Development at the Foreign Office, Lynda Chalker, by 3,809 votes to become the first ever Labour MP for Wallasey. Whilst in opposition, and as a newly elected MP, Angela became a member of the Employment Select Committee in 1994 that has investigated such subjects as the role of trade unions, mothers in employment and executive salaries. In recognition of her achievements Angela was promoted to the role of opposition whip in 1996. Angela’s first Government role was in the Department for Environment, Transport and the Regions where she was appointed as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State following the 1997 General Election that returned a Labour Government and Angela re-elected with a greatly increased majority of 19,074. In her new role, Angela worked on environmental issues such as water, the countryside and regeneration. In 1998, Angela was moved to the Department of Social Security, again as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, where she had a number of responsibilities including Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance, Family Tax Credits and the Benefits Agency. Angela remained in this role until the 2001 General Election where she was re-elected for the third time. Following the 2001 General Election, Angela moved to the Home Office where she remained until the reshuffle in May 2002 when she returned to the backbenches. Angela was a member of the Treasury Select Committee for five years. Angela was also elected as Vice Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party during this period. She was also elected to represent backbench Labour MPs on the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee. Angela was back on the frontbench in June 2007, this time as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, a new position created in HM Treasury. Angela was responsible for areas including competition and improving regulation, excise duties and gambling, climate change issues such as carbon trading and taxation of transport and the Royal Mint. Angela was promoted again in June 2009; this time to the role of Minister of State for Pensions and the Ageing Society in the Department for Work and Pensions. Following the 2010 general election the Tory-led Coalition took the keys to Number 10 and the Labour Party was in opposition. Angela came joint fourth in the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet election and was appointed to the role of Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury by the new party leader Ed Miliband. In October 2011, Angela became Shadow Leader of the House. In September 2015, she was appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, a position she held until June 2016. She has since served on the backbenches, and has campaigned on issues such as cuts to disability benefits and NHS services across the Wirral. Angela was re-elected to be the Member of Parliament for Wallasey in the 2017 General Election and the 2019 General Election. Angela was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for parliamentary and political service.
  • Nicole Wormley
    Nicole Wormley
    Sr. Director, Diversity Attraction and University Recruitment
    Danaher
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    Rebecca Dandridge
    Rebecca Dandridge
    Director of HIV Public Affairs and Co-Lead of ACE PRIDE Alliance
    Gilead Sciences Inc.
  • Daniel Conklin, SPHR
    Daniel Conklin, SPHR
    Human Resources Leader
    Park Place Dealerships
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    Uchenna Umeh
    Uchenna Umeh
    Pediatrician
    Dr. Uchenna Lizmay Umeh, PLLC
  • Em Turner
    Em Turner
    Technical Writer
    VMware
    Em Turner is a technical writer for VMware based in Durham, North Carolina. Before VMware, Em started their career in technical writing at Dell Technologies, where they spent 5 years developing their skills. Em is also engaged with the Pride POD at VMware, and is particularly passionate about educating folks about the asexual and nonbinary communities. Outside of work, Em keeps busy with many hobbies, including knitting, cross stitching, exercising, playing video games, and caring for two cats.
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    Raven Davis
    Raven Davis
    Senior Account Executive
    Finastra
    I am passionate about being a force for positive, equitable change in our world. I firmly believe that collectively reimagining and feeling the feelings of existing in a future where all people can safely exist outside of the systems that oppress us is our key to freedom.
  • Fox Fisher
    Fox Fisher
    Artist, Author and Filmmaker with an LGBTQIA+ focus. Director
    My Genderation
    Fox Fisher (Honorary Doctorate & MA in Sequential Design & Illustration) is an award winning artist, author, filmmaker and trans rights campaigner. Fox gives talks on gender and art, and has screen-printed live at the Tate Modern and the V&A. Fox is Director of non-profit film production company My Genderation, sits on the Advisory board for All About Trans and is a co-founder and a trustee of Trans Pride, Brighton. Fox is also co-author and illustrator of kid’s book Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl is hated by the Daily Mail. Fox has just released their 3rd book the Trans Survival Workbook and their 4th book, a Trans Prides Coloring Book. Fox's 2nd book (co-created with their partner Owl) is The Trans Teen Survival Guide, a #1 Best Seller, on Amazon. Fox gifted a copy of their 1st book LIVE to Piers Morgan, on Good Morning Britain.
  • Melissa Raymond
    Melissa Raymond
    Associate Director, Social Media
    Zwift
    Hi! I'm Melissa, the social media Associate Director at Zwift. My career in digital strategy has allowed me to work with some of the biggest brands in entertainment & sports including: Brooklyn Nets, International Champions Cup (ICC), Barclays Center, FOX Broadcasting, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and more. I look forward to connecting!
  • Bonnie Thurston (she/her/hers)
    Bonnie Thurston (she/her/hers)
    Director, Player Programs
    WNBA
  • Grace McKenzie
    Grace McKenzie
    Operations Lead
    Gordian Software
    Grace McKenzie is a 26 year old Operations Lead for a technology start-up in San Francisco, CA who uses she/her/hers and they/them/theirs pronouns. She plays flanker for the San Francisco Fog Women's Rugby Football Club. Before COVID-19 ended the season prematurely, Grace was the Rookie and Recruitment Coordinator for their old rugby club, San Francisco Golden Gate, where she started playing rugby in 2019. As a transgender woman, Grace has found an inclusive and welcoming support network within the women's rugby community. When World Rugby announced its plans to ban trans women from the sport earlier this year, Grace decided to take action by organizing a global movement in opposition to the ban. They started a petition that has accumulated over 18,000 signatures, and has engaged hundreds of clubs and dozens of international athletes around the world to join in keeping rugby open to all. In her spare time, Grace enjoys riding her motorcycle along the California coastal highway and playing guitar.
  • Rhys Gray
    Rhys Gray
    Trampoline Gymnast / Data Analyst
    British Gymnastics / Hometree
    In sport, I'm a European and World Medallist representing Great Britain as a gymnast in double-mini trampoline (DMT). After completing my Geophysics degree in 2017 I moved into the startup world, where I currently work as a data analyst at an Insurtech (Hometree), specializing in data warehousing, SQL, and Looker.
  • Shola Aminu
    Shola Aminu
    Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    DAZN
    Shola Aminu is the Head of DEI at DAZN, depending on where you are in the world you may know us as the global home of boxing , or the home of the best European soccer leagues. At DAZN I drive the company-wide DEI strategy, actively work towards fostering an inclusive and equitable culture so everyone can be their authentic selves in the workplace. I am extremely passionate about LGBTQ+ issues in sports, and the intersectionality of being Black and LGBTQ+.
  • John Yates
    John Yates
    Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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    rebecca webb
    rebecca webb
    Group DTC Fraud and Loss Prevention Manager
    VF Corporation
    In her role, Rebecca is working across the retail portfolio of VF stores across EMEA. A diverse portfolio of iconic outdoor and activity-based lifestyle brands, including Vans®, The North Face®, Timberland® and Dickies®. Day to day her job is first and foremost a centralized support function to the stores, brands and leadership teams. Guiding a field based team that investigates internal and external losses, theft and fraud. Ensuring operational excellence in compliance and best practice. Rebecca more recently joined the I&D core team at VF and is passionate to ensure we all foster a culture of belonging based on respect, connection, openness and authenticity. In line with VF’s purpose led organization she is also committing to building and maintaining a workplace that celebrates the diversity of our associates regardless of gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, world view, abilities, age, sexual orientation or identity. She has taken the opportunity to lead on the most recent ERG established within the EMEA region ‘VF Pride’ that ultimately has the goal to educate, raise awareness for the LGBT communities and its allies, creating a workplace that is safe and where people can be their authentic selves.
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    Jill Nussbaumer
    Jill Nussbaumer
    Business Analyst
    SIX Digital Exchange
    As the vice president of the young liberals of Switzerland I‘m involved in campaigning, lobbying and opinion public opinion making for economic as well as societal policies. As the marriage equality was in the Swiss parliament last year, I was lobbying in the interest of same sex couples. As I am in a same sex relationship myself, the topic is close to my heart. Switzerland will vote on marriage equality in September 2021 and I will run a liberal campaign to get everone to say YES to equality.
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    Cyrus Engerer
    Cyrus Engerer
    Member of the European Parliament
    European Parliament
  • Ella Slade
    Ella Slade
    Global LGBT+ Leader
    IBM
    Hey, I'm Ella, my pronouns are they/them, I've worked at IBM for 7 years and the past two years I've been in my dream job as the Global LGBT+ Leader within IBM's Global Diversity and Inclusion team.
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    Chuck Stephens
    Chuck Stephens
    Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity, & Belonging
    Booking.com
    I am a Labor Economist by education which allowed me to to find my calling around Inclusion. Seeing the different realities and experience of people drove me to be a "pragmatic activist". For more than 20 years I have worked with some of the top employment brands to drive equity and inclusion on a global level. Growing up in the southeast United States, I did not see many out people. I hope in someway, that by living my truth, I can create space for someone else to feel empowered to love and express themselves authentically. As a kid, I wanted to be a pilot and have always loved travel. Working for Booking.com lets me bring people together, learn from each other, and explore the wonders of the world! https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuckstephensatl/
  • Charlie Clark
    Charlie Clark
    Associate - Commodities and Global Markets
    Macquarie Group Limited
    Associate within Commodities and Global Markets at Macquarie Group and Co-Chair of Macquarie's PRIDE network. He is an advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in and out of the workplace, he is a steering committee member of Interbank (a network of LGBTQ+ networks) and a volunteer for the BeYou Project (a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth).
  • Anjali Pendlebury-Green
    Anjali Pendlebury-Green
    Vice President | Global Digital Customer Operations Leader
    Capgemini
    Anjali is the global Talent & HR and Customer Experience services portfolio leader at Capgemini. In this role, Anjali leads the Future of Experience operations, HR and Learning delivery services portfolio delivered from across 15+ countries. Anjali partners with clients to define the future of organisational experience delivered to both Customers and Employees. This includes building hybrid global workforces enabled by innovative technologies like Workday, SuccessFactors, ServiceNow, Zendesk and Amazon Connect. She is also adept at working with clients on delivering challenging business change journeys that embed a new operating model. Anjali is also a member of the Capgemini Business Services (BPO) Executive Committee and an ally co-chair of Capgemini 's OutFront UK initiative. In addition, she is part of the EMEA Board of Advisors of the HR Outsourcing Association.
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya
    Gautam Bhattacharyya
    Partner in Global Commercial Disputes
    Reed Smith LLP UK
    Gautam has been a partner in Reed Smith since 2000 and is based in its London office. He specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation in a number of industry sectors, and is also a member of Reed Smith’s global board, its Executive Committee. Gautam is the former managing partner of Reed Smith’s Singapore office and co-chairs the firm’s India Business Team.
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    Lee Perry
    Lee Perry
    Principal Scientist
    GSK
    In conjunction with my primary job role of Principal Scientist at Glaxosmithkline, I am a member of our UK Leadership Team for SPECTRUM, GSK’s LGBTQ+ and Ally Employee Resource Group (ERG). I also support GSK as the Lead for our Pride Celebrations, and for several years have volunteered as the Lead Coordinator in the parade at Pride in London for the Proud Science Alliance - a partnership of organisations from across the healthcare and life sciences sector. I am an R&D Inclusion Champion and extremely passionate about driving Inclusion and Diversity within the workplace; and in collaboration with our other ERGs, I strive to create a safe environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. Externally, Caribbean carnival culture has always been a huge part of my life - and for over ten year I helped to manage one of the largest Trinidadian Mas Bands at Notting Hill Carnival; including the organisation of many social events, live concerts and excursions. For more information, visit: www.gsk.com/en-gb/responsibility/our-people/inclusion-and-diversity-at-gsk/ www.proudsciencealliance.org
  • Mike Simonton
    Mike Simonton
    Managing Director
    Fitch Ratings
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    Michael Harvey
    Michael Harvey
    Area International Premier Relationship Manager
    HSBC
    Since graduating Newcastle University in 2008 I have worked within the HSBC group. My early career was customer facing, based in a branch as a meet and greet/customer services officer. Around 10 years ago I progressed into management within the bank. I spent time developing the M&S Bank in store proposition (part of the HSBC Group), launching our flag ship branch in Marble Arch London. My career then progressed to running high profile/high net worth branch’s of HSBC in central London. With the success of my work with High Net Worth clients I progressed to our International Premier team. This involves looking after the groups most valuable customers who have relationships in multiple geographies. Helping to run a team of over 30 people. Along side my day role I have been an active committee member of HSBC Pride for a decade and running Pride UK for the last 2 years. In this role I help to steer the conversation within HSBC on how to build inclusion for our LGBT+ colleagues and our LGBT+ customers as well. This role has resulted in me working on multiple projects, from delivering a trans guide, a 15 day ally challenge and the strategy for our Pride March’s. Through this role I have been able to help other firms set up their employee resource network groups, allowing them to build successful programs within their own companies. I truly enjoy both of these roles, as I feel that both of them help people to be at their best and help the community around us.
  • Mélanie Castelo
    Mélanie Castelo
    Global Reach Lead Coordinator
    Colt Technologies
    I am from Paris but live in Barcelona for several years now. I work in a Telco company, Colt Technologies, as a Global Reach Lead Coordinator and I am also the Regional Lead for Inclusion & diversity. I belong to the LGBTQIA+ community and participate whenever I can to events organised in Barcelona to always learn more and be able to then share this knowledge.
  • Florence Henderson
    Florence Henderson
    AVP-D&I Manager
    Moody's
    Hello! I am the EMEA DE&I manager for Moody's. I work closely with our Business Resource Groups, leaders and community partners in the regions to enhance Moody's global DE&I strategy.
  • Victor Gonzalez
    Victor Gonzalez
    Resourcing Officer
    Fitch Group
  • Monika Jankowska-Rangelov
    Monika Jankowska-Rangelov
    EMEA Head Inclusion & Diversity
    State Street
    Monika Jankowska-Rangelov, EMEA Head Inclusion & Diversity, Vice President at State Street. Based in Poland, Kraków. She graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Poland, has got over 15 years of professional experience in international organizations, mainly in managerial roles. For the last few years she has been executing I&D strategies across Poland and other 8 European locations supporting over 50 employee networks in the dimension of Gender, Multiculturalism, LGBT +, Disability and Employee Mental Health. Monika is involved in various projects developing managerial staff, employees' awareness of diversity and other people, and supports the coaching and mentoring culture in the organization. In her private capacity she volunteers as an active coach (graduate of the ICF accredited CoachWise School in Warsaw), mentor and trainer always associated with the topic of incorporating diversity in various spheres of human life, especially in the workplace. Since 2003 she has been continually involved in many projects and social campaigns supporting people with disabilities – she acts as expert and change manager in corporate and social environment.
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    Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah
    Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah
    Entertainment News Presenter
    Black Entertainment Television
    Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah is an Entertainment News Presenter for BET, Activist, Freelance Marketing & Branding Consultant and Art Director. His work is always centered around uplifting and platforming the voices of historically marginalised communities, whether that is in his writing, styling and creative direction or in takls that he gives to brands and businesses. At 23, Darkwah became Fashion Editor at Gay Times Magazine. In his time at the publication, he increased diversity and representation, championed emerging home-grown talent and created a narrative with every fashion story or cover shoot he worked on. Darkwah is now contributing to a handful of publications, working for Black Entertainment Television and has focused his work more towards speaking on LGBTQI+ POC issues, shedding light on the experiences of this group and fostering understanding and empathy in workplaces, schools etc.
  • 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!
  • Rakesh Duan
    Rakesh Duan
    Process Excellence Specialist
    Finastra Limited
    I work as a Process Excellence Specialist in HR at Finastra. I have an experience of five years in working with HR Operations processes. I have an MBA in General Management from IIT Kharagpur. I am also interested in activities in the D&I space. I am a part of the Steering Committee of the LGBTQ&Friends ERG at Finastra.
  • Amon Versteeg
    Amon Versteeg
    Senior Director - Business Marketing
    Booking.com
    Hi there, I am a Senior strategic marketing leader for Global B2B Marketing Communications and Global Sponsorship & Events porfolio of booking.com. I am responsible for delivering results through building and nurturing marketing programs that achieve high engagement levels and commercial results for a wide range of stakeholders. As the executive leader of Travel Proud, I have worked on a cross functional program to deliver a global inclusive hospitality, certification & recognition program. In my role, I have founded the creation and nurturing of Click by Booking.com - our global annual partner event that reaches over 10k senior travel executives globally. My role allows me to authentically lead over 40 marketing professionals directly and many more cross functionally and I actively work to turbo charge their growth & development to lead and deliver the many marketing programs we have running each year.
  • Luke Christian
    Luke Christian
    CEO
    DEAF IDENTITY
    Founder of DEAF IDENTITY
  • Richard Walsh
    Richard Walsh
    CEO
    Continuud
    Richard is a founder with 12 years of business and web development experience with startups, nonprofits, and enterprise platforms. He is skilled in product development, data-driven decision making, and organizational leadership. Richard focuses on strategic growth opportunities, partnership development, and maximizing social impact. He and his husband, Nathan, use their entrepreneurial skills to develop technology that improves the lives of under-resourced communities.
  • Brijesh Sharma
    Brijesh Sharma
    Director
    LGBT Tourism India
    Namaste everyone! Myself Brijesh Sharma and I'm the Director of LGBT Tourism India travel company. I've been into this industry since 2011 and after many years of experience started my own travel business in 2017. I've been traveling around India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Thailand since 2014. so if you need any assistance in these countries, then don't hesitate to contact me.
  • Ryan Walker
    Ryan Walker
    Founder & CEO
    Outtire
    Hey friends! My name is Ryan, I'm from Orange County, CA and I'm the creator of a queer pride fashion brand called Outtire that gives back to LGBTQ+ charities in our mission towards global queer liberation! I have a wild obsession with marketing - specifically social media - and how it can be used to empower businesses across all industries. Chatting brand strategies, attending music festivals and annoying friends about the greatness of Star Wars are some of my favorite things to do!
  • Luciana Carvalho Se
    Luciana Carvalho Se
    Co-Founder
    Salina AI
    Learner, maker, systems thinker, innovator and tech evangelist, Luciana is the Co-founder of Salina AI (psychedelic-assisted therapy technology, in stealth), a Scout for Ada Ventures and an International Keynote Speaker - featured in TEDx, SXSW, Cannes Lions, Oslo Innovation Week, Lesbians Who Tech, WonderWomenTech, among others - on the intersection of mental health, the power of XR/immersive tech and the value of diverse minds. Originally trained as a lawyer with an MA from Cambridge University, she did her postgraduate studies in Business & Leadership at HULT Int. Business School and Harvard Extension School. Having lived 16 years with Clinical Depression, Anxiety and Eating Disorders, she’s passionate about the revolutionary potential of psychedelic therapy.
  • Ethan Spibey
    Ethan Spibey
    Director
    Purpose Union
    Government Relations, communications and campaigns specialist passionate about advocating for LGBTQ+ and social issues.
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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/
  • Ned Munroe
    Ned Munroe
    Chief Global Design Officer
    HanesBrands
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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.
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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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    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.
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    Dax Alexander (he/him)
    Dax Alexander (he/him)
    Senior Director
    Tag
    Over 20 years in marketing and advertising and a solid track record of helping global brands create and deliver engaging and compelling content. Have provided consultancy services to a variety of agency functions, including photography, copywriting, content development, technology, design, and production, in ways that improve quality, compress time to market, and enhance brand experience.
  • Charley Woodward
    Charley Woodward
    Director EMEA Support Renewals, Channel
    VMware
    Working, predominantly, leadership positions, Charley is a seasoned professional that has worked in the high end Technology Industry for over 30 years. She has a strong track record of building and driving successful high performance teams. Working for VMware for the last 15 years, she is Director responsible for VMware's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) renewals channel business. Prior to VMware, Charley worked for Oracle, Digital Equipment and a number of successful start-up companies. Charley made the decision to transition in the workplace in 2017. A decision she has never once regretted. She knows from experience, the positive impact, of what bringing your true authentic self to work can have both personally and professionally.
  • Elena Vilalta
    Elena Vilalta
    Director Quality Engineering
    Oracle
    I lead Quality Engineering within Oracle International Product Solutions (IPS). We provide a complete end-to-end Globalization (G11n) solution, covering Internationalization (i18n), Translatability (T13Y), and Translation (T9n), for all of Oracle’s software and content. This is a global organization with employees in Oracle offices worldwide. I've been in the technical translation industry +30 years. I've strong skills on Definition, implementation and management of complex projects that span countries and organizational business units, and People/Team management
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    Eva Perez Nanclares
    Eva Perez Nanclares
    CEO Lawyer
    S&P Legal
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    Adam All
    Adam All
    Drag King
    Adam All
    Adam All is a London based Drag King, host and founder of BOiBOX drag king Cabaret show and host of Man Up drag king competition. He is widely known as the Godfather of the modern UK king scene having been instrumental in its revival since 2008. Adam was featured in 2019 on the international advertising campaign 'Drag Cleans' for Method cleaning products and has appeared on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and sky news and has given a talk for both Tedx London and Tedx London women, the latter with his on and off stage wife Apple Derrieres.
  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (she/her)
    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (she/her)
    Executive Director and Co-Founder
    UK Black Pride & Kaleidoscope Trust
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    Andy Gouanvic
    Andy Gouanvic
    EMEA Product Manager
    Johnson & Johnson
    Andy has joined Janssen in 2018 as an EMEA Product Manager for Mood Disorders. Andy has a MSc in Neurobiology from Paris Descartes, an MSc in Management of Pharmaceutical Companies from Grenoble Ecole de Management and, an MBA from IESE. At Janssen, he oversees the commercial strategy and execution for a potential blockbuster therapy in Major Depressive Disorder. In 2019, he also launched and leads the Open&Out Employee Resource Group. The group now comprises 200+ allies and has managed to create a more inclusive environment for LGBTI employee and allies.
  • Suzanne McAndrew
    Suzanne McAndrew
    Global Head of Talent Advisory, Data & Software
    Willis Towers Watson
    Suzanne McAndrew is a Global Business Leader for the Talent line of business for Willis Towers Watson. In her role, Suzanne is leading the integrated human capital portfolio across talent management and organizational alignment, communications and change management, employee insights, Saville Assessment and employee experience platform. Suzanne’s client focus is applying design thinking to HR, organization transformation, future of work, and the employee experience. She also is leading the conversations on inclusion and diversity as part of the World Economic Forum’s Gender Task Force and as WTW’s Global LGBT+ Inclusion Network leader. Suzanne rejoined Willis Towers Watson in 2013 after spending time at American Express, where she served as Vice President of Executive Talent Management. In her role, Suzanne was responsible for reshaping the executive talent strategy and the approach to critical role succession by working closely with the Operating Committee and the Board of Directors. As part of HR transformation, she led the integration of central processes across executive talent assessment and succession planning to help American Express strategically plan talent movement for the company’s top 1,500 executives. In addition, Suzanne pushed the bar on executive development finding innovative ways to closely link these programs and investments to better match the critical capabilities needed for business growth. Prior to joining American Express, Suzanne worked across a number of practice areas at Willis Towers Watson for 15 years. She is known as a talent integrator, expert in aligning business strategies with talent solutions, as well as a senior organizational change architect who has been successful in helping businesses solve for the simple and the complex by working side-by-side with senior-level business leaders.  In addition, she was a leader in our community of consultants who sought new ways to bring marketing science to Willis Towers Watson to drive behavior change and increase employee engagement. After spending time in HR leadership roles as Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, Suzanne first joined the firm in 1998 as a communication consultant, ultimately driving revenue by leading broad-based sales teams to acquire new clients, building client relationships and leading talent management, change management and communications strategies.    Suzanne currently resides in East Harlem in NYC with her wife and son. She is actively involved in her community working with a women’s non-profit, Sanctuary for Families, to help their clients in need re-enter the workforce and advance their careers. She has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Silvia Petretti
    Silvia Petretti
    Chief Executive Officer
    Positively UK
  • Matthew Riley
    Matthew Riley
    Communications and Marketing Manager / Co-Creator
    Tonic Housing / Bottoming Podcast
    Communications and Marketing Manager at Tonic Housing. We're creating the UK's first LGBT+ retirement community. Co-host and producer of Bottoming, the LGBTQ+ mental health podcast. Rock bottoming and beyond. Website: bottomingpodcast.com Socials: @bottomingpod
  • Jane Cubbin
    Jane Cubbin
    Medical Representative
    GSK
    I’ve been a medical representative working for GSK for 22 years. Married to Ian more 10 years and proud Mum of 4 children. Laura and Adam are my step children, Charlie is my eldest son (19) and Josh (10) is my youngest. Charlie is transgender and Josh is cancer survivor. I am incredibly proud of my brave, courageous children who inspire me every second of every day. At GSK I am I honoured to be part of the Leadership team for SPECTRUM, our LGBT+ employee resource group and part of the project team for Inclusion and Diversity. I am proud to be an active ally. I’m involved in the running and organising of our I&D Let’s Listen sessions and I’m keen to amplify and bring more ally voices to the table.
  • Harry Clifton
    Harry Clifton
    Senior Analyst
    Macquarie Group
    Harry is a Senior Analyst within the Futures Clearing Operations function, part of the Commodities and Global Markets division at Macquarie Group. He started at Macquarie 3 years ago after working for Sainsbury’s and British Airways, in the Specialised Asset Finance division managing Macquarie’s vehicle finance portfolio in the UK before relocating offices to London and the Futures Clearing Operations team 18 months ago. Since relocating, Harry stepped up from a Steering Committee Member to Co-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Employee Network group in the region, Pride EMEA to further his involvement in the Diversity and Inclusion agenda at Macquarie. Pride EMEA at Macquarie has been established for over 8 years, has reach to our entire EMEA staff contingent of 2500 and has collected many accolades in that time including being a Stonewall Highly Commended Network Group and is crucial in maintaining Macquarie’s position as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for 5 years running.
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    Anastasia Volkova (she/her)
    Anastasia Volkova (she/her)
    Internal Communication and Engagement Manager, Europe
    AB InBev
  • Scott Wismont, CTA
    Scott Wismont, CTA
    President & Sr Travel Advisor
    Rainbow Getaways
    I proudly help travelers of the LGBTQ community (and our allies) research, plan, and book incredible vacations where you feel confident and comfortable to enjoy and explore your destination.
  • Alex Brown
    Alex Brown
    Global Manager, Recruitment Marketing
    Booking.com
  • Joris Poels
    Joris Poels
    Partner sales associate
    VMware
    I am originally from Belgium however see myself more as a person from the world. I have been living abroad for over 8 years and that has helped me become who I am. A proud gay man who does not hide it, come up for his community and tries to be an example for others. I believe inclusivity on the work floor is a very important factor these days. I have experience within hospitality, events, travel and the IT industry within several markets.
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    Dan Hudson
    Dan Hudson
    Nongay
    A Gay and A NonGay
  • Rafal Pokrzywa
    Rafal Pokrzywa
    EMEA Recruitment Manager
    State Street
  • Brett Hemmerling
    Brett Hemmerling
    EMEA Campus Recruitment Manager
    Moody's
    I started my professional life in the fine arts, but have now been working in financial services for over 15 years, almost exclusively at Moody's! I am originally from the central United States and lived in New York for many years before relocating to London in 2018. At Moody's I lead our campus recruitment initiatives for the EMEA region as well as have global responsibility for RE-IGNITE, Moody's program for individuals looking to return to the workplace after a career break. I am extremely passionate about DE&I, creating opportunities for underrepresented communities and bringing top talent into the Moody's family.
  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley
    Technology Global Graduate
    AstraZeneca
    Currently completing a Global Technology Graduate Programme at AstraZeneca, and Co-chair of our LGBTQ+ employee network AZPride UK. Graduated from the University of Manchester with a masters degree in physics.
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    michele van den borre
    michele van den borre
    Transformation, Rewards and Method director ABInbev
    ABInbev
    I am married, have a 12-year old son. Living in Leuven - Belgium. Fan of running and pilates. Worked at KBC in it/is for 8 years, worked for Delhaize in it/is of 1 year. Working for ABI for 13years in different area's. 2008-2010 it/is for commercial and supply area, 2011-2012 transformation lead migrating activities from country to shared service center, 2013-2014 responsable for lean / continuous improvement agenda in 3 europe bsc's. 2015 Responsable for back-office activities of people (hr) and procure to pay, living in Budapest. 2016 Responsable to migrate Budapest office to India BSC. 2017 People transformation lead driving process, organisational and system change in the people (hr) department of ABI, 2018 scope expansion with people analytics, 2019 scope expansion with employee experience, 2020 scope expansion with method and rewards director. Strong knowledge and experience in driving change through method.
  • Daniel Docherty
    Daniel Docherty
    Vice President, Business Support Manager
    Bank of America
    Vice president and Business Support Manager within Global Real Estate Services at Bank of America covering Europe and the Emerging Markets (ex-Asia). Since joining the company as an Accounts Payable assistant in 2001, Docherty has performed several roles. In his current position he provides functional support and oversight across day-to-day operations, reporting, database and financial management, budgets, change/project management, vendor management support and business continuity. He is also responsible for the compliance management of over 500 vendor staff ensuring that the appropriate risk mitigation controls are in place. Docherty served as co-lead, co-designer for the company’s Global LGBT Pride Ally program covering over 25,000 members as well as a founding member of the LGBT Employee Network committee in EMEA. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 he was included in the FTOUTstanding list as a Top 50 LGBT Future Leader. He sits on the, Interbank LGBT Forum, Out Leadership Committee and is part of the RAHM and OutNEXT Alumni. Docherty believes everyone should be able to bring their whole selves to work to ensure they not only survive but also thrive. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/daniel-docherty-16150948/ Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/DanielDocherty5
  • Kelly Waller
    Kelly Waller
    Global VP Digital Sales
    Finastra
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    João Cadidé de Souza
    João Cadidé de Souza
    Quality, Knowledge and Training Expert
    TrueLayer
    With a Computer Science degree and a CELTA* certificate, I currently use these two passions and skills to deliver quality training at TrueLayer and help with quality assurance of our support interactions. I also run the Pride Employee Resource Group in the company along with some colleagues. Work should be enjoyable too. *Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, one of the certifications for ESL teachers.
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    Bruce Arell
    Bruce Arell
    Risk Manager
    Enterprise
    I started out with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 2003 in Los Angeles, California as a Management Trainee after graduating from California State University, Chico. After a year in the business I transitioned into the Business Management team where I discovered I had talent for analysis. In 2007 I relocated to London with my husband to work with the Business Management team for the Southeast of England. Shortly after arriving in the U.K. I transitioned into Internal Audit where I was able to make a substantial impact to the business and ultimately set the stage for my move into Risk Management. In 2012 I took on the role of Risk Manager for the Southeast of England and in 2015 took on the role of Head of Risk Management for Scotland & Northern Ireland. Throughout my career I have been actively involved in diversity & inclusion initiatives within Enterprise as well as externally with my husband who works for a local LGBT+ charity in Scotland.
  • Cianán Russell
    Cianán Russell
    Senior Policy Officer
    ILGA-Europe
    Cianán Russell is a Senior Policy Officer at ILGA-Europe based in Brussels, Belgium, working on policy and advocacy relating to trans, intersex, health, education, and the anti-gender movement at the Council of Europe and the European Union. They started LGBTI activism in the US in 1996, and have previously worked with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (USA), the Asia Pacific Transgender Network, and Transgender Europe. Cianán is also the Director of Trans Survivors Network, and international NGO focused on research, advocacy, and awareness-raising related to the needs and care of trans and gender diverse people exposed to sexual violence, sexual assault, and rape. They serve on a Chapter Working Group with the WPATH Standards of Care version 8, are a member of the GATE Trans Men and HIV Working Group, and are part of the Man.ish Cave Team (Amsterdam). They have a Ph.D. in chemistry from Purdue University (2008) and served on the teaching faculty at Georgia Institute of Technology from 2008-2013.
  • Ronie Zuze
    Ronie Zuze
    Executive Director
    Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) Trust
    Ronie Nyasha Zuze, the founder and Executive Director of ICoZ (Intersex Community of Zimbabwe) Trust which is a community based organization. Ronie is a passionate intersex activist and Human Rights and intersex Advocate who has been on the forefront of the fight for intersex rights in Zimbabwe. Since the formation of the African Intersex Movement, Ronie has been part of the advocating team at different levels, nationally regionally and internationally lobbying and advocating for the rights of intersex persons in Africa and has gained recognition after their contribution to the National Inquiry on Access to Documentation in Zimbabwe and regionally on the Rights of Intersex Persons in Africa at the ACHPR and lastly, on an international platform, producing a report on the Rights of Intersex Women and girls in Zimbabwe for CEDAW in 2020.
  • Valentino Vecchietti
    Valentino Vecchietti
    Founder of Intersex Equality Rights UK
    Intersex Equality Rights UK
    Valentino Vecchietti (she/they) is a multi-award winning intersex activist and equality campaigner in the UK. They founded Intersex Equality Rights UK. They speak at intersex conferences in the UK and internationally. They are an independent academic, a writer, and a public speaker. They consult for universities, museums, and LGBT Organizations - and in the Arts for television, film, and theatre. Valentino is the Intersex Columnist at DIVA Magazine, the largest lesbian and bi women’s magazine in Europe. In 2020 & 2021 their work as an intersex community campaigner was recognised on the Lesbian 100 List. And they are on the Pride Power List 2020 for their intersex focussed work in journalism, media and culture.
  • Alaina Kupec
    Alaina Kupec
    Senior Director, Portfolio Strategy & Analytics
    Gilead Sciences
    Alaina currently serves as a Senior Director, Portfolio Strategy & Analytics at Gilead Sciences in Foster City, CA. She works across Gilead to enable asset and portfolio optimization for the Company’s development of new therapies. Prior to that she was in Global Value and Access and focused on new medicines the company is developing to treat inflammatory conditions. During this unprecedented pandemic time, she also led the value and access work in the US and all ex-EU countries for Remdesivir, Gilead’s treatment for COVID 19. Her work ensured new medicines will fit an unmet need for patients in a way that improves upon existing medicines already on the market, while ensuring it is affordable and accessible for patients and governments around the world. When first joining Gilead, Alaina was the head of Market Access for the Inflammation therapeutic area at Gilead. She was responsible for coordinating the access strategy in the US for all inflammation products. She led across a matrix environment to include brand Physician and Patient marketing, Payer marketing, Patient Support, HEOR, Trade & Distribution, and Contracting in addition to leading field sales planning and pull through. Before coming to Gilead in 2018, Alaina spent a long career with Pfizer, where she had roles in Access, Sales Leadership, Public Affairs and Communications. Over the course of her career she has used her strategic and tactical skills to analyze complex challenges with variables across different markets to make assessments, develop strategy and tactics then lead the implementation of her work. She is a collaborative leader who focuses ways to engage and meet stakeholder needs. Outside of the workplace Alaina is a tireless advocate for the transgender community. In 2016 Alaina was living very quietly in NC with her spouse when the NC Legislature passed the now infamous bathroom bill, HB2. It was then Alaina made the decision to be public about her status as a woman who happens to be transgender, helping to bring awareness and education about what it means for one to be transgender. Since that time, she has been a visible leader within the transgender community where she was an active advocate for the repeal of HB2 along with raising awareness of the military ban on transgender service men and women. In 2016 Alaina appeared in the first nationally aired transgender awareness ad, depicting her being denied the use of a women’s room. The ad was viewed by over 15 million people online, and millions more when it aired on Fox News immediately before Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Alaina has also appeared in articles for Rolling Stone and Salon and was featured in a video Out Leadership used at their 2016 Summit in New York City, as well as an online Video for the Raleigh News and Observer. She also spoke at multiple press events . In 2016 Alaina was recognized during the Logo Channel Trailblazer Awards for her advocacy work and was named the 2016 Transwoman of the Year by Transwomen National, in addition to being recognized as by the Human Rights Campaign as one of North Carolina’s People of the Year. In addition, Alaina worked with the US Department of Justice, serving as one of only two named witnesses in the United States vs State of North Carolina “Bathroom Bill” case. In the aftermath of HB2 Alaina relocated to New Jersey to work in New York City and again lived a quiet life until July 2017 when the President announced his ban on transgender military service. Alaina then appeared on ABC Nightline, in addition to being featured in AP News story on the transgender military ban. Alaina also wrote an op-ed featured in the NY Daily News and appeared on the local New York City Fox channel and WPIX. In October of 2018 Alaina once again spoke out against potentially harmful policies affecting the transgender community as they relate to potential policy changes within the Department of Health and Human Services, appearing on National Public Radio via WNYC in New York City and writing an opinion piece published in Newsday. In March of 2019 her opinion piece on the transgender military ban was published in the Navy Times. Believing in giving back to her community in meaningful ways, Alaina serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, a national non-profit committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression. She also speaks to organizations interested in learning about what it means to be transgender along with challenges faced by members of the transgender community. Alaina’s professional career began after graduating Cum Laude from NC State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science, where she was honored as the 1992 Naval ROTC Honor Graduate. Upon her graduation she served in the US Navy as an Intelligence Officer in a FA-18 squadron, where she was recognized as the 1994 Ground Officer of the Year and received two Navy Achievement Medals for her leadership. Alaina is currently living the pandemic dream, working remote while travelling the eastern US with her wife their two small dogs and cat in their Airstream travel trailer. She has three sons, a Junior and Senior at Clemson University and the other in High School in Greenville, SC. In her spare time Alaina is an a competitive trail runner.
  • Yi Wang
    Yi Wang
    Director
    Queer East
    Yi Wang is the director and programmer of Queer East, a festival aiming to showcase rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema both from and about East and Southeast Asia and amplify the voices of Asian communities in the UK. Outside his role at Queer East, Yi Wang works as a creative producer at The Culture Laboratory, an independent studio for performing arts and cultural events management.
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    Pierre Gaubert
    Pierre Gaubert
    CEO and Co-Founder
    myGwork
    Hello :) I am the co-founder at myGwork. Our goal is to empower the LGBTQ+ community by offering our individual users a safe space where they can network, connect with inclusive employers, find jobs, professional events, and news. Adrien (my twin and co-founder) and I both know how it feels to be excluded in the workplace; we want to make sure the next LGBT+ generation is fearless. Happy to connect and provide support at any time!
  • Linda Riley
    Linda Riley
    Publisher
    DIVA Media Group
    Linda began her career in publishing over 20 years ago as joint publisher of both g3 and Out in the City magazine, and started working in diversity related events a decade later. She has become a powerhouse in the diversity and inclusion sector, starting initiatives such as the Global Diversity List, European Diversity Awards, the Pride Power List and many more. Linda has been publisher of DIVA magazine, Europe’s leading brand for LGBTQI women and non binary people; she is the founder of Lesbian Visibility Week. Linda is a former Board Director of US based LGBT campaign group GLAAD (2013 - 2019) and Patron of LGBT homelessness charity akt. Currently, she is a Patron of Diversity Role Models, a LGBT anti-bullying charity. Linda is also a House of Stonewall Golden Champion for Stonewall Housing. In November 2017, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler MP, appointed Linda as the Opposition Labour Party’s LGBT Diversity Lead.
 Linda is also a former Stonewall Award winner and Business Icon of the Year from the Icon Awards 2017.
  • Karn Gupta (he/him)🏳️‍🌈
    Karn Gupta (he/him)🏳️‍🌈
    Executive Producer
    The Walt Disney- Disney+ hotstar
    Karn is a storyteller at heart; a perfect blend of creative, technical and managerial skills. The young, award-winning film maker believes in the power of storytelling for bringing characters of all shades together in the most gripping narratives. He has experience in directing, producing and marketing content for various platforms including theatrical, TV, digital & OTT. He has also worked on international projects for two UK-based productions and a Hollywood release. Karn was born in Jaipur, India and is now settled in Mumbai, India with his partner & their pup KOKO!
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    Lavender Looi
    Lavender Looi
    Co-Founder & Music Producer
    LAVICHI Records
    Born and raised in Malacca, Malaysia, Lavender Looi has spent the last twenty years creating music. Her experience in international music production and songwriting have led her to North America, Europe, and Asia, where she has worked as a composer, producer, and recording engineer for several renowned music studios including Dead Room Recordings and Grand Theft Records. Her original compositions and vocals have been used in commercials for major corporations including KFC, Grab, Gojek, and Pizza Hut. Lavender’s talents and love for music recently brought her to Berklee College of Music in Valencia, where she completed a Masters Degree in Scoring for Film, TV, and Video Games. ​ Lavender is the co-founder of LAVICHI Records located in Valencia, Spain, and is a part of the executive team for She Knows Tech, an organization working towards closing the music tech gender gap by creating a community built around education, empowerment, networking, and continued learning.
  • Chris Barron
    Chris Barron
    VP Beauty & Personal Care UKI
    Unilever
  • Selyna Peiris
    Selyna Peiris
    Business Development Director at Selyn
    Selyn Fair Trade
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    Juliette Rouquet
    Juliette Rouquet
    Corporate Sourcer/Subject Matter Expert Diversity and Inclusion
    Danaher
  • Anna Kear
    Anna Kear
    CEO
    Tonic Housing
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    Jerry Daykin
    Jerry Daykin
    EMEA Senior Media Director
    GSK
    Jerry leads media across GSK’s EMEA region, helping drive the continued digital transformation of one of the world's largest consumer healthcare businesses with brands including Sensodyne, Advil and Voltarol. He leads their global internal Diversity & Representation in Marketing initiative, overseeing light house best practice as well as training over 1,000 marketers across the business. Externally he champions representation across the marketing industry as co-chair of the WFA Diversity Task Force and a voluntary director at Outvertising and the Conscious Advertising Network. He has a background in media partnerships and digital strategy, having led both globally for Diageo, Mondelez and agency side at Carat. He's a regular writer and blogger with contributions across industry titles and in his own Digital Sense blog, and contributed to the collaborative book 'Eat Your Greens' with a range of notable industry contributors.
  • Matt Skallerud
    Matt Skallerud
    President
    Pink Media
    LGBTQ Online Marketing, Advertising & Social Media
  • Juliette-Marie Somerset
    Juliette-Marie Somerset
    CEO & Managing Director
    Somerset Capital
    Juliette-Marie Somerset is CEO & Managing Partner at Somerset Capital based in Menlo Park, California where she is an investor in early-stage global startups. She is on the Board of Advisors at UniRock Partners, an investment firm, based in Brisbane, Queensland. As a woman in tech leadership she has seats on the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors of technology companies. She is an Advisor at the Norrsken Impact Accelerator in Stockholm, Sweden. Juliette-Marie is a Milestone Maker mentor at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center based in San Francisco and also a mentor at CV Labs based in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley. She is currently a guest lecturer at ESCP Business School in Berlin and recently joined the Board of Advisors at UniRock Partners based in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Victor Meyer
    Victor Meyer
    Senior Legal Counsel
    Invesco
    I am an in-house lawyer for Invesco and lead a team of lawyers who support all aspect's of the investment process for Invesco in EMEA. Previously I worked for Morgan Stanley in London and Linklaters LLP in London and New York.
  • Lorenzo Thione
    Lorenzo Thione
    Managing Director
    Gaingels
    Lorenzo Thione is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for the intersection of technology, art, design, communication and social value. He’s the Managing Director of Gaingels and a co-founding chairman of StartOut, two of the leading groups dedicated to supporting and elevating LGBTQ+ leaders in the venture startup ecosystem. As the Managing Producer at Sing Out, Louise! Productions, Lorenzo is also a Tony-Award and Drama Desk winning Broadway producer (Hadestown, The Inheritance) and the co-creator and lead producer of Allegiance, the Broadway musical starring George Takei and Lea Salonga, of which he also directed and produced the 2016 film. In developing Allegiance, he spearheaded social-media viral strategies that led to astounding growth and unprecedented awareness and audience engagement for George Takei, and to the founding of The Social Edge, for which he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. He previously co-founded startups Powerset (acquired by Microsoft in 2008) and Artify.it; he is an investor, board member, and advisor for startups such as Cerebral, Eight Sleep, Turing, Figure Eight (now Appian), Weights & Biases, Gobble, Just, and Lucid, and many more. He's an outspoken LGBT advocate and was named one of the most influential LGBT people in tech in 2014 and 2018 by Business Insider. He was born and raised in Milan, and completed my studies at the University of Texas at Austin, from which he holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering.
  • T. Wolf Starr
    T. Wolf Starr
    Managing Partner
    Pride.VC
  • Gemma Murray (pronouns She/Her)
    Gemma Murray (pronouns She/Her)
    Scrum Master
    Lloyds Banking Group
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    Jack Dyrhauge
    Jack Dyrhauge
    CEO
    Neuropool
    Jack Dyrhauge is an Autistic, ADHD entrepreneur on a mission the change employment odds for Neurodiverse job seekers and professionals. Currently CEO at Neuropool who are building the largest pool of Neurodiverse talent in the UK. 1 in 7 of the worlds population are Neurodiverse and a large percentage are are unemployed and those who are in the workplace still face daily challenges with gender discrimination, ableism and stigma. Over 100,000 neurodiverse young adults turn 18 every year in the UK. A large percentage of these young adults are not entering employment due to lack of innovation, training, and accessibility to career pathways and employment opportunities, Neuropool was founded to help address this issue. We help our clients become more accommodating to neurodiverse employees and increase the quality of your workforce by working closely with HR, recruitment and management teams. We provide a platform to create a more inclusive and productive working environment for everyone. Our platform is designed to guide neurodiverse students to employment opportunities across all fields; bringing together academic institutions, neurodiverse candidates, and employers to improve traction and employment rates among neurodiverse students and graduates.
  • Alicia Clinton
    Alicia Clinton
    Talent Acquisition Sourcing & Engagement Manager
    HanesBrands
    I have worked in Corporate America for most of my career in varying roles from entry level to management positions. I love people. I believe that, regardless of our personal beliefs, values, preferences, etc,, diversity, inclusion and equity should be assessible to ALL! I value education and the empowerment that it provides. I have an Associate's Degree in Banking & Finance, Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Master's Degree in Human Resources and a Ph.D in Life! :-) Family is my top priority and I love volunteering to help others. My family and church serve at our local Samaritan Kitchen 4-5 times annually. I also volunteer in our public school system at the middle and high school levels but have also done elementary reading tutoring and mentoring as well. I am a published author (Destined for Success), motivational speaker and minister. I love working at Hanesbrands! Our commitment to diversity extends far beyond the workplace. We are dedicated to growing the Global Diversity & Inclusion strategy with attention to the focus area of "Global Community." We hear, see and will not ignore the need to support our employees and the global community. We will progress forward in diversity, inclusion, equity and justice for all. Racial equity and justice is embedded in our role as a socially responsible company. While conversion and reflection is a rich tool, we also commit to ACTION.
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    Alejandra Allard
    Alejandra Allard
    Director, Talent Acquisition Latin America
    Johnson & Johnson
    Más de 17 años de experiencia en Adquisición y Gestión del Talento. Actualmente, responsable del diseño y ejecución de estrategias para la atracción de talento para la región, así como crear los diferentes planes para asegurar la incorporación del mejor y más diverso talento a la compañía Junto con su esposa y su hija forman una familia homoparental
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    Paul Boyd
    Paul Boyd
    Vice President of User Experience
    Oracle
  • María Ortuño
    María Ortuño
    Deputy Director
    REDI Red Empresarial por la Diversidad e Inclusión LGBTI
    HR and Diversity & Inclusion expert with 15 years of background in corporate culture management, talent development and human-centered experience design. Passionate, action-oriented and creative professional with excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills. Ability to work in challenging situations with a good sense of humor. International experience living and working abroad.
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    David Blanco Aragón
    David Blanco Aragón
    Senior Business Consultant
    EY
  • Carlos Campos Chacón
    Carlos Campos Chacón
    Healthcare Compliance Specialist
    Johnson & Johnson
    Carlos joined Janssen in 2018 as Healthcare Compliance Liaison. He is a passionate and creative lawyer, whose current objective is to support the pharmaceutical business, in order to guarantee that compliance standards are met. He joined the Open&Out Employee Resource Group (LGBTQIA+) in 2019 as part of the Leadership Team.
  • José Ignacio Pichardo
    José Ignacio Pichardo
    Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology Department
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
    Associate Professor in the Social Anthropology Department of Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Graduate and Doctor in the same discipline from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Teaches classes on Anthropology of Gender, Research Techniques with Audiovisual Media, and Development and Cooperation Anthropology. Co-director of the Anthropology, Diversity and Integration Research Group. His own research projects focus on issues of kinship, family, sexuality, gender and interculturality. Has completed and published various investigations into sexual diversity, lesbian women and human rights, gay and lesbian families and, particularly, the situation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans adolescents in educational environments. Has been Secretary of the Network of Iberoamerican Anthropologists (AIBR) and a member of its Management Board since 2002. A member of Sexualidades, an interdisciplinary network for research into sexual diversity, and the administrator of its distribution list. Also belongs to the Madrid Anthropology Institute, to the University Institute of Women’s Studies of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and to the Euro-Mediterranean University Institute of Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
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    DIEGO TOMASINO
    DIEGO TOMASINO
    Diversity Coach and Founder
    CoachMap
    Diversity Coach, MBA and Founder of CoachMap. I am currently coordinator of Pride Connection Panamá. Author of "COME OUT! Las empresas también tienen que salir del closet" http://bit.ly/ComeOutDT I´ve started my career as a financial consultant in Casin Asociados with over ten years of experience in high performance roles and leading successful initiatives. Demonstrated ability in project and personnel management with focus in customer satisfaction and cost savings. Great aptitude for team work, contributing to build a proper work climate and sharing know-how and best practice policies. Proactive, with skills to adapt to changing environments and work under deadlines. Entrepreneur and generator of business opportunities. Global Shapers' Alumni with a focus on promoting diversity inclusion in society. Check my web: www.diegotomasino.com
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    Sara Castelo
    Sara Castelo
    Corporate Counsel of Salesforce & Global Growth Chair of Outforce
    Salesforce
    Sara is Corporate Counsel at Salesforce and the Global Growth Chair of Outforce (Salesforce LGBTQ+ Equality Group). Seven years ago pursuing LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality became a personal commitment on top of her legal career. Since then she has led several workplace equality projects in Spain and currently she leads different equality projects across the globe, being part of the Global Leadership of Outforce. She mentors for LGBTQ+ youth and has collaborated with different charities and non-profit organisations, advising on LGBTQIA+ hate crime to the Metropolitan Police at New Scotland Yard, London, UK. Sara has been a speaker in several equality summits in Spain and the US (ex. Out and Equal Summit 2019 and 2020).
  • Miguel Ángel Villalobos Trenado
    Miguel Ángel Villalobos Trenado
    Intern
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    Becario de formación práctica especiazalizada en la Oficina de Diversidad Sexual e Identidad de Género de la Delegación de Diversidad e Inclusión (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). Máster en Estudios LGBTIQ+, politólogo y jurista.
  • Javier Castillo Coronas
    Javier Castillo Coronas
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Olympia Arango
    Olympia Arango
    Pompeu Fabra University
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    Andres Lopez Castaño
    Andres Lopez Castaño
    Director
    MSD
    I am Clinical Research professional with +15 year experience in the field. Throughout the past years, my passion for Diversity & Inclusion gave me the opportunity to support change for a more inclusive workplace within Latin America and Europe.////// Soy un profesional de Investigación Clínica con más de 15 años de experiencia. En los últimos años, mi pasión por Diversidad & Inclusion me dio la oportunidad de gestionar cambios para un lugar de trabajo más inclusivo dentro de Latino América y Europa.
  • Joëll Sadal
    Joëll Sadal
    Communications Specialist
    myGwork
    Hi! I'm Joëll, Communications Specialist at myGwork and currently enrolled in the one-year-masters in LGBTIQ+ Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Bachelor of Arts in Language and Culture Studies, with a mayor in Intercultural Communication, from the Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • Álvaro Asensio Cuesta
    Álvaro Asensio Cuesta
    Lead Recruiter - EMEA & Global CS
    Booking.com
    Lead Recruiter for EMEA and Global CS roles based in the following cities: · Amsterdam · Barcelona · Berlin · Lille · London · Manchester · Vilnius Recruiting for the following areas within Global CS and EMEA for Booking.com: · Global and Regional (EMEA) Work Force Management · Global Quality, Resource and Commercial · Global Payments and Financial Analysis · Global Operational Excellence, Change and Implementation, Learning & Development, CS Internal Communications, Reporting, Analytics and Data Science · Global Service Innovation & New Product Design and Integration · EMEA Operational roles Our mission at Booking.com is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology that helps take the friction out of travel, Booking.com seamlessly connects millions of travellers with memorable experiences, a range of transport options and incredible places to stay - from homes to hotels and much more. As one of the world’s largest travel marketplaces for both established brands and entrepreneurs of all sizes, Booking.com enables properties all over the world to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. Booking.com is available in 43 languages and offers more than 28 million total reported accommodation listings, including over 6.2 million listings alone of homes, apartments and other unique places to stay. No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, Booking.com makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.
  • Samantha Bradley
    Samantha Bradley
    Scrum Master
    RSA
    Certification in Practitioner level PM and Agile PMQ, Scrum Master and LGBTQ+ Lead. Scrum Master in technology projects with over 14 years of leadership experience across the telecommunications and insurance industry at operational and team leader level. Defect managemer for UK Transformation Programme, Web Chat Product Ownership, Product Analyst and CRM POC. IT environment analysis and troubleshooting. Microsoft CRM Dynamics and Duck Creek functional design and editing. Skilled in Stakeholder Management, Change Management, Contact Centers, Team & operational Leadership, and Customer & User Experience. Passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and volunteering, leading RSA's Building Pride ERG within the diversity and inclusion space with a view to create an environment where people can bring their best, whole authentic selves to work
  • Federico Garcia Cantiano
    Federico Garcia Cantiano
    Business liaison Coordinator
    Federación Argentina LGBT
    Present: - Diversity and Inclusion Talent Consultant - Coordinator of Business Liaison Department at LGBT Argentinean Federation. - Gender and Diversity Promoter (woman, genders and Diversity National Ministry) In the past: - Flight Service Manager for LATAM Airlines (15 years) - Coord. at Gender and Diversity Commission (Cabin Crew Union, 5 years)
  • Eulàlia Lledó i Cunill
    Eulàlia Lledó i Cunill
    Doctora en Filología Románica
    Profesional Independiente
    Ha sido durante años profesora de enseñanza secundaria en Cataluña y colabora con diversas universidades y redes de estudios de género. Es especialista en la investigación de los sesgos sexistas y androcéntricos de la literatura y de la lengua. Ha elaborado numerosas guías y manuales sobre el tema, entre ellos "Cómo tratar bien a los malos tratos. Manual de Estilo para los Medios de Comunicación" en 1993, que fue la primera guía escrita en España con recomendaciones para el tratamiento de los medios de comunicación y violencia de género. También ha escrito libros sobre coeducación, artículos y reseñas literarias, especialmente sobre escrituras femeninas. Ha colaborado en la revisión del Diccionario General de la Lengua Catalana del Instituto de Estudios Catalanes y en la revisión del Diccionario de la lengua española de la Real Academia Española. En el año 2008, fue galardonada con el Premio Creu de Sant Jordi por "su interés en evitar los usos sexistas y androcéntricos de la lengua". En 2016, fue distinguida con el Premio de Comunicación No Sexista por su "calidad en la investigación y formación en el lenguaje y comunicación con perspectiva de género", otorgado por la Asociación de Mujeres Periodistas de Cataluña (ADPC). En 2018 recibió el XIV Premio Isonomia contra la violencia de género otorgado por la Fundació Isonomia. En marzo de 2018, participó en el Encuentro Responsable "La fórmula de la igualdad" en la Corporación RTVE con una intervención sobre los sesgos inconscientes del sexismo. Actualmente es colaboradora de El Huffington Post en su versión española. Cultiva también la escritura de dietarios y la literatura de viajes.
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    Nicolás Levy
    Nicolás Levy
    Gender and Diversity specialist
    myGwork
    Journalist passionate about gender studies, sexual diversity and Human Rights.Consultancy experience to different public and private entities in matters of gender, diversity and inclusion research and management, strategic communication and political analysis.
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    Francisco Lalanne
    Francisco Lalanne
    Communication Manager
    trivago
    PR & Communication professional with +10 years’ experience in large corporations. I have strong know-how in corporate comms, PR & branding, event planning, and internal communication. I have a strong experience in developing and implement communication strategies to support projects that are of direct relevance and impact to the employees and organization. My expertise is in crisis management, leadership communication, consultancy, speaker preparation, and HR topics like corporate culture, performance, and diversity & inclusion. I’m currently looking a position where I can apply my communication expertise but develop further the HR role and knowledge.
  • Sara López Campo-Díaz
    Sara López Campo-Díaz
    Manager Project Coordinator & D&I Chair in Spain
    NiesenIQ
    I have +6 years of experience managing and coordinating regional and global market research projects for FMCG clients. I consider myself to be a natural problem-solver and a team-player. I adapt quickly to changing conditions and I am comfortable working on and managing remote and virtual teams across different regions. Always looking forward to improving processes and culture keeping a consulting and client-oriented vision within my team. I believe in Servant Leadership, helping people perform their best and reach their full potential, driving trust, and giving people the opportunity to be themselves. I am passionate about making a positive impact both in my team and in the business. I am strongly committed to Diversity & Inclusion, understanding it needs to be at the center of the team and the business culture.
  • Esther Gómez Martín, FCCA [𝚜𝚑𝚎/𝚑𝚎𝚛]
    Esther Gómez Martín, FCCA [𝚜𝚑𝚎/𝚑𝚎𝚛]
    FP&A Europe Manager
    Marsh McLennan
    Based in Madrid, Esther is the Europe Region FP&A Manager in Mercer (a business of Marsh McLennan). Before taking over this role, Esther was the Finance Director for Mercer Portugal and prior to that she held various finance positions in Marsh Mclennan. Before joining Mercer in 2012, she lived for 12 years in Dublin where she performed a number of finance roles in the insurance and reinsurance industry in different companies, including Canada Life, nSpire Re (Fairfax subsidiary), XL Insurance, Metlife and AIB Bank. Esther is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and holds a degree in Finance from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Esther is the co-chair of Mercer PRIDE Europe since 2020, the LGBTIQA+ resource group in Mercer.
  • Yeshua Delgado
    Yeshua Delgado
    Sr. Financial Planner
    MSD
    Dedicated, collaborative, strategic and analytical Sr FP&A analyst with 6+ years of experience in Financial Planning & Analysis and Project Management. Dynamic Regional Leader in Diversity & Inclusion with 5+ years of experience in delivering innovative strategies to promote accountability and awareness around Diversity & Inclusion. Currently leading Rainbow Alliance EBRG for Latin America at MSD working with all LATAM leaders, sharing best practices and looking for projects and initiatives to develop in the region.
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    Alejandro Villalobos
    Alejandro Villalobos
    Global Marketing & Business Development
    Consultant
  • Nallely Paola Flores Viera
    Nallely Paola Flores Viera
    No
    When I was 16 years old, I started as a volunteer in the Rainbow Association of Honduras. It was there that I discovered my rights as a trans woman. I proudly remember the beginnings of my participation in this leading organization in the defense of human rights in the country. I lived my transition in a country with few possibilities, macho, LGTBIphobic, but that also taught me to survive, to be an independent, strong woman. I had to stay alive and help other people. Little by little they were changing representatives or presidents in the organization. This happened for two reasons: either because they murdered us, or because we had to flee. Support and welcome trans women disowned by their families, demand a gender identity law, litigate archived cases of violence against trans people, or identify their bodies in morgues; it was part of my activist and vital involvement in the cause. At the same time, I experienced firsthand that violence that I denounced against all impunity, coming to suffer up to four assassination attempts. Every morning I woke up thanking God for being alive. But I also asked him to end the day soon without anyone hurting me or killing me. Today, I strengthen myself as an activist to continue fighting for the rights of LGTBI people, with a main focus such as trans women.
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    Ana Abade Gil
    Ana Abade Gil
    Senior Public Policy Analyst
    Google
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    Israel Pedroza
    Israel Pedroza
    Journalist
    ONG Rescate
    I am Israel Pedroza Ramos, passionate about communication and voice over. My curiosity transcended borders and now I am dedicated to showing the best corners that Spain offers without having to invest a lot of money. In my channel you will also find advice on migration and matters of interest about asylum and refuge. What I have experienced in the first person I comment. Always from my experience: My channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/elbuenoisrael
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    Maribel Osuna
    Maribel Osuna
    Talent Acquisition Manager
    Enterprise Holdings
    Apasionada y enamorada de los Recursos Humanos, interacción y ayuda a otras personas en general. Soy tremendamente respetuosa con los intereses, gustos y opciones de vida de los demás. Mi conciencia me exige hacer todo lo posible porque todas las personas, puedan ser ellas mismas y estén integradas en la sociedad, para que esta sea lo más justa posible. Como responsable de búsqueda de talento y selección, lo único en que me fijo es en cómo es esa persona relativo a las competencias buscadas, formación, experiencia y su actitud, para que todo el mundo pueda ser uno mismo en el lugar de trabajo.
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    Emma Smith
    Emma Smith
    Head of Talent
    Creative Assembly
    I oversee Creative Assembly's Talent pipeline and been with the studio for more than 10 years, seeing the studio grow to over 500 people strong and multiple awards including BAFTA's and GI.Biz Best Places to Work 2017 and 2018. As lead of CA’s Legacy Project and a part of GI.biz Top 100 Most Influential Women, my team and I drive forward the studios long-term commitment to education, community and charity. From playground to industry, the Legacy Project works to give people the skills needed to become the games development talent of tomorrow and promote games as a power for good.
  • Isabella Williamson-Hawkins
    Isabella Williamson-Hawkins
    Head of Mobile
    IG
    I am the Head of Mobile at IG Group, a world leader in derivatives trading and an established member of the FTSE 250. I have worked in many industries with very talented individuals throughout my career, in companies such as IG, Ford, UsTwo and Pivotal to drive the future of Mobile App development. I am an App co-founder and hold a European Patent. Alongside my career, I am currently undertaking an Executive MBA and CMI qualification. At IG, I lead and Champion our Diversity and Inclusion committee and work closely with all our networks to ensure an inclusive culture for everyone. Our IG Open Network works tirelessly to ensure that IG is a place where all LGBTQIA+ individuals feel they belong. As an athlete, I am very aware that difference is power, and by embracing our differences, we are far more successful as a whole.
  • Raquel Sebastián
    Raquel Sebastián
    Responsable del Departamento de Prospección e Intermediación Empresarial
    Trabajando en Positivo
    Licenciada en Psicología y Máster de Psicología Clínica y Modificación de Conducta. En 1996 comienza su trayectoria en el ámbito social como psicóloga-terapeuta con personas drogodependientes. Desde 2004 a 2012 formó parte del equipo técnico de UGT-Madrid en el área social, como coordinadora de Proyectos de Integración Social dirigidos a personas en situación de exclusión social, población con VIH y personas con discapacidad. Y durante este tiempo fue responsable de los Servicios de información y asesoramiento del área Social: discapacidad, dependencia, VIH y drogodependencia. En 2011 también asumió las funciones de Técnico de empleo en CIE Alcalá de Henares. En 2014 se incorpora a TRABAJANDO EN POSITIVO como prospectora empresarial. Responsable del Departamento de Prospección e Intermediación Empresarial, coordinando el Proyecto a nivel nacional de EnPositivo RSC
  • Elspeth Hunt (she/her)
    Elspeth Hunt (she/her)
    Employment Associate
    Stephenson Harwood LLP
    Elspeth is an associate in Stephenson Harwood's Employment Team, is the Co-Chair of the firm's LGBTQ+ network, SHout, and is also a Steering Committee member of the London Bisexual Network. Elspeth is a vocal advocate of increasing diversity and inclusion in the legal sector.
  • Shraddha Kaur, PhD
    Shraddha Kaur, PhD
    Influencing Evaluation Manager
    Alzheimer's Society
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    Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed
    Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed
    Director of research and publications
    CALEM
    Doctor and imam from Algerian origins, queer intellectual and activist based in Marseille (Southern France). International consultant in Psychology, Anthropology & inclusive Liberation theology: o Doctorates in Anthropology and in Psychology of religious facts o Associate editor of the Arab research and development (Batna & Amaan universities) o Imam founder of the first European inclusive mosque (Paris - 2012) o Founder member of the interfaith network GIN-SSOGIE (South Africa - 2014), o Founder member of the Inimuslim international network (Paris - 2012), o International coordinator of the CALEM confederation (Europe and North Africa - 2010), o Member of INERELA - theologians living with HIV/aids o One of the 3 French gay of the year (2012), o Queer Muslim Award of the year (2014) o Pierre Guénin price (for CALEM, 2012), o Awarded for Moral Courage (2013). o Now rector of the CALEM Institute www.calem.eu
  • Jide Macaulay
    Jide Macaulay
    Founder & CEO
    House Of Rainbow CIC
    Reverend Jide Macaulay is the Founder and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC. Openly gay British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, Anglican Priest, inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV Positive Activist, holds a degree in Law, masters degree in Theology and Post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology. Jide focuses his ministry on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights. Currently Board of Trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust UK, Chairperson INERELA+ Europe, Patron at ReportOut, Vice Chair One Voice Network, Nominee British LGBT Award 2021 - Top 10 Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ Life, nOSCARS Award winner 2014, 2017, 2018, Volunteer Chaplain at Mildmay HIV Hospital and Volunteer Champion at Afruca Children's Charity.
  • Joel Robinson
    Joel Robinson
    Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
    Joel Robinson Counselling
    My name is Joel Robinson (he/him), I run my own counselling business, joelrobinsoncounselling.com. I also hold the post of Head of HIV, Mental Health & Wellbeing at METRO, an equality and diversity charity based in London and the South East of England. I am also an ordained Buddhist practitioner and teacher, and was given the name Shraddhasiddhi which means "accomplishment of faith/confidence". I co-run a Buddhist inclusion project within the Triratna Buddhist movement which involves supporting gender diverse, trans and non-binary Buddhists to realise their potential.
  • Daniel Gerring (MENTOR)
    Daniel Gerring (MENTOR)
    Partner
    Travers Smith
    Daniel is a lawyer, activist and non-executive director of several not-for-profits, including Just Like Us and GiveOut. A committed Christian, member of the City of London Deanery Synod and a regular public speaker on the intersections of faith and sexuality, Daniel also helped set up and sits on the board of Refugees at Home and helps run City YMCA, London. He is a member of the Network Group for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT+ Rights and a Leadership Fellow of St George's House, Windsor Castle. He has been ranked in OUTstanding's worldwide 100 LGBT+ Executives List for five consecutive years, this year placing 14th overall and the highest ranked private practice lawyer.
  • Katya Veleva
    Katya Veleva
    Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Leadership Coach
    Blush Cloud
    Katya Veleva is the Founding Director of Blush Cloud. She is a leadership coach and accredited DISC assessor and she is passionate about diversity and inclusion. Her work is dedicated to empowering individuals and organisations to find the methods, techniques and the language that brings them together in a way that everyone can be their best self at work. Katya has a background in architecture and digital construction. Her experience with healthcare design and building information modelling eventually brought out a passion for people and shaped her innate instinct for communication into an effective and poignant tool for collaboration. Katya has supported world-renowned organisations, such as Grimshaw Architects (with over 250 awards for their work) and Alisson Brooks Architects (the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture) in their endeavours to adopt digital technologies in their design. Faced with training highly skilled professionals in new tools, Katya developed a delicate, yet stimulating approach to drive anyone, regardless of their seniority to improvement and innovation in their work in a joyful and positive spirit. Within her work for promoting digital adoption and diversity in the construction industry, Katya has shared her experience with numerous audiences in the UK and abroad. Her ability to break down complex concepts and find connections relevant to the listener has proven to truly make an impact. Following years of volunteer involvement in various social initiatives, in the midst of the Pandemic of 2020 and global social justice unrest, Katya discovered coaching and coaching cultures and they reminded her very much of social justice organising and indigenous governing and she knew that she needed to turn away from the buildings - the context, to the contents - people.
  • Yasmin Benoit
    Yasmin Benoit
    Model, Activist, Writer
    Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)
    Yasmin Benoit is a British model, leading asexuality activist, writer, and speaker. At 18, she began modelling with the goal of diversifying the fashion industry and became one of the UK's most prominent Black alternative models. In late 2017, she publicly came out as aromantic-asexual and quickly became an unlikely face and voice for those communities. Her goal is to empower the aromantic and asexual people, bring those identities into the mainstream, fight for their social and legal inclusion, and dispel misconceptions about them in an intersectional, cross-sectional way. Yasmin created the popular #ThisIsWhatAsexualLooksLike movement to show that there is no asexual way to look or dress, which has been embraced by asexual people worldwide. In 2019, she became a board member of the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) and in 2020, an asexualities researcher at California State University and made her presenting debut with her 'Me and My Asexuality' BBC Sounds series. Her unconventional approach to activism has attracted the attention of international press, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour Magazine, British GQ, and Sky News. In early 2021, she did a TedX Talk on asexual media representation for the University of Arkansas, appeared in three Vogue publications, signed with literary agency, Gleam Titles, and was wrote an essay for LGBTQ+ anthology, 'We Can Do Better Than This.' (Penguin, June 2021) Yasmin was also included on the Attitude101 Influential Figures List as a "trailblazer" in "The Future: Under 25" category, and she appeared on the Visible100 List of game-changers as a Community Campaigner.
  • Brian Langevin
    Brian Langevin
    Executive Director
    Asexual Outreach
    Brian is the executive director of Asexual Outreach—a nonprofit organization, founded in 2014, that's building an international advocacy movement to strengthen communities and change lives. Brian has been an ace community leader since 2013, and has had the great privilege to learn and grow through the teachings and mentorship of countless community activists and theorizers. Their work is guided and grounded by their autistic, genderqueer, aro, and ace identities, and they are particularly passionate about building solidarity between and among anti-oppression movements.
  • Pauline Smith
    Pauline Smith
    Member
    Out in The City
    Pauline Smith is a mature Mancunian, who lived and worked for over 30 years in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands until her return Manchester in 2008 and held several European business management positions for US and Indian multinationals and ran her own consulting business. She came out in the Netherlands around 25 years ago, and was active in the trans community there. Since her return to Manchester she has continued her consulting work; and from 2010 became active in social and support groups for older and LGBT people. From 2010 to around 2018 she was the chief moderator for a transgender website Transtastic.com. She was also active in various programmes at the LGBT Foundation like Trans MCR, Pride in Ageing, Butterflies, Brew Buddies and being a Trustee until the end of 2020. She is also a community reporter for Talking About My Generation who provide a wide range of articles, advice, podcasts, poetry, recipes and nostalgia both on line and in print for older people across Greater Manchester. Additionally she is an active member of the GMOPN (Greater Manchester Older People’s Network) and was a member of the Positive Ageing Imagery committee and the subsequent promotion and launch of the Old Frame New Picture photography competition during 2020. And she has been a lively member for several years of the LGBT social group for older people in Manchester – Out in the City – which is affiliated with Age UK Manchester. She has worked together with various Age UK groups on issues like scamming and wellbeing for older people.
  • Evelyn Pittman
    Evelyn Pittman
    Opening Doors Ambassador
    Opening Doors London
    I had a long straight start in life. I married, had children and a career in education. Discovering my ‘inner lesbian’ late in life, I became active in the community through volunteering as an ambassador for Opening Doors London. This is a terrific resource to support older LGBTQ+ people through a wide range of activities. This also became a springboard for developing a passion for capturing the stories of older members of our community to record their lives and activism. I believe we can understand our history more fully through the prism of lived experience.
  • Jane Traies
    Jane Traies
    Writer, researcher
    no one's beck and call
    Jane Traies is a retired educator, now a researcher, writer and story-teller. She is the author of 'The Lives of Older Lesbians' (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) and 'Now You See Me' (Tollington Press, 2018) a collection of older lesbians’ life-stories. Her latest book, 'Free To Be Me' (Tollington Press, 2021), features the experiences of lesbians seeking asylum in the UK.
  • Lisa Krinsky
    Lisa Krinsky
    Director, LGBTQIA+ Aging Project
    Fenway Health
    Lisa Krinsky, MSW, LICSW, is the Director of the LGBTQIA+ Aging Project, a program of The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health in Boston, MA.  For nearly two decades she has specialized in LGBTQIA+ aging and presents nationally on LGBTQIA+ cultural competency for mainstream aging service providers as well as policy and practice issues facing LGBTQIA+ older adults and caregivers. Lisa is a subject expert in the LGBTQ aging documentary Gen Silent, a founding member of the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging and a board member of LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., developing New England’s first LGBTQ friendly senior housing in Boston. She earned her AB at Vassar College, her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Boston University School of Management. She received the Beverly Ross Fliegel Social Policy Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW and the Simmons School of Social Work Alumnae Association's Distinguished Career Award.
  • Isabella MacPherson
    Isabella MacPherson
    Trainee solicitor
    Charles Russell Speechlys
    Isabella is a trainee solicitor at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. She studied English and Women’s Studies at UCL and Oxford before completing her GDL and LPC at the University of Law, Moorgate. Isabella is on the committee for the London Bisexual Network, and is also an Aspiring Solicitors Ambassador. She identifies as bisexual and uses she/them pronouns.
  • Stuart Mason
    Stuart Mason
    Associate Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
  • Jordan Kiziuk
    Jordan Kiziuk
    Head of Restaurants & Bars
    edyn
    Creative foodie in residence at edyn group. Responsible for curating the food, drink and holistic sensory guest experience across the Locke estate.
  • Maria G. Tuttocuore
    Maria G. Tuttocuore
    Board Director
    IGLTA
    International luxury travel professional with extensive knowledge of destination marketing strategies, leisure trade and comprehensive understanding of responsible tourism (including planning, development, promotion and management) and a strong digital background and analytical skills. She is also in the board of directors of IGLTA and an expert in LGBTQ+ marketing activities.
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    Will Davies
    Will Davies
    Director
    HBD Partners
  • Ryan O'Keeffe
    Ryan O'Keeffe
    Managing Director
    BlackRock
  • Michael Marks
    Michael Marks
    Head of Responsible Investment Integration
    Legal and General Investment Management
    Michael was appointed Head of Responsible Investment Integration for Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) in May 2020 leading LGIM’s ESG transformation efforts across the organisation, having joined LGIM in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to LGIM Michael had a 28 year career at BlackRock (and its predecessor firms), where he was most recently regional head of the Client Solutions group. Preceding that role Michael had established and led a number of businesses including the Fiduciary Mandate business, the Aladdin risk management and enterprise tools business and the Transition Management group. Michael is a passionate supporter of inclusion, a vocal ally and executive sponsor of Legal & General’s LGBT network. He graduated from UMIST in 1987 with a degree in Management Science.
  • Elise Nunn
    Elise Nunn
    Product Manager
    Plum Fintech
    Hey there 👋 I'm Elise. I've been working in tech for that past 7 years give or take. I managed one of the core operational functions at Deliveroo when it was in its early stages in 2015, before moving to Plum Fintech - where I still am today - first heading up the Operations team, before moving over to product, to head up Expansion. Over the last 4 years at Plum I've helped scale the company from the sub-ten team we were back in the day, to a company of almost 100 employees from all walks of life. I've recently been focusing on expanding Plum to other markets, and my team just launched the product in Ireland, France & Spain! I believe that people are the most important part of any business - without a solid core of happy employees who feel part of a joint mission to change the world for the better, a company will not succeed.
  • Philip Kenyon
    Philip Kenyon
    Divisional Director
    Brewin Dolphin
    Philip is a Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin where he has worked for over 29 years. He manages portfolios for private individuals, trusts, personal pensions (SIPPs) and offshore bonds; and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. A Cambridge graduate and organ scholar, Philip’s interests outside investment management include music and human rights. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, Amnesty International, Bright Blue, Outstanding and Giveout.
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    David Hansom
    David Hansom
    Partner
    Clyde & Co
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    Anna Bond
    Anna Bond
    Senior Associate, Employment
    Lewis Silkin LLP
    Anna is a Senior Associate in the Employment team at Lewis Silkin LLP and works on litigation, advisory work and investigations. She is the co-chair of the firm's LGBT+ group and outside of work is the Legal Trustee of Bi Pride UK.
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    Jamie Sherman
    Jamie Sherman
    Solicitor
    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Deven Vyas
    Deven Vyas
    Director of Client Development
    Reed Smith LLP UK
    Deven is an experienced lawyer and joined Reed Smith in 2013 to head up a newly created Client Development function. Deven was an associate at Linklaters following which he worked as a Prosecutor and acquired his Higher Rights audience. Deven made a number of positive changes in his role as a Borough Prosecutor resulting in a number of successes which got him the accolade of being branded as the “New Face of the CPS” by the Times Newspaper. After having worked at 3 Magic Circle law firms, Deven joined Reed Smith and implemented the firm’s first global client programme and the first client insights programme. Deven works very closely with the firm’s ex-Asia Managing Partner to meet clients and to help drive change using the intelligence and insights obtained from them. Deven spends a considerable amount of time at Reed Smith’s US offices meeting clients and is a big advocate for change & innovation.
  • Oliver Rieche
    Oliver Rieche
    Associate in Energy & Natural Resources
    Reed Smith LLP UK
    Oliver is an associate based in Reed Smith’s London office, specialising in contentious and non-contentious UK, EU and international environmental, health & safety, product compliance and product liability law. Oliver is also co-chair of Reed Smith’s LGBTQ+ business inclusion group, PRISM. Prior to commencing his legal career, Oliver worked on Western Balkan issues at the European External Action Service in Brussels. He gained further professional experience at the German Embassy in the Dominican Republic, a political think tank in Washington, D.C., and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur. As a member of several youth leadership communities, including Sandbox, One Young World and Global Changemakers, Oliver has a keen interest in civic society. He, for example, represented the voice of the German youth as Head Delegate of the German delegation during the G20 Youth Summit. Oliver holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law with Politics (University of Manchester) and two Master’s degrees in Public International Law (University of Cambridge) and Commercial Legal Practice (BPP University, London).
  • Javier González-Lliberós Vilarrasa (He/Him/His)
    Javier González-Lliberós Vilarrasa (He/Him/His)
    Country Manager Spain
    INCO Group
    Country Manager at INCO Group in Spain. Currently managing social and environmental impact programs in Spain. Social innovation Fellow at Year Here. MBA graduate in international business at ICEX-CECO. Public and private experience in 5 different countries.
  • Carla Otero de Aresti
    Carla Otero de Aresti
    Inclusion and Diversity Leader
    Willis Towers Watson
    Aliada desde hace mucho tiempo. El motivo que me llevó a tomar esta decisión fue “que sé que es lo correcto. Ser aliada es algo que me lo exige mi conciencia. Tenemos que favorecer una sociedad más justa y no mirar para otro lado si aún sigue existiendo algún tipo de discriminación. No me perdonaría el hecho de pensar que estuvo en mi mano y no hice nada para cambiarlo”.
  • Lisa Charlwood-Green
    Lisa Charlwood-Green
    Director
    The WOW Network
    Described as 'A Powerhouse of a Woman' by Pride in London, Lisa Charlwood-Green is the Founder and Director of The WOW Network. This organisation was founded in March 2017, in response to a study which found that 64% of LGBT women in the workplace felt unable to come out. The WOW Network was set up as a direct response to this need for a group to support, guide and connect with LGBTQ+ women in the workplace. The WOW Network is proud to be the only network specifically supporting LGBTQ+ women at work in the UK. Lisa has actively championed for LGBT equality and diversity for over 19 years, currently sitting on the board of two charities, Outspoken Arts as chair, and LEAP Sports. As a queer mother of two and a surrogate to a gay male couple, she has the power to influence a great deal of people simply by living the inclusive values that she stands for. Testimonials - An inspiration to myself and many others’ Mark Carne CBE, former Chief Executive Network Rail 'A true queer champion, commendable for the work that you do' Hannah Bardell, MP for Livingston
  • Aiden Malone
    Aiden Malone
    Senior Director Population Health
    Cerner
    I am a member of Cerner’s European Population Health team which delivers data driven transformation technology and services to large health and care organisations/health networks. At its core, population health is about shifting the focus of the health care system from treatment to prevention, and predicting who may become sick to minimise the impact where possible. As part of this, we explore inequalities of how health & care are accessed and delivered. COVID has created huge challenges, and in the UK has directly exposed inequalities within the LGBTQ+ community: I refer to the LGBT Foundation and the Academic Health Scient Network’s report LGBT Foundation - Why LGBT People are Disproportionately Impacted by Coronavirus . Within Cerner, I am taking part in implementing a range of DEI initiatives. My focus also includes looking at ways we can start to address these health and care inequalities. A key success factor is creating a more inclusive DEI environment where we can leverage our knowledge and expertise within Cerner to raise awareness and find solutions to these inequalities. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I’m keen to collaborate on these topics with others from this network.
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    Minh Lai
    Minh Lai
    Europe COO
    Generation
    I am the Europe Chief Operating Officer of Generation based in Paris. I am entrepreneurial with excellent analysis and synthesis abilities and strong project management skills. I excel at creating linkages among diverse stakeholders and mobilising teams for success. I have a strong record at managing complex operations and multicultural teams across continents.
  • Imran Kanga
    Imran Kanga
    Director, Recruitment & Admissions, Full-Time MBA
    University of Toronto
    Imran Kanga oversees the Recruitment and Admissions team for the Full-Time MBA program at the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. With almost a decade of experience in Higher Education, Imran has held several international roles in Marketing, recruitment and Admissions with a focus on high growth markets like Latin America, South East Asia and India. Imran joined the Rotman School to build on the culture of community and collaboration that is inherent in the students, faculty and staff. He is an advocate and example of the School’s focus on students’ academic and career success, its focus on being a catalyst for positive change in the community and the country. Outside of his work, Imran is an avid scuba diver and runner. He has completed two half marathons and hopes to complete a triathlon in the near future. His love for ocean conservation is matched only by his passion for travel and food!
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    Angelos Bollas
    Angelos Bollas
    Doctoral Researcher Sexuality and Culture
    Dublin City University
    At the moment, I am completing my doctoral research focusing on representations of HIV/AIDS suffering in post-Trump culture. I am lecturing on courses focusing on Otherness, Queer Studies, and Popular Culture. I also train teachers of English, and I work as a consultant on matters related to LGBTQI+ and education
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    Varun Dixit
    Varun Dixit
    ESADE Business School
    I am an explorer and patience, time-management, confidence and adaptability are some key values that I learned and enhanced. I have worked for a multinational company for more than 3.5 years and simultaneously I was running a travel firm in India. I have also volunteered for an NGO focused on education where I led several initiatives and got the opportunity to teach around 200 underprivileged students in Mumbai. I am currently a student at ESADE Business School and the President of the ESADE LGBTQ+ and Allies Club.
  • Maria Gabriela Mazzino
    Maria Gabriela Mazzino
    BRM TA
    Fitch Group
    With more than 20 years working in Argentina, USA, Spain and Italy, I gained wide experience in Selling, Business Relationship, Mktg and Customer Support. Master in Innovation, Development and Change; University degree in Business translation. My second Life: After office I turn into Life Coach & Yoga Teacher and Meditation. Most important for me is networking and creating faithful long-term relationships.
  • Dylan Ciccarelli
    Dylan Ciccarelli
    SDA Bocconi
  • Aaron Cho
    Aaron Cho
    London Business School
    I am a MBA candidate at London Business School and Co-President of the Out in Business Club & EUROUT Conference. Prior to the MBA, I was a consultant with McKinsey & Company where I worked with consumer companies on a range of strategic and operational topics (e.g., corporate turnarounds, brand strategy, product assortment strategy, etc.). I was also heavily involved in the McKinsey GLAM Network (Gay, Lesbian at McKinsey)
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    Jimmy Lai (he/him)
    Jimmy Lai (he/him)
    INSEAD
    Co-founder of OnGrad, MBA Candidate at INSEAD, Co-president of OUTSEAD
  • Fabien Dufil
    Fabien Dufil
    Director of Partnership Development — Higher Education Events
    Advent Group
    I have been working in the higher education field since 2011 at Advent Group — organizing MBA & Masters events internationally, and helping candidates find the right business school. Over the past years, I had the chance to visit 45 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East & Asia — where I have built strategic partnerships with local influent media. Business schools’ top priority is to create a diverse learning environment, hence our partnership with myGwork and other inclusive organizations!
  • Ismail Ouhelli
    Ismail Ouhelli
    INSEAD
    Management consultant focusing on strategic projects (incl. growth strategy, due diligences, go-to-market strategy) in a range of industries (incl. banking & insurance, energy, private equity, retail).
  • Tim Hemmings
    Tim Hemmings
    Deputy Head of Mission
    British Embassy in Spain
    From June 2016, Tim has been Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy Madrid responsible for the overall management of the Embassy with particular focus on Political, Economic and Communications issues. As a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Tim has worked in a range of positions related to Europe and the European Union, including positions in Brussels at the European Commission and also the UK Permanent Representation office to the EU. From 2009 to 2012 Tim worked as Head of Policy for the Wales Office.
  • Claire Sherwin
    Claire Sherwin
    Head of People Services, Technology and Strategic Projects
    Finastra
    A passionate HR professional, with both consulting and in-house experience. Throughout my career I have had the opportunity to work in a broad set of sectors, but over the last 4 years I have focused in the Tech / Software sector. I love working to attract and retain amazing, innovative and inspiring leaders, and I also have a particular passion for crystal ball gazing, and always making sure that People Functions have one eye on the future, and are building cultures, organizational structures and making talent decisions to ensure a prosperous future for the organization and its people!
  • Emma Fay
    Emma Fay
    Director of Education
    Just Like Us
    I was an English Teacher in secondary schools in London for several years before joining the charity sector. Experiencing school as an LGBT+ young person and then going on to support students as a teacher motivates me to champion LGBT+ equality and education. I previously worked as the Head of Innovation and Development at a national volunteering charity.
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    Po Shih Yen
    Po Shih Yen
    Head of Investor Relations
    AZA
  • Patrick Mispagel
    Patrick Mispagel
    MD Sustainable Finance
    Moody's
    Patrick Mispagel is Global Head of Sustainable Finance, Moody’s ESG Solutions. Serving the growing market demand for trusted reviews of organizations’ sustainability credentials, Patrick is responsible for the business unit’s Sustainable Finance product suite globally – including Sustainability Ratings, Second Party Opinions (SPOs) and Green Certifications. Patrick also oversees Outreach & Research – the team of ESG experts delivering market-leading and timely research, opinions and analysis to the broad spectrum of ESG domain market participants. He also leads the unit’s data operations function to best ensure client demand for superior and reliable ESG data is successfully met. Patrick joined Moody’s Investors Service in 2001 and has held various senior analytical positions spanning Corporate Ratings, Project & Infrastructure Finance Ratings and Public Finance in the firm’s New York, Hong Kong and London offices. Patrick is an active steering committee member of Moody’s EMEA Pride Business Resource Group.
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    Tasha Scott, MHRM
    Tasha Scott, MHRM
    Talent Acquisition and DEI Program Manager
    Pearson
    Hi! My name is Tasha and I am an open Bisexual, African American, cis gender female. I am originally from the East coast and currently reside in the Midwest. I have been in Human Resources for about 10 years, staring my career as a recruiter and then blending my personal passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion into my professional life, working in leadership roles that aim to remove barriers and increase education and awareness about underrepresented populations to increase representation, job equity, and a sense of belonging. I am also the mom of b/g twins and have so much fun watching them grow. Some things about me: I love all types of music, reading, being outdoors, I am a foodie, love yoga, and spending time with family and friends.
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    Kim Smouter
    Kim Smouter
    Head of Public Affairs & Professional Standards
    ESOMAR
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    Elisabetta LC
    Elisabetta LC
    Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Entrepreneur
    BisexCoaching
    LifeCoach, NLP Master Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Circle Leader at Diversity & Inclusion - Lean In Portugal. Black, Bisexual woman, Italian living in Portugal, Elisabetta runs her business and activities with all her heart because they are founded on her passions and her personal mission. She serves the LGBT+ Community she is part of and strives to raise awareness on social themes as Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, through promoting real actions.
  • Laura Bell
    Laura Bell
    Director
    Neurovation Ltd
    Laura Bell, Founder and Director of Neurovation Ltd is a commercially minded, creative thinking, passionate and people-focused senior HR professional with over 17 years HR experience advising business leaders. CIPD qualified and with a background in Psychology Laura strives for people excellence within organisations and has worked directly with neurodiverse employees implementing many inclusive working practices. Identifying as Neurodivergent herself, Laura has a fantastic network of neurodiverse individuals and organisations, has collaborated with other Neurodivergent-led organisations and firmly believes the Neurodiversity movement should be led by Neurodivergent people who are best placed to advise organisations on Neurodiversity. Along with her professional career, Laura has been a Trustee at a learning disabilities charity for over 3 years.
  • sara kedge
    sara kedge
    Neurodiversity Consultant and Coach
    Sara Kedge Communications
    Recognising superpowers. Building a world where super human talent is celebrated ........................................................................................................................................................................... You know you have the right balance in life for you when you bounce out of bed in the morning. This doesn't mean every day is a rainbow covered joy-fest, but you achieved that point where you like what you have, and you have what you like. ................................................................................................................................................................................ I will help you get there. And get there quicker than you would do on your own. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Coaching ............................................................................................................................................................................... Having that space to work out for yourself where you want to go, and how to recognise your neurodiversity as an asset. Ultimately helping you live your best life- whether that is entrepreneurship, career, or life choices. You are investing in you, and in return you get access to my expertise in business, entrepreneurship and neurodiversity to help you move forwards. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Training ............................................................................................................................................................................... Your organisation is wanting to get the best from your employees. Yet you are not optimising the superpowers the 1:7 of us who are NeuroDiverse have to offer. It might be you, or your employees don’t fully understand what it is, and how it can help your business be more successful. My ABC of ND is an introductory programme helping you raise awareness across your workforce. The rapid audit of results will help you identify ways of accelerating the brilliance the ND brain has to offer into tangible business outputs. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Consultancy. ............................................................................................................................................................................... You know you want to become a more inclusive employer. You already recognise there is benefits to your mission in making every employee work to their potential. Yet at the moment you have issues- it might be recruiting and retaining neurodiverse talent, building systems to support neurodivergent employees to excel or you want to enable your management and leadership approach to usualise difference. ............................................................................................................................................................................... ............................................................................................................................................................................... Join the community! ............................................................................................................................................................................... I host an online community of neurodiverse entrepreneurs- How 2 Entrepreneuro. We provide community support and resources to help the ND create and grow their businesses. This year we launched our first (and now a bestseller) book anthology of case studies of neurodiverse entrepreneurs- Neurodiverse Entrepreneurial Awesomeness.
  • Eric Ascher
    Eric Ascher
    Communications Associate
    RespectAbility
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    Troy Kelly
    Troy Kelly
    Account Manager
    CloudM
  • Bhavya Pahwa
    Bhavya Pahwa
    Dr
    I am a Medical Student at UCMS, Delhi. Science is something that I've been in love with ,since I would say, ages! How and Why things happen in a certain way has always attracted me. Observing things and applying them to medicine arena has been my thing. I love to study random research articles and magazines. I'm an aspiring Neurosurgeon. I'm an SRHR Advocate Other than Research and Science, Art and Dance are my therapy! I am the founder of Founder at IRIDESCENCE-Promoting SOGIESC and LGBTQIA+ Rights. We are India's first ever SOGIESC and LGBT rights promotion club in any medical Institution. Our advisors are well renowned faces of the Medical/LGBT fraternity. follow for more updates, Ig @iridescence_ucms
  • Monne Williams
    Monne Williams
    Partner
    McKinsey & Company
    Monne Williams (she/her) is a Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Atlanta office. As part of the McKinsey Transformation practice, she has led multiple full-scale transformation efforts across industries. Monne focuses on driving performance sustainability through organizational behavior change and capability building. She works closely with executive teams to improve how effectively they work together during transformations. In addition, Monne is active in McKinsey’s efforts to drive racial equity. She is on the leadership team for McKinsey’s Institute for Black Economic Mobility and coauthored the 2021 report, Race in the workplace: The Black experience in the US private sector. Prior to business school and McKinsey, Monne served as Marketing Manager for the Boston Red Sox, where she built the team’s social media presence and led the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Monne earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and has a dual Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and African & African American Studies from Duke University. Monne serves on the board for Reaching Out, an organization committed to developing LGBTQ+ leaders. She resides in Atlanta with her wife, Donna-Marie.
  • Tracey Bewick
    Tracey Bewick
    Senior Credit Analyst
    Lloyds Banking Group
  • Mzz Kimberley
    Mzz Kimberley
    Singer , Actress, Trans Activist
    Mzz Kimberley
    Mzz Kimberley also known Kim Tatum is one of the UK’s most fashionable artists. Singer , Actress and Trans Activist
  • Joelle Andraos
    Joelle Andraos
    Manager, Partnership Development, North America
    Advent Group
    I have been working in the media industry and the education field for the past couple of years. Having a passion for different cultures, I lived in Europe, North America and the Caribbean. I have a Masters in International Relations and recently took a course in D&I in the workplace. At Access MBA, I have been developing partnerships with different organizations representing & empowering women, minority leaders and LGBT+ professionals in North America. Our team is very proud to collaborate with myGwork!
  • Marc McKenna-Coles
    Marc McKenna-Coles
    EMEA Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Lead
    Spotify
    Marc is currently leading Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) for Spotify in EMEA, where he is implementing a region-wide strategy as well as supporting the global DIB ambitions of the organisation. He is also developing an LGBTQIA+ strategy which will be published later this year. Previous roles include, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Lloyd’s, where he supported and oversaw Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing and Culture objectives for the corporation as well as supporting the Insurance market. In 2020 he led the Dive In festival (https://diveinfestival.com/), which had a global attendance of over 30,000 people across 35 countries and 144 events. Marc has also co-authored various guides and reports for the insurance market (https://inclusionatlloyds.com/resources/toolkit/). Prior to Lloyd's Marc was a global Diversity and Inclusion manager for Natwest Group, formerly RBS.Prior to working in Diversity and Inclusion, Marc spent a number of years in customer facing roles within the bank and before this, spent approximately 10 years with Disney, both in UK Disney Stores and Disney Cruise line in the USA. Marc graduated University with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies Marc is married and is the proud husband of Hamish and dad to two adorable dogs Zak and Barney.
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    Tania Martínez i Torres
    Tania Martínez i Torres
    Talent Advisor (Senior Recruiter)
    Glovo
  • Scott Liu
    Scott Liu
    Product Specialist
    Macquarie Asset Management
    I am a Product Specialist in the Client Solutions Group within Macquarie Asset Management, focusing on fundraising, structuring and client servicing for the Private Credit business. I also sit on the steering committee of Macquarie’s Pride employee network group in EMEA. I joined Macquarie after gaining a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Sydney, as part of the 2017 Graduate Programme in Sydney, Australia. I began my career in Macquarie in the Specialist Investments team in Sydney, which involved structuring and managing a range of tailored investment solutions. Following this, I worked in the Fund Finance team based in New York, which specialises in lending to private equity funds, private credit funds, real estate funds and fund of funds. I joined Macquarie Pride EMEA as a result of my aim to help make the lives of future generations of LGBT+ individuals better, which was something the previous generation has helped me with. Outside of work, I am a keen tennis player, I like to learn languages and would not mind taking the spotlight in karaoke.
  • Jana Comadran
    Jana Comadran
    Trabajadora Social
    Ahora Dónde - Le Refuge
    Soy Trabajadora Social colegiada y recientemente graduada que siempre se ha interesado por la intervención socioeducativa y afectiva con personas en situación de vulnerabilidad social y por eso formo parte de varias asociaciones con las cuales colaboro. Tengo amplia experiencia como integradora social y actualmente soy Trabajadora social voluntaria en una asociación LGTBI+ para jóvenes y trabajo como Técnica de comunicación TIC para Barcelona Activa
  • Jacobo Medina González
    Jacobo Medina González
    Vicepresidente Primero
    Cabildo de Lanzarote
    33 Años. Padre. Vicepresidente Cabildo de Lanzarote y La Graciosa. Consejero Obras Públicas
  • Pilar Bernarbé
    Pilar Bernarbé
    Concejala Delegada de Deportes
    Ayuntamiento de Valencia
  • María Garcia-Barberena
    María Garcia-Barberena
    Delegada de Cultura e Igualdad
    Ayuntamiento de Pamplona
    -Desde 2005 realizo mi actividad profesional como directora de Gabinete TRAMA S.L., empresa líder en su sector en Navarra, enfocada a la gestión y difusión del Patrimonio Histórico. Como responsable de la dirección técnica de una Pyme, con una media de 10 trabajadores, estoy habituada a coordinar equipos y gestionar RRHH en un sector, en que al derivarse la contratación del proyecto en curso, el número y formación del personal necesario es siempre diverso. Esta misma dirección implica también gestionar el área económica de la empresa. -Además mi labor consiste en realizar la dirección científica de la empresa, en la que prima, según proyecto, la optimización de los recursos temporales y económicos, y la creatividad para la difusión cultural de los proyectos. - Colaboración con el departamento de Historia de la Universidad de Navarra y con la facultad de Arquitectura impartiendo anualmente seminarios sobre Arqueología Urbana. - Colaboración con la UNED impartiendo anualmente cursos de verano y realizando actividades de extensión universitaria. - Conferenciante habitual en ciclos de Civivox, Diario de Navarra o el Ateneo Navarro.
  • Blanca Fernández Morena
    Blanca Fernández Morena
    Consejera de Igualdad
    Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha
    Consejera de Igualdad y portavoz del Gobierno de Castilla-La Mancha desde 2019. Fue diputada en las viii y ix legislaturas de las Cortes de Castilla-La Mancha, y en la xiii legislatura del Congreso de los Diputados.
  • Julia del Amo
    Julia del Amo
    Directora Plan Nacional sobre el SIDA
    Gobierno de España
    Directora del Plan Nacional sobre el SIDA, dependiente del Ministerio de Sanidad. Licenciada en Medicina por la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, del Amo ha sido investigadora principal de 15 proyectos de investigación y 16 tesis doctorales y ha publicado más de 200 artículos científicos. Sus líneas de investigación han estado siempre relacionadas con la intervención socio-sanitaria y la salud de los inmigrantes, de hecho obtuvo el premio extraordinario de doctorado con su tesis dedicada a la progresión del VIH en inmigrantes de África subsahariana en Londres.
  • José Fernández
    José Fernández
    Concejal
    Ayuntamiento de Madrid
    Madrileño de cuna, desdee muy joven orientó su formación hacia la rama de las ciencias sociales, cursando sus estudios de Derecho en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Disciplinado, metódico y con gran disposición por el servicio público, encauzó su vocación por el camino de la Administración Municipal, donde lleva 25 años de servicio público en su plaza de Técnico de Administración General en la rama jurídica del Ayuntamiento de Madrid, considerando a esta su casa y donde ha desarrollado toda su carrera profesional. Compatibiliza esta vocación con otra que se complementa como es la su actividad política en el Partido Popular, desde su pertenencia a NNGG a diversos cargos de responsabilidad, siendo firme defensor de la igualdad y de su ideología liberal. Gracias a su intensa labor y su dedicación, ha podido ocupar diversos puestos en diferentes emplazamientos dentro de la administración local, desde los servicios de limpieza del Área de Medio Ambiente, hasta la gestión del Organismo Autónomo Agencia de Licencias de Actividades, tramitando los procedimientos de inicio o modificación de las actividades económicas, así como la inspección y control de éstas. Esa vocación por lo público tuvo una mayor contribución en 2013, cuando ocupó el cargo de director general de Participación Ciudadana y Voluntariado, llevando a cabo una brillante labor en la intervención de los ciudadanos en la toma de decisiones respecto al manejo de los recursos y acciones con mayor impacto en el desarrollo de su ciudad. Como culminación a esta exitosa carrera, desde 2019 desempeña la representación de concejal del grupo popular en el Ayuntamiento de Madrid realizando la labor más significativa dentro de su vida laboral, guiando los designios de 2 de los distritos más representativos y populares de nuestra ciudad, Centro y Salamanca, donde ha puesto en marcha ambiciosos y necesarios proyectos, muchos de ellos demandados durante años por los vecinos de ambos distritos.
  • Marta Evelia Aparicio García
    Marta Evelia Aparicio García
    Ph.Dr.
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Dillon Anderiesz
    Dillon Anderiesz
    Associate Director
    Macquarie Group
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    Reet Singh
    Reet Singh
    O.P. Jindal Global University
    Hello, I’m Reet, she/they, a pansexual law student from India. I have great writing skills, be it creative or professional/ academic. I also believe I’m cut out for the roles of acting and modelling. I have a small company called Queer Spot India which will be a global platform with solutions in matters of real estate, medical aid, legal aid, mental health support and employment opportunities; but this is stagnant right now because of lack of funds and a proper team, PLEASE PLEASE reach out if you’d like to be a part of this or contribute in any way. Other than that, I have a particular niche of films that I love and I’m also a big fan of a few selective genres of music. I’m a left-leaning heavy supporter of causes like feminism, pro choice, dalit rights, asian lives matter, black lives matter, stand with Palestine, pro lgbtq+ rights, animal rights, human rights, Tibetan independence (and some more that I can’t remember right now, but I’m sure you get the idea).
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    Deepak Toppinkatti (He/Him/His)
    Deepak Toppinkatti (He/Him/His)
    Principal Engineer
    Parexel
    Deepak is out and proud at his work. He did his masters in Bio-Informatics from Puna College. With total 12+ years of working Experience in Health-Care research Industry, Currently he is working with Parexel.He is instrumental in delivering various projects and initiatives. He is passionate fitness enthusiastic and Wellness Coach. Outside of his work, Deepak is an avid swimmer and runner. He has completed five half marathons and a triathlon. His love for ocean conservation is matched only by his passion for travel and living balanced Life. At his work he take pride in Gay gender and work closely for LGBTQ+ diversity inclusion !
  • Sham Majevadia
    Sham Majevadia
    Project Specialist, HR
    Levi Strauss & Co.
    Experienced HR professional with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel, retail and fashion industry. Focuses on Talent Acquisition and HR Projects.
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    Amy Huang  黃月媺 (she, her)
    Amy Huang 黃月媺 (she, her)
    Director
    Marsh McLennan
    Amy Huang has over 20 years of experience in commercial and government organizations across financial, health, education, and information technology industries. As an IT professional, she has led focused agile teams and global organizations to develop and implement strategic planning frameworks, accomplish strategic initiatives, improve program and project management maturity, deliver enterprise-wide system enhancements, new applications as well as strengthen operations. Currently, Amy is a Director, Onsite Technical Support at Marsh and McLennan Companies, leading 40+ technology professionals supporting 5,800+ colleagues in 90+ locations in 4 countries. In all of her roles, Amy has served as a diversity and inclusion champion to create a culture of belonging where everyone’s potential can be unleashed. At MMC, she is the facilitator for the Technology Advisory Council on Race and Diversity, a representative on the MGTI Diversity Council, former Global Lead of the Buddy Program, Mental Health Champion and former Global Ambassador for Lean In Circles. Previous roles at other organizations included LGBT Employee Resource Group president and vice president, recruiting chair and social chair. She also founded a Lean In Circle in 2013 in Washington DC that has over 182 members. Amy has been a mentor for the Wellesley in Washington Program since 2009 and is frequently a speaker at the events from United Way Worldwide to the University of Maryland. She was elected to the Wellesley College Alumnae Association Board of Directors in 2020. Amy has an MBA in Finance from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and a BA in Chinese Studies and Economics from Wellesley College. She also holds ITILv3, Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Certified Product Owner (CSPO) and PADI Advanced Open Water and Enriched Air certifications.
  • Lotus Smits
    Lotus Smits
    Global Head of Diversity & Experience
    Glovo
    Pronouns: She/Her
  • Daniel Nasr
    Daniel Nasr
    Diversity & Inclusion Lead
    Amnesty International UK
  • Jad Jaber
    Jad Jaber
    Founder of Marginalized Majority
    Marginalized Majority
  • Lama Sami
    Lama Sami
    Operations Conduit
    The Marginalized Majority
    Lama is a queer Palestinian Egyptian writer, researcher and activist who goes by they/them pronouns and is based in Toronto. They graduated from the University of Toronto, where they pursued a degree in English, Philosophy and Bioethics and currently are one of Marginalized Majority's Operations Conduits. Marginalized Majority is an organization that facilitates intersectional educational digital safe spaces for the queer newcommer community, queer Global South community and the QTBIPOC community at large. Lama holds dropins and workshops centering trans and non-binary people of color and the QTBIPOC community with the Marginzalized Majority. When they're not doing activism and working they are writing poetry, admiring sunsets and learning how to skate. They are committed to social justice and liberation, and hold space on their social media for education, art and activism centered around Palestinian and QTBIPOC voices. They believe that art and language are integral to every activism movement - it is how we claim our narrative and our agency over our stories. They are dedicated to sharing their queer Palestinian story and art wherever they go, as well as, creating and sustaining spaces where they can amplify and support other QTBIPOC folks' art and work.
  • Rusi Jaspal
    Rusi Jaspal
    Professor of Psychology
    Nottingham Trent University
    Rusi Jaspal is Professor of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom, where he also leads the Identity Change Research Group. He also sits on the Nottingham Trent University Shadow Executive Team. Rusi Jaspal is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Professor Jaspal's research cuts across the fields of psychology and public health, focussing particularly on social psychological approaches to promoting good psychological and physical health outcomes. He has developed the Health Adversity Risk Model (HARM) to predict the impact of social and psychological stressors and identity threat on health outcomes. Much of his research using the model has focused on HIV prevention, HIV care and mental health. Rusi Jaspal has contributed to the development of Identity Process Theory. Additionally, Professor Jaspal has conducted extensive research into aspects of psychological wellbeing among gay men, the management of identities in conflict, national identity, prejudice and discrimination, public understanding of science, technology and medicine and the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rusi Jaspal is the author or editor of 6 books, and has written over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and several reports for the Department of Health. He supervises and examines PhD students in his areas of expertise. Rusi Jaspal studied at the University of Cambridge, the University of Surrey, and Royal Holloway, University of London. After his PhD, he completed an ESRC post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Nottingham. In 2015, Rusi Jaspal was awarded a personal chair in Psychology and Sexual Health at De Montfort University Leicester and became the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research at the same institution in 2018. From 2016 until 2019, he was Adjunct Professor of Minority Research at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. Professor Jaspal has also served as Social Isolation Advisor to Wandsworth Borough Council, London.
  • Miguel Prieto
    Miguel Prieto
    Senior Marketing Manager
    Microsoft
    Marketing manager with over 10 years of experience in the IT sector, building demand generation for B2C and B2B campaigns
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    Michelle Sanchez (she/her/hers)
    Michelle Sanchez (she/her/hers)
    Privacy and Compliance Technology Leader
    Marsh McLennan
    Michelle Sanchez is the Privacy and Compliance Technology Leader at Marsh McLennan. She is responsible for developing, identifying, and delivering technology solutions that effectively support data privacy and regulatory changes (GDPR, CCPA, ePrivacy, etc) as well as internal policies and standards that affect data, data handling, processes and governance across the enterprise. She has over 20 years of experience managing small to very large multi-million dollar global implementations. Strong credentials in all facets of program and financial management from feasibility through application deployment and support. ​ Michelle is the National Co-Chair for the Marsh PRIDE resource group. She is a member of the Technology Advisory Council on Race and Diversity (TACORD), Hispanic Organization of Leadership & Achievement (HOLA), and Women in Technology (WIT). ​ She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Union College, NY.
  • Katherine Brizuela
    Katherine Brizuela
    Account Development Specialist
    RebelMouse
    Curious individual—hungry for innovation. I believe in generosity, respect and continuous learning. International Business Major - Languages: Spanish/English/Mandarin. My name is Katherine, I was born on October 25, 1994 in the Republic of Panama. I was raised as the daughter of two cultures: Panamanian and Mexican. Even though I was born in Panama, I was always interested in the Asian culture. This is why when I graduated from high school at the age of 18, I decided to study my bachelor in Taiwan and learn the Mandarin as a third language. I have always found making new friends and learning Chinese outside of the classroom very exciting. There is no better experience than exploring a culture and immersing yourself in the unknown. It's the only way I can know my limits and get good memories (and who knows, good stories to tell for later on in life). My original plan was to spend 5 years in Taiwan (one year studying the language and the others my degree in Commerce and International Business). But being so immersed in Asian culture, I knew that the cherry on top of my experience was getting a job and having the experience of what it's like to work in a non-Latino work environment. I currently work in an American company called RebelMouse as an account manager. What I like the most about my job is the diversity of employees it has from different countries, cultures and backgrounds. We are one of the few companies that more than 50% are part of the LGBTQ + community. I feel grateful because since I was a child, with my curiosity and my dream of getting to know different cultures, now RebelMouse is opening those doors for me. Among my future plans are studying a Master in Innovation Technology and visit my colleagues from the company since we are all Remote Workers.
  • Gabriel Resendez
    Gabriel Resendez
    Program Coordinator
    GMHC
  • Leonardo Campos Calumby de Lima
    Leonardo Campos Calumby de Lima
    Education Specialist
    IFC
    Leonardo is the Education Specialist at IFC advisory services team. He leads the Digital Transformation accelerator program for tertiary education D4TEP, in addition to projects to improve employability services at higher education institutions. Before joining IFC, Leonardo worked as Corporate Relations Director at IE Business School, creating alliances with global public and private companies to enable leadership development through corporate learning and applied research. He created a new service line for online corporate programs, which included co-designed solutions tailored for each client. He is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, has been the corporate leader of the IE Diversity Center, and leader of the Resources Groups for Women and LGBT employees at IE. Author of several articles on economic analysis for the Spanish newspaper Expasión, Leonardo is a civil engineer graduate from the Federal University of Pernambuco, MBA and MA in International Relations from IE Business School, and graduate from the United Nations Graduate Program in Geneva.
  • Grisel Chavez
    Grisel Chavez
    Talent Acquisition Specialist - North America (U.S)
    Colgate-Palmolive
    I graduated from La Salle University in 2011 and then I began to work in Human Resources as an Intern, there I learned about the Talent Acquisition processes and my career took off. After working in a few recruitment agencies I found my way into Colgate-Palmolive where I've had the opportunity to develop new skills, getting in contact with people from all around the world and bein able to work in Diversity & Inclusion strategies, being educated and educating people in important matters such as fighting racism, sexism and homophobia, creating a safe environment for all of us to be who we are, free of judgement and happy.
  • Ezekiel Adigun, MD
    Ezekiel Adigun, MD
    Founder
    Dancing with your Doctor
    My name is Ezekiel (ee-ZEE-key-ul) and I am a physician interested in preventative medicine, racial/socioeconomic healthcare disparities, and dancing/movement as healing. I founded a company called Dancing with your Doctor because as a physician, I want to make your health/wellness fun and accessible. That way, we can avoid the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle before they happen. Book a workshop for your organization today at www.dancingwithyourdoctor.com
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    Carlos Hernandez Perez
    Carlos Hernandez Perez
    Talent Specialist & LGBT Squad Lead
    Cabify
    Carlos Hernández is Global Talent Development & Engagement Specialist at Cabify and he also takes part in the Diversity Committee leading the LGTB squad. Cabify is a multi-mobility technology platform with the aim of making cities better places to live. Carlos has worked in Talent Acquisition for 7 years, always in multicultural and multinational environments. He has been connected to fast paced environments where adapting to change and being solution oriented was key for success, and has developed an open and continuous improvement mindset. Now based in Madrid but, prior to Cabify, he worked as Recruitment Lead for Booking.com and was also member of the LGBT coordination team there, where he played a key part on the engagement of the collective at the London office. Carlos graduated in Psychology in the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid.
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    Katharine Wadia
    Katharine Wadia
    Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
  • Alex Sparrowhawk
    Alex Sparrowhawk
    HIV Prevention England Programme Officer
    Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Cariad Kenan
    Cariad Kenan
    Head of Learning & Development
    Rapport
    Origanally fom South African, I work as Head of Learning & Development at Rapport Guest Services. I am fortunate to have worked in many well known, diverse and customer centric 5 star hotels in London which have fueled my passion for service and working with people from all corners of the world. My team and I, are proud allys and one of our focus areas is to raise awareness of all aspects of D&I , though suppprt, training and education, to further embed an incusive and progressive culture, making Rapport an employer of choice.
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    Andrew Dent
    Andrew Dent
    Global Head of Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion
    Clyde & Co
    I have been a D&I professional for 16 years. Although personal experiences at work over the years got my more interested in D&I, I wasn’t sure if a full time role was for me. Initially applying for a maternity cover role, I’ve worked in the legal sector since 2009 and prior to that work in Investment Banking. In 2015 I took on my first combined Corporate Responsibility and D&I to broaden my experience but also to better link the two areas. One of the best things about my role is that it continually evolves and challenges me.
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    Damien Shieber
    Damien Shieber
    Head of Culture and Inclusion
    Santander
    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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    Lindsay Nuon
    Lindsay Nuon
    Founder & CEO
    EmpirEqual
    Lindsay began her career in the US military 17 years ago and has since worked in the US Intelligence Community, with government agencies including NCIS, the FBI, and HHS, Akamai, Google, as an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, and several startups including her own, EmpirEqual. She is also the Founder of a nonprofit devoted to serving Women of Color in Blockchain (WCB) and an ISACA Blockchain SME. Her commitment to transforming communities, organizations, and industries through Social Justice and technology initiatives have been covered in Al Jazeera, NBC, and quoted in various media outlets in and adjacent to the technology industry.
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    Kirsten Dagless
    Kirsten Dagless
    Assistant Head of Professional Development
    The British Army
    Colonel Kirsten Dagless was commissioned into the British Army in 1999. Her early service saw tours in Northern Ireland, Germany and Iraq. She holds a Master of Arts in Defence Studies, a joint honours degree in French and German, a Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership, a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. An experienced military officer, she has a demonstrated history of working in talent development, workforce planning, personnel employment policy and logistics. She is currently employed as the Assistant Head of Professional Development for the British Army, responsible for the development and delivery of military training and education.
  • Marcus Frysol
    Marcus Frysol
    Managing Director
    Macquarie Group Limited
    Marcus' financial services career spans over 15 years with expertise founded in capital markets, and heads Macquarie's Market Operations in EMEA. Shortly after joining Macquarie in 2015, Marcus signed up as a Pride ally and a member of the Pride Steering Committee. As an active and visible champion of diversity, Marcus designed and implemented Macquarie's reverse mentoring programme to educate leaders and people managers on LGBT diversity issues and subsequently extended the programme to Macquarie's Senior Executives.
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    Jason ‘Jae’ Sloan
    Jason ‘Jae’ Sloan
    Organisational Development Lead
    GSK
    I help 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. I have 'volunteered' inside GSK the last few years as an inclusion leader. Below is a summary of that work. 2014 - 2019: Leader in GSK's LGBT+ employee resource group, Spectrum Starting in 2014, I have been part of the UK and Global Leadership of our LGBT+ employee network, acting as the UK Lead 2016-2017. Under my leadership, GSK first appeared in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index Top 100 as #21. In 2017, I was recognised as a FT OUTstanding LGBT Future Leader as #33 on that year's list and again in 2019 as #24. Inside GSK, I act as a mentor to emerging LGBT+ leaders globally. 2017 - present: I helped found and am now one of the Operations Co-Leads for the Proud Science Alliance, a 'network of networks', bringing together LGBT+ employee networks from science and health-care based companies to do more together to improve LGBT+ inclusion in our industry. 2017-2018: I served as member of GSK's Global LGBT+ Council representing our LGBT+ employee network. 2013-2015: I was a member of the Pharma R&D Inclusion Council, providing direct support to the Council chair. I worked on various projects and work streams, focused on making our Pharma R&D organisation more inclusive.
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    John Wilson
    John Wilson
    Group VP People & Culture
    Discovery
    Group VP of Discovery's People & Culture team, based in LA. I've been with Discovery since May 2011. I'm also a qualified employment lawyer and was in private practice for 10 years prior to starting my career in HR at Discovery. In my current role, I support the Factual US Networks and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). I transferred to LA from London in 2017.
  • Debbie Lentz
    Debbie Lentz
    President, Global Supply Chain
    RS Components
    Debbie Lentz is President, Global Supply Chain for Electrocomponents, a global distributor of electronic and industrial products. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and is based in London. Debbie is responsible for developing and executing all aspects of supply chain strategy as well as building capability of her organization. The mission is to create a best in class, flexible and efficient supply chain, providing an innovative and sustainable market-leading service for customers and suppliers. In 2019, Debbie joined Wincanton as a member of the Board of Directors, the largest British logistics firm, providing supply chain consultancy and solutions to the world’s most admired brands. Wincanton employs approximately 17,700 people across 200 sites and has a fleet of 3600 vehicles. Debbie Lentz’s career stands as a shining example of navigating supply chain leadership roles through change. Performing successfully in diverse business situations and applying the full spectrum of supply chain skills, she has earned recognition throughout the industry as a visionary leader, strategic thinker, team builder and strong proponent of women’s leadership. She has many years of supply chain, information systems, global procurement and operations experience with extensive work in integrating acquisitions, building and consolidation of networks, and driving performance excellence, end to end process optimization and significant cost and service improvement. Debbie is the former SVP, Chief Supply Chain Officer for Toys’R’Us, Inc. where she was responsible for all supply chain functions globally including Dotcom/Omni Channel Fulfillment, Merchandise Planning and Allocation, Sales and Operations Planning and Engineering. Before joining Toys‘R’Us, Debbie spent 13 years at Kraft Foods where she achieved successful international leadership and a true cross-cultural perspective. At Kraft, she advanced to the position of Senior Vice President, Customer Service and Logistics. In this role, she oversaw 3,500 associates across a network of distribution centers, direct store delivery branches and a transportation fleet. She led a successful transformation which drove significant cost savings, inventory reduction and service improvement as well as the seamless separation and spin off of Kraft Foods Group from Mondelēz International for Logistics. Prior to this role, she lived and worked in Zurich, Switzerland where she was the Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for Kraft Europe’s $3.5B coffee business and Vice President of Customer Service and Logistics. In 2015, she was presented with the AWESOME Legendary Leadership award; in 2013, she received the “Thinkers & Movers” Award from DSC Logistics, and in 2008, the Robert D. Pashek award for significant contributions to the practice and development of supply chain by Penn State University. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation from 2007 through 2015 and for the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in 2015. Debbie has actively participated in AWESOME as an advisor since its inception in 2013.
  • Cathryn Pool
    Cathryn Pool
    Employment Policy
    Royal Air Force
    Squadron Leader Pool is a RAF personnel officer, whose service has principally been in the human resources, media and operational fields. She currently works at HQ Air Command on the Employment Policy team which manage all leave types, terms and conditions of service and alternative working arrangements, including flexible working. She holds a Masters in Strategic Human Resources Management and is currently studying for an MBA through Canfield University.
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    Sarah Fennell
    Sarah Fennell
    Head of Diversity and Inclusion - EMEA
    Macquarie Group Limited
    Sarah is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Macquarie in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, working to embed an intersectional approach to inclusion throughout the employee lifecycle and to create psychological safety, belonging and innovation. Prior to joining Macquarie she lead EMEA D&I at Moody's and worked at HSBC for 12 years in a variety of roles including Global Insurance Strategy and International Relationship Manager. She finished as Acting Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the UK before the UK head office move to Birmingham. She was selected as a top 5 Corporate Rising Star by the British LGBT Awards in 2015 and 2016 and was a judge for the awards in 2017.
  • Martyn Thomas
    Martyn Thomas
    Global Head of Recruitment
    Booking.com
    As a Teenager I had hopes and dreams of escaping to the bright lights of London so that I could truly be myself and make it as a professional Actor. Both of these dreams were realised and so much more than I could have imagined. But it was tough going. As the World changed, I changed and my direction changed. Now I have been a Talent Acquisition and HR professional for nearly 15 years. I had a huge passion for talent search and offering experiences that matter, be it to the Business or to Candidates. In TA you can really change lives, and you can impact the Business and People in a huge way. As a Leader I am still passionate about these things, but more so it is about growth, of my people.... in terms of craft but also as Human Beings. It's a pleasure to observe growth in people and know that you have contributed to that in some way. I focus a lot on realising a culture of inclusion and belonging and recognise having a sense of purpose and clear direction will foster feelings of care and pride in your work which in turn brings results. I am a proud to work for an organisation that celebrates diversity and stands for equality, that also recognises that there is still a lot of work to do. I have a role in that with my team, as a member of our LGBTQ+ resource group, as an Ally to all the others.... and as a Human.
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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.
  • Chris Bell
    Chris Bell
    Major General
    The British Army
    Major General Chris Bell was commissioned into the British Army in 1994 after reading Geography at Oxford. His early service was spent on operational tours with the Scots Guards followed by a period of military study in The United States where he completed two Master’s programmes. More recently in his career, after subsequent promotions, he was appointed as the Director of an Army Transformation Programme, to deliver the diverse talent and career pathways required for a 21st Century force. His current position is General Officer Commanding Army Recruitment and Initial Training of all Officers and Soldiers of the British Army.
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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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    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.
  • KK Harris
    KK Harris
    Executive Coach
    Self Employed
    KK Harris is from Los Angeles and her heritage is both Native American Indian and African American. She knows what the lack of inclusion feels like first hand. She remembers going to a bathroom in Mississippi and reading signs that said “colored” and how confusing that was as a four year old. On that same trip her mother had brought her to meet her grandmother and put flowers on her brothers grave who as a teenager was shot in the back as he walked out of the shop by a white racist. Unfortunately the injustice of prejudice continues to affect the lives of many and so standing for the rights of diverse acceptance is important to her. Today KK is a Certified Executive Coach, with major firms in the City of London, specialising in the delivery of Mitigating Unconscious Bias training to large organisations. She is also an author of a parenting book and has a Career coaching practice aimed at helping women from diverse backgrounds . KK doesn’t hold back or make any apologies yet always aims to find solutions. When she delivers a session it should not be missed.
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    Lau Albjerg
    Lau Albjerg
    Brand Management Consultant / Career Coach
    Independent
    Hi, Welcome to my profile. Feel free to reach out for any requests or for networking. 15 years of experience from an international career in marketing and brand management, across northern Europe, where I have delivered growth to some of the world’s most well-known brands. Certified as a coach in cognitive behavioural coaching and hold a Master in Digital Media Management. Working as a career management consultant and brand specialist for the world’s leading outplacement and talent development agencies. If you think coaching might help you to reach your full potential, let's book the first chemistry session. I'm also taking in new mentees who just have or are about to graduate. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/laualbjerg/)
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    Martin Kmiecik
    Martin Kmiecik
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Diversity Pride
    Martin is an ambitious multipreneur, management consultant and LGBTQ activist, working with companies across Europe, Asia and the Americas on their inclusion for all strategies. Martin, alongside being CEO of Diversity Pride consultancy, delivers Executive Education programmes at London Business School, ESCP and MIT focused on inclusive leadership development, inclusive marketing & advertising and HR strategy in transforming organisation. Martin actively works with activists from around the world fighting for LGBTQ rights. After a recent visit to Poland, Martin's motherland, to amplify voices of those who combat the so-called ‘LGBT-free zones’ and encourage global companies to be more active in countries where LGBTQ community faces discrimination.
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    Steve Keith
    Steve Keith
    Founder and Chief Heart Officer
    The Branding Man
    I am an employer brand specialist with 15 years of experience supporting I employers in creating inclusive brand campaigns and experiences that help candidates to find careers where they fell welcomed and can develop a better sense of belonging. I host a weekly podcast, My Career Story, where I interview people about their career journey to date. Now in its fourth season I have dedicated all episodes to members of the LGBTQ+ community. I am also the founder of the Queer Student Awards, a new celebration of talented LGBTQ+ students and their allies. Entries open until 14.05.21 thequeerstudentawards.co.uk
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    Deena Fidas
    Deena Fidas
    Managing Director - Chief Program & Partnerships Officer
    Out & Equal
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    Arlene McDermott
    Arlene McDermott
    Portfolio Director
    London Stock Exchange Group
    Recently becoming Co-chair of London Stock Exchange Group’s (LSEG) Proud LGBT+ network has made me realise that we all still have more to do to fully smash the corporate closet and show support for our community in the workplace. When I first came out, being out at work didn’t feel safe and was full of uncertainty. But now I have been out at work for many years because I assume that my management and my colleagues simply won’t care. And as far as I’m aware I’ve been right so far. But I’ve realised that’s not necessarily the case for everyone. I talk to people across the city who feel that LGBT+ issues may not be supported by senior executives. I also meet people who are unsure of how they would be received if they come out at work and are therefore filtering out a huge part of themselves. With enormous support, through our network I am committed to demonstrating the power of being out in the workplace. Being out at work is not only good for the individual, it’s good for teams, departments and whole companies. It’s good for productivity and it’s good for the bottom line. So I encourage anyone who may be afraid of being out at work to reach out to your network or to trusted colleagues and take a small risk for a huge reward.
  • Jack Murray
    Jack Murray
    Talent & Development Lead
    Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
    I'm passionate about inclusion in the workplace and how we can better develop our LGBT+ agenda in particular. Happy to share my experiences of being openly LGBT+ in the workplace, developing an integrated D&I agenda and working with our PROUD business resource group.
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    Cheryl Lander
    Cheryl Lander
    Sr. Director, Release Management
    Oracle
    Cheryl Lander, San Jose, CA, is the Sr. Director, Oracle CX Industries Release Management, responsible for ensuring quality and compliance of industry-specific SaaS releases. During her career, she has managed nearly all aspects of product development including documentation, training and enablement, QA, release engineering, program/release management, and human factors. At Oracle, she also is Board Co-Chair of the Oracle Pride Employee Network (OPEN) – LGBTQ+ and Allies, a global Oracle employee resource group, and an executive sponsor for her local Oracle Women’s Network (OWL) group. She represents Oracle on the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Alliance of LGBTQ+ ERGs; has represented Oracle at Lesbians Who Tech, Out & Equal Executive Forum, and Out & Equal Workplace Summit; and is a charter member of the Silicon Valley Rainbow Rotary. She also is a facilitator with the South Bay Pachamama Alliance team, a group that promotes an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on our planet. She and her wife enjoy travel, photography, and volunteer with a handful of non-profits, including C.A.R.E. (a dog rescue organization from whom they adopted their two Carnoodles, Salt and Pepper), Stage One Theatre (local community theater), and Silicon Valley Child Advocates (advocate for foster children).
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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. I recently was named Role Model of the Year 2020 by Pink News. Over the past few years I have placed in the 2019 and 2020 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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    Grace Lordan
    Grace Lordan
    Director of The Inclusion Initiative at the LSE & Associate Professor in Behavioural Science
    London School of Economics
    Dr Grace Lordan is an associate professor in behavioural science at the London School of Economics. Grace is also the founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative, a research center at the London School of Economics whose aim is to improve inclusion in firms and provide proof of cost effectiveness. She is an economist by background, and her research is focused on understanding why some individuals succeed over others because of factors beyond their control. In this regard, she has expertise on the effects of bias, discrimination and technology changes. Grace has advised and given talks to large investment banks, private equity firms, hedge funds and international conferences. Grace has also led projects to advise commissioners in the UK and policy makers in the EC on the future of skills. Grace’s academic writings have been published in top international journals in economics and the broader social sciences. At the LSE Grace trains executives through her teaching on corporate behaviour and decision making and is the founding director of the MSc in behavioural science.
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    Deon Pillay
    Deon Pillay
    Head of Marketing Operations
    LGIM, Founding member & Co-Chair at InterInvest
    Deon is the Head of Marketing Operations, Legal and General Investment Management in London and also the Chair of the firm’s L&GBT+Allies network. Outside of the office, he is the Co-chair of InterInvest, a network of investment professionals, that drives LGBT+ equality across the investment management industry. Since arriving in London from his home town in South Africa, Deon started his career in financial services at a private wealth management company in client services before joining LGIM in 2010. Deon is passionate about people, a mentor to others, a life coach and an NLP practitioner who is passionate about personal development. Deon has several notable achievements for his contributions to diversity and inclusion. He is a keynote speaker, sharing his personal experiences to surface LGBT+ issues, a panellist championing diversity and inclusion, committee member of the Diversity Project’s LGBT+ stream and a supporter of Queer Britain. In 2019/2020 Deon was recognised as an LGBT+ Future Leader in the OUTstanding list and also featured in Empower’s Top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list in both 2019/2020 and a top 10 Diversity Hero at the 2020 British lgbt awards He has also been a supporter of LGBT Great since inception and was the recipient of the inaugural role models award. Being a passionate believer in equality, diversity and inclusion, Deon believes strongly in the power of visible role models and allies and has encouraged others to feature in LGBT Great’s Project 1000. Overall, Deon believes that we all have a key role to play in driving this change and through fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity we can make a difference.
  • Jane Hill
    Jane Hill
    Journalist & broadcaster
    BBC
    I wrote this profile in early 2020 - world events have since taken over. But I leave it here, in a spirit of optimism: I'm in remission from breast cancer so am trying to rebalance life - spending a little less time in the newsroom and more with the charities and causes I support; plus enjoying the things that are important to me: friends, theatre, cinema, art - and Couch to 5K! At work: I'm generally found on the BBC News at One, as well as the Six & Ten and the News Channel; I particularly love my weekly chat with Mark Kermode on The Film Review. Outside work: personal experience led to my work in the field of diversity & inclusion. For 15 years I've been involved with organisations that highlight the value and importance of inclusion & role modelling. I'm proud to work with, ia, Diversity Role Models and The Albert Kennedy Trust; I've mentored young journalists; and host conferences and projects that help women & girls, and members of all minority groups, attain their potential. I also support health charities that are close to my heart: Parkinson's UK, Breast Cancer Now and Cancer Research UK. I live in London with my wife Sara and our border collie. I’m a Fellow of the British American Project and sit on its Advisory Board, and am an Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary, University of London.
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    Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor
    Head of Supplier Content Programmes
    RS Components
    Preston is Chairman of the employee-led, SPECTRUM LGBTQ+ community within RS Components, in his own words "I believe everyone should be able to bring their true selves to work. We have created an open and honest environment, whilst shining a light on diversity and inclusion through our campaigns and events. As a proud transman, I am always willing to answer questions, provide insight, mentor, guide, or just listen." Preston is currently Head of Supplier Content Programmes and divides his time between digital transformation and his tireless work for the community. "Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Already Taken" - Oscar Wilde
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    Kay Hallsworth MA, MIHM, Chartered Fellow CMI
    Kay Hallsworth MA, MIHM, Chartered Fellow CMI
    Operations Manager
    Association of Royal Navy Officers
    Compassionate and inclusive, I am a highly experienced specialist with a history of delivering medical operational capabilities in the military industry. I have a broad portfolio of skills including operational planning and support; emergency planning and management; healthcare governance and assurance; people management including work in diversity and inclusivity; coaching and mentoring; communication and social media lead for internal employee support networks. Operations Manager for Association of Royal Navy Officers and RN Officer’s Charity
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    Antonia Belcher
    Antonia Belcher
    Director
    MHBCCumming
    Antonia has 40 plus years’ experience in the construction and property industries and leads her own business that she formed in 2007. Transitioning in 2000/2003 in a very male dominated working environment, where there was no history or visible LGBT influences to draw on, she presses for positive change for LGBT+ good in all business spheres, but especially in her chosen career path of Surveying. A Board Director of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust, Diversity Role Models, Terrence Higgins Trust, and a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors, and advisor to other organisations she particularly seeks equal opportunities for Women/LGBT+ within the Construction Industry, which has of course been a side of business generally slow to react to such. She was shortlisted in 2017 for the Gay Times ‘Success in Entrepreneurship’ Gary Frisch award and in 2018 nominated in the NatWest British LGBT Awards – Inspiration Leader category, and nominated amongst a group of “exceptional surveyors from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)” to celebrate their 150th Anniversary, showcasing significant and positive impact that surveyors have made to society through those 150 years.
  • Kelly Ellis
    Kelly Ellis
    Director Tech Transformation
    GSK
    An economist technologist. A transformation leader with 15 years of experience in major reform programmes in the public and health sciences sectors. Co-chair of the Proud Science Alliance.
  • Andrew Croft
    Andrew Croft
    Chief Executive
    St James's Place Plc
    I am Chief Executive of St James's Place Plc, having joined the company in 1993 I was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in 2004 and became CEO in January 2018. I am passionate about the firm's ethics and doing the right thing. I Chair our company's Inclusion and Diversity group which oversees our LGBT+ agenda and am part of an internal reverse mentoring program to help build greater diversity across our Board. I am also a member of the Diversity Project's CEO Advisory Council and am delighted to be recognised as an LGBT Great Top 110 Executive Ally.
  • Anne Richards
    Anne Richards
    Chief Executive Officer
    Fidelity
    Anne joined Fidelity International as CEO in December 2018 from M&G Investments where she was CEO and a director of its parent company Prudential plc. Anne was appointed a Director of FIL Limited in September 2019. She has worked in the asset management industry since 1992. Anne has almost three decades of experience as an analyst, portfolio manager and CIO and is a strong proponent of ESG investing. Her career path spans many blue chip global names in the financial sector including Alliance Capital, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Aberdeen Asset Management. Anne is a Chartered Engineer and began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. She is a former chair of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Practitioner Panel and is also a member of the US-based Board of Leaders of 2020 Women on Boards, which works to increase the proportion of women on corporate boards. Anne was publicly recognised in the UK for her services to the voluntary sector and to the Financial Services industry by being appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 2014 and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015. Anne holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh as well as an honorary degree from Heriot-Watt University.
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    Matt Cameron
    Matt Cameron
    Global Managing Director
    LGBT Great
    Matt is an experienced talent management, diversity and organisational development leader with extensive experience within the financial services industry. A proven track record in inspiring others, developing effective strategy, programme execution, managing diverse teams and building effective partnerships. Originally from Lancashire in northern England, he holds a BA (Hons) degree in Modern & Medieval History with Italian from the University of Birmingham and was the first in his family to go to university. Matt takes a key role in the delivery of LGBT Great’s programmes and is responsible for the organisation’s strategic direction. His vision for the financial services industry is to achieve LGBT+ equality and inclusion maturity to deliver on the expectations of employees, clients and investors. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @MattJCam @LGBTGreat and LinkedIn. Specialities: Recruitment: diversity awareness, bias, search and selection; LGBT+ inclusion: the business case, employee and client engagement; Learning & development: awareness building, leadership, allyship and role modelling; Marketing: developing impactful communications and social media campaigns; Data: developing diagnostics and benchmarking systems; Facilitation: leadership, coaching and presenting.
  • Andy Lewis
    Andy Lewis
    Partner
    Travers Smith
  • Nimmisha Aslam
    Nimmisha Aslam
    Associate Solicitor
    Russell-Cooke LLP
    I'm an Associate Solicitor in law firm Russell-Cooke's personal injury and clinical negligence team. I advise clients on a range of claims, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, criminal injuries compensation authority claims, tripping accidents, dental claims and a variety of claims arising from clinical negligence against hospitals and doctors, including misdiagnosis of medical conditions, birth injuries and negligent operations. I am currently advising and representing some of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. I am a speaker on LGBTQ+ and BAME issues.
  • Rachael Carolan
    Rachael Carolan
    General Counsel
    what3words
    I'm General Counsel at a global technology business called what3words, working to make locations simpler and more efficient. Prior to this, I trained as a lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills and have worked in other fast paced technology business including Accenture, Deliveroo and GoCardless.
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    Netanya Clixby
    Netanya Clixby
    Legal Counsel
    G-Research
    Netanya is Legal Counsel at G-Research, a quantitive finance research firm. She is co-chair and co-founder of the London Bisexual Network (the ‘LBN’). The LBN is a network for bisexual people and allies working in finance, law and professional services. Since 2016, the LBN has promoted bi-visibility and inclusion by organising industry events and providing training to employers. Netanya is also the bisexual representative on the Law Society’s LGBT+ Division Committee. The Law Society is the professional body responsible for representing solicitors in England and Wales. The Law Society is committed to promoting inclusion in the legal profession and the Committee provides an opportunity for LGBT+ solicitors to have their voices heard.
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    Chris Loweth
    Chris Loweth
    Head of Legal & Business Affairs
    BBC Global News
    I'm Head of Legal & Business Affairs for BBC Global News, a BBC commercial subsidiary responsible for the BBC World News TV channel, BBC.com, and the BBC News and Sport apps outside the UK. My team advises on the full range of legal and business affairs matters affecting the business globally. Before I joined the BBC I worked on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and prior to that I was Head of Content Legal Advice at Channel 5. I'm a member of the BBC's staff LGBTQ+ network, BBC Pride, and recently joined the Equality & Diversity Steering Group at Lincoln's Inn, one of the four Inns of Court for barristers in England & Wales.
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    Huw Morris
    Huw Morris
    Partner
    Lee & Thompson LLP, Member of Strategic Advisory Board at myGwork
    I am a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of myGwork. I am a partner at Lee & Thompson LLP (a boutique law firm for the creative industries). I advise media companies, brands, advertising agencies, publishers, retailers and talent on advertising and marketing and commercial law issues. I also founded and chair the Inclusion and Belonging Network at our firm. I am a founding member of the Committee of the LGBT+ Lawyers Division of the Law Society and a board director of OUTvertising, the LGBT+ network for people working in advertising. I am a trustee for leading international anti-bullying charity, Ditch The Label, and a Board Advisor to TLC Lions- an organization which ignites emotion in the workplace helping businesses progress their inclusion strategies through storytelling. Get in touch if you would like to hear about a career in media law.
  • Paul Maddock
    Paul Maddock
    Associate
    DWF
    I deal with a range of corporate and commercial disputes including, commercial contract disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious probate / trust matters and shareholder disputes. Previously, I have completed two secondments with a national bank and I regularly act for their trust and estates division in respect of all contentious matters including contentious probate and breach of trust claims For the last two years I have sat on the Law Society's LGBT+ Division Committee.
  • Jane Finch
    Jane Finch
    Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
    n/a
    I have been involved in Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in a large corporation for the last 4 years and now freelancing as a D&I Specialist. I have 2 children in their 20’s, one of whom identifies as gay and non-binary. I became European Ally Lead for the LGBTQ+ ERG in 2017, working with volunteers to develop materials to engage and educate Allies for ERG chapters globally. I firmly believe that by working collaboratively we can raise the bar and make work a place where everyone can be their best self.
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    Scott Francis
    Scott Francis
    UK and Ireland Market Access HIV
    Gilead Sciences Inc.
    Scott’s career has been focused on healthcare in the UK for the last 15 years in the NHS, Department of Health and in the pharmaceutical sector. Scott works at Gilead Sciences and is currently the HIV Market Access lead for the UK and Ireland. In 2019 Scott became leader of the Pride Alliance at Gilead and is passionate about supporting a diverse and inclusive workplace culture
  • Hannah Williamson
    Hannah Williamson
    Graduate Research Scientist
    AstraZeneca
    Hannah joined AstraZeneca's R&D Graduate Scheme in 2018 after receiving her BSc in Biomedical Sciences with Industrial Placement from the University of Leeds. She has worked in various early-phase drug discovery functions and is currently based in the Functional Genomics Centre, a joint venture with CRUK which aims to use pooled CRISPR screening to identify oncology drug resistance targets. Hannah is an active member of AZPride, AstraZeneca's LGBTQIA+ employee resource group, having represented the group at early-talent events including Student Pride and LGBT Leaders in STEM. She is passionate about cultivating an inclusive culture in scientific research.
  • Laila El-Metoui
    Laila El-Metoui
    Equity & Belonging Consultant -Stonewall Lesbian Role Model of the Year (2020)
    LEM Education
    Equality & Belonging Consultant | Stonewall Lesbian Role Model 2020 | Helping leaders foster inclusive & diverse workplaces through training and consultancy | Founder of Pride in Education and Educating OUT Racism
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    David Hillman
    David Hillman
    Senior Director, Pharmacovigilance
    PPD
    A medical scientist by background, I have spent the first fifteen years of my career working in the field of patient safety, both in the pharmaceutical and service provider sectors. I currently lead the global safety science team within the Pharmacovigilance department of a large Contract Research Organisation (CRO). In 2019 I became one of the founding executive sponsors of PPD's LGBT+ employee resource group "PPD Pride."
  • Iain Gowers
    Iain Gowers
    IT support analyst
    Roche
    I worked in IT support at Roche for 11 years. I set up the UK branch of OPEN (Roche's LGBTQ+ & allies staff forum) in 2016 and we have been involved with Brighton Pride from 2017 onwards. I also have over 19 years, working as a Trustee with Allsorts youth project (an LGBTU+ youth project for young people under the age of 26). I am an avid swimmer and competes and is part of the management member of the LGBT+ & allies swimming club Out To Swim South
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    Emily Hamilton
    Emily Hamilton
    VP Strategic Change
    RS Components
    I have 20+ years in the delivery of strategic change within a diverse group of industry sectors, both public and private. I have contributed to industry standard texts on project management with a particular interest in project risk management. I am also a trans woman who came out later in life; and this has sparked a real passion for workplace mental health support to the LGBTQ+ community.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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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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    Natasha Whitehurst
    Natasha Whitehurst
    Head of HR
    Rapport
    I'm currently Head of HR at Rapport Guest Services and my experience comes from a history of working in the hospitality sector. I currently manage the HR and Recruitment function for Rapport and work with the Head of L&D to provide a joined up people function to ambassadors and clients. I am a passionate ally and my priority is to ensure we offer an inclusive and supportive environment to all our ambassadors and potential candidates ensuring we are offering a safe space to work for our LGBTQ+ community.
  • Simon Blake OBE
    Simon Blake OBE
    Chief Executive
    Mental Health First Aid England
    I am committed to social justice and equity with over 20 years senior level experience in the social sector. I am CEO of social enterprise, MHFA England and deputy Chair of Stonewall. Prior to joining MHFA England I was CEO at National Union of Students, and before that Brook, the young people's sexual health charity. I worked at the National Children's Bureau from 1999 - 2006 across all areas of children's and young people's health and wellbeing. I am a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the Institute of Directors and was awarded an OBE for services to the voluntary sector and young people in 2011. I was Chair of Diversity Role Models from 2012 - 2015, and a trustee of the Black Health Agency from 2005 - 2010,
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    Dustin Duncan
    Dustin Duncan
    Associate Professor
    Columbia University
  • Kate Webb
    Kate Webb
    Deputy Ceo
    MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health service
    I am an experienced Third Sector manager, trainer and business development professional with a background in mental health and wellbeing. I am passionate about LGBTQ equality, positive mental health and visibility and am proud to work for a brilliant organisation that lives and breathes the changes that we need to see. In my current role as Deputy CEO, my focus is on working closely with the MindOut community to make the organisation healthy, vibrant and focused on the needs and concerns of LGBTQ people to improve and sustain their wellbeing. I am also keen to grow our training offer - LGBTQ Inclusion and Trans awareness to organisations and individuals nationally. Our goal is to reduce health inequalities and make LGBTQ lives better.
  • Delphine Bruch
    Delphine Bruch
    Young person's counsellor
    Metro charity
  • Meg-John Barker
    Meg-John Barker
    Writer
    Independent scholar
    Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, Gender: A Graphic Guide, How To Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. Websites: rewriting-the-rules.com, megjohnandjustin.com. Twitter: @megjohnbarker, Instagram: @meg_john_barker.
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    Tim Bardell
    Tim Bardell
    Vice President, Head of Consulting
    NTT DATA UK
    As the Head of Impact for NTT DATA UK, I lead our design, technology, data and business consultancy practices, guiding organisations through transformation and change to deliver business value. During my career I have worked in multiple industries including telecoms, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and management consultancy with roles in engineering, production management, consulting, IT management, business operations and sales. I have switched between industry and consulting twice, relishing the different challenges and opportunities that each bring. I’m driven by the opportunity to make lasting change happen for our clients, their teams, their customers and the society in which we live. As such, I believe that putting people at the heart of business transformation is the key to success. This includes creating a working culture at NTT DATA that allows our own consultants to thrive. Here at NTT DATA UK we need to attract, grow and retain the best talent. As an employer we therefore need to be a safe, inclusive and diverse workplace that excludes no one and enables everyone to bring their whole, authentic self to work. As a huge advocate for fairness, equality and opportunity for all; I’m an active member of NTT DATA UK’s Diversity & Inclusion steering committee and proud to be both the sponsor of our LGBT+ Forum and head of our Allies Network.
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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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    Marie Dzanis, CIMA
    Marie Dzanis, CIMA
    Head of Asset Management EMEA
    Northern Trust
    Marie Dzanis is the head of EMEA for Northern Trust Asset Management. She has responsibility for overseeing the governance, operations, business development and talent of Northern Trust Asset Management. Marie is on the boards of Northern Trust Global Funds, PLC and Northern Trust Funds Managers (Ireland) Limited. She is chief executive officer of Northern Trust Global Investments Limited. She serves on the Northern Trust Asset Management Executive Committee and the Northern Trust EMEA Executive Committee. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2011, she held executive and leadership positions at iShares/Blackrock, JPMorgan Asset Management and Smith Barney. Marie’s comprehensive business acumen is demonstrated by having successfully managed multiple channels and the profitable growth of several lines of business in the institutional, intermediary and wealth channels. Her multifacted career began as a financial advisor and subsequently includes experience in securities lending and trading, product development, product sales, sales management and branch management. As a recognized industry leader with more than 25 years of investment management experience, Marie has been awarded a top "Women To Watch" award from Investment News in 2017 and “Top Women in Asset Management” award by Money Management Executive in May 2015. In addition, she is on the women’s board of the University of Chicago Cancer Foundation, involved in Women in ETFs, is on the Advisory Board for BlinkNow Foundation and is a producer for the Maggie Doyne documentary called "Love Letters to my Children." She is corporate executive sponsor for LGBT Great at NT.
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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.
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    Georgie Court
    Georgie Court
    Global Inclusion Specialist
    Clifford Chance
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    Vivek Divan
    Vivek Divan
    Founding Coordinator
    Centre for Health Equity, Law & Policy
    I am a lawyer and queer activist whose work has focused on the intersections of law, health and sexuality for over two decades. I head the Centre for Health Equity, Law & Policy at the Indian Law Society, Pune. Previously, I have worked at UNDP New York, helping set up the Global Commission on HIV & the Law (www.hivlawcommission.org) and serving on it's Secretariat and Technical Advisory Group. At the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam I was faculty in the Masters in Public Health programme. I was also Coordinator of Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit from 2000-07 ,where I was part of the core team that filed the public interest litigation challenging section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, and leading extensive community engagement and mobilization on the case. My work has also included co-drafting India's HIV/AIDS Act, undertaking access to medicines & patent law research and writing, and co-authoring the Legal Environment Assessment of TB in India. Originally from Bombay, I received my law degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore and my LLM from Cornell University, NY, USA.
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    CAINE YOUNGMAN
    CAINE YOUNGMAN
    POLICY & LEGAL ADVOCACY MANAGER
    LEGABIBO
    Mr Youngman is a passionate human rights activist with 15 years experience (both local, regional & international) in advocacy with particular focus on development, human rights and health advocacy. Mr Youngman is one of the founding members of The Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana - LEGABIBO. As a pillar of the organisation and the movement at large, he saw the organisation victorious in multiple litigation processes as well as change at national and regional level. As a social justice advocate, Mr Youngman is a fighter who continues to fight for human rights including legal recognition and protection for SOGIE individuals. Furthermore, he is an advocate for gender equality, access to comprehensive safe and affordable health services & medications. Community mobilization, strategic partnerships establishments, political engagements as well as training are some of the many skills possessed by Mr Youngman that helps him achieve social change. Mr Youngman also has strong footprints in the African region. He is one of the instrumental members who saw the African region set up a regional body, Pan African ILGA - PAI which is an affiliate of ILGA World. PAI is a regional organisation with over 130 members across Africa. He served as PAI's founding board treasurer. He also serves as a member of The Other Foundation's advocacy group comprised of leading LGBTIQ organisations in the Southern African. The Other Foundation is a philanthropic organisation focused in Southern Africa.
  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah
    Co-Founder & Executive Director
    UK Black Pride
    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, widely known as Lady Phyll, is the executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride - Europe's largest celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent. Lady Phyll has over 20 years’ experience as an LGBTQ+ rights activist and anti-racism campaigner. She has spent a decade advocating for the rights of workers within the largest civil service union as a lead negotiator on behalf of Civil Service workers and is now the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust an LGBT+ charity that works to defend and uphold human rights. She is also a patron for Albert Kennedy Trust; Diva Magazine columnist, and public speaker focusing on race, gender, sexuality and class. She is named as one of the top 5 on the World Pride Power list.
  • Victoria Vasey
    Victoria Vasey
    Head of Legal
    The Human Dignity Trust
    Victoria is Head of Legal at the Human Dignity Trust, a charity that uses the law to defend the human rights of LGBT people globally. She has been involved in supporting court cases in all regions of the world that seek to decriminalise LGBT people and challenge other discriminatory actions against them, including several landmark cases that are pushing the boundaries of international and constitutional law. Before joining the Trust, Victoria was Legal Director at the European Roma Rights Centre and, most recently, Director of North Kensington Law Centre. Previously, Victoria was a criminal defence barrister in London. She has experience of litigating strategic human rights cases, with a focus on equality law, in many European jurisdictions and before the European Court of Human Rights, the European Committee of Social Rights and UN treaty bodies. She has delivered training in human rights and strategic litigation to human rights defenders, students, lawyers and judges. Victoria’s first degree is from Oxford University and she holds a DESS (Masters) in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas).
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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.
  • 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).
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    Anato Chowdhury
    Anato Chowdhury
    Senior Policy Advisor
    Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
    Anato is an engineer and energy policy professional. He is from Bangladesh, a country deeply vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, and this has been the driving force behind his career in the sector. Anato has previously worked in a number of engineering, assessment management and performance improvement roles, and has a particular focus on energy transition strategy and decarbonisation. He is currently a senior policy advisor in the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As a bisexual man, he has been an advocate for LGBT+ rights throughout his career at BEIS and previously at EY and bp. He has co-chaired a regional bp LGBT+ network, where he led the growth of the network from a membership of 4 to 100 members. Outside of work, Anato helps foster inclusion of LGBT+ people in wider society, and has previously spoken at Bi Pride UK, the London Southbank Alchemy Festival; and has written on faith and sexuality for the Critical Muslim.
  • Tess Brooks
    Tess Brooks
    Vice Chair
    Bi Pride UK
    Tess is a psychotherapist, LGBTQIA awareness trainer, and Senior Independence and Wellbeing Practitioner. They have a Private Practice- Starlight Therapy- where they work exclusively with Gender Relationship and Sexually Diverse clients. They deliver LGBTQIA awareness sessions in various settings from schools to corporate away days and they work within the Learning Disability and Autism team at Suffolk Social care. Tess is passionate about giving their time and energy to support their community and is a Co-chair of the Suffolk County Council LGBT+ Staff Network and Vice-Chair of Bi Pride UK.  Website- www.Starlighttherapy.co.uk , www.Biprideuk.org Facebook, IG and Twitter- StarlTherapy, BiPrideUK
  • 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.
  • Chantelle Miller
    Chantelle Miller
    Army Officer
    The British Army
    Major Chantelle Miller was commissioned into the British Army in 2011 after reading Law Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Wales. As a Military Police Officer she has deployed to Afghanistan advising the Minister of Interior Affairs on the development of policing capability. Having served as an instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) and the Afghanistan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) she has extensive experience operating in a leadership development sphere. She is currently completing Professional Military Education (PME) and a Master of Business Administration qualification. On completion of PME she will be assigned to US Army, Military Police School as the Military Police Exchange Officer. She is married to Tara and they have a beagle called Chilli.
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    Louise Wolstenholme
    Louise Wolstenholme
    Vice Chair Army LGBT+ Forum
    British Army
  • Claire Skinner
    Claire Skinner
    Principle
    Marsh McLennan
    Claire is Head of Content and Delivery within the Mercer UK Fiduciary team as well as leading the 40+ UK Diversity & Inclusion Champions across the UK, linking in with the D&I Advisory Board for the UK. In 2018 Claire was appointed global co-chair of the Mercer Pride (LGBT+) Business Resource Group and was shortlisted for the British LGBT Awards Diversity Champion Category. In 2019 Claire won the Professional Pensions Women in Pensions Role Model of the year award and works with a number of other LGBT+ organisations including LBWomen, Diversity Role Models and the Midlands Alliance.
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    Tehzeeb Fatima Bukhari
    Tehzeeb Fatima Bukhari
    Future Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
    She/They. Future Trainee Solicitor at Clifford Chance and LLB Graduate from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS University of London). Having been a Haderech community leader; I am a firm believer and advocate of visible intersectional role models in every professional industry.
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    Christian Hug
    Christian Hug
    VP LifeWorks&Inclusion
    Discovery
    I have spent my professional career in human resources, both in the financial services industry as well as in media. For the past 9 years i have been focusing on setting up Discovery's global health, wellbeing and inclusion function, being based in Munich Germany. As a certified coach, I also accompany people through their personal change journeys, I have a passion for constellation work, vintage cars, alternative medicine and love travelling through India. www.christian-hug.net
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    Chloë Davies
    Chloë Davies
    Global LGBTQ+ Inclusion & Belonging Consultant
    Chloe Davies is a proud bisexual woman, mother of two, a creative, global inclusion & belonging consultant, chef and entrepreneur. Her work sees her campaigning 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 catering company in 2015. Chloe’s most recent role was Head of Training & Engagement (Public & Community) for Mygwork - The global recruitment and networking hub for LGBT+ students, graduates, professionals and organisations who believe in true workplace equality. Overseeing the necessary internal and external conversations surrounding LGBT+ inclusion, training and external consultation. Chloe volunteers with UK Black Pride (UKBP) as the Head of Finance & Governance, working closely with the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees to help shape the future of UK Black Pride. She is the Community Lead for the London Queer Fashion Show - An annual showcase of fashion, identity, and expression, a Trustee for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre and an Ambassador for Mental Health First Aid England. She describes herself as a mental health survivor, openly discussing her own journey with depression and mental health and advocates on usualising these conversations both in and outside of the workplace. In all of her work, which takes Chloe around the globe, she aims to further connect those within the community while educating allies to continue disrupting and push for increased visibility, understanding and appreciation of the communities she works to serve.
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    Michael Gunning
    Michael Gunning
    Professional Athlete / TV Personality
    Team Jamaica
    Michael Gunning is best known as a international competitive swimmer having attended two FINA World Swimming Championships. Holding dual Jamaican and British citizenship, he represented Team GB in the European LEN Cup and after the Rio Olympic Games he changed alliances to represent his fathers heritage of Team Jamaica. Gunning took a break from competing in the Summer of 2018 to participate in the award-winning television series 'The Bi Life' for E! Entertainment & NBC Universal. It was Michael's first public discussion of his sexuality, making him the Caribbean’s first openly gay athlete / swimmer. Since then, Michael is a regular pundit and avid speaker for the sport and recently partnered with Sky Sports, Stonewall and Athlete Ally as a Professional Ambassador/Advocate for LGBTQ+ rights in sport. With a heavy passion for TV Presenting and educational background in Children’s Entertainment, he’s set his sights high on qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Games and welcomes new and exciting media opportunities in the world of entertainment.
  • Sanjay Sood-Smith
    Sanjay Sood-Smith
    Executive Director
    Stonewall
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    Alison Shea
    Alison Shea
    Vice President Global HR and Corporate Citizenship - Learning and Transformation
    State Street
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    Emily Heath
    Emily Heath
    Diversity & Inclusion Manager
    Verizon Media
    A passionate and commercially focused Diversity and Inclusion Manager with multi-industry expertise, and a deep understanding of advanced diversity techniques. Starting in Executive search, followed by 5 years of extensive in house talent specialist roles. At the inception of Oath (now Verizon Media) the opportunity for me to combine my passion for people, culture and diversity was realised. Currently leading our EMEA Program Operations, I also Globally Lead our 9 Employee Resource groups (ERGs). Our ERGs membership is 5,500+, this makes up more than half our employees around the world. Our goal at Verizon Media it to move to a mindset of Conscious Inclusion, a place where everyone belongs and every door is open. Focused on the 4C's model our ERGs are the embodiment of our culture, talent and our aspiration to be the leading organisation for Inclusion and Belonging.
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    Louise Sinnerton
    Louise Sinnerton
    Executive Producer & Writer
    myGwork
    An award-winning writer and director with experience developing content strategies and creating copy for brands across the world. Louise has a strong journalistic background and a passion for storytelling and interviews. She has led international video campaigns, interviews on and off camera, hosted panels, and directed live broadcasts and international shoots.
  • Rhammel Afflick
    Rhammel Afflick
    Director of Communications
    Pride in London
    Rhammel Afflick is an outspoken campaigner and writer. For the last 15 years, Rhammel has actively lobbied for change on a number of issues including racism and LGBT+ rights in the UK. Rhammel currently works full time in the third-sector and volunteers for Pride in London as Director of Communications in his spare time.
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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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    Dilraj Sura
    Dilraj Sura
    Commercial Insights Partner (Respiratory)
    GSK
    I have been working in the healthcare industry for over 5 years, with much of that time spent at GSK. I have worked in various roles across manufacturing, R&D, commercial and HR, providing excellence in insightful data visualisation and powerful storytelling, advocating data-driven evidence-based decision-making, underpinned by robust data science, effective consulting and the procurement of best in class data. I have been a leader of our LGBTQ+ employee resource group, Spectrum, since 2017, helping drive the LGBTQ+ agenda while working at sites in Hertfordshire and County Durham, before joining our UK Leadership Team in July 2019. I am extremely passionate and fascinated about people, and exploring the "intersectionalities" that we all exhibit (or often, don't), on a day to day basis, more so how they lend ourselves to experiences we may not have when these don't interact. I believe we all should be allowed to truly express our true selves, all the time. I also work very closely with our Allies at GSK, trying to tap into what is essentially, a big majority of people who are often "passive/positive" allies, to step up and step "out" to do more to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, visibility and inclusion. Lastly, a big passion of mine is mentoring. I've recently decided to become an LGBTQ+ mentor through myGwork, as I look to extend where my experiences can be most useful, beyond the graduates and placement students within the workplace. Outside of work, I spend a lot of time playing and watching football (you can read my article "LGBT and Sports" on myGwork's LinkedIn page, aswell as my profile), as well as travelling (I managed to get in some trips to Reykjavik, Porto, Madrid and Valencia before lock down). I've recently gotten a lot more into running and cycling (now that I've sold my car!).
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    Paulina Herrmann
    Paulina Herrmann
    Director
    Coverpoint Foodservice Consulting
    Paulina’s background is in the tourism and hospitality industry following a degree in international hospitality management and tourism. Her experience began in the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, Australia, training through all F&B departments. After that, Paulina spend 2 years at sea aboard cruise ships, assisting the Cruise Director in a Guest Management role, managing the on-board guest experience, coordinating with all Hotel & Ship departments. From 2012 - 2020 has worked as specialist foodservice consultant at JLL, delivering projects across industries. She also co-authors the JLL Foodservice Trends, an annual publication looking at global foodservice innovation & trends. In addition to overseeing projects and research publications, Paulina played an active role in JLL’s Building a Better Tomorrow team in her role with a focus on sustainability, both in terms of foodservice, but also by leading JLL's LGBT+ Network " Building Pride" for several years. Currently, Paulina is a Director at Coverpoint Foodservice Consulting, working on foodservice strategy across sectors, including but not limited to shopping centres, transport hub, master planning, Food Halls as well as business and industry.
  • 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
  • Toby Horner
    Toby Horner
    Practice Management Advisor
    Clifford Chance Pte Ltd
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    Savannah Adeniyan
    Savannah Adeniyan
    Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
    I am a trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP in London, though I'm currently working in the firm's Amsterdam office on an international secondment. I have a keen interest in finance law and in supporting various diversity initiatives, whether through working with Clifford Chance's REACH Network or working with our Arcus network to talk to lawyers, other professionals or students or simply sharing my experiences as a gay black woman in other ways.
  • Jessica Stern
    Jessica Stern
    Executive Director
    OutRight ACTION INTERNATIONAL
    Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International, specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. At OutRight, she has doubled the budget, supported the legal registration of LGBTIQ organizations globally, helped secure the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert on Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and advanced the UN LGBTI Core Group. She is frequently quoted by the media in The New York Times, The Guardian, and Time. She has provided expert opinions to governments globally and UN mechanisms, including UNWomen where she serves as a member of the LGBTI Reference Group and Women Human Rights Defenders Reference Group. Her writing has been cited by the Indian Supreme Court in its seminal judgement decriminalizing homosexuality (Navtej Singh Johar versus the Union of India) and featured in a new chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security (2019). She is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University.
  • Gurchaten Sandhu
    Gurchaten Sandhu
    President
    UN GLOBE
    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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    Abril Rodriguez
    Abril Rodriguez
    Partner
    EY Mexico
    I am specialized in wealth planning for high net-worth individuals in Mexico; specifically, regarding the design, implementation, restructure and liquidation of offshore and domestic structures. Also, I have proposed tax efficient investment portfolios for clients. I work with binational families and I am familiar with foreign estate taxes and diverse proper structures to minimize them. I have presented in diverse local and foreign forums regarding these topics. I am also specialized in the design and implementation of international business restructures, providing tax advice on national and international transactions and in charities and not-for-profits. Beside my tax practice, in 2017 I was appointed Regional Leader of Diversity and Inclussion for the Latam North Region. Since 2017 I am a member of the Regional Board of EY. I am the Latam North representative in the Inclusiveness Advisory Council led by the Global Leader of D&I and the EY US Managing Partner.
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    Felipe Cardenas
    Felipe Cardenas
    CEO
    Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    Colombian. Business Executive with +12 years of experience in Business Growth Strategies, co-founder & CEO of Acciones de la Frontera, advisory firm specialized in creating & calibrating Financial & Commercial Models for SMEs to grow sustainable! Former co-founder of the International Business Center at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Mexico. Co-founder & CEO as well of the Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Non for Profit; Bogota based; focused on providing economic empowerment routes to Sexually Diverse Entrepreneurs as well as advisory to Corporations on Diversity & Inclusion programs for Talent, Customers & Suppliers.
  • 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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    David Weston
    David Weston
    Associate Director of Emerging Innovations | Global Inclusion Council
    AstraZeneca
    David is Associate Director of Emerging Innovations in AstraZeneca’s Biopharmaceutical R&D Unit, where he is responsible for driving entrepreneurial activities and identifying game-changing technologies for use across R&D. A neuroscientist by training, David holds a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from the University of Cambridge and prior to joining AZ was a strategy consultant for PwC’s Strategy& where he advised Life Sciences companies and public organisations on topics related to R&D strategy, M&A, pricing and market access, and growth strategy. David is passionate about Inclusion and Diversity and is a member of AstraZeneca's corporate-wide Inclusion & Diversity Council. David also co-chairs AstraZeneca's LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group AZPride, where he has driven strategic initiatives on global LGBTQIA+ inclusion and has spoken externally about the impact of Employee Resource Groups.
  • Jacqui Gavin
    Jacqui Gavin
    Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager
    Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Manager
    I’m a diversity professional with experience working in Central Government and at local level
  • Hannah Grove
    Hannah Grove
    Chief Marketing Officer
    State Street
    Hannah leads teams at State Street focused on strategy, client onboarding, brand, media relations, content marketing, digital and client experience. She is a member of the Company’s Management Committee, its senior-most strategy and policy-making team. Hannah supports State Street’s revenue growth and client acquisition and retention, and serves to positively influence all constituencies’ understanding of the company. She also serves as executive sponsor for State Street Pride, the company’s LGBTQ employee network, and its Asian Professional Alliance; as a founder of “Leading Women,” a mentoring program for senior women across the company; as an advisory board member for the Company’s Professional Women’s Network; as a member of the company’s Executive Talent and Client Committees, and its Conduct Standards Committee; and serves on the Board of State Street Hangzhou, its operations in mainland China. Prior to joining State Street in 1998, Hannah was marketing director for the Money Matters Institute, an initiative supported by the United Nations, the World Bank and private sector companies to foster sustainable development in emerging economies. Earlier in her career Hannah owned and operated a public relations firm in London. She moved to the US as communications director of the World Economic Development Congress in Washington, DC. Hannah has been named to American Banker’s annual list of “Most Powerful Women in Banking” 2017, 2018 and 2019; to OUTstanding’s list of top LGBTQ allies for the past four years; and for the past three years to the HERoes Champions of Women in Business list of female role models helping to increase gender diversity. Hannah currently serves as a board member of Project Bread, which focuses on eradicating hunger in Massachusetts, and as a member of the fund board for the Boston Public Library. She previously served as the president of the board of directors for the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime community in Boston for disadvantaged women. LinkedIn Profile ; Twitter: @HannahGrove9
  • Moriaki Kida
    Moriaki Kida
    Regional Chief Operating Officer
    EY Japan
    Joined the audit practice in New York, NY in 1996 and became an audit partner in July 2007 in San Jose, CA. Served as an audit partner in sectors such as Technology, Diversified Industrial Products, Consumer Products and Energy. Spent 3 years in London as part of Global Professional Practice. Global Capital Markets groups, responsible for global assurance policies, consulted on foreign private issuer (SEC registrant) teams, Audit Quality Reviews, Litigation Support and gave audit and accounting trainings. Based in New York, was the Americas Area Director of Japanese Business Services (JBS) from 2013 to 2016, the largest Japanese Business Service practice Area in our global organization Moved to Tokyo in 2016 to become the Japan Area Deputy Area Managing Partner Founding member of LBGT ERG “Unity” in Japan and was a member of the steering committee bEYond (LGBT ERG) based in the US during the first half of 2000s. Financial Times Top 100 LGBT+ Executives in 2017 and 2019.
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    Tamara Box
    Tamara Box
    Managing Partner, EME
    Reed Smith LLP UK
    I am the Managing Partner for Europe & the Middle East of top 20 international law firm Reed Smith LLP, a member of the firm’s Senior Management Team and its global board, as well as a market leading finance lawyer. In 2019, I was ranked 30th in the Global Yahoo Finance HERoes Women Role Model List and shortlisted for Woman in Law at the British Legal Awards. In 2018, I was Highly Commended as Woman Lawyer of the Year by the Law Society of England & Wales and ranked 15th in the Financial Times & HERoes 100 Champions of Women in Business list. I also ranked 9th in the Financial Times & HERoes 50 Champions of Women in Business list in 2017. I was named the Champion of Rising Stars (Mentor) in the We Are the City Rising Star Awards in 2016 and also won the Mentor of the Year at the Women of the Future awards in 2016. I’ve been named a Top 30 Inspirational Woman and Champion of Diversity by Brummel Magazine. I am a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club, on the board of Companions for the Chartered Management Institute and sit on the Advisory Board of charity Theirworld. Finally, I am a member of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics and sit on the school’s audit committee.
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    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).
  • 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.
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    Spyros Diakakis
    Spyros Diakakis
    Global Project Leader
    AstraZeneca
    I am a project manager (and a chemical engineer by training) working in the biopharmaceutical industry. I am currently leading global projects in AstraZeneca's global supply chain and strategy function to implement supply chain changes and regulatory requirements across the operations supply network. I co-founded and led AZPride UK, AstraZeneca's global employee resource group, that works to empower our LGBTQIA+ colleagues to reach their full potential.
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    Neil Reavey
    Neil Reavey
    Associate Director, Research Assurance | Global Inclusion & Diversity Council
    AstraZeneca
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    Salmaan Mohammed
    Salmaan Mohammed
    Public Policy Expert, Public Health Advocate, Healthcare Professional, DEI Consultant, Drag Queen, DJ
    Self Employed
    I am a Policy professional with 12 years' experience in the Public Health, Social Care, Diversity & Inclusion, Humanitarian Aid, Grassroots campaigning and Public Engagement. I'm also an Internationally performing Drag Queen with a string of Arts commissions and TV appearances, using this often berated art form to tell stories that matter and can reshape our world. Read about my career portfolio and unlikely journey here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-linkedin-coming-out-story-sal-mohammed
  • Tiernan Brady
    Tiernan Brady
    Global Inclusion Director
    Clifford Chance
    Tiernan is the Global Director of Inclusion for Clifford Chance. He is an equality campaigner and was the Political Director of the successful Irish referendum campaign for marriage equality which saw Ireland become the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by a public vote. He subsequently became the Executive Director of The Equality Campaign, the successful Australian public vote campaign for marriage equality. They remain the only two countries in the world to have introduced marriage equality through a public vote. He is also the Director of Equal Future, a global campaign working with LGBT faith groups to deliver equality. He served as Policy Director of GLEN – The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network in Ireland where he was responsible for designing and implementing the successful political strategy to pass civil unions legislation. He designed and launched KnowNow, Ireland's first free community based rapid HIV testing program. He served as Director of Organisation to the then Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) of Ireland, Mary Coughlan as well as serving two terms as Mayor of his home town of Bundoran in Ireland.
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    Tate Smith
    Tate Smith
    Junior Legal Support Secretary
    Clifford Chance
    Tate Smith is a Junior Legal Support Secretary and Lead on Arcus – the firm's LGBT+ network - Education and Awareness Pillar. As the firm's first openly trans person, Tate helped to re-draft the 2019 Trans Policy and has hosted two Lunch & Learn sessions on what it’s like to be both gay and transgender. He also collaborated on a session with two trans women at Barclays and has featured in interviews by Global Butterflies, Legal Week and Mygwork. Outside of work, Tate volunteers at Gendered Intelligence, facilitating youth groups for trans children, and has previously worked at Spectra as a Peer Mentor to other trans men. He also sits as Trans Representative on Birkbeck University’s Student Union, where he studies law part-time.
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    Michael Jones
    Michael Jones
    Global Head of Learning & Development
    SR Group
    Hi everyone, I am an out and proud gay man, working in the recruitment sector for almost 15 years. I am a Learning & Development professional and am passionate about helping others reach their potential, particularly people at the graduate and entry-level. I'm available to give young LGBTQ+ professionals career and job-seeking advice, as well as share my experiences of coming out and learning how to be my authentic self. Please feel free to get in touch!
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    Sergio Diaz Jubera
    Sergio Diaz Jubera
    Engineering Manager, Software Development
    Oracle
    Hi! I'm a computer engineer leading software development teams at Oracle Barcelona, with more than 10 years of experience working in different US-based companies and government institutions in Spain and Chile. Apart from my job as software engineer, I'm an advocate of all dimensions of diversity and inclusion. That's why since a couple of years ago I'm also the leader of Oracle’s LGBTQ+ Spanish ERG.
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    Deon Fang
    Deon Fang
    Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
  • Zoe Jenkins
    Zoe Jenkins
    Graduate Recruitment Specialist
    Clifford Chance
    Zoe is a Graduate Recruitment Specialist at the leading Global Law Firm Clifford Chance, ranked as the most popular graduate recruiter in law at the 2019 TARGETjobs Awards. Zoe leads on the firms LGBT+ Grad activity, including their one of a kind ACCEPT Conference in collaboration with myGwork and National Student Pride that aims to provide an opportunity for LGBT+ students interested in a career in law to hear from senior role models and understand how your sexuality can complement your career.
  • Tom Guy
    Tom Guy
    President/Chair
    National Student Pride / Architecture LGBT+
    In 2005 I founded National Student Pride whilst at Oxford Brookes University in response to a homophobic talk on campus on Homosexuality and the Bible. We are now the Pride of conversation, tackling different and topical issues each year such as Intersectionality and Mental Health as well as hosting the UK's biggest Diversity Careers Fair. In 2016 I founded Architecture LGBT+ providing a safe, inclusive & prejudice free environment for LGBT+ Architects and those working and studying within the profession through networking events, learning, mentoring and role models. I am Director at Guy Piper Architects, we do a range of residential and commercial projects in London, Oxford and Brighton.
  • Tyler Brklacich
    Tyler Brklacich
    IE University
    I have spent nearly 7 years working in and out of the non-profit world. It has been my love and passion to try and leave the world a little better than I found it yesterday. Even after all these years, I am still excited as I was the very first day of my first job with an NGO. I have been able to focus on issues including anti-human trafficking, global poverty, autism, elementary and higher education, and international development -- but there is so much more to do. Issues such as gender development, racial injustices, low-income communities, LGBT equality, education, and promoting sustainable development both domestically and internationally. I want to continue the work I have been so lucky to be apart of and use the worldly experience that I have gained both in the United States, traveling abroad, or living in West Africa for two years. It is my goal to be apart of something bigger than myself and contribute to the good in the world.
  • 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.
  • Max Taylor
    Max Taylor
    SOAS, University of London
    • Co-Chair of National Student Pride • SOAS Politics and International Relations finalist student • Erasmus Alumnus of SciencesPo, Paris • Top 10 Finalist for UK Male Undergraduate of the Year Award
  • Ligia Thomaz Vieira Leite
    Ligia Thomaz Vieira Leite
    Assistant Researcher
    Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School's Diversity Program
    As a Law student in the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), I'm an active member of LGBTheusa, the LGBT student association of UERJ's Law School. Believing in interdisciplinary exchange, I am also enrolled in Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) for a BA in Portuguese. Working with Human Rights as a volunteer since 2012 brought my attention to the importance of working with employers to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as in other aspects of life. Since 2019 I've been an assistant researcher at the Diversity Program of the Getulio Vargas Foundation's Law School, focusing mostly on gender studies in Law and diversity practices within universities and enterprises. Believing also in the power of change through cultural production, I'm a writer for Revista Subjetiva, New Order and Revista Passaporte and a columnist in the local newspaper of my hometown Voz de S. João. Specialities: Gender Studies, Criminology, Human Rights, Literature, Theory of Law.
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    Alessandro Ceccarelli
    Alessandro Ceccarelli
    Senior Associate, Research Manager (SEO)
    Equality and Human Rights
    Alessandro is a Senior Associate / Senior Executive Officer for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (UK Government, Civil Service). He has extensive experience in education, research and E&D policy, building on his career in the Higher Education sector over the past decade in Europe, India and UK. He completed a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. His research in South Asia aims to rediscover ancient technologies, teaching and learning behaviours, and mechanisms of resilience in the face of urban ‘collapse’ and climate change in the third millennium BC. Alessandro was President and Chair at Cambridge University Graduate Union.
  • George Wright (he/him)
    George Wright (he/him)
    Social Media Manager
    myGwork
    I'm the Social Media Manager for myGwork, responsible for handling our social feeds and affairs. If you see a story or event you want to see amplified, let me know!
  • Dasha Karzunina
    Dasha Karzunina
    Head of Research
    GTI
  • Tom Kazmierczak
    Tom Kazmierczak
    Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
    T. Rowe Price
    Tom serves as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for T. Rowe Price, a $1 trillion US-based asset manager. He co-led the creation and launch of the firm's first business resource group, PRIDE @ T. Rowe Price, which was established to ensure all associates can bring their full selves to the workplace. Prior to his role as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, he was Head of T. Rowe Price Advisory Services, Inc and held a number of leadership roles as part of the firm's direct-to-consumer business in the United States. Tom is a passionate advocate for the LGBT+ community and strongly believes we all have a responsibility to attract, develop and retain LGBT+ talent in the asset management and financial services industries.
  • Uwern Jong
    Uwern Jong
    Editor-in-Chief
    OutThere
    Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief (or #Experientialist-in-Chief) of OutThere - a multi-award winning publisher (Publication of the Year - Online at the 2018 Travel Media Awards) - the world's leading luxury and experiential travel journal for men of distinction, now sold in over 20 countries worldwide, celebrating a decade in print. Proud winner of “Editor of the Year” at 2020’s Campaign Publishing Awards Founder of the LGBT+ Travel Symposium series, delivered the first of its kind in South East Asia in Bangkok in 2018, helping the Thai travel industry better understand how to engage with this profitable segment. Co-Founder of Stockholm LGBT, a members-based Destination Marketing platform, a rainbow family of the hotels, attractions and restaurants passionate about welcome LGBT guests to the Open City of Stockholm. Luxury experientialist, brand ambassador, content creator, thought leader, marketer, publicist, travel expert and public speaker on high-end travel for LGBT+ people. www.outthere.travel
  • Carole Mehigan
    Carole Mehigan
    Responsible Business Manager
    Reed Smith LLP UK
    My name is Carole Mehigan and I am the Responsible Business Manager for EMEA at Reed Smith. I manage all our community outreach projects focussed on vulnerable areas of the community, D,E & I programmes focussed on young people of all ages and our larger fundraising initiatives. I also help with our internal D,E & I focusses with a particular interest in mental health. I am a mental health first aider and a first aider at work for the firm.
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    William Gil D'Avolio
    William Gil D'Avolio
    Coordinador de Programas en España
    ONG Rescate
  • Karen Krop
    Karen Krop
    Senior Director
    Fitch Group
    Senior Director in U.S. Public Finance at Fitch Ratings, focusing on the credit quality of U.S. states. I have had a long career in public finance, starting out at the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in Washington, D.C. before moving on to Moodys Investors Service, a longish stint on the buy-side at TD Asset Management, and then finally coming to Fitch 13 years ago. My partner Stefanie and I are parents to two teenage boys -- Eli (15) and Daniel (19) - and one very active labradoodle, Stella.
  • Gaëtan BELAUD
    Gaëtan BELAUD
    Senior Director Partner Markets, EMEA Sales, Expansion markets & MENA
    Verizon Media
    Digital advertising sales professional. French Nationality. Markets in scope: Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Romania, Greece, North Africa and Middle East, South Africa, Turkey, Russia and Israel. Also, in charge of EMEA Mid-Market Sales (UK, FR, DE, IT and ES). Grow sales revenue and develop Advertiser relationships in established and also untapped regions through building partnerships with media representation houses or directly. Grow clients spend through understanding of business needs and offering relevant solutions. Management of Resellers Managers, Account Managers, Sales Managers and resellers teams. Passionate about international businesses and most importantly people and cultures. Thrive in multi-cultural environments. Proud father of an 11 years-old son.
  • Niki Kenwright
    Niki Kenwright
    UK Business Manager
    Mercer Ltd
    I have worked at Mercer for over 20 years, starting in pensions admin, moving to an operational role within consultancy and now supporting our UK CEO and leadership team. I am a parent to a cheeky 10 year old, Sienna and a fabulous trans boy, Dan, who is currently 14. Dan came out to us at age 11 and we've had a tough few years navigating life with him, ensuring he is safe, happy and accepted while also traversing our own journey as parents in a landscape which is completely new to us. As a result I've become involved in Diversity & Inclusion within Mercer and am a proud advocate for everything LGBTQ+. Acceptance and understanding is at the heart of everything we do with and for Dan and we are learning each and every day.
  • Michael Johnson-Ellis
    Michael Johnson-Ellis
    Co-Founder
    TwoDadsUK, The Modern Family Show & My Surrogacy Journey
    Mike is a passionate gay father who has utilised social media and his blog to tell his story of his journey to parenthood via TwoDadsUK®. In doing this he has become a fertility campaigner and activist and has now dedicated his life and career to helping others, either battling infertility or are from the LGBTQ community and are looking at Surrogacy to achieve parenthood. Michael and his husband are also founders of The Modern Family Show (the only UK LGBTQ family building information and educational event) and more recently the latest UK not for profit, supporting those exploring UK or International Surrogacy, My Surrogacy Journey® launched in February 2021. Mike was Awarded The Surrogacy Professional of The Year Award in 2019 due to his services to the UK Surrogacy Community. In 2021 Michael was awarded one of only 21 Purple Plaques issued by the UK Government and Census21 for his work to the LGBTQ and infertility community. Mike also speaks publicly about his quest for parenting via UK Surrogacy, and his campaigning and activism work, is his aptly titled presentation 'Who's The Daddy?' Mike has over 18 years’ experience working in the NHS & Healthcare Recruitment and Consultancy industry. His consultancy MJE Consulting specialise in all client and candidate management/attraction to also include large scale recruitment projects to reduce traditional temporary agency recruitment. TwoDadsUK® is the leading organisation for Gay Men seeking surrogacy services in the UK. Mike's passion for supporting others via his award winning Blog and Social Media channels (across Facebook and Instagram) led to the creation of additional services such as the popular sell out Surrogacy Information Events and the Clinic Partnership agreements specialising in supporting Fertility Clinics with LGBTQ marketing services and lead generation. TwoDadsUK® has worked on a number of TV documentary's and brand collaborations with the likes of Audi, Save The Children, Vodafone, Sainsburys, Mamas and Papas and more recently Cow & Gate. Events for 2021 The Modern Family Show is the only UK LGBTQ Family Building Event taking place in London on the 18th September 2021, for tickets see www.themodernfamilyshow.co.uk
  • Alasdair Weddell
    Alasdair Weddell
    Director of Media
    UKTV
  • Norena Shopland
    Norena Shopland
    Writer/historian
    Draig Enfys
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    David E. Hull-Watters
    David E. Hull-Watters
    Inclusion & Wellbeing Consultant
    Inclusion Consultant - David Equality Hull-Watters
    Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant, David, is a specialist LGBTQ+ and neurodiversity educator, who has worked in multiple settings, in both the public and private sectors. Winner of Vodaphone World of Difference Award, a National Diversity Award 2014, shortlisted for a European Diversity Award 2015 and nominated for an Excellence in Diversity Award 2015 (for his contribution to enhancing equality in education) and The Diversity Champion Award: Education Sector for The Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017. He is the founder and coordinator of the international Give ‘em Hope Campaign; a Marriage Equality Pioneer who successfully campaigned for a change in marriage legislation by taking a legal case to the European Court of Human Rights with Equal Love UK and writer of Never Blend In – LGBTQ+ Stories of Resilience and Empowerment. He created the RESPECT Program; an Academic Management, Tutor and Business Support training program, based upon the EQUALITY ACT 2010, which offered opportunities for all participants to explore and celebrate diversity and which created a forum for the development of immeasurable cultural enhancement in terms of recruitment, retention, achievement and progression. Most recently, he has worked with the National Probation Service, British Transport Police and the British Library on projects to enhance working supportively with neurodivergent colleagues and clients and has written the foreword for Retreating Forward: A Spiritual Practice with Transgender Persons by David Elias Weekley.
  • John Amaechi OBE
    John Amaechi OBE
    Founder
    APS Intelligence Ltd
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    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Business Development Director
    myGwork
    Michelle Raymond is the Business Development Director at myGwork, a global networking hub and job board for LGBTQ+ professionals and graduates. In addition to being a public speaker and D&I consultant, Michelle is also an accomplished musician who performs under the artist name ‘Michi.’ She has graced the stage with some of the biggest names in music today including Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor, DJ Marshmello, Rita Ora, and Carly Rae Jepsen.
  • Fabrice Alberti
    Fabrice Alberti
    Transformation & Agil Manager
    CNP Partners
  • Oti Camacho Mendoza
    Oti Camacho Mendoza
    Coordinadora Área Empleo
    Kifkif: entre iguales
  • Domingo Valero Cabello
    Domingo Valero Cabello
    Talent Acquisition Specialist
    Enterprise
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    Julie Coles
    Julie Coles
    Knowledge Management Consultant
    Willis Towers Watson
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    Chris Edwards  (MENTOR)
    Chris Edwards (MENTOR)
    CSR & Diversity Director
    Travers Smith
    Happy to be contacted for LGBT related career advice and support
  • Guanpeng Li
    Guanpeng Li
    Business Control Officer
    Bank of America
    I arrived in the UK in 1999 and have been living here longer than my home country now. After graduated from City University, I have been working in the City of London for various banks, ABN Amors, HSBC, RBS and have been with Bank of America since 2009. I have worked in Operations, Middle Office, Finance and COO team.
  • Lianna Brinded
    Lianna Brinded
    Head of Yahoo Finance UK
    Verizon Media
    Lianna Brinded is the Head of Yahoo Finance UK, Global lead for PACE @ Verizon, formerly known as elevAsian, responsible for engagement for 140,000 staff and is on the board of directors for major membership organisation DIAL Global. Prior to Yahoo, she was the bureau chief for Europe, Middle East, and Africa for tech and media brand Quartz and was a founding editor of Business Insider UK newsroom where she grew and led the group from 4 people, to a newsroom of 40+ in the UK. She's also worked at a range of titles, such as the Wall Street Journal Europe and CNBC and is a regular broadcaster at BBC, TalkRadio, and LBC and has taken part in a number of speaking events such as Mobile World Congress, One Young World, and the World Economic Forum in Davos.
  • Bryant Yang
    Bryant Yang
    Analyist
    Macquarie Group Limited
  • Gerald Lee
    Gerald Lee
    Global Strategy Director
    GlaxoSmithKline
    I'm a Global Market Access Director at ViiV Healthcare, the HIV business unit of GlaxoSmithKline. I'm responsible for ViiV's portfolio strategy and capabilities program, focusing on the pricing & reimbursement of our innovative portfolio of medicines across key global markets. I'm a proud Chinese-Canadian-Australian-Brit! I currently live in London with my husband and two young children.
  • Qiuyan Chen
    Qiuyan Chen
    Founder and director
    Queer China UK
    Chinese LGBT activist, rich experience on gender inclusive education, youth empowerment, media and law advocacy practice. In 2014-16 I has pursued three lawsuits against the Chinese Ministry of Education and a higher education publishing house over textbooks that describe homosexuality as a “psychological disorder”. (BBC Report about my activism: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37335802 ) Meanwhile,founded the Youth Grassroots Action Alliance empowering the young generation. Since 2019, I start the entrepreneuership journey in London, founded Queer China UK(registered as Queer International Ltd), exploring the intersection between equal rights and social entrepreneurship.
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    Zen Ng
    Zen Ng
    Project Manager
    MMC
    Zen is based in London and works as a Project Manager within the Global Benefits Management team in MMC. He is the deputy co-chair for the PRIDE UK network and a charity champion. His proudest recent achievement was raising £1000 for mental health charity MIND UK.
  • Aisha Shaibu
    Aisha Shaibu
    Senior Research Scientist
    Confidential Employer
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    Andrew Seedall
    Andrew Seedall
    Writer, Consultant and Facilitator-Sustainability & Social Investment
    Freelance
    We are all made of stories, a human story, an organisation’s story, a community’s story. What is your story and how would you like it told? This is my story. I hope you enjoy. Andrew is a script writer, drama practitioner and informal educator. Andrew learnt his craft facilitating Street Theatre with young people and gang members in Northern Peru, leading youth programmes across the North-West of England and more recently as part of the alumni of Studio Salford Write For the Stage. With an academic background in Sociology and Youth studies, Andrew works at the intersection of both Theatre and Social Sciences. Andrew has a rare ability to engage young people and families by inspiring confidence, building relationships and providing services absolutely tailored to the needs of the individual person. Andrew’s knowledge and understanding of the multiplicity of issues informing the development of young people and communities who experience disadvantage personally or who grow up in socially disadvantaged areas is comprehensive. His academic and contextual professional knowledge are always fully deployed to mitigate the impact of disadvantage on local children, their families and the wider community. He has always been able to listen and asses need from which he develops dynamic community programmes which often complement government policies and agendas. Andrew is both a leader and team player having lead a successful and vibrant Youth Charity which he had grown from inception. Being able to apply himself to any challenge, Andrew takes on significant strategic and executive responsibilities for organisations, confidently and effectively supporting them to innovate, change and achieve their respective visions. Having worked in the private, public, third and education sectors, Andrew is at his best and happiest whenever he is directly involved with people whether, students, families, young people, clients or customers. If you want to get things done, bring about change, have ambitious plans to transform what you do and the lives of people you are working with get in touch to see how I can support your work and help you tell your story.
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    Char Bailey
    Char Bailey
    NLP coach
    Char Bailey Coaching
  • Devin Ibañez
    Devin Ibañez
    Professional Rugby Player and Public Speaker
    New England Free Jacks
    Devin Ibañez is the first openly gay Major League Rugby player and is dedicated to LGBTQ+ advocacy in sport. He hopes to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ athletes and make sport an inclusive space for them. Raised in Boston, MA, Devin played for Major League Rugby team, the New England Free Jacks, in their 2019 exhibition season. He won a gold medal while representing Team USA at the 2017 World Maccabiah Games in Israel. He also won the 2018 D1 National Championship with his club team, Mystic River Rugby Club. When not playing, Devin has coached rugby at Westlake Boys High School in New Zealand, his alma mater Brookline High School and most recently with the Northeast Academy. He holds a degree in sport management and education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Devin was announced Global Ambassador for International Gay Rugby (IGR) in May 2021. He is now looking towards a career in Public Speaking and Community Engagement.
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    Nikki Symmons
    Nikki Symmons
    Global Content Studio Operations and Planning
    Philip Morris International
    Public speaker, multi-brand ambassador, relationship builder and nurturer, transferring 13 years of experience and knowledge as an elite athlete from the sports world into the corporate environment. My extensive experience as an elite athlete in a team sport provides a unique perspective and mindset in an ever changing business environment. Global project management professional, with a vast array of digital platform and social media content creation experience, including working with broadcasters and top partners. 2020 OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Future Leader, by Yahoo Finance 2020/21 Ambassador for Valencia Gay Games 2026 bid 2020/21 PMI Stripes Global Head of Programs and Events (LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) 2017 EY Women Athletes in Business Mentee 2015 EuroHockey 'Hall of Fame' inductee 2015 Sport for Business list of most Influential Women in Irish Sport 2013 First Irish athlete to reach 200 caps in any sport (male or female) 2013 First Irish Female athlete to 'come out' publicly - Diversity and inclusion role model - Women in sport influencer - Public speaker - Digital sports media - Sponsorship management - Digital strategy & multi-channel content strategy - Experience working in a global organisation with varied backgrounds and cultures
  • Claire  Harvey
    Claire Harvey
    Head of Inclusive Leadership
    KPMG
  • Jenn Rumbach
    Jenn Rumbach
    Global LGBTIQ+ Focal Point
    International Organization for Migration
    Jenn is Global LGBTIQ+ Focal Point for the International Organization for Migration. She serves on the UN-GLOBE Board, the UN group representing LGBTIQ+ staff, and is a member of the Research Advisory Group on the All Survivor’s Project, an organization focusing on crisis-related sexual violence affecting men and LGBTIQ+ people. Since 2005, Jenn has worked in the field of migration in a number of countries, including Benin, Ghana, Egypt, Iraq, India, Jordan, Pakistan and Nepal, and was part of the IOM 2015 Nepal earthquake response team. She authored a training package on working with people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) in the humanitarian context that is now in wide use, including by IOM, UNHCR, other UN agencies, NGOs and national asylum offices. She has trained more than 1700 humanitarian professionals serving 30 UN agencies, governments and organizations in 17 countries on how to create inclusive and safe spaces for LGBTIQ+ people who migrate or seek international protection as refugees, and advises IOM and other organizations on LGBTIQ+ inclusion in humanitarian programmatic work. She has also managed the development of protection-related trainings on intersectionality, disability, gender, children and older people. Her published work includes Towards Inclusive Resettlement for LGBTI Refugees in Forced Migration Review (2013) and Sexual and Gender Minorities in Humanitarian Emergencies in Issues of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Humanitarian Emergencies (2014). She was a 2005-06 Fulbright Scholar to Ghana, where she researched refugee security issues in camp settings.
  • Elise Blackmon
    Elise Blackmon
    Senior IDT Analyst
    Reynolds American, Inc.
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    Laura McLean
    Laura McLean
    Project Manager & Inclusion Mentor
    Santander
    Hi, I'm Laura. I am an experienced Product Owner and Project Management professional with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry. *** I aspire to leave a legacy of strong, resilient individuals, who are empowered with the beliefs that 1. they can achieve anything simply because of who they are and 2. they can drive results through supporting others to unlock their potential and work at their best. *** I am currently a mentor on cohort 4 of INvolve's cross industry programme aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion across 3 key areas: - HERoes - champions and allies for gender diversity - OUTstanding - LGBTQ+ and allies - EMpower - ethnic minority groups and allies *** Read more about me here in "Pride is important because it allows us to celebrate who we are without fear of judgement - an Interview with Laura McLean" https://www.mygwork.com/en/my-g-news/pride-is-important-because-it-allows-us-to-celebrate-who-we-are-without-fear-of-judgement-an-interview-with-laura-mclean
  • Roshni Hainsworth
    Roshni Hainsworth
    UK Governance Leader and Global co-chair of Mercer Pride
    Mercer
    I am a pensions professional and the UK Governance Leader in Mercer's Wealth business. I have been a co-chair for Mercer's Pride BRG for two years and I was the UK co-chair before that. I'm passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion for all.
  • Francisco Gallego
    Francisco Gallego
    Account Manager & Global Growth Chair
    Expedia Group
    Welcome to my profile! I'm a believer in the power of inclusion to enable innovation, acceleration and growth in every company. Special interest in fostering belonging and its impact on the organization's culture. Besides my leadership role committed to the global growth of Pride, I'm an Account Manager who thrives partnering with diverse stakeholders across countries. I'm the first (and only) certified Mental Health First Aider in my organization in Spain and Portugal. More conversations around mental health are mandatory and I am happy to talk about this or any other topic related to the future of our organizations. Thanks for checking my profile, feel free to ping me any time!
  • Ruth Burns
    Ruth Burns
    Living Well Services Manager
    Terrence Higgins Trust
    Over 10 years at Terrence Higgins Trust running a variety of services supporting people living with HIV to live well.
  • Maria Sjödin
    Maria Sjödin
    Deputy Executive Director
    OutRight ACTION INTERNATIONAL
  • Keelin Mitchell
    Keelin Mitchell
    Knowledge Management Coordinator
    Pearson
    Keelin is based in Orlando, FL and is the Knowledge Management Coordinator for the Operations and Analytics team at Pearson Education, the world's leading learning company. She brings experience in social psychology as well as communications, and applies it to her role within the education sector. She has a passion for mental health, particularly as it pertains to LGBTQ+ issues. She is a member of Pearson's Spectrum UK, a global resource group for LGBTQ+ people and allies.
  • Jaime de Blas Lop
    Jaime de Blas Lop
    Associate Director, Project Delivery
    PPD
    A nurse by background, I have spent the first 15 years of my career working in clinical research first based in different hospital settings in Spain and the United Kingdom and later in clinical research within clinical operations in China and the United Kingdom and more recently in project delivery. I currently lead a global study managers team within Functional Services Partnerships therapeutic unit of a large Contract Research Organisation (CRO). In 2019 I supported the launch of PPD's LGBT employee resource group "PPD Pride" and continued to support and develop the different opportunities to support our colleagues.
  • Shaan Knan
    Shaan Knan
    Project Manager
    Freelance
    Shaan Knan is a Diversity Consultant, LGBTQI+ Heritage Manager, Campaigner and Public Speaker based in London (UK). He is the author of 'A Roadmap to Inclusion: Supporting Trans People of Faith'. Download freely: https://www.gires.org.uk/a-road-map-to-inclusion-supporting-trans-people-of-faith/
  • Dane Buckley
    Dane Buckley
    Support Services Manager
    Rainbow Migration
    I am the Support Service Manager for Rainbow Migration (formerly UKLGIG). I lead on growing, developing and delivering services offering practical and emotional support to LGBTQI+ people seeking asylum. Our service includes emotional support, support groups, advocacy, legal referrals, support with housing, access to health and help navigating the asylum system. I previously worked for the Leaving Care Team at Medway Social Services and before that was the Wellbeing Service Manager for the London Irish Centre, overseeing a service for 200+ vulnerable adults. I have also freelanced for Local Authorities, contributing to parenting capacity assessments on behalf of L.A.C Teams and Child Protection Teams. I am from Harrow and am of Irish and Anglo-Indian heritage.
  • Zoe Puckering
    Zoe Puckering
    Client Delivery Team Lead
    Mental Health First Aid England
    My background is in employee wellbeing and employee benefits. I am interested in all things: wellbeing / mental health / diversity & inclusion / employee engagement / recognition / sport & fitness. As well as leading the Client Delivery Team at MHFA England I also sit on the UK Coaching Duty of Care committee.
  • Maylis Djikalou
    Maylis Djikalou
    Programme Director
    WE CREATE SPACE
    Maylis is a transformation coach and consultant who has worked at the intersection of creative and mental health industries for the last ten years; curating international events and strategic partnerships to promote wellbeing in the workplace as a competitive advantage. She is also Programme Director at WE CREATE SPACE, the LGBTQ+ self-empowerment platform, designing learning and development experiences that support Queer Leaders with becoming the most impactful version of themselves - inside their own communities and organisations.
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    Marc E D Svensson (he/him)
    Marc E D Svensson (he/him)
    Founder & CEO
    Helsa
    I'm an LGBTQ+ mental health advocate, social psychologist, entrepreneur and researcher. I'm the founder and CEO of Helsa, a mental health platform for LGBTQ+ people. Our mission is to help LGBTQ+ people improve their mental health and live happier lives.
  • Cristina Gaviria Beltrán
    Cristina Gaviria Beltrán
    Creative Lead
    myGwork
    myGwork’s Creative Lead is artist Cristina Gaviria Beltrán. Her work goes more than being solely engaged in the visual aspect of the company; her personal work is a constant questioning of non -binary visions of sexuality and intimacy in a society which sorrowfully still seeks to undermine them. Therefore, she celebrates the liberty from her own self- exploration and experimentation in it. From there, being able to work at a place like myGwork which precisely act upon that concern through all that which we offer in the corporate world, makes her job position not only a practical approach to the visual language, but a poetic performance of living all that which she reconnoiters: through and by the flesh and the actual acting upon that concern through practical implementations of the desired transformations
  • Bev Crair
    Bev Crair
    Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute & Capacity
    Oracle
  • Laura Benson (She/Her)
    Laura Benson (She/Her)
    Senior Sales Development Manager
    Salesforce
    Laura Benson is a Senior Sales Development Manager at Salesforce - Mulesoft. As a black lesbian of African descent who has lived in African and Middle Eastern countries where it is illegal to be gay, Laura recognises the privilege of now being able to live freely in the UK and she is using that privilege to support members of the LGBT+ community who struggle with homophobia and self acceptance. Prior to her current role at Salesforce, she worked for Finastra where she also held a global project Manager position for Finastra’s LGBT+ Employee Resource Group. In her Project Manager role, Laura helped steer various initiatives which ensure that the company continues to foster an inclusive environment where employees can bring their whole selves to work.
  • Nancy Long
    Nancy Long
    Sr Mgr Information & Digital Technology - Portfolio Mgmt
    Reynolds American
    Nancy has worked 30+ years at Reynolds American. Over her career, she has worked in R&D, HR and now Information & Digital Technology - IDT. Nancy is currently the US – IDT Portfolio Manager tracking and reporting US project investments to our global parent company. Nancy holds the following degrees:​ B.S. - Business with concentration on Human Resource Development, Georgia State University​ M.B.A - Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, Phoenix University​ ​The one constant in Nancy's many roles in the organization has been her ability to manage people and processes to help solve problems, whether recruiting the right folks for open roles while in HR, or helping to find the right solutions for IDT problems today.
  • Chelsea Ziegler
    Chelsea Ziegler
    Commercial Insight Analyst
    RS Components
    Chelsea is Co-Chair of the employee-led, SPECTRUM LGBTQ+ community within RS Components. She holds a Masters in Business from Warwick Business School, where she focused on leading and managing change, improving organizational design, and digital collaboration. In her own words, "LGBTQIA+ well-being, outreach, and organizational attitudes toward LGBTQIA+ communities are all topics about which I care passionately. RS has given me the opportunity to raise awareness for those causes within our business by helping to lead SPECTRUM, as well as increase visibility for bisexuals in our community."
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    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Head of Customer Success
    myGwork
    Laila Howard is the Head of Customer Success at myGwork. myGwork is the business community for LGBT+ professionals, graduates, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in workplace equality. Laila’s goal is to help her customers connect, network + thrive. Before joining the company, Laila created talent marketing strategies for a large portfolio of clients across several industries. LGBTQ+ equality has always been a personal and professional passion of hers.
  • Andrew Meaney
    Andrew Meaney
    Sales Insights Data Lead & EMEA Co-Leader of Oracle Pride Employee Network
    Oracle
    I am based out of Ireland, and I work as the Data Lead for the Sales Insights team in Oracle Digital EMEA. My role is to understand how to best use data around our customers, and then develop tools and insights that help our sales reps easily understand and action the insights. I am also one of the Co-Leaders for OPEN (Oracle Pride Employee Network) in EMEA, a member of the Oracle Ireland D&I committee, and the lead for our Global Pride event.
  • David McLaughlan
    David McLaughlan
    doctor
    self employed
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    Andrew Harrison
    Andrew Harrison
    Key Account Manager
    Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I
  • Florestan Falize
    Florestan Falize
    Head of HR, France
    AB InBev
  • Lara Laila Gärber
    Lara Laila Gärber
    Diversity & Inclusion Manager Europe
    AB InBev
  • Rocio Boadella-Orozco
    Rocio Boadella-Orozco
    Brand Content Manager
    Budweiser Brewing Group
  • Madina Sergazina
    Madina Sergazina
    MBA Recruitment Expert
    AB InBev
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    Jo Dean
    Jo Dean
    Key Account Manager
    AB InBev
  • Roger STEEL
    Roger STEEL
    Managing Director, Hong Kong and Macau
    Willis Towers Watson
    Roger leads Willis Towers Watson’s business in Hong Kong and Macau and is a member of the Asia Matrix Leadership Team. Roger has 39 years of experience in senior roles in the insurance and consulting industries. He has worked in Hong Kong for 19 of the last 24 years, in both country CEO and regional roles in life insurance, pensions and professional services. He has served on the boards of companies in Hong Kong, mainland China and Malaysia. A licensed insurance broker and an experienced consultant, role has led major projects and client relationships across the region. Roger is also Chairman of Willis Towers Watson’s Asia Inclusion and Diversity Council, leading the firm’s efforts to engage its 4,500 employees across Asia to foster inclusivity and diversity, and sponsoring Asia I&D initiatives such as inclusive leadership training, I&D Awards, and participation and sponsorship of community events such as Pride, Dive In, Pink Dot and membership of LGBT, women’s and disability community organisations and events across the region. Roger serves with the Pink Alliance in Hong Kong and is a member of Interbank Hong Kong, having been a member of the Interbank Advisory Council for 2018-2020. Roger is an active participant, supporter and donor for LGBT community organisations including the Gay Games 2022, AIDS Concern and the Out in Hong Kong GLTA Tennis Tournament.
  • Dave Given
    Dave Given
    Retirement Director
    Willis Towers Watson
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    Veronica Naranjo
    Veronica Naranjo
    Marketing manager
    Willis Towers Watson
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    Serafino Capoferri
    Serafino Capoferri
    Commodity Analyst
    Macquarie Bank
    Sell-side, cross-commodities analyst. Strong enthusiast towards value investing with a particular interest in metals and energy finance. I've spoken at international conferences around the world and advised buy-side institutions, governments and mining companies on all aspects of bulk commodities. I am an active member of the Macquarie Pride EMEA network.
  • Geff Parsons
    Geff Parsons
    Managing Director
    Macquarie Group Limited
    A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Geff has over a quarter of a century of experience in investment banking, based variously in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Amsterdam. He joined Macquarie in 2013 as a Managing Director in the EMEA region, and now focuses on structured risk mitigation and distribution, and key change management projects. Geff has also chaired the Pride (LGBTQ+) employee network group for over seven years, during which time it has grown to include (with allies) one-third of the ~2,000 staff in the EMEA region. Under his stewardship, Macquarie: • won the inaugural PinkNews’ Business Equality Award in October 2018, in recognition of its exemplary commitment to LGBTQ+ rights within its workforce, its customers and the business; and • has been named in the Top UK 100 Employers list by the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ rights charity, Stonewall, in each of its past four years of submission (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020). Individually, Geff’s passion for promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion and equality has resulted in his: • winning the award for ‘LGBT+ Inspirational Leader’ at the British LGBT Awards in May 2019; • being ranked in the top quartile of the global list of the Top 100 LGBT+ Executives in each of 2018 and 2019 (sponsored by the Financial Times and Yahoo Finance); and • being nominated for the award of 'Corporate Role Model' at the Pink News Awards in October 2018. Outside work, Geff acts as trustee for two important UK-based LGBTQ+ charities: GiveOut and Diversity Role Models. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on D&I-related matters.
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    Pablo De Luca
    Pablo De Luca
    President
    Argentina LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    President and co-founder at CCGLAR -Argentina LGBT Chamber of Commerce- a leading Argentinean member-based organization dedicated to increasing LGBT tourism to this country. CCGLAR also focuses on Diversity and LGBT Inclusion in the workplace and works closely with corporations and organizations. Co-founder at Gnetwork360 a Latin American LGBT Travel Organization, based in Buenos Aires and dedicated to promote LGBT tourism in Argentina and the region for the last 13 years.
  • Josh Rivers
    Josh Rivers
    Creator and host
    Busy Being Black
    Josh Rivers is the creator and host of Busy Being Black, the podcast exploring how we live in the fullness of our queer Black lives. The show centres conversations with those who have learned - and are learning - to thrive at the intersection of their identities, and is a regular feature on LGBTQ and Black History Month lists on both Apple and Spotify. Josh volunteers his time as the head of communications for UK Black Pride, and was a founding member of Series Q, a network of mentorship, learning and support for LGBTQ entrepreneurs.
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    Jose Ramos García
    Jose Ramos García
    Deputy Head of Consular Legal Affairs
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain
  • Philippe Robertet Montesinos
    Philippe Robertet Montesinos
    Deputy Director of International Relations
    INSTITUTO CERVANTES
    Philippe Robertet Montesinos Deputy Director of International Relations at the Instituto Cervantes (The public institution created by Spain in 1991 to universally promote the teaching, study and use of Spanish and to contribute to the dissemination of Hispanic cultures abroad) Graduate in Economics (Specialty: International economy and economic development) from Universidad Complutense in Madrid (Spain) After five years as external auditor in Ernst & Young, I joined the Instituto Cervantes (IC) in February 1992, just a few months after its creation. Over the last 27 years I have been involved with Accounting and Budget as Chief Accountant (1992 to 2003), with economic, finance and assets Management as Director of Administration (2003 to 2012), with strategy, analysis and management control as well as with project management as Deputy Director of Strategic Planning from 2012, and finally with International Relations and cultural Diplomacy. As deputy director of International Relations my fields of action are: Planning the activities of our organization abroad, specially building bridges and relations with strategic partners. Act as Focal Point of Instituto Cervantes at EUNIC. Direct responsibility on a number of corporate projects (design and administration of the exams for Spanish nationality, design of a platform of hispanoamerican cultural diplomacy and cultural cooperation) Member of LGTBI platform EXteriorEsDiverso since its creation in 2019
  • Acto Paulson
    Acto Paulson
    Audiovisual Communication
    It Gets Better España
    Graduada en Comunicación Audiovisual por la Escuela Politécnica Superior de Gandia. Social Media Manager Lo mío son las letras y las personas. Voluntaria y vicepresidenta de It Gets Better España Passion & Empathy
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    Marcel Lepage, MBA
    Marcel Lepage, MBA
    Senior Associate Director
    IE Business School
    Psychologist and MBA with more than 8 years of experience in multinational companies in the financial, consumer and education sector, across EMEA and the Americas, working on HR strategy and Talent Management. Direct experience working with C¬-Level executives and accompnaying transformational projects, including transational acquisitions valued over €1BN advising on the change management strategy. Strong analitical and data driven mindset with strong stakeholder management skills,
  • José Ignacio Miedes Juste
    José Ignacio Miedes Juste
    Communication & Patient Access Parnter
    Roche
  • Pablo Gonzalez de la Torre
    Pablo Gonzalez de la Torre
    FORBES 30UNDER30 | Founder & CEO
    Trivu
    Founder & CEO of @Wearetrivu | @FORBES 30UNDER30 Spain | @iebusiness Alumni | @EF_Fellows Global Youth Leader | @AEDtweets Board Member | @HumanAgeInsES Influencer
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    Miguel Garzón
    Miguel Garzón
    Country Manager
    myGwork
    Director de myGwork en España y LatAm con una larga trayectoria profesional y de formación en Reino Unido y Sudáfrica. Experiencia tanto en el sector público como privado, liderando equipos profesionales.
  • Paul Chavez (He/Them)
    Paul Chavez (He/Them)
    Community Engagement Manager
    Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • ying xin
    ying xin
    Executive Director
    ying xin
    Ying is the executive director of Beijing LGBT Center. she is a visiting scholar at Columbia University. Since 2009, she has been actively campaigning for LGBT rights and women's rights. At the Beijing LGBT Center, Ying has led advocacy and awareness campaigns against conversion therapy for LGBT persons and for the removal of homosexuality from the CCMD-3 (Chinese Classification of Mental Disorder). Ying also co-curated the China Women’s Film Festival and co-founded Wuhan Rainbow, a community-based LGBT organization. Ying was an initiator of National Survey on Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression in China conducted in partnership with the United Nations Development Program and Peking University. She also initiated the first National Survey on Living situation of transgender people in China.
  • Tarek Zeidan
    Tarek Zeidan
    Executive Director
    Helem
    Tarek is a sexual and bodily rights activist from Beirut, Lebanon advocating for the rights and protection of LGBT individuals and groups in the MENA region and is the president and executive director of Helem, the first LGBT rights organization in the Arab World, founded in Beirut in 2001. He also is a specialist on teaching adaptive leadership and is working towards starting the first leadership laboratory in the MENA region focused exclusively on youth, civil society, civic engagement, and conflict transformation. He is a global fellow at the Ford Foundation, an ELI fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership, and a human rights fellow the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard. Tarek has previously worked as manager of communications and director of strategic planning for the MENA region at both the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace MENA offices in Doha and Beirut respectively. He obtained his BA from the American University of Beirut, his MALD in and international relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and his MPA in human rights law and advocacy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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    JORGE GARRIDO FUENTES
    JORGE GARRIDO FUENTES
    Executive Director
    Apoyo Positivo
    I'm executive director of the Spanish NGO Apoyo Positivo (www.apoyopositivo.org) since 2010, a community resource for social innovation, created in 1993, because of the HIV/aids pandemic. As a social and health professional, after many years managing health and educational programs for patients and communities (Mental Health, Alzheimer, Elder community, Down Syndrome, etc.), and also being part of the LGTBIQ community, had the opportunity to lead Apoyo Positivo some years ago, and the HIV experience, and specially the work beside the most affected communities and their realities, inspired me to generate a new organizational vision to advocate for their rights, my own rights, but also the whole society's rights, as Sexual and Reproductive Rights are. Since there, our project works attending the needs of Diversity in Health, Education and Rights and we also promote the social entrepreneurship and co-creation beside the diverse community as a tool for social change. Diversity makes us smarter and it's the chance to challenge the status quo which is still violating human rights and not contributing to a peaceful society. Diversity is the way to a better conflict management, at the personal but also professional level. It's time to walk beside Diversity!
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    Lukasz Konieczka
    Lukasz Konieczka
    Executive Director
    Mosaic LGBT Young Persons' Trust
    born in Sopot, Poland started his education at the College for Social Workers where he graduated with a specialism in community development before continuing his education doing social psychology at SWPS University. Throughout his studies, Lukasz volunteered for Amnesty International as campaign coordinator and association 'Together against AIDS' as volunteers' coordinator. Volunteering, however, butters no parsnips, so he had to work in a bank throughout his studies, he decided to move to the UK to work as a social worker. That however proved to be difficult as his qualifications although achieved with distinction were not recognised in the UK. He, therefore, worked in a nursing home in Farnborough as a head of activities department before moving to London to work for Brent Youth Services as a Mosaic Project manager. He took up any opportunity of learning offered by his employer and did qualifications in education management alongside youth work before he was made redundant and the project closed following government cuts. Lukasz however together with his colleagues founded the charity Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre that continued and expanded the work supporting, educating and inspiring LGBT+ young persons in order to shape proud, strong and cohesive LGBT+ community of the future. Lukasz describes himself as a bit of an eccentric Humanist with the passion for Equality and Human Rights. In his spare time, he volunteers on Community Advisory Board of Pride in London is a chair of the board of trustees for another charity Greater London Youth Foundation as well as volunteers as a home visitor for Refugees at Home where he says he can put into practice his strong belief that all humans have a right to dignity and decent housing. He also volunteered on the advisory board of YMCA West London for nearly two years, but his time wasn't able to stretch enough to carry on with that engagement.
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    Natasha Walker
    Natasha Walker
    Senior Global Pricing Analyst
    RS Components
  • Niurka Gibaja Yábar
    Niurka Gibaja Yábar
    Teologia, Educación, Formación, Administrativa, Hosteleria, Ongs
    Bolsa de Empleo para la Comunidad Trans
    Soy Niurka, una mujer responsable, dinámica, positiva, confiable y honesta. Me gusta el trabajo en equipo, lo novedoso, innovador y creativo; me gusta el trabajo de calidad y calidez humana. Soy una persona que le gusta tratar con personas, trato de estar atenta a lo que piden, necesitan o buscan. Tengo un espíritu solidario, comunitario. Disfruto mucho de la gratuidad de los momentos libres, pero también me gusta la seriedad y puntualidad en el trabajo. Finalmente decir que, soy una persona abierta, directa y sincera…Busco el diálogo y la escucha en las relaciones humanas, porque creo que son la mejor manera para solucionar conflictos. https://felgtb.org/yeswetrans/
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    Ann Marie Docherty
    Ann Marie Docherty
    Deputy Centre Director
    JLL
    I am the Deputy Centre Director, for JLL managing a large shopping centre on the south coast of England, main responsibilities are for security, cleaning, health & safety, staff welfare, budgets and budget setting and the day to day running of the shopping centre. JLL have been hugely supportive of me both in my professional life and in my personnel life. I am originally from Glasgow, I visited Brighton for the weekend, and never left, that was 26years ago, I fell in love with the cosmopolitan life style, the ability to live my life as who I am, and not having to hide my sexuality was and still is liberating, not forgetting the much better weather.
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    Laura-Rose Thorogood
    Laura-Rose Thorogood
    Founder/ Strategic Account Director
    THE LGBT Mummies Tribe / REDBOX GROUP
    My name is Laura-Rose & I am a Strategic Account Director for REDBOX GROUP managing UK wide group accounts & New Business. I am also Founder of 'The LGBT Mummies Tribe' . Our sole purpose is to ‘Educate, Share, & Celebrate’ LGBT+ women & people worldwide on the path to motherhood or parenthood. We act as a central point of support & a safe haven through providing information, guidance & knowledge on the available routes to starting a family through our website & social channels. From educational resources, support groups & services, information on charities, LGBT+ brands, & sharing your stories with our community to our annual UK ‘Meets’ where families come together to celebrate our community, make friends & share their experiences. Whether you are thinking of starting a family or have children already by fertility treatment, surrogacy, adoption, fostering, as a single parent, co-parent or a step parent, all are welcome. We are passionate about equality are currently in talks with the Government, work directly with the NHSE/I, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives & other UK governing bodies& organizations. We work with them to bring policy change & support to ensure equality & inclusivity to LGBT+ women & their children through fertility, healthcare & associated services. I am also on the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists ‘Women’s Voices Involvement Panel’, National Maternity Voices Partnership, Mid & South Essex Maternity Voices Partnership, providing my knowledge & experience of the LGBT+ community we support & also my own lived experience. My wife & I are also Ambassadors for The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health supporting LGBT+ parents through their fertility treatment at the clinic. We have worked with Stonewall as part of their 30th Anniversary campaign & have also been personally invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister & have had multiple articles & interviews published about the work we do. We also partner with worldwide clinics, sperm banks & other organizations to provide education & information to our community. Of late we have partnered or worked with the Met Police, GLAAD, Tommy's, Philips (globally), Pregnancy+ App, Maternal Mental Health Alliance, Silver Cross, Tommee Tippee, I also work as a Speaker & writer & have presented & spoken at events, summits & meetings for many of the above organizations, an regularly am invited to speak on podcasts & interviewed for media outlets & write articles for organizations regarding the work we do & our lived experience, our expertise. We work tirelessly to inspire LGBT+ women & people on their quest to motherhood or parenthood, whilst working to ‘usualize’ our families in the media & creating a more inclusive future for our children, by providing visibility of our families, creating change & equality.
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    Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW
    Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW
    Leading LGBT Expert
    ThisIsKryss.com
    Named by The New York Times and many national and international platforms as America's go-to Leading LGBT Expert, Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW (she/her) has 25+ years of experience guiding the world's top leaders in business, education, and community via individual, small group, and full-staff trainings. She is known for making each organization's specific Diversity and Inclusion needs become more manageable, approachable, and actionable. This includes physical spaces, hiring practices, policies/procedures, and more. Kryss has two Master’s degrees, two licenses to practice mental healthcare, and she is currently working toward her PhD while shaping the minds of learners as a Lecturer at Columbia University and an Adjunct Professor at Brandman University. She is also the author of "The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion," the first book of its kind to guide educators, administrators, and school staff to become able and empowered to make their schools more LGBT+ inclusive.
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    Sue Sanders
    Sue Sanders
    Chair
    SCHOOLS OUT UK
    I am Professor Emeritus of the Harvey Milk Institute, the founder of LGBT History Month UK and the website The Classroom which has over 100 lesson plans that usulaise LGBT people, issues and concepts across the curriculum, for all ages and adheres to the national curriculum. My passion is to educate OUT prejudice and enable LGBT+ people in all their diversity to be visible safe and proud. I am an out and proud lesbian activist who been around for over 40 years! I am the chair of Schools OUT UK a charity that organises LGBT+ History Month UK, The Classroom and the international LGBT History Festival OUTing the Past. I am also a member of the Independent Advisory Group to the Government on Hate Crime.
  • Matthew Van As
    Matthew Van As
    Festival Director
    Cape Town Pride
    Hi All, My name is Matthew (He/Him/His) and I’m the festival director of Cape Town Pride/Regional Representative for Africa at InterPride and on the Global Advisory Council representing Africa. When I’m not hosting LGBTI+ Events I’m a lecturer at a private institute training teachers. I also LGBTI+ sensitivity workshops at corporate partners all over South Africa.
  • Shawn Kobetz
    Shawn Kobetz
    Partnerships Manager
    NYC Pride
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    Emmanuel Temores
    Emmanuel Temores
    Online Advertising Professional
    Monster Online
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    Daniel O'Gorman
    Daniel O'Gorman
    Partnerships Director
    Pride in London
    Dan is a highly experienced Sponsorship and Business Development Professional with extensive experience business growth, commercial development and investment strategy. Dan began his career in start-up’s; launching his own artist management company – Mercury Artist Management in 2011, before a record label as the Head of its UK A&R division. Dan was also part of the founding team responsible for the development and launch of KidZania London - a £24M new leisure and entertainment franchise to the UK Market. Dan led the UK commercial partnerships strategy, securing contracts with Shell, WWE, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Nike. In his capacity at KidZania, Dan was also responsible for the successful partnership activation and delivery for Unilever, Al Jazeera, Vitabiotics and Cadbury’s. In 2019, Dan was also appointed to the Board of Directors of ‘Pride in London’ as its Strategic Partnerships Director and has been responsible for Pride in London’s most financially successful year in its history. Dan was also appointed to the board of ‘Anthem Wales’ by the Arts Director of the Arts Council, tasked with securing £22Million of investment into Wales' music and cultural landscape. Dan joined Gay Times Group in June 2019 as its Commercial Director.
  • LoAnn Halden
    LoAnn Halden
    VP-Communications
    IGLTA
    I am journalist by degree who morphed into a travel writer and eventually to my communications role for the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association. I am, by my own definition, a "career queer," having always worked primarily in roles that supported the LGBTQ+ community, either in my home base of South Florida or globally, speaking on panels and attending conferences for IGLTA. I've been particularly proud that we've established the IGLTA Foundation to provide mentorship to LGBTQ+ business owners in challenging or emerging destinations, and want to help drive the continued push toward more diversity within our association. I'm currently living in London with my partner (soon to be my wife), and remain passionate about travel and working for the recovery of the tourism industry.
  • Darren Burn
    Darren Burn
    Group CEO
    OutOfOffice.com / TravelGay.com
    Darren is a former ITV journalist who set up luxury LGBT friendly travel company OutOfOffice.com in 2016. In 2018 the business acquired TravelGay.com, the world's most visited LGBT travel website. The businesses have grown year on year and boast a global audience.
  • Giuseppe Giulio
    Giuseppe Giulio
    Account Executive
    Gay.it
    People call me a marketing unicorn. Helping companies to work on LGBTQ+ community, and reach this target on the Internet using ads, brand content, digital pr, and special projects. Strong business development professional graduated from 24 Ore Business School. I can speak in Italian, English, and basic Spanish & German. Skilled in Digital Strategy, Creative Briefs, Brand Implementation, and Web Content. I'm currently working as Executive for Gay.it, the main LGBTQ+ media in Europe. I regularly speak at digital, and LGBTQ+ marketing conferences, including Gnetwork 360, Lincoln Center, and Hospitality Day. Since 2018 I have been a member of IGLTA.
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    Saski .
    Saski .
    LGBTQ+ Inclusion Consultant
    www.saski.co.uk
    Saski is a well established LGBTQ+ Inclusion Consultant, Official PRIDE Host, Interviewer, Radio host, Panel Moderator, Singer and out and proud Queer Parent. She has the unique ability to be versatile on a wide range of subjects, whilst engaging both her audiences and panellists bringing about the best conversations for education and awareness. Humour meets grace and knowledge meets respect...it’s what Saski does best. A keen activist for positive promotion and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and all, Saski has appeared on several BBC TV and Radio shows, promoting inclusion and has also worked closely with a variety of charities and organisations as an interviewer, LGBTQ+ Inclusion Trainer, guest speaker and Host, Including Diva Magazine, PRIDE London, Mermaids, Diversity Role Models, Clexacon, The British Youth Council and P3 Parenting Network to name but a few. Find out what’s she’s up to next on FB & Instagram @Saskisinger & Twitter @Saskisinger1
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    Raquel Rodríguez
    Raquel Rodríguez
    MAEC
    MAEC
  • Salvador Lorenzo
    Salvador Lorenzo
    Gerente de Diversidad
    REPSOL
    Gerente de Diversidad en REPSOL. Presidente de la Comisión de Formación de la Cámara de España. Embajador de la European Vocational Skills Week 2018-19
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    Rafal Szaniawski
    Rafal Szaniawski
    Leadership & Career Coach
    CoachRaf.com
    15+ years of global experience with clients like Barclays, Deloitte, and Standard & Poor’s, helping people build confidence, gain clarity and overcome limitations to find their way. I am an ICF Accredited and Hogan certified coach and guest author with Thrive Global. I am also passionate about designing and facilitating diversity and inclusion initiatives through workshops, training, and Employee Resources Groups (ERG). I volunteer for organizations supporting equality and justice for important causes, including women’s and LGBTQ rights. I run monthly career webinars for myGwork )
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    Hannah Marshall
    Hannah Marshall
    Talent Acquisition Project Lead
    Discovery
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    Ashley T Brundage
    Ashley T Brundage
    President
    Empowering Differences
  • Saul McCracken
    Saul McCracken
    Head Of Digital Content Enrichment
    RS Components
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    Oliver James
    Oliver James
    Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
  • Michael Edward Stephens
    Michael Edward Stephens
    Founder
    WE CREATE SPACE
    Michael spent over 10 years working in leadership positions for some of the world’s most respected British brands within the fashion, travel and retail industries - including i-D Magazine, Vice Media, Liberty London, Ted Baker and Virgin Atlantic. After a series of life changing events, Michael diverted from this career path to become a mental health and wellbeing advocate, promoting the importance and value of prioritising self-care, specifically within the creative and LGBTQ+ communities. He does this through his own channels, orchestrating relevant conversations and partnerships, as well as through Create Space, his retreat and workshop business. Michael also runs his own not-for-profit organisation, WE CREATE SPACE, providing free monthly online well-being workshops within the LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Omer Nakar
    Omer Nakar
    Music Therapist and CAMHS Practitioner
    NHS
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    Andreena Leeanne
    Andreena Leeanne
    Inspirational Speaker & Poet
    Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night
    Andreena Leeanne, is a Black Lesbian Inspirational Speaker, Workshop Facilitator & Poet. She writes and performs poetry to come to terms with and speak out about her personal experiences with homelessness, mental health, childhood sexual abuse & the many other challenges she has faced in her life. In January 2015 Andreena founded Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night. Poetry LGBT is a warm and welcoming space for the LGBTQ+ community to come together to share their experiences & creativity through poetry and spoken word. Andreena recently started Adult Survivors Open Mic for survivors of abuse to share their story through poetry. Andreena delivers self-care writing workshops online and in person. During these structured workshops the participants are encouraged to explore what self-care means to them especially during these challenging times. Andreena has performed her poetry at various community-led events, Labour Party events and for Local Authorities such as London Borough Hackney during LGBT History Month, the Greater London Authority and at International Women’s Day events; and has had her work published in the anthology Sista! (Team Angelica, 2018). Her debut poetry collection CHARRED has also been published by Team Angelica October 2020. In 2018 She was one of Stonewall’s Black History Month role models. In 2020 she has been shortlisted for a Positive LGBT Role Model National Diversity Award. In 2021 Andreena became a trustee of a charity called Action Breaks Silence whose mission is to end violence against women and girls. Charred is available to purchase on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Charred-survivor-speaks-truth-inspire/dp/1916356125 and Etsy https://etsy.me/2Uh6sFg Self-Care Writing Workshop brochure: https://read.bookcreator.com/rBwVm7T309XjIPCmTPyAM7gSdH63/amCYXQLKTtCdIAgnrqNVLA
  • Brandon Baranowski
    Brandon Baranowski
    ETL/EDI Analyst
    Willis Towers Watson
    Brandon is an ETL/EDI Analyst within the BDA segment of Willis Towers Watson, as well as the co-Lead of the Buffalo Office [email protected] Network and member of the MCIN and Workability Networks. Outside of the office, Brandon is the regional treasurer for an international 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization, volunteers with a local cat rescue and shelter, and is involved with local social action campaigns. In his remaining free time, Brandon enjoys travelling with his partner, cooking & exploring new cuisines, and pursuing a variety of artistic outlets.
  • Raven Gill
    Raven Gill
    Founder & Executive Director
    Butterfly Barbados
    Founder and Director of Butterfly Trans Barbados. An advocate who relentlessly targets key issues of the transgender, non-binary community in Barbados, as well as working with other civil society organizations throughout the Caribbean. My start in activism/advocacy came after an unfortunate event where I was in police custody for verbal self-defense and treated inhumanely while in custody. After that incident, I realized, even more, the abuse of authority and failure of the system to protect and fairly treat all of Barbados’ citizens & residents. I then firmly decided to be a visible reference to create change in the country with grand efforts working the media to get my messages circulated across the country and region. Being the current Executive Director of an LGBTQ organization, I saw that funders mainly focused on the MSM leaving transgender persons out or subsequently an afterthought to then be forced into the same target pool as MSMs. These funders' main focus is HIV. Understanding comprehensive general healthcare as well as mental health and wellness is necessary, it is not the only challenge my community faces. From needs assessment focus groups I facilitated, other Trans & non-binary persons want legislation reform & policy change is more important for gender marker amendment, gender identity recognition, social services, employment without fear of harassment and wrongful termination, and education with fear of public safety.
  • Shelley Roth
    Shelley Roth
    Head of Making a Difference
    Springboard Training-Gender NonBinary Training
    As a seasoned speaker, author, and social media entrepreneur, Shelley has helped hundreds of organizations transform old perceptions about business leadership and inclusion. Companies and individuals alike trust Shelley to simplify solutions for seemingly complicated business challenges and incorporate those solutions into action. With almost two decades of training businesses on the power of digital and social media marketing, Shelley now works with companies to create inclusive practices, answer questions and promote understanding related to the gender spectrum while building inclusive environments for all. These programs are presented with the goals of fostering more accepting conditions for all individuals regardless of their gender identity while raising awareness and providing structure on becoming an ally for gender nonbinary people. Shelley inspires audiences while offering strategies to impact business results. A sincere approach toward creating progress through open, honest dialogue and proactive policies not only makes it a fair world for all but also impacts the bottom line. Shelley’s 4th book, Don’t Call me Ma’am, shares the personal story of growing up with gender dysphoria and not understanding why “there’s something wrong here” constantly ran through their brain. The unique and valuable insights Shelley brings to business leaders and organizations is changing both the attitudes of the workplace and the bottom-line profits of organizations where the value of inclusion, equity and diversity is embraced. With their 5th book, A Field Guide to Gender-Neutral Language, for Business, Families & Allies, Shelley provides a resource for organizations, families and allies looking to incorporate gender-inclusive language and practices into everyday living. The book explains, in simple terms, basic gender expansive vocabulary and includes recommended approaches that recognize, honor and respect the individuality of every person. Whether you are welcoming a gender expansive employee into your company, seeking to improve your companies bottom line or embracing a family member on the gender spectrum, this book will help guide your efforts.
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    Lavanya Peri
    Lavanya Peri
    Talent Acquisition Business Partner
    RS Components
  • Luke Payne
    Luke Payne
    Senior Inventory Planner
    RS Components
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    Stephan Heinz
    Stephan Heinz
    Investor & CSO
    myGwork
    Experienced global consulting professional and MBA (INSEAD) with over 10 years in the aviation industry focusing on large scale airline transformation and restructuring projects. Strategic advisor and investor for start-ups focused on LGBTQ+ and diversity. Author and key note speaker on airline strategy, with a particular focus on Africa. Part-time lecturer on Airline Strategy (Cranfield Univerisity, University of Surrey). Passionate about aviation, flight simulation, travel, cooking, horse-riding, LGBT issues and helping businesses grow!
  • Sarah Short
    Sarah Short
    Director Talent Acquisition
    Discovery
  • Izaro Assa de Amilibia
    Izaro Assa de Amilibia
    People & Culture transformation
    BBVA
    Responsable de diversidad BBVA y fundadora del programa de intraemprendimiento de desarrollo personal Be Yourself
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    Pete Hazell
    Pete Hazell
    Support Lead
    Discovery
    I've been working in the TV industry for over 25 years in various roles, including creating presentation schedules, writing continuity links and producing and editing programmes and trailers. Since June 2010 I've been working for Discovery, where I currently support the presentation scheduling department. I'm also one of the co-chairs for our UK Pride group.
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    Charlotte Weatherall
    Charlotte Weatherall
    Director of Sales & Marketing
    The Langham, London
    Fortunate to have 20 years experience within the luxury hotel, resort and retail industries, working across all business segments both internationally and in the UK market. A proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, married to wife, Emily and living on the outskirts of London in Surrey.
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    Eugenio Pirri FCIPD
    Eugenio Pirri FCIPD
    Chief People & Culture Officer
    Dorchester Collection
    A multi-award winning industry leader, Eugenio Pirri has dedicated his 30-year career to ensuring that people are the cornerstone of every business decision. An ardent advocate for diversity and inclusion across all aspects of operation, Pirri has pioneered several pivotal initiatives for Dorchester Collection, including the We Care philosophy. Under the wider umbrella of We Care, Pirri launched the global RESPECT initiative to wholly champion an environment where all employees feel valued and treasured. Dedicated to celebrating individuality and the brilliance it adds to Dorchester Collection’s company culture, Pirri and his team bring diversity and inclusion to life via training, education and consistent employee recognition. With particular focus on all protected classes under the Human Rights Act, Pirri introduced coaching, mentoring and diversity celebrations to showcase the truly inclusive environment of Dorchester Collection. He also conducts Diversity and Inclusion workshops within the firm, working with hotels to support local charities in order to advance the company’s important message of inclusivity.
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    Nathan Nalla
    Nathan Nalla
    Director
    Be The Riot
    I began this journey in Diversity & Inclusion a few years ago when working for a charity that focused on social integration. I saw first-hand the benefits of having people from all different backgrounds working together, breaking down barriers and achieving great things for society. As a man who is racialised as Black and identifies as gay, I try to use my personal experiences to shape my work. In doing this work, I care most about honesty and creating space to have open conversations about what can sometimes be very personal and quite challenging issues.
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    Zoe Schulz (She/Her)
    Zoe Schulz (She/Her)
    Journalist and Content Editor
    myGwork
  • Elisabeth Laborde
    Elisabeth Laborde
    Directrice Générale
    TÊTU
    Directrice générale et directrice de la publication de TÊTU.
  • Sandra Forgues
    Sandra Forgues
    Championne Olympique de Canoë
    -
    Sandra Forgues, formerly known as Wilfrid Forgues, is a French slalom canoeist who competed as a male athlete from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. In 2018, Forgues revealed publicly her identity as a trans woman.
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    Juan Manuel Alonso Melo
    Juan Manuel Alonso Melo
    Brand & Communications Director - Inclusion & Diversity Lead
    Cargill
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    Alexis A. Sordelli Rodríguez
    Alexis A. Sordelli Rodríguez
    Aviation Claims
    Willis Towers Watson
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    Margarita Alonso
    Margarita Alonso
    Founding Partner
    Driversity
    Margarita Alonso, Complutense University & Driversity, is ADIM Head of Corporate Area. ADIM funded by the EU and Spanish and Portuguese Governments, involves 16 businesses and 8 universities in both countries, to provide data that links D&I with Business Case.
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    Jorge Guerra
    Jorge Guerra
    Técnico de empleo
    ONG Rescate
    Psicólogo con formación en RRHH e intervención con personas vulnerables. Cuento con experiencia en la ejecución de programas para la mejora de la empleabilidad de personas en riesgo de exclusión social. Actualmente técnico de empleo del Programa de inserción socio-laboral 'Relanza' en ONG Rescate atendiendo a solicitantes de protección internacional por motivos de género o pertenencia al colectivo LGTBI+.
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    Mané Fernández Noriega
    Mané Fernández Noriega
    Vicepresidente
    FELGTB
    Diplomado en Enfermería y licenciado en Psicología. Vicepresidente de la Federación Estatal de Lesbianas, Gays, Transexuales y Bisexuales (FELGTB).
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    Pedro Bogo
    Pedro Bogo
    PSICOPEDAGOGO
    PROYECTO ÁMBAR
    Educador social. Responsable del proyecto Ámbar y del área formativa de la Fundación 26 de Diciembre.
  • Sadiq Gillani
    Sadiq Gillani
    Senior Vice President
    Emirates
    Sadiq Gillani is a Senior Vice President at Emirates, a lecturer in Management at Stanford University and was formerly a Senior Vice President with Lufthansa Group. Previously, he was a consultant with Bain & Co. and a partner at Seabury Group, an airline consulting firm. Sadiq completed his M.B.A. at Harvard Business School and holds a B.A. and M.Phil in Management Studies from Cambridge University. His recent speech at the Stanford MBA Alumni reunion on the Art of Disciplined Opportunism was watched by over 200,000 people in the first two weeks, featured in Business Insider and Der Spiegel and can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=570XZJpi4dc

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