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June 14 - 18, 2021
JUNE 14 - 18, 2021
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A Global Virtual Pride Conference

This 5-day series of events is free for professionals, students, inclusive employers, and anyone who believes in workplace equality. Each year, WorkPride welcomes thousands of virtual attendees from around the globe to network, share best practices, and learn strategies to help create workspaces that are inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

5 Days of Events
JUNE 14, 2021
JUNE 15, 2021
LGBTQ+ Networks & ERGs
JUNE 16, 2021
Skill Sets
JUNE 17, 2021
LGBTQ+ in Business
JUNE 18, 2021
Mental Health & Well-Being
2021 Supporting Partners
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Community Partners
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Media Partners

Inclusiveness (June 14)

LGBTQ+ ERGs and Networks (June 15)

Skill sets (June 16)

LGBTQ+ Business (June 17)

Well-being and support (June 18)


  • Rachel Reese
    Rachel Reese
    Global Butterflies
    Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector, later transferring to a senior position within HR. An interest in employment law led her to study for the Solicitors’ Final Examinations. As a woman with trans history she was unable to obtain a position within a law firm in the 1990s, so instead joined the University of Law working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Production Director. Rachel is founder and CEO of Global Butterflies, a company that is hugely successful in helping businesses to create trans & non-binary inclusive environments. Global Butterflies donates much of its time and profits to other LGBTQI causes and events. She was Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans & non-binary solicitors and is a trans & non-binary ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel has worked with many law firms regarding their trans & non-binary inclusion journeys. She is honoured to be a judge for the People in Law, InsideOut and OutVertising awards each year. In 2019, she wrote the acclaimed “Lloyds of London Trans & Non-binary Inclusion Guide” and also contributed to the popular “Guide to Gender Neutral Drafting” with the Government Legal Department. Rachel joined the IGLTAF trans & nonbinary board in 2021. Advising on tourism support for trans & non-binary travelers. D&I Leaders listed Rachel as one of their Inspirational D&I Leaders in 2021. In 2022, Rachel was listed as a Pride Inclusion Advocate by Pride Life Global. Also in 2022, Rachel was awarded the Chambers Crystal Award (with her wife Emma), for their visible work in trans & non-binary inclusion.
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    Emma Cusdin
    Emma Cusdin
    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.
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    Preston Taylor
    Preston Taylor
    Head of Supplier Content Programmes
    RS Group
    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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    Emily Hamilton
    Emily Hamilton
    VP Strategic Change
    RS Group
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    Nikki Symmons
    Nikki Symmons
    Global Content Studio Operations and Planning
    Philip Morris International
    Nikki is a former international hockey player at elite level, a teacher, an author, a public speaker and a global LGBTQIA role model. In 2020, Nikki co-wrote a chapter in 'When the World Stops Watching' by Damian Lawlor, about her experience as the first female athlete in Ireland to "come out" as gay, and what it meant for her career. Nikki brings her life-long advocacy experience in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) to whatever environment she finds herself in. Currently, Nikki works as a Communications expert at Philip Morris International, where she recently established the company's first international LGBTQIA Employee Resource Group (ERG). Employee-led groups foster a diverse, inclusive workplace aligned with organisational mission, values, goals, business practices, and objectives. In her chapter of 'When the World Stops Watching', success can only be measured by the success of the team, not the individual. A leader that understands the power of relationship building, Nikki serves as a trusted adviser to senior leaders in all matters DEI and advocacy. Looking for an impactful and passionate speaker that is fluent in 'digital' and organisational advocacy? Feel free to get in touch! 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) 2018/present - Athlete Ally Ambassador 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
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    Devin Ibañez
    Devin Ibañez
    Customer Success Manager and Public Speaker
    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. As of December 2023, Devin joined myGwork as a Customer Success Manager, the largest global business community for LGBTQ+ professionals and inclusive employers.
  • Shola Aminu
    Shola Aminu
    Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
    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.
  • Rhys Gray
    Rhys Gray
    Gymnast / Analyst
    British Gymnastics / Dojo (Paymentsense)
    Gymnast for Great Britain Product Analyst @ Dojo (Paymentsense)
  • 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.
  • Bonnie Thurston (she/her/hers)
    Bonnie Thurston (she/her/hers)
    Director, Player Programs
  • Melissa Raymond
    Melissa Raymond
    Associate Director, Social Media
    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!
  • Sarah Kendall
    Sarah Kendall
    Managing Director
    Fuse Sport & Entertainment
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    Jason ‘Jae’ Sloan
    Jason ‘Jae’ Sloan
    Consultant and Coach
    Apis Consultancy Group
    I help individuals, teams and organisations perform at their best. I am a purpose-driven organisational development consultant and business coach and mentor with expertise in business strategy, performance, engagement, leadership and change. I have 20 years’ experience working in a multinational pharma organisation as well as more than 5 years of professional experience working in education/non-profit community organisations. I am an out queer (non-binary, gay) person with years of leadership in LGBTQ+ inclusion, and I have been recognised as an Involve Top 50 OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leader. I am a Co-Founder and current Co-Chair of the Proud Science Alliance, a collective of healthcare and life sciences sector LGBTQ+ networks and partners who work together to raise the bar on LGBTQ+ inclusion within their organisations and the sector as a whole. I'm a creative type who understands the necessity and value of research and detail. I prefer diverse, open-minded, relatively informal environments that support doing great, meaningful work. What does diversity and inclusion mean to me? To be our best selves, our best teams and our best organisations, we must recognise and honour the value we and others bring. This means not simply getting the numbers equal, putting up quotes on websites or simply complying with laws. We must invite everyone to participate, to contribute and to co-create in order to realise our ambition to be creative, innovate and perform at the highest level—to be our best we all must show up completely, open hearted, and we have to invite others to do the same. SPECIALTIES: Organisational Development, Business Coaching, Change Management, Inclusion and Diversity, Business Strategy Development/Execution, Business/Employee Engagement, Leadership, Project Management, Internal Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Health, Writing, Researching I am from the United States and emigrated to the UK in 2005 to be with my now husband, Greg, who is British. I love exercise, reading, spending time with friends, collecting urban/street art and making things with my hands.
  • 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.
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    Raven Davis
    Raven Davis
    Senior Account Executive
    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.
  • Em Turner
    Em Turner
    Technical Writer
    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.
  • Nicola Douglas
    Nicola Douglas
    Senior Tax Advisor
    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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    Saski .
    Saski .
    LGBTQ+ Inclusion Specialist Consultant
    Saski is a well established LGBTQIA+ Inclusion training consultant in both schools and the workplace. She is also a Life Coach and Mentor,  Official PRIDE Host, Interviewer for Podcast, Radio and online. Panel Moderator and Singer.  Saski’s mission is to positively spotlight the LGBTQIA+ community through these various strands of her work and create environments where everyone can be their true authentic self.  In addition she is also a Pride ambassador for Pride Life Magazine, and a PRIDE365 Champion. Saski 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’s what Saski does best.  A keen advocate for positive promotion and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and all, Saski has appeared on several BBC TV and Radio shows and panels, promoting inclusion. She has also worked closely with a variety of charities and organisations, as an LGBTQ+ Inclusion trainer, interviewer, and Host.  Collaborations include Inclusive Companies, MyGwork,, Diva Magazine, Pride Life Magazine and various UK PRIDE’s, Mermaids and Diversity Role Models Youth charities, Clexacon, The British Youth Council and P3 Parenting Network to name but a few.  
Find out more here  and follow Saski on Facebook & Instagram @Saskisinger & on Twitter @Saskisinger1
  • Michael Johnson-Ellis
    Michael Johnson-Ellis
    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 2022 The Modern Family Show is the only UK LGBTQ Family Building Event taking place in London on the 10th September 2022. San Francisco is 29th October 2022 Sydney, April 29th 2023. For tickets see
  • Gerald Lee
    Gerald Lee
    Global I&D Implementation Lead
    I'm the Global Inclusion & Diversity Implementation Lead at GlaxoSmithKline. I'm responsible for the diagnosis, design and delivery of our global I&D projects, as well as effective implementation of our I&D plan and priorities at an enterprise level. I'm a proud Chinese-Canadian-Australian-Brit! I currently live in London with my husband and two young children.
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    Uchenna Umeh
    Uchenna Umeh
    Dr. Uchenna Lizmay Umeh, PLLC
    Dr. Lulu is a pediatrician (retired), speaker and author. Former Lt. Col in the USAF and mom of three! She helps parents of queer kids accept and support their children. Her ultimate goal is to end youth suicide.
  • Daniel Conklin, SPHR
    Daniel Conklin, SPHR
    Human Resources Leader
    Park Place Dealerships
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    Rebecca Dandridge
    Rebecca Dandridge
    Director of HIV Public Affairs and Co-Lead of ACE PRIDE Alliance
    Gilead Sciences Inc.
    I have a Masters in Arts and began my career as a theatre design lecturer at the prestigious Royal Holloway University before moving into the pharmaceutical industry working as a creative communications and public affairs specialist. I have over 15 years’ experience leading teams in delivering internal and external communications, working with the patient community to bring about positive change. I co-lead the Gilead PRIDE Alliance working across Europe, Canada and Australia to champion an inclusive and accepting work environment where diversity is celebrated and LGBTQ+ employees and allies can be their authentic selves. Outside of work I spend enjoyable (and a lot of) lockdown time with my tolerant and amazing wife and two children!
  • Nicole Wormley
    Nicole Wormley
    VP, Diversity + Inclusion
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    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Michelle (Michi) Raymond
    Business Development Director
    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.
  • Gemma Murray (pronouns She/Her)
    Gemma Murray (pronouns She/Her)
    Scrum Master
    Lloyds Banking Group
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    michele van den borre
    michele van den borre
    Transformation, Rewards and Method director 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.
  • Alicia Clinton
    Alicia Clinton
    Talent Acquisition Sourcing & Engagement Manager
    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.
  • Lisa Charlwood-Green
    Lisa Charlwood-Green
    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
  • 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
  • Tracey Bewick
    Tracey Bewick
    Senior Credit Analyst
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Senior Credit Analyst assessing credit worthiness for Higher Education Institutes and Charities. Business Banking, Recoveries, Credit Controller and Oversight capabilities. Inclusion & Diversity advocate - leading on a number of initiatives, panels & workstreams.
  • Monne Williams
    Monne Williams
    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.
  • Evanna Fitzgerald
    Evanna Fitzgerald
  • Bhavya Pahwa
    Bhavya Pahwa
    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
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    Jack Dyrhauge
    Jack Dyrhauge
    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.
  • Eric Ascher
    Eric Ascher
    Communications Associate
  • 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.
  • Laura Bell
    Laura Bell
    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.
  • Julie Sowash
    Julie Sowash
    Executive Director
    Disability Solutions
  • Patrick Mispagel
    Patrick Mispagel
    MD Sustainable Finance
    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.
  • Catherine Vaughan
    Catherine Vaughan
    Global Financial Crime, Ethics & Compliance Leader
    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.
  • Emma Fay
    Emma Fay
    Operations Manager
    London School of Economics and Political Science
    I was an English Teacher in secondary schools in London for several years before joining the charity sector as a programme director, then moving into higher education to specialise in operations. I previously worked as a Director of Education and Head of Innovation and Development at national volunteering charities. I am also a trustee for the charity School-Home Support, which works with schools, local authorities and other children's settings, providing personalised support to children and families to tackle the underlying barriers to a successful education.
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    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Laila (She/Her) Howard
    Head of Customer Success
  • Aiden Malone
    Aiden Malone
    Self Employed
    Ronsah Ltd
  • Claire Sherwin
    Claire Sherwin
    Head of People Services, Technology and Strategic Projects
    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!
  • Nicky Burr
    Nicky Burr
    Associate Director
    Nicky is an experienced Information Architect, specialising in data modelling, taxonomies, ontologies and master data management at an enterprise level. Nicky has worked at EY for nearly 10 years, providing cutting edge markets analysis to global leaders and support to client-facing teams.
  • 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.
  • Laila El-Metoui
    Laila El-Metoui
    Equity Educator -Stonewall Lesbian Role Model of the Year (2020)
    Equality Educator | Stonewall Lesbian Role Model 2020 | Helping leaders foster inclusive & diverse workplaces through training and consultancy | Founder of Pride in Education and Educating OUT Racism, UK Queer Arabs and Proud London Councils
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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
  • 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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    Minh Lai
    Minh Lai
    Europe COO
    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.
  • 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!
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    Cristina Gaviria Beltrán
    Cristina Gaviria Beltrán
    Creative Lead
    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
  • Grisel Chavez
    Grisel Chavez
    Talent Acquisition Specialist - North America (U.S)
    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.
  • Leonardo Campos Calumby de Lima
    Leonardo Campos Calumby de Lima
    Education Specialist
    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.
  • Gabriel Resendez
    Gabriel Resendez
    Program Coordinator
  • Katherine Brizuela
    Katherine Brizuela
    Account Development Specialist
    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.
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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.
  • Miguel Prieto
    Miguel Prieto
    Senior Marketing Manager
    Marketing manager with over 10 years of experience in the IT sector, building demand generation for B2C and B2B campaigns
  • Rusi Jaspal
    Rusi Jaspal
    Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange)
    University of Brighton
    Rusi Jaspal is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Knowledge Exchange) and a Professor of Psychology at the University of Brighton in the United Kingdom. He 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. With Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, 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 150 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 where he also held a number of senior posts, including that of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). He has also held professorships at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, where he helped set up the Minority Research Profile, at at Nottingham Trent University, UK, where he founded and led the Identity Change Research Group. Professor Jaspal has also served as Social Isolation Advisor to Wandsworth Borough Council, London. As a passionate advocate for knowledge exchange, Prof Jaspal has served on many national and international committees relating to his research, including the Steering Committee of HIV Prevention England, the Advisory Group of the National HIV Commission, the Medical Board of NAZ Project London, the Board of Trustees of the LGBT Foundation, and the Working Group for the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV Recommendations for Integrated Sexual Health Services for Trans, Including Non-Binary Patients. In 2018, he delivered a keynote lecture on the social psychology of HIV prevention and care to the British HIV Association/ British Association for Sexual Health and HIV Joint Annual Conference. For many years, he has been and remains a member of the Advisory Board of the Terrence Higgins Trust and an Ambassador for the Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM). Rusi Jaspal has won several awards for his research, including: British Psychological Society, Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section’s Outstanding Research by an Early Career Scholar Award. nOSCARS 2019 for his research into HIV prevention in the British South Asian community. Ten Out of Ten Award for research into HIV prevention in BAME communities.
  • 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.
  • Jad Jaber
    Jad Jaber
    Founder of Marginalized Majority
    Marginalized Majority
  • Daniel Nasr
    Daniel Nasr
    Diversity & Inclusion Lead
    Amnesty International UK
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    Zen Ng
    Zen Ng
    Project Manager
    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.
  • 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, Air Asia 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.
  • Madina Sergazina
    Madina Sergazina
    Talent Attraction Manager
    AB InBev
    I am from Almaty, Kazakhstan, currently based in Czech Republic. Working in Talent Acquisition team for AB InBev Europe. Proud Ally!
  • Yi Wang
    Yi Wang
    Queer East
    Yi Wang is the director and programmer of Queer East, a festival he founded in 2019 which aims 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.
  • 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.
  • Siqi Chong
    Siqi Chong
    Assurance Senior
  • Gurchaten Sandhu
    Gurchaten Sandhu
    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.
  • 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.
  • Roshni Hainsworth
    Roshni Hainsworth
    UK Governance Leader and Global co-chair of Mercer Pride
    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.
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    Deepak Toppinkatti (He/Him/His)
    Deepak Toppinkatti (He/Him/His)
    Principal Engineer
    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 !
  • Reet Singh
    Reet Singh
    Founder of QSI/ Editor/ Law Student
    Queer Spot India
    Hi, I’m Reet, a pansexual law student from India. I’m currently working on my company (Queer Spot India). I’m open to roles in the fields of editing & writing, law, and entertainment. Reach out to me for absolutely anything!
  • Dillon Anderiesz
    Dillon Anderiesz
    Associate Director
    Macquarie Group
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    Miguel Garzón
    Miguel Garzón
    Director para Iberia y Latinoamérica
    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.
  • José Fernández
    José Fernández
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pilar Bernarbé
    Pilar Bernarbé
    Concejala Delegada de Deportes
    Ayuntamiento de Valencia
  • Jacobo Medina González
    Jacobo Medina González
    Vicepresidente Primero
    Cabildo de Lanzarote
    33 Años. Padre. Vicepresidente Cabildo de Lanzarote y La Graciosa. Consejero Obras Públicas
  • 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
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    Tania Martínez i Torres
    Tania Martínez i Torres
    Talent Advisor (Senior Recruiter)
    Thanks for visiting my profile! Passionate about HR - I love connecting people to possibilities. When I am not hiring great talent, you will find me travelling, learning about anthropology or enjoying the mountains. Have a nice day!
  • Carla Otero de Aresti
    Carla Otero de Aresti
    Inclusion and Diversity Leader
    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”.
  • 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
  • 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.
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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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    Israel Pedroza
    Israel Pedroza
    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:
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    Ana Abade Gil
    Ana Abade Gil
    Senior Public Policy Analyst
  • Valeria Paola Flores Viera
    Valeria Paola Flores Viera
    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.
  • Daniel Gerring (MENTOR)
    Daniel Gerring (MENTOR)
    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.
  • Joel Robinson
    Joel Robinson
    Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
    Joel Robinson Counselling
    My name is Joel Robinson (he/him), I run my own counselling business, 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.
  • 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.
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    Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed
    Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed
    Director of research and publications
    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
  • Shraddha Kaur, PhD
    Shraddha Kaur, PhD
    Sarbat LGBT+ Sikhs
  • Joel Fisher
    Joel Fisher
    Working Capital, Cash and Liquidity Manager
    Joel is a Working Capital, Cash and Liquidity Manager in EY and also Co-Chair 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.
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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.
  • Geff Parsons
    Geff Parsons
    Founder & CEO
    The Inclusion Imperative
    WHO GEFF IS Geffrye Parsons (pronouns: he/him) is the Founder and CEO (‘Chief Empathy Officer’) of The Inclusion Imperative, a best-practice Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) consultancy practice which helps commercial organisations, and their leaders and staff, harness the power of inclusion as a key strategy for wellbeing, organisational learning and superior business outcomes. Geff is a known thought leader and driver of positive change in the DE&I space – including via LinkedIn, where he has acquired almost all of his >13k followers during the past year. Although his particular expertise lies in LGBTQ+ inclusion, he focuses heavily on its intersectionality with other marginalised characteristics to promote a holistic approach to inclusion. Challenging received wisdoms and practices, Geff facilitates organisational culture shift, and encourages business learning by focusing on issues such as inclusive leadership, authenticity, empathy, compassion, psychological safety, intersectionality, allyship, conscious inclusion, bias management, wellbeing at work and imposter syndrome. WHAT GEFF OFFERS Through The Inclusion Imperative, Geff offers multiple services, including: -- speaking and moderating – keynotes, panels, ‘fireside chats’  various platforms and media, including for commercial organisations, conferences, multi-lateral platforms, podcasts and student societies  examples are available on the resources page of his website -- content generation – e.g. see his frequent posts on LinkedIn -- consulting/diagnostics – on policies, processes and systems -- training/workshops – on a bespoke, targeted-audience basis -- leadership coaching – for executives and line/people managers -- mentoring – mainly for future leaders -- strategic guidance on matters such as:  management and optimisation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)  impactful events and communications campaigns  optimising submissions for benchmarks and awards. To all this, Geff brings the benefit of a practical, commercial perspective – having worked successfully for 35 years in front office executive roles, for leading international financial and professional services organisations, based in the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Netherlands, prior to launching The Inclusion Imperative in 2022. GEFF'S CREDENTIALS Alongside his executive front office acumen and professional qualifications (in accounting and banking), Geff holds an HR-oriented MBA (Distinction) in International Management from the University of London. As a Managing Director and long-standing chair of the LGBTQ+ ERG, Geff took his former employer, Macquarie Group, from outside the top 300 to #1 on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2022, making Macquarie officially the UK’s most LGBTQ+ friendly workplace by the time he left. Geff also acted as Macquarie’s designated Wellbeing Ambassador for LGBTQ+ and intersectional related matters, and was instrumental in procuring the introduction of dedicated DE&I resources at Macquarie. Under Geff’s leadership and direction, Macquarie also won the inaugural Business Equality Award at the PinkNews Awards in 2018, in recognition of its exemplary commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion, and was shortlisted as a Top Ten Inclusive Employer by the British LGBT Awards in 2022. Individually, Geff has won many accolades, including the following:  winning the award of ‘LGBT+ Inspirational Leader’ at the British LGBT Awards in 2019  featuring in the Pride Power List 2022, the list of the 100 most influential LGBTQ+ people in the UK, published by The Guardian  twice being a shortlisted nominee for the ‘Corporate/Business Role Model’ award at the PinkNews Awards (2018 and 2022)  three times (2018, 2019 and 2021) being ranked in the annual list of the ‘Top 100 LGBTQ+ Executives’ globally (sponsored by the Financial Times/Yahoo Finance). Driven by a desire to promote inclusion in all forms, Geff is also:  a Trustee, and the Treasurer, of GiveOut, a charity promoting and facilitating charitable giving to LGBTQ+ causes internationally)  a Trustee of Diversity Role Models, a charity seeking to tackle bullying and to prevent anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice forming in children  an Advisory Board member of Voda, an LGBTQ+ mental wellbeing app – building on Geff’s experience as a Mental Wellbeing Ambassador during his time at Macquarie  a Board member, and the Treasurer, of Pride in Tennis, a not-for-profit organisation promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in and through sport (and especially tennis)  a steering committee member of the UK Lawn Tennis Association’s “IDEA” Group, driving DE&I in tennis at all levels  a steering committee member of the British LGBT Awards  a judge of the Queer Student Awards, and formerly a judge of both the PinkNews Awards and the British LGBT Awards  a former Trustee of the London Village Network, a charity helping underprivileged young people reach their full potential.
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    Annie Newman
    Annie Newman
    Senior digital content editor
    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 Company Director and 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.
  • Lee Perry
    Lee Perry
    Principal Scientist | Leadership Team Member of Spectrum, GSK's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Champion
    Hello Everyone, I am a Principal Scientist at GSK with +30 years of experience working within the pharmaceutical industry – and have a strong background in Research and Development (R&D). In addition to my primary scientific role, I am an active Inclusion Champion and extremely passionate about driving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace – and strive to create a safe environment where everyone feels empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. Through my DE&I work, I play an active role on our UK Leadership Team for Spectrum, GSK’s LGBTQ+ and Ally Employee Resource Group (ERG) – which aims to connect like-minded employees, provide support, and help our company shape a more inclusive environment for our LGBTQ+ community. I am also accountable as the corporate Lead for Pride & External Engagement, and through this role collaborate with organisations such as the Proud Science Alliance (PSA) who I have supported as their lead coordinator for public events, to facilitate an aligned approach for their partnership companies to be represented under one brand. For anyone unfamiliar with the PSA (; they are a collective of healthcare and life science sector LGBTQ+ networks, who work together to raise the bar on LGBTQ+ inclusion within their own organisations and in the sector as a whole. Externally, Caribbean carnival culture has always been a major part of my life – and for +10 years I was part of a team that managed one of the largest Trinidadian Mas Bands in Europe, in the parades at Rotterdam and Notting Hill Carnival; including the organisation of many cultural events, carnivals, parties, socials, live concerts and excursions. I now volunteer to support a smaller carnival charity group; sharing my experience to help them plan, promote and deliver fundraising events; and to raise their profile in the social events space. Please do reach out, should you wish to connect with me. For more information, visit:
  • Pete Hazell
    Pete Hazell
    Support Lead
    Warner Bros. 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.
  • Victor Gonzalez
    Victor Gonzalez
    Resourcing Officer
    Fitch Group
    Victor Gonzalez is a Regional Recruitment Leader with the Fitch Group/Fitch Ratings in New York. He partners with business leaders on talent acquisition; securing talented individuals for various businesses across the region and in multiple global locations, including the US, Canada and Latin America. Victor has experience in three core human resources functions: Executive Recruitment, Graduate/Campus Recruitment and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. He’s held various positions of leadership throughout his career spanning multiple industries, including financial services, consumer product goods and pharmaceuticals. He’s been a Diversity Leader for the Institutional Clients Group, Office of Diversity at Citi, Global Head of Campus Recruitment at MasterCard and Regional Head of Campus Recruitment at BNP Paribas, Unilever and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Victor is a graduate of New York University.
  • Kevin Brunk (he/him/his)
    Kevin Brunk (he/him/his)
    Sr Financial Analyst
    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 8 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 trying new restaurants.
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    Adam Martel (he/him)
    Adam Martel (he/him)
    Learning Experience Designer
    Fighting for amazing employee experiences by moonlight. Winning by creating diversity, equity & inclusion into all I do by daylight... I'm a builder by nature. First, of awesome experiences that empower employees to take charge of their development and career growth. With 10 years of experience in learning and development, I am a People expert who's created solutions for systems training, Customer Support functions, performance management, management skills, and DEI. I'm also a builder of spaces where everyone can be their authentic selves. It's important for me to be out and proud as a queer man, advocating for the development and fostering of an inclusive environment for the queer community in the workplace. I have experience creating an Employee Resource Group for members of the community, and promoting education on LGBTQ+ topics for all employees. While this may not be on the same level of a superhero who uses a fancy scepter to fight her enemies, it does mean I'm constantly curious and looking to collaborate with others - leaders, domain experts, HR professionals and DEI champions - to innovate and make work a better place to be for everyone.
  • Ramses Oliva
    Ramses Oliva
    Transgender Inclusion Consultant
    Lloyds Banking Group
    Ramses ( is a transgender educator, writer, and activist. His main objective is reshaping the way we talk about trans inclusion in the UK, and he's currently the Transgender lead of the Rainbow LGBTQ+ Network at the Lloyds Banking Group. He has been providing advice to several companies (including British Land, Khiel's, Hitachi) to improve transgender inclusion, championing LGBTQ+ equality in schools representing 3 million students, and his work has been featured on BBC, Gay Times, Metro, PinkNews, and BBC.
  • Aritha Wickramasinghe
    Aritha Wickramasinghe
    Lawyer, policy expert, human rights activist.
    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
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    Sue Sanders
    Sue Sanders
    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.
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    Alex Enness-Laporte
    Alex Enness-Laporte
    Sales Operations Manager,
    Alex 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, Aged Care, Upstream Oil & Gas, Insurance and IT. She was also the EY UK&I LGBT+ Network Co-Chair from 2018 to 2021. She originates from Melbourne, Australia, and has lived in London since 1999.
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    Andreena Leeanne
    Andreena Leeanne
    Lived Experience Speaker & Poet
    Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night
    Andreena Leeanne, is a Black Lesbian Lived Experience 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 and Etsy Writing Workshop brochure:
  • 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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    Chloë Davies
    Chloë Davies
    Head of Social Impact
    Lucky Generals
    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. In September 2021 she took on the role of Head of Social Impact for Lucky Generals – the creative company for people on a mission. Where she will be responsible, in conjunction with management, for setting the company’s social impact goals and ensuring that they are met in the most effective and creative ways possible. The role will be focused on building a sustainable, diverse and inclusive company culture and output. Before this Chloe spent over two years working for Mygwork - The global recruitment and networking hub for LGBT+ students, graduates, professionals and organisations who believe in true workplace equality. As Head of Training & Engagement (Public & Community) she oversaw 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 Head of Relations 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 and starred alongside Denise Welch in ‘Depression & Me’ – a short film produced by Mental Health First England which shines a light on lived experience of depression and recovery. 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. In July 2021, Chloe was shortlisted out of 52,000 nominees as a finalist for The National Diversity Awards – Positive Role Model of the Year – LGBT..
  • Marty King
    Marty King
    LX Design Manager
    Allied Electronics & Automation
    Learning and Development professional with 18 years of experience, which includes design, LMS administration, and curriculum development with 12 years of management responsibility. I am one of five leaders of our Engagement Squad. This team focuses on engaging employees in activities and educating them on Diversity and Inclusion and environmental protection. I am also a member of SPECTRUM, which is an LGBTQ+ one of our Employee Resource Groups. I am an ally for LGBTQ+ and BLM and an active human rights supporter.
  • 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.
  • Samantha Renke
    Samantha Renke
    Broadcaster and disability rights campaigner
    Samantha Renke ltd
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    Anghrija Chakraborty (She/Her/Hers)
    Anghrija Chakraborty (She/Her/Hers)
    Associate Director - Compliance
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jim Donnell
    Jim Donnell
    Business Analyst (M&A IT)
    Business Analyst at AstraZeneca in the M&A IT team, previously I have spent over 20 years in the Financial Markets locally and at a Global level in operations and project work. I'm a proud straight super ally and work closely with our employee resource group AZPride. 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).
  • Chris Sanders
    Chris Sanders
    Strategy Lead
    I am Strategy Lead for Global Safety, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs at Haleon. I am an active member of our company LGBT+ ERG and over the years have worked both within the UK and in other countries to raise awareness at senior levels of LGBT+ issues for current and potentially new employees and working to build ally networks across the organisation. I am also one of the founding Directors of Proud Science Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation focussed on the public benefit of promoting LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion within the healthcare and life sciences sector globally. Through the Proud Science Alliance we have an amazing opportunity to collaborate across Healthcare and Life Sciences industry to share our endeavours in breaking down barriers; furthermore to stretch ourselves and our industry to become leaders in creating a culture of openness, tolerance, inclusion and diversity across the sector; and to ensure that our current and future employees are equally valued, irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation, so that they are comfortable to bring their true self to work every day and to be the best they can be. Specialties: Strategy Deployment, Change Management, Organisational Design, Lean & Six Sigma Blackbelt, Inclusion & Diversity Networks, Social Justice.
  • Stephie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    Stephie Elms (She / Her / Hers)
    Head DEI - Disability
    A Pharmaceutical Industry Professional passionate about people, diversity, equity and inclusion. I am driven by a sense of purpose that all company associates should have a positive workplace experience and are able to bring their true-authentic selves to work, feel that they belong and are able to give their best in an environment free of discrimination and full of opportunity. I am a proud transgender woman and have been out and authentic in the workplace since November 2019. 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. I enjoy the challenge of working in an international and culturally diverse environment and am now motivated to pivot my career to a role where I can drive cultural change and enable belonging. Key experience: Pharmaceutical Compliance, Computerized System Validation, Global IT System implementation, Project Management, Business Partnering.
  • Jamie Langley (she, her, hers)
    Jamie Langley (she, her, hers)
    Senior Director
    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.
  • Tj Richards
    Tj Richards
    Future of Work + Place Programme Lead
    Santander UK
    In my day job I focus on leading a number of critical workplace experience programmes for Santander, looking to answer the questions of how we work, where we work, and why we work. 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 my 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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    Dirk Pschichholz
    Dirk Pschichholz
    Talent Acquisition Associate Director, 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
  • Bryan Horrocks
    Bryan Horrocks
    Looking for next challenge
    CCMA Award Winner - a creative, inspirational Talent Acquisition leader with an exemplary career in entrepreneurial, global start ups & house doctoring people and processes for maximum impact, efficiency & engagement. Highly specialised in recruitment, management, mentoring & communication through inclusive culture, collaborative delivery & energising vision. #keepinspired #youmatter
  • Lorenzo Riberto
    Lorenzo Riberto
    Senior Omnichannel Program Manager
    Rossignol Group
    Working in digital for 10+ years now. Activist, musical theater lover, and big fan of Japan and foreign cultures.
  • Jung Wei Toh
    Jung Wei Toh
    Manager, Process Engineering
    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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    Jake Potter [He/Him]
    Jake Potter [He/Him]
    Head of Social Media
    Colt Technology Services
    Jake is the global lead and one of the founding members of Pride Matters, Colt’s LGBTQ+ and allies network. Prior to joining Colt, Jake worked with other big agencies such as Oracle, Netsuite, and Bronto.
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    Adam Shooman
    Adam Shooman
    Legal & Regulatory Change Management - CIB Markets EMEA Lead
    JP Morgan
    Top 10 Future Leader, British LGBT Awards 2021 | As EMEA regional lead for JP Morgan’s Legal & Regulatory Change Management programme (CIB Markets), I am responsible for the end-to-end process from identifying regulatory developments, through impact assessment, gap analysis and implementation across a diverse range of front office products & services. Prior to this role I spent 7 years at State Street, initially leading the Global Markets Compliance Oversight Programme in EMEA before transitioning into a FLOD Business Risk Management role within Institutional Services & Global Delivery. I was co-chair of State Street's UK Pride Network between 2019 & 2021.
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    Belton Flournoy
    Belton Flournoy
    Managing Director
    In addition to being a Managing 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. Please do not contact me if you require financial support.
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    Lisa Moore
    Lisa Moore
    EVP, Chief People Officer
    I am a member of Yahoo's exec team and lead the People Team globally. I spent 15 years in various HR roles before moving from London to New York in 2017. I studied Modern Languages (French, German and Spanish) at The University of Sheffield in the UK before embarking on a career in HR. I have worked in various global companies across multiple sectors from professional services to media and tech. She formed and ran an independent HR consultancy whilst on her second maternity leave. I have lived and worked in the UK, Spain, France, Italy, Japan and now the US. I am a Board Director at HMI: 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. I am executive sponsor of the PRISM ERG, Yahoo’s employee resource group for the LGBT+ community and allies. When I am not at work, I hang out with her 2 teenage kids, walk my dog Captain, spend whole days in thrift stores and listen to all kinds of music. I ran the New York marathon in 2022 (her 4th).
  • John Tweeddale (He/Him)
    John Tweeddale (He/Him)
    SVP Higher Education Services
    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.
  • Chris Crespo
    Chris Crespo
    Director, Inclusiveness
    Chris is a Director at EY who inspires people to lead authentically while connecting people to achieve more together through EY's Professional Networks, LGBT+ inclusiveness strategy, and DE&I advocacy. During her 30+ years at EY in Tax and on the Talent team, Chris co-founded Unity (EY’s LGBT+ employee network). Chris’s efforts have been recognized with the inaugural Americas Chairman’s Values Award at EY and the Trailblazer Award by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Chris resides in New Jersey, uses Chris/she/they pronouns and can be contacted at [email protected].
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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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    Christian Hug
    Christian Hug
    VP LifeWorks&Inclusion
    Warner Bros. 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.
  • Florence Henderson
    Florence Henderson
    AVP-D&I Manager
    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.
  • Mélanie Castelo
    Mélanie Castelo
    Global Reach Lead Coordinator
    Colt Technology Services
    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.
  • Fleur Bothwick
    Fleur Bothwick
    Director of Diversity & Inclusion - EMEIA
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    Michael Harvey
    Michael Harvey
    Area International Premier Relationship Manager
    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.
  • Mike Simonton
    Mike Simonton
    Managing Director
    Fitch Ratings
  • Helen Jones
    Helen Jones
    SVP Head of Audit & Assurance
  • Gautam Bhattacharyya
    Gautam Bhattacharyya
    Partner in Global Commercial Disputes
    Reed Smith LLP
    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.
  • Anjali Pendlebury-Green
    Anjali Pendlebury-Green
    Vice President | Global Digital Customer Operations Leader
    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.
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    Benjamin Firth
    Benjamin Firth
    Communications and Engagement Leader, LGBT+ Network Co-Chair
    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.
  • 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).
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    Chuck Stephens
    Chuck Stephens
    Global Head of Inclusion, Diversity, & Belonging
    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 lets me bring people together, learn from each other, and explore the wonders of the world!
  • Roger STEEL
    Roger STEEL
    Managing Director, Hong Kong and Macau
    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.
  • Ella Slade
    Ella Slade
    Global LGBT+ Leader
    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.
  • George Wright (he/him)
    George Wright (he/him)
    Senior Communications Officer
    Houses of Parliament
    I am the Senior Communications Officer for an MP in the House of Commons, with a history working at myGwork as the Head of Community Engagement. My undergraduate was in Law at the Royal Holloway College, University of London, and I'm always keen to answer questions :)
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    Cyrus Engerer
    Cyrus Engerer
    Member of the European Parliament
    European Parliament
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    Jill Nussbaumer
    Jill Nussbaumer
    Business Analyst
    SIX Digital Exchange
    Besides work, Jill is politically engaged as the vice president of the young liberals and state senator of the canton of Zug. During the debate on marriage equality in the Swiss parliament, Jill was lobbying in the interest of same sex couples. As she is in a same sex relationship herself, the topic was close to her heart.
  • John Yates
    John Yates
    Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    John Yates is a civil servant currently serving the NYC Department of Health as the Director of Racial Equity and Social Justice in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response. Primarily, John has been focused on supporting the agency with minimizing the health disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic which occur as a result of structural racism. In addition to this, John is also a part-time evening J.D. candidate at the CUNY School of Law. John hopes to be a civil rights attorney who will be able to best serve the members of his community. And if that was not enough, John also started a non-profit organization called PODER (Spanish word for "power") which works to fight voter suppression and the low voter turnout among Black and Latino folks.
  • 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.
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    John Wright Sol
    John Wright Sol
    Member of Parliament
    El Salvador
    John Wright was sworn in as Deputy of El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly on May 1st, 2021. This is his second time as a legislator, but his first as a member of the centrist ‘Nuestro Tiempo’ party. Wright led the effort to establish ‘Nuestro Tiempo’ as a new political alternative after his first term in parliament. In these trying times for democracy and human rights in El Salvador, political participation and the role of opposition parties are of paramount importance. John studied Political Science in Washington, D.C. and has an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid. He also served as a professional firefighter in the United States, an experience that has strongly influenced his views on public service.
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    Alejandro Villalobos
    Alejandro Villalobos
    Marketing Director
    I'm a marketer who has professionally grown in leading FMCG and drinks companies (Pernod Ricard, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever) for over 14 years. My expertise includes new products development, communication strategy, brand re-positioning, and equity building among others at both, local and global level across various categories (drinks, food, household care, skin care and hair care). As someone who grew up in a traditional family in a catholic country, I can relate to the struggles of coming out, but once I managed to do it, I've been a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Yeshua Delgado
    Yeshua Delgado
    Sr. Financial Planner
    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.
  • 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.
  • Sara López Campo-Díaz
    Sara López Campo-Díaz
    Manager Project Coordinator & D&I Chair in Spain
    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.
  • Jose Collado Borrell
    Jose Collado Borrell
    Country Value Team Leader
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    Paul Boyd
    Paul Boyd
    Vice President of User Experience
    Paul works at Oracle Health Sciences as the Vice President of User Experience. After his day job, he also works as the Global Executive Sponsor for OPEN (Oracle's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group) and the Executive Sponsor for Oracle Health Sciences Diversity and Inclusion Team. He spends a lot of his time making sure that everyone at Oracle feels seen, accepted and that they belong at Oracle. He believes strongly that organizations perform best when all the colors of the human experience are celebrated.
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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 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.
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    João Cadidé de Souza
    João Cadidé de Souza
    Quality, Knowledge and Training Expert
    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.
  • Samantha Bradley
    Samantha Bradley
    Agile PM, UK LGBTQ+ Lead
    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
  • Kirstie Storrie
    Kirstie Storrie
    Global Technology Project Manager
    “A highly motivated, adaptable and responsible professional with strong interpersonal skills gained through multiple roles within Global Technology over the past 16+ years. A strong and empathetic people manager who plays an invaluable role in several diversity and inclusiveness initiatives. Described as an authentically present and true EY brand ambassador. A people person who gives time freely to help make a better working world for colleagues. Co-Chair of Unity Scotland and Unity Ambassador within EY Technology.” I’m currently working as a Project Manager within Global Technology and used to have a focus on DEI but have moved into more of an Infrastructure based role. I have one mentee from a different global location and work with them and am passionate about helping them meet their full potential. This became even more important during the past year and along with other Leads in my team we have established regular touchpoints to ensure our team are thriving and not suffering through what has been a difficult period. I was nominated in 2021, 2022 and now for 2023 for the Unity LGBT+ Awards as a Person with Purpose, Inspirational Role Model and being Visible and Vocal. These are a recognition of efforts that I make to work beyond the parameters of my EY role to support and contribute to the Unity Network, and the wider community. I received praise for being inspirational in the way that I think, lead and act. I’m proud that I was recognised as a role model by embracing different perspectives, promoting diversity and uplifting others.
  • Isabella Williamson-Hawkins
    Isabella Williamson-Hawkins
    Head of Mobile
    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.
  • Stuart Mason
    Stuart Mason
    Associate Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
  • Oliver Rieche
    Oliver Rieche
    Associate in Energy & Natural Resources
    Reed Smith LLP
    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).
  • Deven Vyas
    Deven Vyas
    Director of Client Development
    Reed Smith LLP
    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.
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    Jamie Sherman
    Jamie Sherman
    Associate (Asset Finance)
    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Andy Lewis
    Andy Lewis
    Travers Smith
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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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    David Hansom
    David Hansom
    Clyde & Co
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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.
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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.
  • Philip Kenyon
    Philip Kenyon
    Divisional Director
    Brewin Dolphin
    Philip is a Divisional Director at Brewin Dolphin where he has worked for over 30 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, his interests outside investment management include music and human rights.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ryan O'Keeffe
    Ryan O'Keeffe
    Managing Director
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    Will Davies
    Will Davies
    HBD Partners
  • Maria G. Tuttocuore
    Maria G. Tuttocuore
    Board Director
    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.
  • Jordan Kiziuk
    Jordan Kiziuk
    Head of Restaurants & Bars
    Creative foodie in residence at edyn group. Responsible for curating the food, drink and holistic sensory guest experience across the Locke estate.
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    Kris Mochrie
    Kris Mochrie
    Company Director
    Cohesion Consultancy
  • Andoni Sanchez
    Andoni Sanchez
    Director of HR
    The Hari Hotel
    HR professional
  • 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 & 2021 for their intersex focussed work in journalism, media and culture. In 2021 Valentino redesigned the Pride Progress flag to include the Intersex flag. The new Intersex-Inclusive Pride flag has been widely accepted globally as the new Pride flag.
  • Ronie Zuze
    Ronie Zuze
    Executive Director
    Intersex Community of Zimbabwe (ICoZ) Trust
    Ronie Nyasha Zuze is the founder and Executive Director of Intersex Community of Zimbabwe Trust, a community-based organization in Zimbabwe. Ronie (who has no much of a formal education) has fought hard to become a passionate intersex activist and a Human Rights Advocate who has been at the forefront of the fight for intersex rights in Zimbabwe and in Africa. Right now they hold a Monitoring and Evaluation National Certificate and an Advanced Human Rights Course on Sexual Minorities with the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. Ronie is part of the AIM Technical Working Group which helps to advocate for the rights of intersex persons in Africa. They gained local recognition after their contribution to the National Inquiry on Access to Documentation process in Zimbabwe, at the ACHPR in Banjul where they appeared before the Commission and presented an information note on the 'Rights of Intersex Persons in Africa', at the UN CEDAW where they co-produced and presented a 'Rights of Intersex Women and girls in Zimbabwe' shadow report in February 2020. During this COVID-19 global pandemic, Ronie has continued fighting for intersex rights and visibility by producing advocacy media content and lobbying different government departments and relevant stakeholders to help ensure the intersex community is not excluded in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Cianán Russell
    Cianán Russell
    Senior Policy Officer
    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.
  • Ceci Lopez Bemsch
    Ceci Lopez Bemsch
    Ceci Lopez Bemsch es una persona intersexual de Tucuman - Argentina. Es fundador de la organización ARGENTINA INTERSEX. Colabora con diferentes organizaciones LGBTI tanto nacionales como internacionales. Es activista por los derechos humanos de las personas intersexuales. Es miembro del Consejo Directivo por el Estamento de Estudiantes de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán. Integrante de la agrupación NUEVA LINEA.
  • Bruce Arell
    Bruce Arell
    Risk Manager
    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.
  • Kelly Waller
    Kelly Waller
    Global VP Digital Sales
  • 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: Twitter:
  • 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.
  • Delphine Dennis
    Delphine Dennis
    I am a veteran, I was a Captain in the US Army and enjoyed serving my country . I had both domestic and international assignments. After leaving the Military, I begin a career in Corporate America, with a pharmaceutical company and later with Hanesbrands. Hanesbrands is a great company to be a part of, it embraces diversity and inclusion. I volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house, my church and several others community organizations . I enjoy helping people reach their full potential.
  • Sasha Scott
    Sasha Scott
    Inclusive Group
    Sasha Scott runs the Inclusive Group team and is considered an international thought-leader on diversity, bias, inclusivity and managing psychological health.
  • Sam Bradley
    Sam Bradley
    Technology Global Graduate
    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.
  • Brett Hemmerling
    Brett Hemmerling
    Global Early Career and Programs Manager
    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 early career initiatives 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.
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    Oliver James
    Oliver James
    Clifford Chance
  • Rafal Pokrzywa
    Rafal Pokrzywa
    EMEA Recruitment Manager
    State Street
  • Joris Poels
    Joris Poels
    Partner sales associate
    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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    Po Shih Yen
    Po Shih Yen
    Head of Investor Relations
  • Marc McKenna-Coles
    Marc McKenna-Coles
    EMEA Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Lead
    I am currently leading Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) for Spotify in EMEA, where I am implementing a region-wide strategy as well as supporting the global DIB ambitions of the organisation. I am also developing an LGBTQIA+ strategy which will be published later this year. Previous roles include, Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Lloyd’s, where I supported and oversaw Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing and Culture objectives for the corporation as well as supporting the Insurance market. In 2020 I led the Dive In festival (, which had a global attendance of over 30,000 people across 35 countries and 144 events. I have also co-authored various guides and reports for the insurance market ( Prior to Lloyd's I was a global Diversity and Inclusion manager for Natwest Group, formerly RBS. Prior to working in Diversity and Inclusion, I 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. I graduated University with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies I am married and is the proud husband to Hamish and dad to two adorable dogs Zak and Barney.
  • Lotus Smits
    Lotus Smits
    Global Head of Diversity & Experience
    Pronouns: She/Her
  • Meghan Gault
    Meghan Gault
    Director of People, US
    Meghan is currently leading the People function for N26 in the US as well as the People Business Partner team for N26 globally. She is a strategic People leader with over 15 years experience in global human resource strategy and management in Fintech and Investment Banking environments.
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    Carlos Hernandez Perez
    Carlos Hernandez Perez
    Talent Specialist & LGBT Squad Lead
    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 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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    Margarita Alonso
    Margarita Alonso
    Founding Partner
    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.
  • Francisco Lalanne
    Francisco Lalanne
    Communication Manager
    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, coporate culture, and diversity & inclusion.
  • Domingo Valero Cabello
    Domingo Valero Cabello
    Talent Acquisition Manager
    Mi meta es conseguir que profesionales con talento encuentren el lugar en el que aportar todo su potencial a la vez que continuan desarollándose. La inclusion, la diversidad y la igualdad de oportunidades son mis estandartes. Profesional con una solida experiencia en gestión y formación de equipos, ventas, atención al cliente y captación de talento.
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    Nicolás Levy
    Nicolás Levy
    Gender studies specialist
    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.
  • 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), y con la Distinció M. Antònia Ferrer i Bosch otorgada por el Observatori de la Igualtat de la Universidad Rovira i Virgili. 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. Para más información:
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    Mauricio Ariza Barile
    Mauricio Ariza Barile
    D&I Manager for Latam North
    Mauricio is the Manager for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at EY Latam North, he is also Co - President of the LGBT+ Britcham Pride Alliance of the British Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and member of the DEI Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, as well as member of the Advisory Board of the leading NGO in non-toxic masculinities in Mexico GENDES. 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, and Mexico’s Ministry of Labor.
  • Sanchia Constance
    Sanchia Constance
    Senior Data Analyst
    I joined GSK in 2014 as a Laboratory Analyst in the Quality labs for one of the manufacturing sites, working on life-saving medication for cancer and HIV. I spent around 4 years in the lab, moving up to senior analyst before I joined the Quality Data Team, where I now work as a Senior Data Analyst, helping to keep our lab systems running as smoothly as possible. Outside of my day job, I'm an active member and leader of GSK's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, Spectrum. I came out as Bi at work around 2017, and have been working with Spectrum ever since. I currently sit on the UK lead team of Spectrum as the Bi+ and Health & Wellbeing Leads. 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. This is a piece I wrote for Mental Health Awareness Week a couple of years ago.
  • Natasha Sinclair
    Natasha Sinclair
    Senior Manager
    Senior Manager leading Ecosystem relationships for EY's People Advisory Services team across the EMEIA region.
  • Michael Cerasi
    Michael Cerasi
    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator
    Michael is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator at Evoke. Prior to this role, he was a Senior Customer Success Manager at myGwork, the business community for LGBT+ professionals, graduates, inclusive employers and anyone who believes in workplace equality. He is the Co-Founder of Queermunity Magazine, a community-focused magazine that aims to amplify the voices and celebrate the stories of LGBT+ people and their allies. Michael volunteered as Head of Stages for you Bi Pride UK and was involved in the organisation of the first Bi Pride event in the UK. Known as The Rainbow Coach, Michael practices as a Transformational Life Coach and is a mentor for Learnest.
  • Elys LC
    Elys LC
    Healthy Lifestyle Coach, NLP MP, Reiki Master, Entrepreneur
    Elys has been helping people find their centre and live in alignment for over 15 years. She combines science-based behavioural transformative practices with the ancient arts of energy work and intuitive reading to provide you with a dynamic experience sure to change your life.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pauline Smith
    Pauline Smith
    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 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.
  • 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.
  • Yasmin @theyasminbenoit
    Yasmin @theyasminbenoit
    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.
  • Jamie Raines
    Jamie Raines
    Click Seventeen Ltd
    Jamie is a 27-year-old trans man from the UK. He makes twice-weekly videos, often with his fiancée Shaaba, and is known for being his authentic self and advocating LGBT+ rights. His online platforms offer topical content on LGTB+ awareness, relationships, fashion, mental health, and lifestyle. Incorporating his doctoral research on transgender topics, the couple aim to provide equality and diversity education in a candid and approachable way.
  • Shaaba Lotun
    Shaaba Lotun
    Click Seventeen Ltd
    Shaaba is a 26-year-old lifestyle creator from the UK. Often with her fiancé, Jamie, she creates content on relationships, family, travel, lifestyle, and being Asian and LGBT, often unpacking important topics in an approachable and light-hearted way. Using her channel to promote positivity and self-love, Shaaba aims to break down stereotypes and inspire happiness and confidence with viewers and friends.
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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.
  • Charley Woodward
    Charley Woodward
    Director EMEA Support Renewals, Channel
    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.
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    Jessica Chu
    Jessica Chu
    Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion
    RS Group
    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 Group a global digital and engineering organisation. As the Group Head of D&I, I am responsible for delivering work that has a real impact on our people and communities we operate in. What I love most is the breadth of my role and the fact that no two days are ever the same! I have two young children, who keep me extra busy when not at work. As a family we love to spend time at the park, having picnics, riding bikes and jumping on the trampoline. I also love to cook, garden, watch movies and read.
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    Ben Johnson
    Ben Johnson
    Global Head of Insurance
    Sheffield Haworth
    Ben joined Sheffield Haworth in 2019 with a vision to build out the Insurance practice into the number one provider of transformation talent solutions in the industry. His goal is to deliver solutions that combine industry expertise with strategic thinking – driving creativity, innovation, diversity and inclusion for clients. For over 14 years he has placed executives, interims, and consultants at C-Suite level across some of the biggest names in the sector, gaining deep insights into how talent can solve companies’ most challenging business problems. Ben has a BA in Fashion & Marketing from Central St.Martins, London and he applies his passion for creative thinking to every client engagement. Prior to joining Sheffield Haworth, he led the Insurance, Asset & Wealth division for Interim Partners, focusing on Operations, Marketing, Digital and Technology. Ben is on the Advisory Board of LINK, the LGBTQ+ Insurance Network.
  • Rodrigo Adanya
    Rodrigo Adanya
    Chief People Officer (CHRO)
    Senior executive with more than 17+ years of experience in multinational blue chip companies & Start-up environments in hyper-growth at the scale-up stage (having helped taking two of them to a Unicorns status USD 1Bi+ valuation). Extensive experience working internationally in functional roles. Trilingual (English, Portuguese, Spanish), used to very matrix-like global companies. Experienced partner, supporting executive leadership teams as well as leading the specialised functions of HR. Active participation on the boards of the companies regarding People related topics. Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging champion, proud Out Gay man and on a recent journey in learning about it even more every day! Above all, a Pro-Business HR practitioner and a true believer that finding and developing the right talent is key to winning in the marketplace and getting people to find the Job of Their Lives!
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    Alex Brueggeman
    Alex Brueggeman
    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead
    Alex Brueggeman is an anthropologist, writer, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion professional currently working in the advertising industry. After graduating from Howard University, Alex worked for the United States National Park Service as a field archaeologist, studying 18th and 19th Century mid-Atlantic enslaved populations. Following that, he transitioned into the non-profit sector where he provided resources and educational opportunities to Afro-diasporic and Latinx immigrant communities in Flushing, Queens. Now, as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lead at 72andSunny, a global advertising agency, he develops systems and programs that lift up marginalized demographics in an effort to create more equity in the creative class.
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    Nicci Take
    Nicci Take
    Head of growth
    Mercer wealth uk
    Sales expert. Serial Entrepreneur. Consulting and coaching. D&I champion. Comedienne.
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    Hayley Vaughan
    Hayley Vaughan
    Talent Attraction & Acqusition
    Responsible for recruiting exceptional and diverse talent across EY Audit London.
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    Ned Munroe
    Chief Global Design Officer
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    Adriana Mantilla
    Adriana Mantilla
    Regional Manager Canada
    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 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
  • Ethan Spibey
    Ethan Spibey
    Purpose Union
    Government Relations, communications and campaigns specialist passionate about advocating for LGBTQ+ and social issues.
  • Luciana Carvalho Se
    Luciana Carvalho Se
    Salina AI
    Serial entrepreneur, 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. She's on the Board of Series Q, the UK network powering LGBTQ+ people in startups.
  • Ryan Walker
    Ryan Walker
    Founder & CEO
    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!
  • Brijesh Sharma
    Brijesh Sharma
    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.
  • Richard Walsh
    Richard Walsh
    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.
  • Luke Christian
    Luke Christian
    Founder of DEAF IDENTITY
  • Amon Versteeg
    Amon Versteeg
    Senior Director - Business Marketing
    Hi there, I am a Senior strategic marketing leader for Global B2B Marketing Communications and Global Sponsorship & Events porfolio of 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 - 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.
  • Rakesh Kumar Duan
    Rakesh Kumar 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.
  • 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.
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    Dax Alexander (he/him)
    Dax Alexander (he/him)
    Senior Director
    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.
  • Alex Brown
    Alex Brown
    Global Manager, Recruitment Marketing
  • Pierre Gaubert
    Pierre Gaubert
    CEO and Co-Founder
    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!
  • T. Wolf Starr
    T. Wolf Starr
    Managing Partner
  • Lorenzo Thione
    Lorenzo Thione
    Managing Director
    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; 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.
  • Victor Meyer
    Victor Meyer
    Senior Legal Counsel
    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. I am Global Co-Chair of the Invesco Proud Network and previously participated in the LGBTQ+ networks at Morgan Stanley in London and Linklaters LLP in London and New York.
  • Machtelt Groothuis
    Machtelt Groothuis
    Founder, Partner
    Rubio Impact Ventures
  • Matt Skallerud
    Matt Skallerud
    Pink Media
    LGBTQ Online Marketing, Advertising & Social Media
  • 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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    Jerry Daykin
    Jerry Daykin
    EMEA Senior Media Director
    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.
  • Giuseppe Giulio
    Giuseppe Giulio
    Account Executive
    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, 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.
  • Anna Kear
    Anna Kear
    Tonic Housing
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    Juliette Rouquet (she/her)
    Juliette Rouquet (she/her)
    Corporate Sourcer/Subject Matter Expert Diversity and Inclusion
  • Selyna Peiris
    Selyna Peiris
    Business Development Director at Selyn
    Selyn Fair Trade
  • Chris Barron
    Chris Barron
    VP Beauty & Personal Care UKI
  • Sarah Park-Murray
    Sarah Park-Murray
    Head of Transactions & Projects EMEA
    Sarah joined Macquarie in September 2020 heading up EMEA Transactions and Projects for Corporate Real Estate in EMEA. Shortly after starting with Macquarie she joined the PRIDE ENG Steering committee in the role of co-treasurer and part of the internal communications workstream. Her involvement with Macquarie PRIDE was driven by a desire to embrace diversity in the workplace and develop her understanding a LGBTQ+ community and the role of performative Allyship. Sarah has been instrumental in organising PRIDE EMEA’s 2021 pride month campaign and taking a lead on the internal facing assets and branding.
  • Karn Gupta (he/him)🏳️‍🌈
    Karn Gupta (he/him)🏳️‍🌈
    Executive Producer
    The Walt Disney Company
    The young, Emmy® nominated film maker believes in the power of storytelling for bringing characters of all shades together in the most gripping narratives. Karn is a storyteller at heart; a perfect blend of creative, technical and managerial skills. 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, Rajasthan and is now settled in Mumbai, India with his dog KOKO!
  • Linda Riley
    Linda Riley
    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.
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    Dan Hudson
    Dan Hudson
    A Gay and A NonGay
  • James Barr
    James Barr
    Comedian, Host, Voiceover
    A Gay and A NonGay Podcast
    🏳️‍🌈 Comedian / HOST 🎤 Co-Host of U.K’s #1 LGBTQ+ podcast A Gay and A NonGay 🤩 Sass Queen 📺 MTV U.K. Host 🎙 HITS RADIO breakfast host 🥇 British Podcast Award Winner “Unapologetically honest and brilliantly hilarious” The Sun “Rip-roaringly funny and ridiculously relatable” heat Magazine “Sharp dialogue, wit quicker than Elvis’s hips” Chortle
  • Rafal Szaniawski
    Rafal Szaniawski
    Executive Coach
    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 :)
  • Federico Garcia Cantiano
    Federico Garcia Cantiano
    Travel Counselor
    American Express GBT
    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
  • 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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    Abril Rodriguez
    Abril Rodriguez
    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.
  • Álvaro Asensio Cuesta
    Álvaro Asensio Cuesta
    Lead Recruiter - EMEA & Global CS
    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 · 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 is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. By investing in the technology that helps take the friction out of travel, 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, enables properties all over the world to reach a global audience and grow their businesses. 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, makes it easy and backs it all up with 24/7 customer support.
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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
  • Joëll Sadal
    Joëll Sadal
    Universidad Complutense de Madrid
    Hi! I'm Joëll, 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 major in Intercultural Communication, from the Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands.
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    Andres Lopez Castaño
    Andres Lopez Castaño
    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.
  • Olympia Arango
    Olympia Arango
    Pompeu Fabra University
  • Javier Castillo Coronas
    Javier Castillo Coronas
    Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Miguel Ángel Villalobos Trenado
    Miguel Ángel Villalobos Trenado
    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.
  • Ian Lopes
    Ian Lopes
    Talent Acquisition Manager - Early Talent LATAM
    Johnson & Johnson
    Large experience in HR with both generalist and specialist roles. Focused in the last years on recruitment, attraction and selection for young talents and senior position. Currently responsible for Recruitment Strategy for Early Talent Programs in Latin America.
  • Sadiq Gillani
    Sadiq Gillani
    Senior Vice President
    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:
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    DOM AND INK (Dominic Evans)
    Illustrator & Author
    Illustrator & Author from Bolton, via Narnia, now in London.
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    Bawonga Richard
    Bawonga Richard
    Executive Director
    Pride For Youth Initiative
    Bawonga Richard is a highly adaptive, motivated, and results-oriented professional with hands-on experience in the NGOs sector and management interests. Bawonga Richard is a Transgender female sex worker, passionate feminist, and human rights champion for Trans Youth sex workers, Adolescent Girls, and Young Women at high risks and currently the Executive Director of Pride For Youth Initiative (PFYI). PFYI is a grassroots Trans Youth sex workers (TSWs) led organization. The organization was established to promote meaningful involvement and collective organizing of rural and peri-urban based Trans Youth sex workers, sex workers using drugs, their groups, and AGYW at high risk living in high burden areas such as slums, landing sites, transit routes, and border areas to strengthen a unified, vibrant, national, and sustainable TSW led movement in Uganda to strengthen a unified, vibrant, national, and sustainable TSW led the movement in Uganda. Bawonga’s focus is on challenging Trans Youth sex work criminalization of all forms, stigma and discrimination, integration of HIV & Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in Trans Youth sex workers public health programming, including GBV, preventive biomedical innovations, post-abortion care services in Uganda. Before PFYI, Bawonga was a founding member of the Kuchu Shiners Uganda (KSU) and is also an award winner in recognition of her remarkable contribution in the founding and grounding of the Human Rights Awareness & Promotion Forum 20018-2020. Am I a leader pushing for the mainstreaming of sex work issues, with over 4 years of experience working on human rights with Trans women and female sex workers & other marginalized populations in Uganda?
  • 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.
  • Shaan Knan
    Shaan Knan
    Project Manager
    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:
  • Jaime de Blas
    Jaime de Blas
    Associate Director, Project Delivery
    Thermo Fisher Scientific
    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.
  • Alex Sparrowhawk
    Alex Sparrowhawk
    HIV Prevention England Programme Officer
    UK Community Advisory Board (HIV Treatment Advocates Network)
    Alex joined Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) in 2015, initially working in their Policy team before moving to work on the HIV Prevention England (HPE) national programme between May 2018 and March 2021. Alex leads on the programme’s sector learning and development workstream. Engaging with a variety of stakeholders including, commissioners, public health teams, clinicians, researchers and colleagues from community-based organisations, Alex ensures the HIV sector is kept updated with the latest HIV prevention news. Alex involves stakeholders in national campaigns, including the successful National HIV Testing Week annual event and produces resources for use in health promotion and sexual health outreach. Diagnosed with HIV in November 2009, Alex has always been passionate about people with HIV being meaningfully involved in their treatment and care, as well as the services they access within the HIV sector. In addition to working at THT, Alex Chairs the UK-CAB (HIV treatment advocates network), is a trustee for STOPAIDS, a UK-based a membership network of 70 organisations with a distinguished thirty year history of engagement on international development and HIV and AIDS. Alex is a member of the BASHH (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV) Public Panel, and has been involved in, and contributed to several research studies, writing groups and key conferences focusing on sexual health and HIV.
  • Maria Sjödin
    Maria Sjödin
    Acting Executive Director
    Experienced non-profit executive and leader with a track record of growing organizations: financially, in staffing, and programmatically. I am passionate about human rights for all and have focused my career on LGBTIQ inclusion, internationally and in my home country of Sweden. I helped secure marriage equality, the removal of forced sterilization of trans people, and the inclusion of LGBTIQ rights in foreign policy. Through my career, I have demonstrated my ability to resource advocacy and movement building through fundraising - from governments, foundations, individuals, and corporations. Under my leadership, RFSL’s budget and staff almost tripled. At OutRight, I have diversified funding, launched a successful corporate program, and led a fundraising team that has tripled the revenue.
  • 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.
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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
  • 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,
  • Francisco Gallego
    Francisco Gallego
    Global Inclusion & Diversity Manager
    Expedia Group
    Welcome to my profile. I am on a mission to make the world more accessible and inclusive to all, especially underrepresented talent. In my current role I design and oversee our ERGs' strategy to foster inclusion & diversity among the diverse communities in my organization. I have served Expedia's ERG Pride as their Global President (1.6k members) and managed a team of 9 global chairs and 38 chapter leads. I am a certified Mental Health First Aider and believe more conversations around mental health are necessary in the workplace. I am happy to chat about DEI or any topic related to the future of organizations. Thanks for checking my profile, I'm always happy to connect. Francisco
  • Carole Mehigan
    Carole Mehigan
    Responsible Business Manager
    Reed Smith LLP
    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.
  • Cariad Kenan
    Cariad Kenan
    Head of Learning & Development
    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.
  • Troy Kelly
    Troy Kelly
    Account Manager
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    Katharine Wadia
    Katharine Wadia
    Trainee Solicitor
    Clifford Chance
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    Anastasia Volkova (she/her)
    Anastasia Volkova (she/her)
    Head of People (HR), CZ
    AB InBev
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    Harry Walton
    Harry Walton
    Senior Analyst
    Macquarie Group Limited
    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.
  • Chelsea Ziegler
    Chelsea Ziegler
    Commercial Insight Analyst
    Ocado Solutions
  • Jane Cubbin
    Jane Cubbin
    Medical Representative
    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.
  • Matthew Riley
    Matthew Riley
    Communications and Marketing Manager
    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: Socials: @bottomingpod
  • Silvia Petretti
    Silvia Petretti
    Chief Executive Officer
    Positively UK
  • Suzanne McAndrew
    Suzanne McAndrew
    Global Head of Talent Advisory, Data & Software
    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.
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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.
  • Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (she/her)
    Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (she/her)
    Executive Director and Co-Founder
    UK Black Pride & Kaleidoscope Trust
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    Lau Albjerg
    Lau Albjerg
    Brand Management Consultant / Career Coach
    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. (
  • Ezekiel Adigun, MD
    Ezekiel Adigun, MD
    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
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    Sara Castelo
    Sara Castelo
    Corporate Counsel of Salesforce & Global Growth Chair of Outforce
    Sara is Corporate Counsel at Salesforce and also 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. That’s why, in addition to her “day job” as a corporate lawyer in the IT industry, she has led several workplace equality projects in Spain and currently she leads programs across the globe, as part of the Global Leadership of Outforce. She also volunteered 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 (Out and Equal Summit).
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    Diversity Coach and Founder
    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" 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    David Blanco Aragón
    David Blanco Aragón
    Manager Enterprise Risk
  • 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.
  • Luis Carlos Escobar
    Luis Carlos Escobar
    Mental Health Officer
    SEAT S.A.
    Mental Health Expert / Doctor of Psychology with a Post-Doc in Public Health & Occupational Medicine / Work experience: Mental Health Officer at SEAT S.A. in Barcelona, Spain (currently) / Head of the Division Work and Health at the German Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Berlin, Germany / Head of the Work and Social Psychology Task Force as well as the Social Medicine and Public Health Task Force at the University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany / Federal Director of the German AIDS Service Organizations (DAH) in Berlin, Germany.
  • Pablo Barrio
    Pablo Barrio
    Apoyo Positivo
    Psicólogo. Responsable del programa de autonomía y envejecimiento. Psicólogo del programa SEXO, DROGAS Y TÚ y técnico de salud sexual de Apoyo Positivo.
  • Michael Edward Stephens
    Michael Edward Stephens
    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.
  • Maylis Djikalou
    Maylis Djikalou
    Programme Director
    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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    Zachary Ames
    Zachary Ames
    Former Regional Talent Partner, APAC
    Zachary is an experienced leadership development specialist with a history of working in the financial services and retail industries. Through his work he seeks to help people through coaching, instructional design, team building and facilitation. He is also deeply passionate about the power of Diversity and Inclusion. Until recently he was the APAC Regional Leadership & Talent Development Partner at Bloomberg LP, based out of Singapore. His next step is setting up his own business in his native USA.
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