Moriaki Kida

Chairperson & CEO
EY Japan

As Chairperson and CEO of EY Japan, Moriaki Kida has led discussions on progressing LGBT+ inclusiveness globally, resulting in human resource policy transformations across EY and empowering future leaders across EY's large footprint. Mori is the Global Unity Sponsor and played an active role in forming the EY global LGBT+ strategy. With his guidance, the Unity network hosted a 24-hour global event for IDAHOTB 2021. This event saw EY Asia-Pacific Regional Leaders, and the Japan leadership team, declare their support for the LGBT+ community as allies. Mori co-signed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness Statement as part of Asia-Pacific Area Operating Executive, to demonstrate EY’s collective commitment to foster a culture of diversity and inclusiveness in Asia-Pacific. Aided by Mori’s vision, EY Japan pledged support for Business for Marriage Equality as well as the LGBT+ Equality Act (Anti-Discrimination) Campaign. Mori is a known voice for LGBT+ legal rights even outside of EY.

Amin Kassam

Head of Legal - Asia Pacific
Bloomberg LP

As Head of Legal for Bloomberg in APAC, Amin has actively leveraged diversity as a factor in selecting outside counsel and has added a number of openly LGBTQ+ lawyers at law firms across Asia to its roster. He is also the Executive Sponsor for Bloomberg's LGBTQ+ & Ally Community (BPROUD) in APAC and the lead lawyer in the firm responsible for promoting and vetting Bloomberg's corporate advocacy initiatives, including public support for marriage equality initiatives and LGBTQ+ rights around the world. He led Bloomberg's efforts to sign onto the Equal Love marriage equality initiative in Hong Kong, "The Viewpoint on Marriage Equality" statement in Japan, and at least six LGBTQ+ corporate advocacy amicus briefs in the United States, including Bostock v. Clayton County (2020), where the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling that employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Emily Hamilton

Vice President - Strategic Change
Electrocomponents PLC

Emily delivered inclusion training with an emphasis on Transgender inclusion across the global business, provided a supportive environment for trans colleagues, as well as awareness for improving relationships with trans customers and suppliers. She advised on policy revision and creation for transitioning at work and dignity at work policies, advocated and secured inclusion of Trans related healthcare to be added into company health policies. She initiated links with supplier community to improve trans visibility. Initiated dialogue with other organizations globally within the electronics and distribution sector to enhance the place of women, LGBT+ people and those with disabilities in a predominantly male sector. Emily also delivered the closing keynote speech at the MyGWork WorkPride event in 2020, discussing the impact of coming out as transgender at work, and how organizations and individuals can improve their policies and approaches to trans employees, their families and colleagues.

Beth Ford

President and CEO
Land O'Lakes

As the first openly gay woman to run a Fortune 500 company, Beth has made it a priority to share the message that everyone benefits when we bring our authentic selves to all aspects of our lives, including work. She leads the Executive D&I Council, a leadership team that drives inclusion across the workforce and works with 11 Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), Supplier Diversity, and the Diversity Impacts Business Board. One of those groups, Land O'Lakes Pride Alliance Employee Resource Group, exists to provide a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT+ employees and their allies. Through this ERG, Land O'Lakes' demonstrates commitment to LGBT+ employees, customers and members, recognizing their contributions and value in the marketplace. Land O'Lakes, Inc. is one of the only Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities to celebrate Transgender Awareness in November and supports LBGT+ businesses through the Supplier Diversity Program.

Daisy Reeves

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Daisy, as Global I&D Client Relationship Partner, a first of its kind in Law, and as LGBT+ Co-Chair, helps drive the inclusion agenda in 30 offices worldwide. Under her stewardship, BCLP launched a global LGBT+ group covering all populations and developed a transatlantic Legal Pride recruitment initiative 'BCLP Pride'. Daisy also initiated 'DiversCity', a decade-running, innovative award-winning LGBT+ graduate recruitment event participated by 15 law firms, over 2000 LGBT+ students being shown a Legal career. She developed 'AuthentiCity' a first-of-its-kind cross-sector event for LGBT+ students/apprentices interested in a career in the wider City and initiated a UK-wide mentoring program for the Legal profession with Stonewall and Law Society, mentoring smaller UK firms in LGBT+ inclusivity. Recently, BCLP has initiated innovative 'hours gap' reporting for ‘diverse’ lawyers, including LGBT+ lawyers, to ensure fair work allocations and adopted the Philadelphia flag 2020 as well as events to overtly include POC within the LGBT+ community. Daisy also speaks globally at the intersection of LGBT+, mental health and disability.

Allyn L. Shaw

President & CTO
Recycle Track Systems

Allyn leads all diversity and inclusion efforts, including the HR function for Recycle Track Systems, Inc. In the two years the representation has increased significantly. He participated in over 15 panels, 8 speaking engagements, and was asked to join the Victory Fund/Institute Board as well as the New York LGBT Center Board. He is also on the Board of Directors - Out & Equal, Victory Fund & Institute and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.

Robyn Grew

Global COO and GC and Head of ESG, Head of Man Group US
Man Group plc

Robyn is the Senior Sponsor of Man Group’s LGBT+ Network, Pride@man, and spearheaded a popular initiative to provide Pride and ally flags to those who would like them on their desk, sending a message of support to everyone who enters the office. Man Group celebrates Pride annually by hosting events, flying the Pride flag on top of their building, and displaying decorations in their office lobbies globally to show support publicly. Robyn has recently led conversations with Nicola Adams OBE, focusing on intersectionality and inclusion, and with Jonny Benjamin which focused on his struggle with his sexual orientation, and mental health problems. She is Chair of the AIMA Diversity & Inclusion Working Group and in 2021, coordinated the Working Group's booklet: 'How to be an Ally: Stories from the Hedge Fund Industry', which details how people who work in the industry are essential to the success of DE&I efforts.

Jay Lin

Portico Media

As CEO of Portico Media and an openly gay person, Jay has dedicated the last few years implementing LGBT+ activism within the company's business plan. In May 2020, He launched a global LGBT+ focused streaming platform, GagaOOLala, bringing queer Asian stories to the rest of the world. Since then, they have commissioned around 30 LGBT+ titles (features, shorts, series and variety shows) giving voice to underrepresented creators in countries like Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. And their original film in collaboration with PBS has received a 2020 News & Documentary Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Business & Economic Documentary. And due to the efforts in looking for LGBT+ professionals, 65% of the current employees at Portico Media are openly part of the community. He is also a founding member of the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan, and a board member for Rainbow Coalition and Taiwan LGBT Rights Family Association and the Taiwanese coordinator for Men Having Babies.

Louis A. Vega

President, North America; Vice President, Government Affairs and Advocacy

Louis' holistic approach to inclusion and diversity in the workplace is best illustrated through his involvement with Dow's employee resource group for LGBT+ and ally employees, GLAD. As the group's global advisor, he has worked with chapters globally to promote a more inclusive workplace and community for all employees. Louis is a member of Dow's President's Inclusion Council, sponsors and leads Dow’s Social Justice Council, and serves as a member of The Company’s Operations Team. A leader and pivotal voice on business strategy, people development, and growth matters for Dow around the globe, Louis brings his passion for inclusion to all his discussions and involvements — from engagements with government and industry leaders to serving on the board of directors for multiple civil society groups. In addition, through his service on the boards of numerous other inclusion-focused organizations, he leverages his relationships within the business community and shares his strategic business counsel to promote a more equal world for all.

Alim Dhanji

President, adidas Canada

Alim was the inaugural Chair of the Adidas Global Committee on Accelerating Diversity & Inclusion, partnering with the CEO and senior executives to strengthen their culture of inclusion. As one of the most senior 'out' executives at the company, Alim drove visible support in raising awareness of LGBT+ inclusion at the senior most levels. He actively mentors LGBT+ employees and counsels allies on creating a culture of inclusion. He partners with other LGBT+ colleagues to ensure topics specific to the LGBT+ community are represented and advocated for. He participates in numerous speaking engagements on LGBT+ D&I at universities providing a point of reference on career progression whilst being an out executive or on panels sharing best practices on inclusion. Alim has served as COO of the LGBT Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission to achieve equal rights and acceptance for all members of the LGBT+ community worldwide.

David Furnish

Rocket Entertainment

David leads Rocket Entertainment Group with a strong emphasis on both inclusion and diversity across internal policies and external projects. As the Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, he launched a COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support marginalized LGBT+ and other vulnerable communities during the pandemic to pivot to new models of HIV care. The Emergency Fund has given out over $2 million in grants all over the world including 22,000 kits of PPE distributed, 8500 people received emergency food packages, 200 people newly diagnosed with HIV, over 4000 people living with HIV receiving home delivery of their medication, and over 1 million text messages sent with sexual health information, COVID-19 prevention amongst other outcomes. In 2020, David won the British LGBT Global Impact Award with Elton John for their achievements with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to help the LGBT+ community during COVID-19.

Gigi Chao

Executive vice-chairman
Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Ltd

Gigi is the founder on Hong Kong Marriage Equality, and it has been able to achieve, legal recognition for same-sex couples' rights to public and subsidized housing. Joint custody rights for a lesbian couple with kids. And Inheritance rights for a same sex married couples. It also runs a fun LGBTIQ 101 online course, and an app that allows people to report instances of LGBT+ or gender identity discrimination called VoiceOUT! Her work is more LGBT+ advocacy for all of Hong Kong and Asia in the countries we operate in, which include the Chinese mainland and Malaysia.

Cindy Noble

Chief People Officer
Compass Group North America

As the Chief People Officer of the sixth-largest company in the country, Cindy is a champion for D&I, fostering an environment where associates feel seen, heard, and respected, and where they feel empowered to show up as their authentic selves. Under her leadership, Compass Group launched its first-ever D&I survey, established initiatives confronting unintentional biases, and implemented training centered around “Why Pronouns Matter,” which speaks to LGBT+ inclusivity. In addition, pre-COVID, Cindy expanded Compass’ Pride Celebration from a single day to four days in four states to reach more associates and the communities we serve. Cindy's passion and commitment to diversity is reflected in Compass Group USA's consistent acknowledgement by outside organizations, including being named a Forbes Best Employer for Diversity four years in a row. Also, her service on external boards and committees, including Charlotte Center City, American Heart Association, and Jose Andres World Central Kitchen, focus on D&I issues.

Maggie Lower

Chief Marketing Officer

Since joining as Chief Marketing Officer, Maggie has committed her support in making the strategy around DE&I into a differentiator for Hootsuite. As the team is building out employee resource groups (ERGs) she will be the executive sponsor to the LGBT+ group. She will also be involved in Hootsuite's partnership with Pride at Work Canada, supporting the learning they provide, and contributing thought leadership. She will be a keynote speaker at AdWorld, and SMW London and has guest lectured at the Kellogg School of Management, one of the top global MBA programs. She spends time mentoring in the LGBT+ community, and in the US Marketing Academy because more informed voices at the C-suite table means everyone wins. In previous roles as CMO of Cision and TrueBlue, she worked with their employee resource groups to raise visibility for LGBT+ ERGs, and has a demonstrated track record of supporting and leading LGBT+ friendly practices at all of her previous employers.

Rick Suarez

Country President

Rick has served for many years as an executive sponsor of AstraZeneca's Employee Resource Group (ERG), focused on providing support and education, and fostering a culture of openness, tolerance, and acceptance within AstraZeneca. He supported the co-chairs who lead the US group of AstraZeneca PRIDE, of close to 500 members, ensuring they have the resources needed to advance important changes for the LGBT+ community at AstraZeneca. In partnership with the US Pride Community, he pushed for important conversations to be had on inclusion, diversity and acceptance. To date, the ERG has helped to inform and drive important organizational change resulting in a score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. These changes include a broader definition of family, from a benefits standpoint, broadening the definition of family. Other changes implemented extended our medical plan fertility coverage to better support female same-sex couples, eliminating a cause requiring women to have to first prove infertility.

Karen Teo

VP, APAC, Global Business Group

Karen is the Global Co-exec Sponsor for Pride@ which has brought awareness to the work of the people who take on Pride@ advocacy and equity building work on top of their core jobs. She has supported, advocated for and co-created Trans healthcare benefit access to countries outside the US, starting in Singapore and now expanding to other countries. Through the ERG, the different lived experiences of LGBT+ folks have been highlighted and celebrated and they are currently working on a more thoughtful approach to gender neutral restrooms across all the offices with the facilities team with an inclusion-first mind set. Karen mentors as part of the Pink Dot initiative in Singapore and she along with many other LGBT+ leaders here in Singapore to offer support, perspectives and outreach to young working professionals who might need help with their identity in the workplace.

Pedro Pina

VP, Head of YouTube Europe, Middle East and Africa

Pedro joined YouTube in August 2021 as the Head of YouTube for Europe Middle East and Africa, in charge of the YouTube business, strategy, operations and content partnerships. Globally, YouTube reaches 2 billion monthly users. In 2019, he was named one of the 10 most influential LGBT+ executives in the UK by the British LGBTQ+ awards. In the same year he was named the world's top LGBT+ executive role model on the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executive Role Models Global List. Pedro is a Board Member of OutRight Action International, an Advisory Member for the Outvertising Council in the UK and a member of the Corporate Advisory Board of the Victoria & Albert Museum of Art. Outside of work, being a Portuguese native, he loves spending time by the sea with his husband and his daughter.

Kent Thoelke

Chief Innovation Officer
ICON plc

At ICON, Kent is the executive sponsor that championed Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and deployed the Employee Resource Groups focused on LGBT+ inclusion, providing both open and confidential support for LGBT+ employees worldwide. He is an open and vocal advocate for LGBT+ equality and inclusivity by ensuring visibility for all employees, working authentically as an out C-suite executive, and encouraging others to get involved in meaningful inclusivity initiatives. He has engaged with ICON employees as well as customers and partners to educate and inform them on the importance of equality and inclusivity as core values both from a human rights perspective, but also as good business practice. He helped create the company’s global inclusion strategy and the policy for equitable healthcare coverage for LGBT+ employees, including transgender-specific needs. Kent and his husband Kevin have also supported college scholarships for future LGBT+ leaders for over a decade. Kent believes that activism and leadership doesn’t end when you leave the office – it’s how you live every day.

Suresh Raj

Global Chief Growth Officer
Virtue (VICE Media Group)

Suresh sits on the Global Management Team and directly engages leadership on addressing and tackling all matters of DE&I. As an Exec Sponsor on DE&I matters, Suresh provides senior counsel on DE&I matters covering Virtue employees globally and this includes promoting and celebrating global LGBT+ visibility throughout the year within the workforce and leadership, beyond Pride months. Collaborating closely with the talent teams to ensure focus on building a pipeline of diverse candidates including representation from LGBT+ individuals at all levels, from internships to senior leadership. Previous achievements include creating and curating a C-Suite level dinner series focused on 'Purpose' including LGBT+ issues, bringing together 13 world leading brands across finance, technology and healthcare which resulted in the founding of The Collective, a LGBT+ initiative. He is an advisory board member for Ruebik and DealEngine - both companies focused on changing the landscape and success for minority communities including LGBT+.

Adam Stanley

Former CIO and Chief Digital Officer
Cushman & Wakefield

Adam Stanley is a visible out executive who is active in the startup PropTech community. He currently serves on the boards of directors of GATX Corporation, a global leader in railcar leasing, and 1871, one of America’s top incubators. Adam retired as CIO of Cushman & Wakefield in October 2021 after almost eight years. During his tenure, Adam leveraged his more than 20 years of industry experience to provide strategic and operational direction for the firm’s client-facing and colleague technology systems and infrastructure across all business lines and markets. Adam helped form and served as the Executive Sponsor of Cushman & Wakefield’s UNITY employee resource group, whose mission is to increase visibility and provide a support system for the firm’s LGBTQ+ community. With Adam’s support, the firm has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for three consecutive years.

Gabrielle Novacek

Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Gabrielle served as the global leader for BCG's LGBT+ ERG, Pride@BCG. Under her leadership, the firm's LGBT+ community expanded dramatically across our global footprint, and made significant advancements in LGBT+ support, benefits, and leadership representation. She became co-leader of BCG's Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team and now owns alongside another colleague, overall responsibility for the advancement of BCG's global internal DE&I agenda, including efforts to support our LGBT+ employees. This work has resulted in the continued growth of BCG’s LGBT+ community, retention and promotion rates that exceed those of the overall employee population, and the publication of significant thought leadership on topics of LGBT+ inclusion, including a landmark study completed in partnership with The Center in NYC. She was also appointed as both head of BCG Chicago and member of our North America Management teams, which was the first time a lesbian had ever held either an office leadership, or executive management role in the firm.

Jim Ford

Allen & Overy LLP

Jim is the Chair of the global LGBT+ network; involved in D&I-focused business development, graduate recruitment, mentoring and social responsibility, as well as LGBT+ aspects of A&O's "All In" initiative – launched May 2021 as a global commitment to becoming more inclusive workplace. He is the partner sponsor for A&O’s ongoing policy review with Stonewall and the launch of a more global approach for A&Out. He led the network in taking Pride virtual during lockdown with initiatives such as a collage featuring LGBT+ colleagues and allies, a seminar with John Amaechi exploring intersectionality and quiz nights allowing for global participation. He also interviewed Eddie Izzard on trans & gender identity issues. He is a trustee for the charity Diversity Role Models. Jim also provides pro bono legal advice to Queer Britain, the UK's first national LGBT+ focused museum, and recently co-organized a QueerBritain art exhibition in A&O's London lobby.

Eugenio Pirri

Chief People & Culture Officer - Global Diversity Champion
Dorchester Collection

Eugenio leads all efforts across our entire business in all aspects of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. He created and launched all Dorchester Collection policies and procedures and ensure they are fully in place across all parts of the business. He ensures all locations lead through our global approach of Education, Communication and Celebration, and monitor and track our efforts accordingly. He acts both as internal and external role model and spokesperson and promote all protected statuses equally throughout the business. Eugenio is an ardent advocate for diversity and inclusion across every aspect of operations and have pioneered several initiatives including the We Care philosophy, the right of every employee to feel safe and always respected. He has introduced coaching, mentoring and diversity celebrations to showcase the truly inclusive environment of Dorchester Collection. He also conducts Diversity and Inclusion workshops within, working with hotels to support local charities to advance the company's message of inclusivity.

Emma Springham

Chief Marketing Officer

Emma has run online video sessions on the importance of being an ally and has rewritten the marketing strategy to put D&I at the heart of the plan. In her Post Office role, she led on all of the network strategy, looked outside of the organization for allies and launched a partnership campaign across Post Office, Levi's and Queer Britain. She shared her own real-life story, which was featured across social channels alongside other colleague stories. And she also trained the social media team to respond to homophobic comments which were picked up in a number of press articles. As an openly gay senior leader she supports a number of mentees in their journey.

Nassib Abou-Khalil

Chief Legal Officer
Nokia Corporation

Nassib has been Nokia’s Chief Legal Officer since August 2019 with responsibility for all legal and compliance matters of the Nokia Group. He joined Nokia in September 2014 as head of Legal & Compliance for the MEA region, later becoming General Counsel for Customer Operations and Deputy Chief Legal Officer, Business. In addition to his legal work, Nassib is an outspoken advocate for equity, inclusion and diversity, working closely with Nokia’s LGBT+ employee resource group, EQUAL! An out leader himself, he took part in the launch of the OUT Leaders program as Nokia’s first out leader. Later he co-developed a broader OUT Leaders program focusing on the development and visibility of out leaders throughout the organization. Under Nassib’s leadership, Nokia’s legal department launched its equity, inclusion and diversity scorecard, a quarterly and annual assessment of its key panel law firms, aimed at advancing progress in the legal industry.

Shawna Baker

Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Justice
Cherokee Nation

Shawna is the first openly gay Justice on the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court, and only the third woman to serve on the Court. Justice Baker serves as an indigenous role model to 2SLGBT+ tribal members and seeks to drive equity and inclusion throughout the First Nations. She is presently working to strategically identify various HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and response opportunities both within in the Cherokee Nation through her service on its Ending the HIV Epidemic project and throughout the United States by serving as a member on the Indian Health Services and the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s Native Ending the HIV Epidemic Advisory Committee. Justice Baker’s first written opinion for the Supreme Court ushers in a new era of racial equality in Indian Country by recognizing the Cherokee Nation’s Freedman descendants as full citizens of the tribe. Through the language chosen in this historic opinion, the Supreme Court also recognizes non-binary persons for the first time.

Geffrye Parsons

Managing Director
Macquarie Group

Under Geff’s long-standing stewardship of Macquarie’s regional Pride network, Macquarie has become the second highest-ranked financial services organisation in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers (and #33 overall), with Pride selected as a 'Highly Commended Network Group'. Geff is a designated Mental Wellbeing Ambassador for LGBTQ+ matters, and acts as an ally representative for trans/non-binary to ensure full inclusion. His passion is the intersectionality of LGBTQ+ with other minority characteristics, about which he has initiated multiple events and campaigns. Geff and his two fellow network co-chairs have consulted with Macquarie’s D&I and HR teams to ensure fully inclusive policies, and empowered multiple LGBTQ+ staff, and their allies, to become change agents. Externally, Geff is a trustee of two LGBTQ+ charities, GiveOut and Diversity Role Models, has been a judge for both the British LGBTQ+ Awards and the PinkNews Awards, and is a steering committee member of the former. He is also a frequent external speaker and writer for LGBTQ+ events and publications.

Ali Potia

McKinsey & Company

Ali leads McKinsey’s Southeast Asia Consumer Practice and is the APAC lead of GLAM, McKinsey’s global LGBT+ network. Starting out in 2007 as one of the few LGBT+ employees in Asia, he has led GLAM’s expansion to 25 offices in 16 countries. He established a firmwide mentorship program, and organized McKinsey's global conference for over 700 LGBT+ colleagues. He has led more than 30 town halls on inclusion in the past year. He led participation on the India Workplace Equality Index, Japan Pride Index and Australia Pride in Diversity index as well as sponsored McKinsey signing Marriage Equality declarations in Japan and the Equal Love campaign in Hong Kong. Ali leads the annual global Day of Pink celebration for 30,000+ colleagues. He launched McKinsey's Asia Day of Service, where over 4,000 colleagues spend a day volunteering, including at LGBT+ organizations. He has increased LGBT+ Ally participation from 13% of the office to 30% and launched Conscious Inclusion for all 360+ partners in APAC.

Pips Bunce

Director & Head of Investment Banking Technology Strategic Programs
Credit Suisse

Pips is a proud member of the Trans community, identifying as gender-fluid and non-binary and is a champion progressing LGBTQI+ inclusion and equality on a global scale. She drives LGBT+ inclusion as a priority, ensures senior members are engaged, mentors the EMEA CEO and other senior leaders on LGBT+ inclusion and co-chair of the LGBT+ & Ally Network with 6000+ active and engaged Allies globally. Pips’ regularly presents to large audiences and is a prolific public speaker, partnering with many organizations, a regular panellist, presenter and media contributor raising awareness of LGBT+, Trans and non-binary inclusion. Pips carries out work with hundreds of organizations, presented in Parliament and working with the Government Equalities Office and an ambassador of many leading organisations including Mermaids, DRM and Stonewall. Speaking and leading with sincerity and humility on overcoming adversity as a Queer individual, the power and impact authenticity/allyship has on the entire LGBT community, of which she is proud to be part of.

Wesley Bizzell

Senior Assistant General Counsel; Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs

Wesley is a co-founder of Altria’s LGBT+ employee resource group and has led numerous efforts that convinced Altria to make consequential changes to its policies and practices to ensure it is more welcoming for LGBT+ employees. He also has worked to highlight the diversity of the LGBT+ community, bringing to Altria speakers who challenge stereotypes and empowering employees to have conversations about difference. In recent years, he has hosted and moderated interviews with Jake Choi (a Korean American out pansexual actor), Chris Mosier (the first trans member of Team USA), author Ruth Coker Burks (who cared for young men dying of AIDS in the American South in the 1980s), and Judy Shepard (the mother of Matthew Shepard). Through his efforts and advocacy, Altria has joined companies to oppose legislation targeting trans individuals and has publicly endorsed state and Federal non-discrimination bills. Wesley is a frequent author and speaker on inclusion and diversity within both the corporate and legal communities and in 2021 testified before multiple legislatures on the need to ban the LGBTQ+ panic defence. Externally, he serves as the immediate past president for the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association and was recently appointed to be a commissioner for the American Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Commission.

Darren Rickards

Managing Director, Head of Corporate Banking, Central Europe, Middle East & Africa
Bank of America

Darren joined the bank in 2000. He is a member of the bank's global LGBTQ+ Leadership Executive Council and is Executive Co-Sponsor of the LGBTQ+ Pride Network in EMEA. He hosts and gives talks to WebEx region-wide town halls and LGBTQ+ Pride and Ally panel events both internally and externally, including featuring high-profile LGBTQ+ role models like Mohsin Zaidi. He hosted the 'Gender Does Not Fit in a Box' panel with a focus on EMEA and APAC as well as the 2020 Courageous Conversation for Global Corporate Banking audience. He initiates conversations and dialogue on LGBTQ+ topics in the offices throughout the Gulf, Russia, Israel and Africa where such topics are seldom, if ever, raised. He also mentors junior team members through their own 'coming out' journeys. Darren was also appointed as founding member of the Inclusive Business Campaign Advisory Board for the Institute of Directors with a focus on LGBTQ+ inclusion at Board level for companies across the UK.

Randeep Sidhu

Advisor in Equality, Health and Technology
The Alan Turing Institute.

Randeep is a Healthcare and AI specialist. The Alan Turing Insitute is the UK’s National Institute for AI and he is currently focused on removing bias in AI and technology for marginalised groups. Randeep joined the NHS frontline in July 2020 to build and run the NHS COVID-19 app. He pioneered specific research to include the needs of LGBT+, refugees and BAME communities. Randeep was chair of Babylon’s LGBT+ group where he worked to make their AI fully representative of LGBT+ people removing biases impacting users in UK, USA, Canada and Rwanda. He also improved Trans representation in healthcare delivery, created improved HR policies and undertook research in East Africa to reduce HIV transmission in poor, LGBT+ and sex worker communities. Randeep is a Trustee at Terrence Higgins Trust, where he has successfully pushed making PREP free for all on the NHS, and including the needs of Asian, Black and Trans communities in sexual health services.

Iris Farley

Sr. Director, Human Resources

Iris serves as an Executive Sponsor of the Komatsu Global Women's Network, advocating for inclusion of all gender identities in the group's mission and programming. She developed and implemented a Gender Transition Policy and Plan for the organization and presented a global webinar for the women's network on gender expansiveness, sharing her journey as a trans woman in a male-dominated industry. In 2021, she facilitated learning on gender diversity and LGBT+ inclusion for a Japanese expatriate cohort of 62 employees. Her efforts at work have been to raise awareness of the LGBT+ community's needs in the workplace, and to promote inclusion of all who identify as part of the LGBT+ community. Outside of work, Iris is an active supporter of organizations that advocate for LGBT+ friendly legislation, and LGBT+ inclusion in her faith community. She is also an outspoken champion for prostate cancer awareness and healthcare equality in the transgender community.

Michael Sosso

Senior Vice President, Legal

Michael leads a global legal team of 100 professionals supporting the Gas & Low Carbon Energy, Production & Operations, and Regions, Cities & Solutions businesses. He is the sponsor of regional Legal D&I Committees and has been profiled on bp's social media stories telling his story as an openly gay man and the importance of allies in the workplace. He has conducted internal town halls and spoken externally in the US, Asia, and UK/Europe educating people about the challenges of coming out, how to be an effective ally, and ways to create a more inclusive environment within the workplace including advocating for self-identification within employee profiles and surveys to gather data on openly-LGBTQ+ pay, promotion, and mood/culture. Michael mentors several LGBT+ employees within and outside of bp starting to come out in the workplace, and recently was asked to co-lead the LGBTQ+ D&I Pillar for the European General Counsel Association with the goal of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion across the legal profession throughout Europe.

Steven Kryger

Head of Ray Dalio's Investment Research Team and Lead of Emerging Markets Team
Bridgewater Associates

Steven, an 11-year Bridgewater veteran, heads founder Ray Dalio’s research group, participates on Bridgewater’s Investment Committee, and is responsible for the professional advancement of the firm’s investment professionals. Steven established Bridgewater’s first affinity group, the LGBTQ+ Network, and is its executive sponsor. He helped launch Bridgewater’s D&I Council, which is responsible for D&I strategy and outcomes. Steven is jointly responsible for D&I in the Investment Engine Department and has focused on representation and transparency in compensation and promotion. He championed several firm-wide initiatives, including overhauling Bridgewater’s LGBTQ+ inclusive benefits, updating the firm’s guidelines on gender-neutral language in investment research, and sponsoring events exploring transgender and non-binary identity. Beyond Bridgewater, Steven is a founding board member of the New York chapter of Out Investors, whose mission is to make the direct investing industry more welcoming for the LGBTQ+ community, is a volunteer firefighter, and serves on the board of Community Resources for Justice, which runs residential programs for individuals leaving incarceration.

Gemma Keenan

MD, Head of Entity Business Risk and Operational Resilience
Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets

Gemma is the Co-Chair of Rainbow, the Lloyds Banking Group wide LGBT+ network with 5000 members. Rainbow aims to create an environment where colleagues feel they belong – connecting and supporting colleagues, facilitating career growth and influencing Group internal and external strategy on I&D with a focus on LGBT+. Throughout COVID, the network proactively and quickly moved online to support colleagues throughout the UK and beyond. Gemma was previously Chair for Commercial Banking LGBT+ network and has spoken at multiple internal events and external panels. She was the Lloyds representative on Interbank LGBT+ Forum, a pan industry forum for LGBT+ networks across the industry. Gemma is a Board Trustee and Treasurer for Opening Doors London, the largest UK charity providing services and support across the country to LGBT+ people over 50.

Nigell Todd

Head of Global Foreign Exchange
Fidelity International

Nigell has previously led the Dublin Diversity & Inclusion network which seeks to promote and implement company D&I initiatives with a focus on cultural/ ethnicity, gender, LGBT+ and disability. He is an active participant and supports the annual Pride event but also other LGBT+ events during the year which also includes fundraising opportunities for 3 LGBT+ charities in Ireland. He was also a panellist on the topic of ‘Coming out in the Workplace’ and shared his personal coming out experience while at work. He has assisted with the planning of Dublin's first book club event in recognition of LGBT+ History Month and promotes the global roll out and encouraging all employees to learn more about the correct usage of pronouns. He continues to be an internal/ external mentor to those who identify as LGBT+ in the financial services industry and has been recognised as an LGBT Project 1000 Role Model.

Iain Anderson

Executive Chairman

At Cicero/AMO, Iain has driven mentoring and support for LGBT+ people in and now supports across HAVAS in the UK. Over the last two years the business has been shortlisted for the LGBT Awards for its impact. As part of HAVAS and he supports the Diversity and Inclusion Group - ALL IN. He is a Stonewall Ambassador and a Trustee of global LGBT+ Charity GiveOUT. He chaired the Government Equalities Office IDAHOT global business event in and the UK Government's first ever LGBT+ event focused on SMEs in March 2021. He has recently become the UK Government's first ever LGBT+ Business Champion with a remit to improve the workplace for LGBT+ people, develop solutions to workplace discrimination and champion LGBT+ rights.

Olu Howard

Executive Director, AWM Observability and Reliability Engineering
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Olu is a recognized leader in the JPMC DE&I community. He is the North American Co-Chair for PRIDE, JPMC's LGBT+ Business Resource Group and has been an active leader in PRIDE for several years, holding multiple leadership positions. He sits on AWM's Tech Diversity Council and is the Community Engagement head for Global Technology's LGBT+ Community. Individually, Olu is the principal designer and head of AWM Technology's DE&I Reverse Mentoring program which is the first of its kind in the firm. The program has been a success and resulted in changes at both an individual and organizational level, our diverse mentors have reported a higher level of engagement, feel heard, and show a higher level of retention. Additionally, Olu has been key in establishing a relationship between the firm and the Tent Partnership for Refugees ( where the firm will provide at least 50 mentors for LGBT+ refugees in the US and UK.

Erik Day

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Small Business
Dell Technologies

Erik is the Global Executive Sponsor for Pride, Dell Technologies' ERG for LGBTQIA+ Employees and Allies. He has led the ERG during the pandemic to be a center of joy for the company helping with isolation and driving connection through three new global events: Monthly dance parties with guest DJs from all 13 ERGs, Lip Synch Battles where contestants lip synch to win prizes, and for Pride Month, utilized video technology to pass the Pride Flag across 15 countries and 100 employees. This focus has grown Pride to over 5,000 members and added five new chapters. Erik is Vice Chair of the board for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and was named to the board of The GenderCool Project, a non-profit educating the world on the positive experiences of Trans Youth. To help protect Trans kids, their families and the future of work, Erik spent 2021 partnering with Government Affairs to stop Trans Sports Bans across the US.

Filipe Mota da Silva

Consulting Leader - Energy, Resources and Utilities - UK and EU
TATA Consultancy Services

Filipe founded and Chairs TCS Qolors, the LGBT+ and Ally network in 2017 in a time when homosexuality was criminalized in India. He developed the TCS LGBT UKI Development Program to retain/develop LGBT+ employees, and last year registered the lowest attrition rate. He co-developed a mandatory D&I training and influenced and reviewed the change of TCS same sex parental leave, extension on funding for employees in transition and IVF insurance package. He organized and invited more than 15 LGBT+ leaders from different companies to talk about LGBT+ and Allyship in the workplace. He initiated "Pride stories for kids” joining Parents and Kids on a learning exercise about differences, parenthood, and gender expression. And he co-founded the TATA UKI LGBT+ Alliance to share best practices across TATA Group of companies and celebrate awareness at Pride Virtual Events and bring their 700,000 employees together. He founded Transition Drivers an initiative to encourage 100,000 diverse energy leaders for immediate climate action.

Ronnie West

Chief People Officer
IHS Markit

Passionate about instilling societal change, Ronnie has been a lead for IHS Markit's public position against LGBT+ oppression. Examples include IHS Markit signing onto the legal brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the protection of employees against discrimination, signing the Stonewall open letter to the UK-Government declaring "Trans Rights are Human Rights" and signing the US Business Statement Opposing Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation. Internally, Ronnie founded IHS Markit’s Courageous Conversation series in mid-2020, working to expand the dialogue for underrepresented employees to give everyone a voice. Similarly, he was pivotal in establishing IHS Markit's zero-tolerance policy through sponsoring guidelines supporting LGBT+ and launching mandatory learning modules. To further enhance IHS Markit’s position, Ronnie has focused on building strong partnerships with external organizations such as myGwork and Stonewall (communities for LGBT+ professionals, graduates & inclusive employers), Correlation One (organization creating a community of data-fluent underrepresented students & professionals), and business-psychology consultancy Pearn Kandola (focusing on avoiding bias in the promotion process).

Catherine Vaughan

Global Financial Crime, Ethics & Compliance Leader

Catherine led a team organizing EY's IDAHOTB 2021 showcase event - a 24-hour Global webcast. Starting in New Zealand and closing in San Francisco the event "followed the sun" with a series of messages, stories and discussions by LGBT+ people, allies and business leaders. Designed to "educate, inspire and celebrate" LGBT+ inclusion at EY, the event was the first of its kind attracting participants from across the EY world. Additionally, she continues to drive LGBT+ inclusion into EY's D&I agenda through 1-2-1 connection with EMEIA D&I Lead and EMEIA D&I SteerCo, deliver keynote talks and training to internal groups of LGBT+ and non-LGBT+ colleagues. She sponsors LGBT+ events, fund-raising for LGBT+ community groups and participates in Unity Chapter panel discussions as well as supporting BeLonG To, a leading LGBT+ Youth organization in Ireland supporting young LGBT+ people and working with schools to combat bullying in the school system.

TJ Castro Lim

Global Co-Head of Product, Private Wealth Management
Goldman Sachs

At Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management, TJ has been a key lead of the LGBT+ Initiative that aims to foster LGBT+ representation and belonging within the firm as well as to ensure that the needs of the LGBT+ clients and prospects are met. The team has worked towards identifying wealth management solutions tailored to LGBT+ households. He has been a mentor to LGBT+ interns and employees and led recruiting efforts, including the firm’s involvement in the largest LGBT+ MBA conference. Through the LGBT+ Initiative, a partnership with the Trevor Project was established to discuss the topic of 'mental health' awareness, which is increasingly timely and significant especially given the disturbing trend in youth suicide, which is exacerbated by Covid. He led a drag bingo and show for interns and employees to foster a sense of community and to celebrate Pride. The event was supported and attended by other key firm leaders and top executives.

Antonious Porch

General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer

Antonious was recently promoted as SoundCloud's first Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and also remains SoundCloud's General Counsel. AS CDO, his focus is on building, refining, and, most importantly, driving the development of an integrated DEI strategy that is globally relevant and cross-functionally aligned to business outcomes with our Music, Engineering, Marketing and People teams. His expanded portfolio gives me a powerful platform to role model professional success as an openly gay Black man. Further, it allows him to directly affect business strategy, recruiting and hiring decisions, employee performance, mentorship opportunities, diversity resource groups (DRGs) and company culture. He also serves as Executive Sponsor of the SoundCloud Community Fund, our multi-million-dollar commitment to social justice and equality, as well as musical artists' mental health and wellbeing. He previously, served as Executive Champion of SoundCloud's "Clouds of Color" DRG for employees of color and allies, while also being an active presence within SoundCloud's "Queer Clouders" DRG for LGBT+ employees.

Esteban López, MD, MBA

Americas Lead, Healthcare and Life Sciences Solutions

As a Google Cloud Executive, Dr. López is a member of HOLA and PRIDE at Google - the ERG's serving Latinx and LGBT+ Googlers. Having been the Executive Sponsor of similar ERGs at his previous company. At Google he mentors others and is regularly sought out by other LGBT+ employees throughout the organization, as he brings his whole self to work; actively talking about his spouse, children, and family life. Leaning into his position as a role model that employees can identify with. In addition to his responsibilities at Google Cloud, he remains a practicing physician and serves on the Board of Directors of Addus Homecare and Axonics, both publicly traded companies on the NASDAQ exchange. He participates in the Equilar Board Diversity Network where he identifies publicly as LGBT+ and Latino. He is also an active Member of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA) and a national speaker on equity, justice, and inclusion and gave a TED talk in 2016 about Health Equity.

Matt Scarff

Director of Media & Creative

Matt is the Executive Chair of ITV Pride, after passing on the Chair role to a new group of LGBT+ Co-Chairs in Jan 2020. He raises LGBT+ and Inclusion into conversations with the ITV leadership team and they refer to him for advice and support when needed. The ITV Pride Network has been active throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, keeping members up to date with LGBT+ news and connecting them with others, especially as some network members were living alone or isolated. Matt produces and presents the ITV Pridecast, the podcast for LGBT+ people at ITV and outside of ITV, which he continued to produce throughout the pandemic. Working with the new Co-Chairs, he launched ITV Pride Day, an all-day event full of speakers, workshops and sessions, across ITV's global business that happens at the end of Pride Month. ITV celebrated Pride in June 2021 by creating a brand-new on-screen ITV Pride themed channel ident that transmitted across the UK, created by 2 LGBT+ designers.

Marixi Carlos

Accenture Operations Client Experience Lead in the Philippines

At Accenture in the Philippines, Marixi holds the roles of Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Executive Sponsor for Operations and Pride Sponsor for the I&D Council for Global Operations. She was also its I&D Executive Sponsor for 2 years. Under her leadership, overall Pride allies increased from 6% to 30%. This was achieved with her bold commitment to foster equality and the organization’s support to the LGBT+ agenda: bringing one’s authentic self to work, loving oneself, and embracing each one’s SOGIE. Learning sessions on SOGIE and Transgender and talks on Coming Out, Parenting, Mental Health and Marriage Equality Bills, contributed to the strengthening of a safe workplace. She also supported the launch of the Ally Primer, a digital booklet that provides understanding on Allyship. As a result, there was an increased presence and involvement of the LGBT+ Community internally and externally. To date, she participates as an adviser and driver of policy changes around LGBT+ inclusion in and outside the organization.

Josh Graff

Managing Director, EMEA & LATAM & VP Global Enterprise

Josh joined LinkedIn - the world’s largest professional network - in 2011, and is now Managing Director for EMEA & LATAM, and VP of LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions (advertising) business. In his role he is responsible for driving member growth, strategic partnerships and revenue across all lines of business in EMEA and Latin America, and leads the Global Enterprise sales team as they help marketers reach, connect and engage with over 774 million professionals. Before joining LinkedIn, Josh held roles at Electronics Arts (EA) and Microsoft. Prior to that he founded the world’s first in-game advertising agency, JAM International, which was acquired by Massive Inc. Josh is a passionate advocate for diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace. He has been featured on the Financial Times Top 50 LGBT Leaders list, recognised as an Inspiring Leader at the LGBT Awards, is a founding member of the advocacy group ‘Open For Business’, and was recently a Commissioner on the HIV Commission.

Sarah Rench

Director of AI and Industry Solutions

Rench demonstrates her commitment to Diversity and Inclusion by being one of the leaders driving Prism, Avanade's LGBT+ network and bringing opportunities to work with partners such as BluePrism and clients CxO/Directors at various firms who she has run LGBT+ events with. She is also part of Beyond, UKI BAME & multicultural network which she helped start and won the CEO excellence award in back in 2020, which she continues to support through mentoring individuals and with key events like speaking at the Allies event. She has presented at various events including 'Lesbians in Tech' on Data and AI which has over 500+ attendees, at All-Party Parliamentary Group on AI on 'Diversity and AI' where she presented to MPs and fellow AI people on the importance of D & AI. And she was asked to present by the UK Department of Trade on AI in South Korea & highlighted the importance of Diversity & AI.

Julio Bruno

Chief Executive Officer
Time Out Group Plc.

Through his role as CEO, Julio is the Chair of Time Out Group’s D&I Policy. Recognizing the importance of Role Models in business, Julio is an avid speaker and uses his platform to share his expertise and tools for driving inclusion. Additionally, he has led partnerships with Copenhagen 2021, WorldPride and EuroGames and is an active member of OutRight Action International’s Diplomat’s Circle.

Peter Arvai

Executive Chairman and co-founder

Peter is a champion of inclusion both at Prezi and beyond. As the Co-Founder of WeAreOpen, Peter leads in raising awareness about the benefits of diversity in the workplace. WeAreOpen’s Network now exceeds 1000 participating companies. As a proud member of the LGBT+ community, Peter uses his platform to foster LGBT+ inclusion and inspires other leaders and organizations to follow suit. Additionally, Peter has led Prezi to become the first company to march in the Budapest Pride Parade and is also Emeritus Chair of the Board of Directors at Bridge Budapest.

Chloe Davies

Head of Social Impact
Lucky Generals

As Head of Social Impact at Lucky Generals, Chloe is committed to driving LGBT+ inclusion in her business and beyond. A champion of inclusion, Chloe’s personal journey has inspired and motivated her, as seen through her work as Lead of Marching Forward and role as the Head of Finance and Governance for UK Black Pride. Additionally, Chloe is a Trustee for the London LGBTQ+ Community Centre, Head of Relations for the London Queer Fashion Show and has been shortlisted for Positive Role Model of the Year (LGBT+) at the National Diversity Awards. Chloe is also an avid speaker and recognizes the importance of LGBT+ Role Models in business to inspire others to take action.

John Clifford

Partner/Practice Group Leader
McMillan LLP

As the first out LGBT+ lawyer at his firm, John became the Role Model that he didn’t have during his early career. In his capacity as Partner, John is a Founding Member and Chair of McMillian’s EDI Council and oversees the implementation of training programs, events and education surrounding inclusion. John has led exeQutive for 15 years, a network promoting, supporting and strengthening the careers and businesses of Toronto-based LGBT+ professionals, has been the immediate past Chair of the ABA LGBTQ+ Involvement Subcommittee, promoting the inclusion of LGBT+ attorneys as well as Business Law Section Liaison to the ABA’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee.

Noel Gavin

Senior Vice President, Global Head, Corporate & Institutional Learning
Northern Trust

Noel is a committed advocate for inclusion and has been driving D&I for over a decade. Through his work, Northern Trust has seen a significant increase in senior leader engagement with LGBT+ employees, has sponsored the Limerick Virtual Pride Festival 2020 and witnessed an increase in senior Irish Leaders mentoring LGBT+ individuals both within and outside of the organization. Noel is also Director and Vice-Chair of GOSSH (Gender Orientation, Sexual Health & HIV), a Board Member of the Limerick Chamber of Commerce and has been a member of the Gay Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN). Noel is passionate about giving back to the local and global, LGBT+ community and his work is a testament to that.

Michael Schachtner

Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Through his role as Managing Director and Partner at BCG, Michael is committed to driving inclusion. His work has including step-changing BCG’s approach to intersectionality, and through his role as Leader of North American Networks has significantly grown membership, expanded their footprint and impact beyond BCG and educated the leadership team by advocating for LGBT+ perspectives. As an avid speaker, Michael has delivered keynotes and undertaken panel opportunities to share his best practice for driving inclusion and understands the importance and impact of positive, visible Role Models. He is currently on the Steering Committee for the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality (PGLE), supporting LGBT+ inclusion through business and beyond.

Louise Ah-Wong

Senior Partner - Digital Transformation

Louise is passionate about driving inclusion at Agilisys and beyond as seen through her work advocating for the LGBT+ community. Louise is currently Chair of Agilisys’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and an active member of several internal ERGs including the Agilisys LGBTQ+ Network and Agilisys Women’s Empower Network. Louise is a key driver of the 2020 Belonging Strategy, tasked with ensuring that LGBT+ D&I is a focal point for attracting and retaining the best talent within the company. Other notable initiatives have included positive impacts on the gender pay gap, the creation of a D&I Data dashboard and an overall growing commitment to inclusion at Agilisys. Louise is also a Finalist in the D&I Initiative of the Year award at Women in Tech Excellence Awards 2021 and continues to sponsor Agilisys’ social impact initiatives.

Zach Harris

VP of Marketing, Water Portfolio
PepsiCo Beverages North America

Zach knows that visibility and representation are crucial elements in fostering diversity and inclusion in business, and he uses his position as a Role Model to drive change. As VP of Marketing, Zach leads the brand strategy, communications, innovation, and commercial agenda for PepsiCo’s water portfolio, which includes purpose-driven brands bubly and LIFEWTR. Under Zach’s leadership, bubly’s recent partnership with nonprofit Family Equality helped to raise awareness of the unique obstacles that LGBTQ+ families face on their path to parenthood, and LIFEWTR’s Life Unseen campaign spotlighted underrepresented creators – including those from the LGBTQ+ community – in partnership with Issa Rae. Additionally, Zach is an Executive Sponsor of EQUAL, PepsiCo’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, and has played an instrumental role in the recruitment process at PepsiCo since his earliest days at the organization. He is also part of PepsiCo’s LGBTQ+ Executive Roundtable – a developing global network dedicated to moving the needle toward inclusion.

Tim Thompson

SVP Corporate Evolution and Change Enablement
TD Bank Group

Tim is a leader who is committed to driving inclusion and uses his expertise and influence to effect change. At TD Bank Group, Tim is the LGBTQ2+ Area of Focus Chair for the Inclusion and Diversity Leadership Council. Under his leadership, TD launched LGBTQ2+ leadership development programs, organized mentoring events, launched capability for colleagues to share their pronouns through name tags, developed trainings for all employees and People Managers, championed an intersectional approach to initiatives, and launched an onboarding program to connect LGBTQ2+ hires with colleagues. Additionally, TD enhanced customer systems in Canada to provide options for customers to reflect their diverse gender identities and launched the Trans and Non-Binary Entrepreneurial Development Program together with community partners in the US. Externally, Tim established and funds an annual scholarship at McGill University, supports local LGBTQ2+ community organizations and participates in conferences and panels.

Martin Shanahan

IDA Ireland

As the CEO of Ireland’s Investment Promotion Agency, working at the intersection of Government and global business, Martin continues to foster LGBT+ inclusion across society. As a visible, out, senior public servant Martin believes in and understands the importance of inspiring role models. The 2021 ‘Be Proud’ campaign, developed by Martin’s team at IDA is an excellent example of an initiative that raises LGBT+ visibility. Under Martin’s leadership, IDA Ireland has evolved from raising awareness, organizing events and training to measuring and assessing the internal success of its inclusion initiatives.

Jacqui Lloyd

Senior Vice President - HR - Talent, Learning and Diversity

Jacqui recognizes her impact as a role model and position at Citi and leverages her expertise and influence to drive inclusion. As the Co-Chair of Citi’s Pride Network in London, Jacqui has supported the creation of international Pride Network chapters, has led Citi to achieve a Top 10 position in the Stonewall WEI and has launched a reverse mentoring program connecting LGBT+ colleagues with senior leaders. An avid speaker, Jacqui has appeared on panels for Lesbian Visibility week 2021, created videos and blogs on LGBT+ topics and has been shortlisted for Diversity Champion of the Year at the 2021 Diva Awards for her great efforts.

Bentley de Beyer

Head of Human Capital Management (HCM)
Goldman Sachs

Bentley understands the value of visible role models and uses his platform as a senior, out leader at Goldman Sachs to drive change and be an ally for the LGBTQ+ community in his industry and beyond. Bentley is responsible for overseeing the firm’s inclusion networks, and he is a member of the firm’s Global Inclusion and Diversity Committee where he has introduced practices and initiatives to foster the development of LGBTQ+ employees and drive inclusion. Externally, Bentley is a Board Member for the Trevor Project and has raised $150,000 to help drive forward their mission to provide crisis and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

Diana Ellsworth

McKinsey & Company

Diana is the second LGBT+ woman in McKinsey’s history to have been made Partner and understands the importance of LGBT+ Role Models in business to drive change and inspire others to strive for success. Diana is the Global Co-Lead of McKinsey’s GLAM (Global LGBT+) Network and has been a core leader of local, national and global LGBT+ recruitment efforts across the organization. As the Co-Founder and Lead for McKinsey’s global DE&I client advisory practice, Diana works on developing LGBT+-specific strategies for companies spanning biotech, financial services, CPG and beyond. Diana has co-authored multiple pieces of research on LGBT+ inclusion as well as larger inclusion strategies. She is an active speaker regarding LGBT+ issues in business and is dedicated to creating workplaces where everyone can succeed and thrive authentically.

Tony Wood

Regional Leader and Managing Director Europe
Mercer Marsh Benefits

Tony is a committed advocate for inclusion and through his role at Mercer Marsh Benefits is driving change for the LGBT+ community. Tony is the Executive Sponsor of the firm’s Pride Business Resource Group (BRG) UK and a member of its Pride BRG Europe. He has supported community programs, social functions and implemented support for LGBT+ colleagues during lockdown. Tony has worked to improve trans healthcare and has embedded LGBT+-specific policies across the business. As a frequent panelist, Tony uses his platform to lead change both internally and externally, mentors high potential diverse talent and has sponsored a number of events focused on LGBT+ inclusion. Tony understands and values the importance of Role Models in business and is proud to be able to use his knowledge and experience to drive change.

Brett House

Deputy Chief Economist

Brett is a champion of inclusion and has been active in driving change throughout his career. Brett is a founding member of Scotiabank CEO’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, executive member of the LGBT+ ERG, and a sponsor and mentor within several development programs at Scotiabank. He is an active internal spokesperson on diversity and inclusion, using his expertise and platform to motivate and energize Scotiabank’s employees. Externally, Brett represents Scotiabank on the Steering Committee of the Partnership for LGBTI Equality. He is also a Board Member of the 519 Community Centre, a municipal hub in Toronto for LGBT+ services, support, and activism, a mentor to LGBTQ+ students at the University of Toronto, and a speaker and moderator for national financial-sector events.

Jane Rowe

Vice-Chair, Investments
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Canada)

Jane is Vice Chair of Investments for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and has been an active advocate and role model for the LGBT+ community for over a decade. She is the Executive Sponsor and Co-Chair of Pride@Teachers, an employee resource group that works to create safe spaces for LGBT+ employees. Through her role as Co-Chair, she has facilitated events across the finance industry such as webinars on allyship and discussions on bringing one’s whole self to work. As an out, gay woman in finance, Jane is passionate about being a role model and is highly regarded for her perspective. Recent speaking opportunities include a panel about LGBT+ inclusion for Out Investors, an organization that seeks to make the investing industry more welcoming for LGBT+ professionals, as well as International Women’s Day events and networking events for Schulich School of Business students at York University. In 2020, Jane was elected to the TD Bank Group board, a public financial institution she has long admired for its commitment to a diverse workforce and multi-decade support of the LGBT+ community.

Venkatraghavan CA

Managing Director - Human Resources
Accenture Solutions Pvt Ltd

Venkat is a champion for inclusion both at Accenture India and beyond. He was the Pride Program Sponsor for the past 3 years for Accenture in India and has shared his personal story across the company, led an Ally campaign with the LGBT+ Ally Network and steered LGBT+ Leaders Learning Sessions. Additionally, he has led the Inclusive Internship Program which aims to build a talent pool of Trans candidates through on the job learning and networking. Venkat is an active speaker and uses his platform and influence to drive LGBT+ inclusion by addressing topics such as the psychological safety of LGBT+ employees and energizing India’s young changemakers to create a culture of true equality.

James Miller

Chief People Officer
GBG plc

James is Chair of be/yourself, GBG’s Inclusion and Diversity Network and is Executive Sponsor of the Sexual and Gender Identities Chapter. James implements webinars, company wide Q&A sessions and uses his platform to create blogs to drive conversation and change for the LGBT+ community. James recognizes the difference he can make through his role and by sharing his expertise and tools to drive change as well as his values-driven approach to create a workplace where everyone can succeed. Externally, James is an avid speaker, sharing both his professional and personal perspectives to effect change. Additionally, James mentors LGBT+ colleagues, is an active member of the HRC and is a member of McKinsey’s Alliance group of prominent LGBT+ leaders.

Neil Piper

Chief People Officer

Neil is a Founding Member and Executive Sponsor of Kentucky Fried Pride, KFC UK’s LGBT+ Affinity Network. He has spearheaded measurement and reporting across the company to improve D&I engagement, launched company-wide D&I learning journeys, is a committed mentor, a champion of progressive policy changes across the business and uses his platform and influence within the company to effect long-term change. Neil is a driving force behind KFC’s inclusion through external partnerships, has fundraised for the Kaleidoscope Trust and as an avid speaker, has appeared on many inclusion-specific panels including one for Kerry Foods Global LGBT+ ERG. Neil believes that inclusion is everyone’s genuine responsibility, and as a visible, vocal and out gay leader in the corporate world is a role model to many.

Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz

Partner and Tax lawyer
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Luiz is the Sponsor of Mfriendly, Mattos Filho’s LGBT+ employee affinity group, which strives to create an inclusive workplace for all. Since it was created in São Paulo, Luiz has led these efforts across Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Campinas, promoting greater coverage for LGBT+ inclusion within the firm’s Brazilian offices. As a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, he is also tasked with overseeing the program’s strategy as well as promoting the benefits of intersectionality across the business. Externally, Luiz organizes events, represents Mfriendly across Brazil, and uses his platform and influence on effect change across the industry. Due to his commitment to leading LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace, Luiz Felipe is a member of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory board of the Thomson Reuters Institute.

Vincent Francois

Regional Chief Audit Executive
Societ Generale

Vincent founded the first LGBT+ Network in French Banking a decade ago and has spent his career paving a way for inclusion. As former Chair and newly appointed Senior Executive Sponsor of Societe Generale’s UK Pride and Allies Network, Vincent is at the forefront of D&I at his organization leading initiatives and implementing strategies to drive change for LGBT+ employees. Vincent is also an active member of Societe Generale’s Global Pride and Allies Network. Externally, Vincent is an avid speaker and consistently leverages his platform to inspire and motivate others to drive change and create businesses where the LGBT+ community can succeed.

Carmen Mueller

Managing Director, International Corporates
Standard Chartered Bank (Group)

A champion of inclusion, Carmen is the Co-Founder of Standard Chartered Bank’s AG D&I Council and co-chair of the local SC Pride chapter – the bank’s LGBT+ Employee Resource Group with which she has led the organization of events amongst SCB’s Continental Europe Teams for LGBT+ topics. She is leading the way with a focus on recognizing and realizing the value that lies in openness and inclusivity in the business context. She is also a member of SCB’s Global SC Pride Steering Committee where she has helped drive the global adoption of pro nouns to drive greater inclusion and uses her platform to advocate for the LGBT+ community. Externally, Carmen uses her social media platforms and influence as a role model in business to promote LGBT+ businesses in Frankfurt, mentor’s LGBT+ talent and hosts community events e.g. together with the local Business School for the LGBT+ and Allies community to network.

Mark Baker

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs
Warner Music Group

Mark is a visible and vocal Role Model both within Warner Music Group (WMG) and beyond. He is the Executive Sponsor of Q the Music, WMG’s LGBT+ Employee Resource Group and is the LGBT+ representative on the global DEI Commitments Committee and global DEI Council. His work includes strengthened partnerships with the HRC and the Victory Fund, adopting new gender transition guidelines, leading WMG to join the business coalition supporting the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and has led WMG’s participation in the HRC Corporate Equality Index. Additionally, has been listed among the top, out LGBT+ Music Executives by Billboard Magazine, and uses his platform to inspire others to drive change.

Bradford Pollard

Managing Director, Private Banker

As Senior Private Banker at Citi, Bradford inspires LGBT+ leaders to live authentically and drive progress. He is committed to embedding inclusion as seen through his work as Executive Committee member for Citi’s Institutional Clients Group Pride Council, Co-Founder and current Business Sponsor of Citi's Pride Network in California and as a Senior Mentor for the Pride Mentorship Program. He also serves LGBT+ individuals with customized private banking strategies to seek to preserve their wealth legacy. Bradford launched Citi’s first public "Global Pride Dialogues” series open to clients, partners and colleagues to address the changing landscape of the LGBT+ community. He was also a key developer of internal and external campaigns during the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and was instrumental in the creation of the first ever Leadership Development Program for LGBT+ individuals at Citi. Bradford’s steadfast commitment to the community began over 20 years ago and his work includes addressing homelessness and youth educational fulfillment for LGBT+ individuals.

Namrata Iyer

Head of Financial Crime Capability - Group Financial Crime

Namrata’s passion stems from a need to provide a platform to diverse individuals and the importance of intersectionality in fostering a world where everyone can succeed. She is a member of HSBC’s Pride, Balance and BAME Employee Resource Groups through which she has led discussions and events focusing on the trials of starting a family as a member of the LGBT+ community, has championed the need for inclusive language in the workplace and has been a Mentor to LGBT+ people of color within the business. Namrata is a vocal and active member in her local community and externally has championed the formation of a local LGBT+ community groups as well as mentoring LGBT+ students from India.

Craig Beaumont

Chief of External Affairs
Federation of Small Businesses

Craig is a driver of inclusion both within the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and beyond. He leverages his expertise and shares tools to foster inclusion within his organization through his active participation in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group, a sub-group of the FSB Board. Craig understands and values the importance of visible role models and externally has worked on the UK Government’s first SME LGBT+ Roundtable and has led a campaign with Peter Tatchell and his Foundation surrounding the challenges faced by LGBT+ venues and spaces in relation to insurance. Craig is passionate about supporting LGBT+ businesses across the country and ensuring that LGBT+ business owners have the opportunity to succeed.

Pippa Dale

Head of Global Markets Roadshows
BNP Paribas

Pippa is the Founding Ambassador of and a member of the UK Pride Steering Committee. In her capacity at BNP Paribas, and beyond, Pippa is a driving force for inclusion and uses her platform to advocate for the LGBT+ community. Externally, Pippa has led fundraising initiatives for GiveOut and worked with L’Autre Cercle on the conference for Human Rights at World Pride.

Keshav Suri

Executive Director The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group & Founder Keshav Suri Foundation
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

A committed advocate for inclusion, Keshav is the Sponsor of Lalit Suri Hospitality Group’s Pure Love ERG and in his capacity as the organization’s Executive Director seeks to promote D&I across India’s hospitality industry. Keshav’s work is routinely studied and has led to the Group winning multiple awards for their efforts to drive inclusion. The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has also sponsored scholarships for LGBT+ students in India, and the Group’s Night Club, Kitty Su, is a prominent safe space for the LGBT+ community in India. Keshav is also integral to discussions with the state government through his role on the FICCI D&I Committee on providing jobs, healthcare and security to the LGBT+ community following the pandemic. Keshav is an active speaker and uses his platform and influence to create safe workplaces where the LGBT+ community can be embraced and empowered.

Adrien & Pierre Gaubert

Chief Marketing Officer & Chief Executive Officer

Twin brothers Adrien (Chief Marketing Officer) and Pierre (Chief Executive Officer) Gaubert founded myGwork in 2015 after personally facing discrimination at work. myGwork is now the go-to business platform for LGBTQ+ professionals, students, inclusive employers, and anyone who believes in workplace equality. Both Pierre and Adrien consistently leverage their expertise and knowledge to support the LGBTQ+ business community and promote LGBTQ+ talent in business teams and organisations across the world. They have formed a global network of over 250 inclusive employers to help advertise over 80,000 jobs for thousands of LGBTQ+ professionals; have overseen the creation of a network of inclusive training sessions that are now successfully delivered to employee resource groups; and offer advice to employers on best practice/policies on diversity, equity and inclusion, LGBTQ+ recruitment and retention, workplace wellbeing and LGBTQ+ employee mental health matters. As visible Role Models both Adrien and Pierre undertake speaking opportunities, host virtual Pride conferences and have created #WorkPride & #WorkFair – the largest online LGBT+ job fair, alongside a platform that offers their members a safe space to connect with inclusive employers, find jobs, mentors, professional events, news and more.

Lara Shewchuk

Chief Operating Officer

Lara is a driving force for inclusion at Architech and has established sustainability and D&I as a strategic pillar guiding the growth of the company. Lara and the Architech leadership team prioritize pay and promotion equity for women, and have increased women in technical roles well above tech industry standards. Lara is the Founder and Executive Sponsor of Architech’s Inclusion Council, Architech’s Build a Better Future Program, Pride & Allies Committee and the Women@Architech Network. She has established key partnerships with Pride at Work Canada and Black Professionals in Tech Network to drive top-down awareness and safe conversation throughout the company. Alongside these internal initiatives, Lara is a member of Pride At Work Canada’s Thought Leadership advisory committee, providing recommendations on overall programming, educational and thought leadership initiatives. Among the many LGBT+ organizations that she supports, Lara and her partner are long-standing Leadership Council donors of The 519.

Julie Dickson

Investment Director
Capital Group (CG)

Julie is the Global Co-Chair at CG Pride and is focused on expanding CG’s LGBT+ advocacy to the wider community. Within her organisation, she is key to driving an atmosphere of positive change. She has organised events for Pride, hosted virtual celebrations for LGBT+ history month, prolifically spoken up about coming out at work during Lesbian Visibility Week, and most recently brought UK Black Pride into conversation with CG’s internal communities-‘CG Pride’ and "Capital Associates of African Descent". Externally, Julie is a major donor to OutRight Action International, a supporter of the Albert Kennedy Trust to combat LGBT+ youth homelessness, and she holds a seat on the leadership team of InterInvest which helps further LGBT+ interests across the investment industry. Julie is driven not just by her determination to provide the best investment solutions, but also a commitment to be seen, heard and included. It is through this passion that Julie drives inclusion in her role at Capital Group and beyond.

David Shelley

Hachette UK

As CEO of Hachette, David is committed to driving inclusion at his organization and beyond. He founded a working party, now the D&I Program ‘Changing the Story’, to address and improve recruitment, retention and the publishing process. The LGBT+ Network was born from this, supporting both LGBT+ employees at Hachette and helps to ensure that publishing represents LGBT+ people across the UK. Hachette’s LGBT+ Employee network has partnered with Hachette UK authors to drive inclusion and LGBT+ narratives and celebrates the contribution of LGBT+ authors to literature.

Crawford Prentice

Head of Wealth & Personal Banking
HSBC Bank Malta Plc

Crawford is the Co-Chair of HSBC Malta’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and a member of HSBC Pride. As the most senior LGBT+ Executive in Malta, Crawford has actively supported the promotion of the LGBT+ D&I agenda, has been a speaker at numerous HSBC Pride events and works closely with Regional teams to collaborate on LGBT+ initiatives. He proactively holds D&I discussions across the business, including dedicated LGBT+ sessions, to ensure that inclusion remains a top priority. Externally, Crawford has engaged with the local community and was enormously proud for HSBC Bank Malta to become the principal sponsor of Malta Pride 2021. Crawford is both a passionate advocate for an inclusive culture and believer in the importance of diverse role models to inspire the next generation of LGBT+ business leaders.

Elaine Montilla

AVP and CIO for Information Technology
The Graduate Center

In addition to her role at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Elaine is the Founder of 5xminority whose mission is to elevate the voices of all underrepresented minorities in tech. Elaine is a proud member of the LGBT+ community and is passionate about amplifying and advocating for the community through business and beyond. She is a prominent speaker on D&I in the Tech community and is a TEDx speaker who focuses of providing support, education and fostering a culture of acceptance. As one of few out LGBT+ Executives within the CUNY system, Elaine understands the importance of and values the responsibility of being a vocal and visible role model, leveraging her expertise and experiences to drive change and motivate others.

Sunil Daswani

Global Head of Securities Lending
Standard Chartered Bank

Sunil is a champion of inclusion and leverages his influence and platform as the Global Head of Securities Lending at Standard Chartered Bank to drive change. He writes thoughtful articles surrounding LGBT+ inclusion which are available to all employees and is a member of the LGBT+ Network. Externally, Sunil is setting up a foundation called Proud to Be Proud, supporting people to embrace their authentic selves and helping them overcome barriers to progression.

Vivienne Ming

Chief Executive Officer
Socos Labs

As CEO of Socos Labs, Vivienne encourages equitable and inclusive practices, from hiring through to retention. As Co-Founder and Chief Scientist for Dionysus, much of Vivienne’s work centers on D&I. Most recently Vivienne led the implementation of the Inclusion Impact Index to measure the impact of LGBT+ high-growth entrepreneurs, measuring both existing contributions and disparities in achievement caused by barriers that the LGBT+ community faces. Vivienne is a member of many boards focused on LGBT+ inclusion spanning from business to law and believes that ‘if you want to lead an amazing life, give it to someone else’ thus exemplifying her passion for inclusion.

Javier Constante

President, Latin America and Brazil

Javier is keenly aware of the responsibility he has as an influential LGBT+ Executive and uses his position to advocate for others and focuses his attention on challenges faced by the LGBT+ community. Javier is an active member of Dow’s President Inclusion Council and champions D&I as a key part of Dow’s Latin American Strategy. Externally, Javier serves on the board of the Brazilian organization, Forum de Empresas e Direitos LGBT and is currently leading a public policy initiative to ensure a better and more inclusive environment across Brazil.

Maeve DuVally

Managing Director, Corporate Communications
Goldman Sachs

Maeve is an active member of the Goldman Sachs LGBT+ inclusion network and co-chairs the network’s community engagement pillar. Maeve’s work has led to the network partnering with various external organizations focused on LGBT+ inclusion including the Human Rights Campaign. As an out leader in the firm, Maeve recognizes the value and importance of being a vocal role model for the firm’s LGBT+ employee population, and after publicly coming out in 2019 has been able to use her platform to effect change. Externally, Maeve is an active Board member of Anchor Health Initiative focused on LGBT+ health and is a volunteer at the Ali Forney Center, a New York-based non-profit which proves shelter for homeless LGBT+ youths.

Jaime Robleto

Judge of appeal of criminal sentences
Judicial Branch of Costa Rica

Within the Judicial Power, Jaime collaborates with the Secretary of Gender and Inclusion and believes in the power of visible role models to effect change and inspire the next generation of LGBT+ leaders. Jaime believes deeply in authenticity and has strived to lead an honest life to help others do the same. Jaime continues to write articles for national and international media aimed at elevating understanding surrounding the LGBT+ community.

Dinesh Bhugra

Professor Emeritus Mental Health & Cultural Diversity, Deputy Chair Tavistock & Portman Foundation NHS TRust
Tavistock and Portman Foundation NHS Trust

Dinesh is a prominent out leader within the healthcare industry and uses his platform and influence to drive change. Dinesh is the current Chair of a Board Level committee focuses on inclusion and is an active member of the LGBT+ Network at the Hospital Trust. Dinesh is a mentor and supports junior LGBT+ employees both at the Tavistock and Portman Foundation NHS and internationally, being sought out by mentees from Guatemala, Lithuania and Georgia. Additionally, Dinesh chaired the Lancet Psychiatry Commission on the mental health of LGBT+ individuals.

George Arison

Founder and Co-CEO

George Arison is the Founder and Co-CEO of Shift, a rapidly-growing auto e-commerce company transforming the multibillion dollar used car industry. In 2020, George became one of the first, if not the first, openly gay founder to take a company public in the U.S. As an accomplished entrepreneur, George is committed to using his platform, expertise and story to advocate for the LGBT+ community and beyond. At Shift, he fosters an inclusive culture by advocating for diversity and equity from the top-down – Shift is one of less than 300 public U.S. companies with gender parity on its board – and investing in employee wellbeing with top-class health benefits. In 2021, George co-founded Belong Capital, a women-led SPAC with two openly gay board members, to drive diversity in investments and better outcomes for technology-enabled businesses. Through his journey as a dad and openly gay CEO, George strives to show aspiring LGBT+ leaders that success is possible while being authentically yourself.

Kathy Teo

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Xpointo Media

As Founder and CEO of Xpointo Media, Kathy is committed to driving D&I in her organization. Since 2017, Xpointo Media has been a business sponsor of Singapore’s Pink Dot and Kathy is one of the appointed business leaders driving the Red Dot for Pink Dot campaign, advocating for Pink Dot’s mission and encouraging companies in Singapore to join the quest for LGBT+ equality. Kathy serves as Board Director of OutRight Action International, a leading international queer human rights organisation, as one of two Asia-based board members. Kathy founded Bridge the Digital Divide, a ground-up initiative bringing digital accessibility to low-income families, migrant workers, trans students and other marginalized groups in Singapore. She is part of The McKinsey Alliance, a working group of senior C-Suite leaders from around the world, brought together by McKinsey, to address D&I issues affecting key sectors and geographies. Kathy has spoken and participated in various panels on themes of equality and non-discrimination for the LGBT+ community.

Tamara Littleton

CEO and Founder
The Social Element

Tamara is passionate about inclusion and through her role as CEO of the Social Element, using her platform and influence to drive change and improve the opportunities for others. Within her business, Tamara encouraged the formation of the company’s LGBT+ Resource Group, ensures that all employees display pronouns as intentional and outward forms of solidarity and elevates the visibility of LGBT+ employees and allies within the business across social media. Externally, Tamara is a passionate volunteer and enthusiastic speaker, sharing her insight with the LGBTQIA+ community. From her involvement with Series Q, a network to support LGBTQI people at UK start-ups, to Lesbians Who Tech as a speaker, Tamara instills the belief in others that their perspectives and experiences are valuable.

Patrick Caldwell

Chief Operating Officer

In joining FundApps, Patrick was the company’s first out LGBT+ leader and since then he has used his platform and influence to drive LGBT+ inclusion within the business and beyond. Patrick has designed and implemented parental leave inclusive of all gender identities, has facilitated company-wide discussions around gender identity and sexuality stereotypes, and speaks widely and openly about his personal journey while sharing insights and practical tips for others to follow. Patrick’s prior experience working in the Mining Industry before his career move to FundApps, was a motivator in his decision to live proudly and authentically. He aspires to effect change for the LGBT+ community and uses his position as a vocal and visible ally to do so.

Christopher Kenna

Chief Executive Officer
Brand Advance

Christopher believes deeply in authenticity and the importance of bringing one’s whole self to work, which are values he has entrenched through his role at Brand Advance. Christopher is a member of the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) D&I Task Force, Director of Industry Bodies at the Conscious Advertising Network and has been shortlisted for awards such as Diversity Hero at the LGBT+ Awards. Christopher writes articles to help inform and educate others about the challenges faced by the LGBT+ community in business and beyond.

Lynn Bertholet

Executive Chairperson

EPICENE’s aim is to support and employ people from the LGBT+ community who are struggling with employment due to their gender identity and or sexual orientation in order to boost their careers. Lynn is personally committed to driving change for the LGBT+ community in Geneva and utilities her platform and expertise to pave the way for others. Externally, Lynn is a sought after thought leader surrounding LGBT+ inclusion and has spoken on various panels, written articles and appeared on radio shows to discuss and drive forward LGBT+ inclusion.

Samir Chabab

Head of International, Marketing & Communications
Index Exchange

Samir is a champion for inclusion at Index Exchange, and through his role drives positive change for the LGBT+ community within the company. Samir is the Co-Founder of the company’s first affinity group, Pride at Index, and uses this platform to advocate for Index's LGBT+ employees through events and the creation of safe spaces to connect and support each other. With intersectionality in mind, Samir has also led various initiatives highlighting Black LGBT+ trailblazers, both internally and externally. Samir has written about his own experiences and the intersection of his identity, shared best practices and tools to support LGBT+ employees internally and externally, and values the importance of visible and vocal role models for others.

Vanessa Pegueros

Chief Trust and Security Officer

Vanessa is the Founder and lead of OneLogin’s Employee Resource Group for people of color and advocates for the advancement and promotion of high potential diverse talent. Vanessa grew up in a diverse household and understands the value and vibrancy of diversity and brings this into her work. Vanessa is a frequent panellist and is a Board Member of BECU, advocating for underrepresented groups and board diversity. Vanessa is also an active member of Pipeline Angels and a Founding Member of the Women of Color Capital Collective, committed to increasing the number of women of color as fund managers.

Renato Camargo

Country Manager & CMO

Renato is the Leader of RecargaPay’s Diversity, Inclusion and Representation Committee and is responsible for implementing and promoting inclusive practices across the organization. Through his work, RecargaPay has increased the LGBT+ representation across the entire company. Additionally, as leader of the committee Renato has instigated monthly debates and forums, promoted the importance of inclusion trainings ranging from recruitment to the value of mentoring diverse talent. Renato has advocated for the LGBT+ externally, contributing to discussions and writing articles to help inform and educate others.

Neil Bentley-Gockmann

Chief Executive
WorldSkills UK

As Chief Executive of WorldSkills UK, Neil leads the organization’s actions for inclusion. WorldSkills UK tracks data for LGBT+ youth within their training programs to inform product development and improve outcomes, has established an ED&I business advisory group to support their work and has improved overall boardroom LGBT diversity to 18%, up from 9% in 2020. Externally, Neil uses his expertise and influence to drive change through speaking on panels and writing blogs about LGBT+ inclusion that are shared across his network. Additionally, Neil was recently appointed as a Board Member of the Whitehall and Industry Group and has been asked to support its work on diversity.