Julia Hoggett

CEO, LSE plc and Head of Equities, Capital Markets

Julia Hoggett joined the London Stock Exchange plc as CEO in April 2021, becoming the first openly gay person to hold the role. Julia is also Head of Equities and leading the Group’s Digital and Securities Markets initiatives. Previously, Julia was at the FCA as Director of Market Oversight and has held roles at BofAML, DEPFA BANK and JPMorgan. Julia is the inaugural Chair of the UK’s Capital Markets Industry Taskforce. At LSEG, Julia has supported Trans Awareness and Lesbian Visibility Weeks, hosted DEI events including Q&A sessions with LSEG’s Pride Network and the celebration of the 50th anniversary of women's admission to the LSEG trading floor. Julia actively advocates for diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, most recently speaking at the FCA, the Bank of England, the ICMA AGM, Bloomberg, INvolve and various companies across the City, particularly championing LGBTQ+ progression.

Jen Carter

Global Head of Technology

Jen Carter is the Global Head of Technology at Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm. She has been at Google for over 15 years and her work is focused on harnessing the power of technology to accelerate the impact of nonprofits & civic entities around the world. As one example, she worked with The Trevor Project to build a generative AI-powered “Crisis Contact Simulator” that helps train counselors to support LGBTQ+ youth in crisis, a product that was subsequently named one of TIME’s 100 best inventions of the year. More broadly, she has supported ERGs in advocating for increased grant funding and skills-based volunteering projects for LGBTQ+ serving nonprofits, leading to collaborations with organizations like Outright International and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. Outside of work, Jen serves as Co-President on the Board of Directors at The Women’s Building and was recently appointed to the Executive Advisory Board of Lesbians Who Tech.

Avon Neo

Head of Global Markets Sales to Private Banks Asia
Nomura Singapore Limited

Avon Neo is Head of Global Markets Sales to Private Banks, Asia Ex Japan, at Nomura Singapore Limited. She is a long-standing Co-Lead of the Nomura Pride Network and is dedicated to growing LGBTQI+ inclusion through events and learning sessions. Notably, she kickstarted the firm’s annual Love-A-Fair fundraiser, where LGBTQI+ affirming vendors and employees come together to support the broader LGBTQ+ community. Avon has advocated for policy change, such as introducing Transgender Guidelines and installing gender-neutral bathrooms in the office. Outside of the Pride Network, she actively champions DEI through her involvement in the Junior Talent Board, Global Diversity Working Group, and Steering Committee of Nomura’s Asia Giving Strategy. Her commitment to DEI extends beyond the workplace, in speaking on various panels advocating the importance of authenticity and inclusion. She also serves on the Board of EMpower, a non-profit uplifting marginalized youths and women across diverse backgrounds in emerging markets.

Adam Moysey

Chief Financial Officer
NBCUniversal Studio Group

Adam Moysey is the Chief Financial Officer for NBCUniversal Studio Group. As the head of the film division’s Finance Inclusion Committee, he has taken on a compelling mandate: to elevate DEI visibility, connect Finance professionals across the globe, and amplify NBCUniversal's broader DEI commitments. Under his guidance, the Finance Inclusion Committee has facilitated a series of DEI-focused roundtables and events, providing a platform for open dialogue and learning. Further to this, as a Co-Executive Sponsor and one of the architects of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group's Inclusion Council, Moysey also spearheads partnerships and financial support of external non-profits that directly benefit LGBTQ+ individuals and those from underrepresented backgrounds, as well as internal inclusivity programs that support career advancement within NBCUniversal Studio Group.

Caroline Farberger

Chair, Board Executive in Financial Services, Investor, G7 Advisor, Keynote speaker
Caroline Farberger AB

As an experienced CEO, in both large corporations and startup environments, Caroline has dedicated herself to ESG and DEI, leading training sessions for executive teams and large company audiences. Her efforts have ensured that these companies embrace DEI practices as an integral part of their organizational culture. Her thought-provoking insights and expertise have resulted in over 100 speaking engagements, including significant conferences across Europe and the U.S. Caroline's dedication to promoting diversity has earned her recognition and accolades. She has received the Swedish LGBTQ+ Person of the Year Award, the Danish Womenomics Leadership Award, and the Swedish Kerstin Hesselgren Award. Caroline also works as a G7 Advisor in the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council where she participates in high-profile speaking engagements. In March 2022, Caroline was presented an award for being one of the World's Most Inspiring Women Over 40 by F10 FemaleOneZero.

David Furnish

CEO | Chair
Rocket Entertainment Group | Elton John AIDS Foundation

David leads Rocket Entertainment Group with a strong emphasis on both inclusion and diversity across internal policies and external projects. He took the reins at Rocket Entertainment in 2015 with the aim of modernizing and refocusing the business globally for a modern era, while also managing Elton John full time. David’s achievements in management have been widely recognized amongst his peers and the wider industry. In 2021 he was honored by the Music Managers Forum and 2022 saw him named as Music Week’s Manager Of The Year at their annual awards ceremony. A tireless campaigner, and as Chairman of The Elton John AIDS Foundation, David is a leading voice in the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ equality. In June 2023, David led the public launch of the $125 million, three-year initiative to accelerate the Foundation's life-saving work to tackle the growing rates of HIV infections in vulnerable communities. To date, the Foundation has raised in excess of $565 million, funding more than 3,000 projects in over 90 countries.

Louis 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 LGBTQ+ 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, Operations Team, and leads Dow’s Social Justice Council. 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.

David Hynam


David Hynam is Chief Executive at LV=. Under his guidance, the Pride Network has thrived and David's influence as one of the world's top 10 gay CEOs has resonated deeply. His belief that individuals should be able to be their authentic selves at work has translated into increased engagement among LV= colleagues. During National Inclusion Week in 2022, David orchestrated a relaunch of LV's inclusion networks. He publicly announced his ambitious vision for a more diverse and inclusive culture, which led to a notable 14% increase in diversity data participation within just ten months. David participates in Pride and Allies speaking engagements, sharing his journey and championing inclusion. David's visibility and advocacy were further amplified when the Mail on Sunday recognised him as "one of the U.K.'s leading LGBT+ chief executives" and a "champion of diversity." This platform has allowed him to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion on a broader scale.

Robyn Grew

Man Group

Robyn Grew became CEO of Man Group in September 2023 – the firm’s first woman and first LGBTQ+ leader. In this leadership position, she is dedicated to further championing the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion. She is also the senior executive sponsor of Man Group’s Pride@Man network and has led internal events and initiatives on allyship and LGBTQ+ inclusion. Robyn is a member of several industry groups, and external initiatives such as the 30% Club and Speakers4Schools. She regularly speaks publicly on the topics of DEI and the importance of being an ally, and this includes at events hosted by Pride@Man, at industry conferences, and in the media. Robyn’s commitment to DEI has been recognised in the media and through notable industry recognition lists, such as the Financial Times, Investment Week, Financial News, Pensions & Investments and LGBT Great.

Iris Wilson-Farley

Vice President, Talent

Iris leads her company’s talent strategy, and is focused on ensuring that Komatsu is an inclusive workplace for all, including those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community. Iris is the Executive Sponsor of the Unity Employee Resource Group for LGBTQ+ employees. She is a trained Gender Transition Leader for Komatsu, working with other transgender employees to ensure that they have the resources and support that they need to successfully transition at work. She is also active in the development of Komatsu’s global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy. Iris is active as a speaker on LGBTQ+ inclusion, presenting to audiences at the Executive Learning Exchange and at the TransTech Social 2023 conference. Outside of work, Iris serves as the Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) for the Northeast Illinois Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and actively supports organizations that advocate for LGBTQ+ friendly legislation.

Jen Wong

Chief Operating Officer

Jen Wong is Reddit’s Chief Operating Officer, overseeing business strategy and related teams from Reddit’s New York office. Previously, Jen was Chief Operating Officer and President of Digital at Time, Inc., where she led the company’s digital and interactive strategies as well as its operations, consumer marketing, and revenue teams. Prior to Time, Jen worked as Chief Business Officer for PopSugar and Global Head of Business Operations for AOL. Jen earned her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, her M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems & Operations from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Yale University. Recently listed at number 1 on Fast Company’s Queer 50, Jen was also included in the Gold House’s A100 List that honors the most impactful Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders (APIs) in culture every May for API Heritage Month. When Jen is not working, you’ll likely find her listening to live music, experimenting with Polaroid photography and vintage cameras or deep within her favorite Reddit community, r/oldschoolcool.

Eugenio Pirri

Chief Executive Officer
Dorchester Collection

Eugenio Pirri, an award-winning advocate for culture, diversity and inclusion, has dedicated his 30-year career to ensuring people are the cornerstone of every business decision. In his role, he directs all aspects of operational excellence, culture, guest and employee engagement, wellness and ESG. He acts both as internal and external role model and spokesperson promoting all protected statuses equally throughout the business. Eugenio is an ardent advocate for ‘belonging’ across every aspect of operations and has pioneered several initiatives including their award winning ‘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 message of inclusivity.

Arjan Dijk

SVP and Chief Marketing Officer

Arjan Dijk is the SVP and Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com and in his role, serves as a sounding board for the internal community, raises awareness for LGBTQ+ employees throughout the organization, and helps facilitate change across the business. He mentors several emerging LGBTQ+ leaders within the company and regularly hosts conversations and discussions with prominent LGBTQ+ voices as part of the annual internal Pride Month programming. In 2021, Arjan and his team launched Travel Proud, a free, inclusive hospitality training program for the company's global accommodation partners, designed to help them gain a better understanding of the specific challenges faced by LGBTQ+ travelers.

Jevan Lenox

Chief People Officer

Jevan Lenox is the Chief People Officer at Insitro. He developed and launched Insitro's first ever DEI strategy that includes hiring strategies for underrepresented talent, foundational DEI training, and bias mitigation measures in interviewing, performance reviews, and promotions. As a founding executive sponsor of the LGBTQ+ network, 'outsitro', Jevan sponsored its first-ever gatherings including 2023 Pride month celebrations with external speakers. Prior to Insitro, Jevan led DEI efforts at companies including Stitch Fix and McKinsey & Company. He is currently a board member of Reaching Out MBA (2020 – present) and serves as Board Secretary, Governance Committee Chair, and a member of the Executive Committee. In these roles, he helps guide the Reaching Out team's programs and outreach to thousands of early-career LGBTQ+ professionals in supporting their career explorations and decision-making. In recognition of his leadership on LGBTQ+ issues, Jevan has been a featured interviewee, speaker, or event invitee on numerous occasions.

Maggie Lower

Board Director
Grindr and SafePlace International

In May of 2022, Maggie joined the Board of Directors for Grindr (Ticker: GRDN), which then listed on the NYSE in November of 2022. For the past year, Maggie has focused her time, energy, and platform on queer advocacy. She was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for SafePlace International, a global NGO focused on fostering community and healing for members of the LGBTQ+ community in countries where homosexuality is still criminalized. Maggie also works with Lambda Literary, the largest supporter, cultivator, and advocate of queer literature in the world. In addition to board work and advocacy, Maggie has been an award-winning CMO at some of the top brands in the world, most recently Hootsuite. She has been named to OUTstanding’s Top 100 LGBTQ+ Executives List for 5 consecutive years, reaching the top 20 for the last two years. In 2022, Maggie was named one of AdWeek’s 20 Global PrideStars.

Lule Demmissie


Lule Demmissie is CEO at eToro US. She believes having visual representation at the operator's level is a central premise of promoting DEI. In addition to being the CEO of eToro U.S., she is also on the Board of eToro USA & eToro Securities. In April 2023, Lule was featured in Forbes: "6 Women changing the face of leadership in banking & finance". She is also a member of New York's The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, known as "The Center". Lule dedicates time on a weekly basis to mentor a diverse range of up-and-coming talent to ensure that eToro U.S. has a fair and strong pipeline of talent.

Matthias Krause

Regional Chief Operating Officer, Americas
Deutsche Bank

Matthias Krause is the Regional Chief Operating Officer, Americas at Deutsche Bank. He is the senior sponsor of NextGen Network, an Employee Resource Group, senior member of and strategic advisor to the dbPride Steering Committee, where he has supported making some of Deutsche Bank's most creative LGBTQ+ programming possible. During the recent celebrations of Deutsche Bank's 15th anniversary in Jacksonville, Florida, Matthias was featured in a fireside chat where he shared the importance of sharing his story as a member of the LGBTQ+ community but also advocated for mental health. He has also worked behind the scenes to bring INvolve's Role Models Gala to the Deutsche Bank Center in New York in March 2023. Matthias is intercultural ambassador having worked in Asia, Europe and the United States.

Lukas Haider

Managing Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Lukas Haider is Managing Director and Partner at Boston Consulting Group, being a member of its Central Europe leadership team and leading the company’s Vienna office. In his role he brings visibility and a strong voice for all LGBTQ+ issues at BCG. Lukas is an active speaker for Pride@BCG and other BCG-internal conferences, engages with allies within the business to advance Pride@BCG initiatives, mentors numerous LGBTQ+ senior managers, and supports targeted interventions for LGBTQ+ colleagues in challenging regions such as the Middle East. With his team, Lukas is constantly working towards achieving BCG's milestone goal of hiring five percent LGBTQ+ employees, set in 2021. Outside of BCG, Lukas has hosted a business roundtable on LGBTQ+ diversity in Singapore with senior executives from across Southeast Asia. He has also co-hosted a panel discussion with senior executives of a leading Swiss bank on DEI inclusion, notably LGBTQ+ topics.

James Miller

Chief People Officer
GBG plc

James is Chair of GBG’s Inclusion and Diversity Network, be/yourself, and the Executive Sponsor of its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities Chapter. James uses his platform to drive conversation and change for the LGBTQ+ community, implementing companywide events, webinars, and Q&A sessions focused on a range of topics from LGBTQ+ rights to the importance of allies in the workplace. James recognizes the difference he can make through his role; he shares his own personal and career journey with others, role modelling openness and inclusion for progress, mentors LGBTQ+ HR professionals in other organizations, campaigns for improving LBGTQ+ rights, and is also a member of McKinsey’s Alliance group of prominent LGBTQ+ leaders. James leads by example and takes a values-driven approach to create a workplace where everyone can succeed. GBG recently won Gallup’s ‘Exceptional Workplace Award’, with the company’s inclusive culture highlighted as a key driver of team engagement.

Raj Jani

Head of Global Talent Development
Ralph Lauren

Raj is the Global Head of Talent Development at Ralph Lauren and is focused on driving inclusive and equitable talent development to empower Ralph Lauren's employees to succeed without barriers. He leads a global team in implementing robust talent programs and embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of all functions. He is also the Executive Sponsor for #RLPride for EMEA, where he uses his platform to empower others and provides support to elevate others to success. Additionally, he participated in and created roundtables to drive education and discussions surrounding inclusion, led pride events throughout EMEA implemented trainings on topics such as bias and microaggressions in the workplace.

Erik Day

Senior Vice President, Global Small Business
Dell Technologies

Erik is the Global Executive Sponsor for Pride, Dell Technologies' ERG for LGBTQ+ Employees and Allies which has over 7,000 members across 20 countries. Erik is also the Board Chair for Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and a board member of The GenderCool Project, a non-profit educating everyone on the positive experiences of Trans Youth. To help protect Trans kids, Erik and the ERG spent 2021-2023 partnering with Government Affairs to help stop the onslaught of Anti-LGBTQIA+ bills across the world, including many testimonies for the Texas Legislature. Erik has led the ERG to be the center of joy at the company driving connection in a hybrid work environment with events like Pride’s Got Talent, Lip Synch Battles, and cross company events which included keynotes from Judy and Dennis Shepard and Alok. Erik has participated in over 15 panels, podcasts and speaking engagements this year focused on the importance of Diversity, Allyship and Inclusion to help companies thrive by ensuring their employees can bring their full authentic self to work. Because of this work and his passion around small business and technology, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce recognized him with the Inaugural Out & Leading Award in 2022.

Suresh Raj

Chief Growth Officer
McCann New York

Suresh sits on the Executive Leadership Team at McCann New York. With over 24 years' experience, Suresh has led growth at Ogilvy Group and Blue Focus Group (China's largest marketing communications network). Suresh is a huge believer that visibility of diverse leaders is key to driving change in industry talent, and he users this platform to be a vocal and active champion of equity and equality, in and outside the marketing communications industry. He has been named onto the FT , Yahoo! Finance and YouTube lists of Executive Ethnic Minority Leaders and LGBTQ+ Leaders for 8 years running. He was more recently named onto AdWeek's Pride Star’s List as well as a Campaign 40 over 40 Award recipient. He is an advisory board member for Oliver Wyman and part of the Cannes Lions / ANA CMO Growth Council - all of whom are focused on changing the landscape and success for diverse communities including LGBTQ+ within their industries.

Sean Livingston

Managing Director, Private Wealth Advisor

As Managing Director at UBS Private Wealth Management, Sean has focused on advising founders and C-suite executives achieve their financial goals for over 20 years. As an active member of UBS's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council for the Americas, Sean is focused on key initiatives such as increasing employee participation in "Self-ID," bolstering and improving hiring, retention, and promotion policies for LGBTQ+ employees, and broadening the firm's LGBTQ+ mentorship program. Sean also serves as Co-Chair of PRIDE Americas, the firm’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, and in this capacity, has spearheaded an increase in its visibility and membership. Additionally, he serves on the firm’s Multicultural Investor Segment Financial Advisor Board. In 2022, Sean was named an Outstanding Voice for the LGBTQ+ community by the San Francisco Business Times and also made the Outstanding LGBTQ+ Executives Role Model List for the first time. Sean is a Board Member of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, and an Advisory Board Member of Friends of the Children Bay Area. Sean is a pianist, an enthusiastic patron of the arts, and he lives with his husband, two children, and their rescue dog in the Mission in San Francisco.

Daniel Ricard

Business Operations Leader

Daniel Ricard is the Business Operations Leader and Chief of Staff for Financial Services Consulting, at PwC UK, where he has held a variety of operational roles over the past decade. He is a visible role model within the firm, having previously led the PwC Shine network, and is now a member of the firmwide Staff Diversity Council representing LGBTQ+ staff and regularly chairs or participates in panel discussions with colleagues and clients. Outside PwC, Daniel is a Board trustee for Opening Doors, the only dedicated national charity connecting LGBTQ+ people over 50 with activities, events, support and information. He is also the Founder and current Chair of Nexus, the network of LGBTQ+ employee network leaders which was established in 2015 as a free resource connecting over 150 multinational firms across sectors in the UK to network, learn and share best practices for driving LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Natasha Zike

Global Director of Learning & Development - MAMBG, Global Co-lead PRIDE@VMware ERG, VMware PAC Board Member

Natasha is a passionate LGBTQ+ global leader, two-time best-selling author, speaker, consultant, and nonprofit advisor whose whole-person, inclusive approach to business creates environments where individuals thrive, and business succeeds. She has spent the last 20 years in the technology industry in the US and London and is a global leader at a Fortune 50 software company. Her empowering messages guide others to live purposefully and joyfully in the face of adversity. She is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), and creates safe spaces for individuals to feel empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. She is available for speaking, training, and consulting engagements with individuals or teams at companies of all sizes. With a love of learning, she attended Harvard University, Stanford University, IADT, and Baylor University. She now resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and two active young children.

Ilā Kamalagharan

Founder and Creative Director
Maison Mercury Jones Ltd

Ilā Kamalagharan (ILĀ) is co-founder and creative director of Maison Mercury Jones, the UK’s first (and only) trans+ queer POC led music branding agency which collaborates exclusively with artists and composers from underrepresented backgrounds to create meaningful and inclusive music partnerships. They are also the co-founder of legendary choir London Contemporary Voices and Trans Voices, the UK's first professional trans+ choir. Celebrated as a music industry changemaker, Ilā sits on the Ivors Academy Future Sound Experience Council, is a member of Earth/Percent Music Committee, a Redcliffe Advisory ambassador and a PhD supervisor and research partner (AI & Music) at University of Sheffield. As an artist, ILĀ has performed globally and spoken at World Economic Forum, TedTalks, Oxford University with recent project partners including Kent Refugee Action Network (Little Amal) and award-winning charity Living Words, working with seldom heard voices from young LGBTQ+ people to those living with dementia.

Matthias Weber

Member of the Board
HDI Bancassurance / Talanx

Matthias is Chief Sales Officer of Lifestyle Protection Insurances at HDI Group Germany and is a member and supporter of Pride@HDI. As board member he takes responsibility for diversity and inclusion, for promoting the LGBTQ+ network and is a visible LGBTQ+ role model. In his former job he was co-founder and co-chairman of pbPride, the LGBTQ+ employee network of Postbank (Deutsche Bank Group). Matthias is a mentor for young LGBTQ+ talents and is both the co-founder and president of the European Pride Business Network, an umbrella organization for now 13 organizations from 10 nations for European LGBTQ+ professionals. Matthias was president of the European Gay Managers Association and Germany´s biggest gay professional association Völklinger Kreis. Here, he chaired and hosted the oldest German LGBTQ+ diversity awards.

Vishal Desai

Chief Risk Officer | Global Risk Strategy Advisor
MS Amlin | Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group

Vishal is a qualified actuary and commercially-focused Chief Risk Officer with c.23 years financial services industry experience across investment banking and insurance sectors (across life and general insurance). His broad risk management and actuarial experience ranges in-house, consultancy and regulatory dimensions both in the UK and internationally and with top-tier organizations such as UBS, PwC, Bank of England, United Nations, Hiscox and MS Amlin. Vishal is a passionate and internationally award-winning advocate for diversity and inclusion in business. He is a member of the external D&I Advisory Board for the flagship insurance sector publication, Insurance Insider, as well as a member of the Advisory Board for Link, the insurance sector’s LGBTQ+ network. He has previously served as a Trustee for Switchboard, the UK’s largest helpline-based LGBTQ+ charity.

Emily “Hawking” Shilling

Deputy Program Manager, Commander
United States Navy

Commander Emily “Hawking” Shilling is a Deputy Program Manager at Naval Air systems Command with the United States Navy. As an EA-18G Test Pilot, she executed 60 combat missions, and accrued over 1700 flight hours. She is also the most senior out transgender line officer and Naval Aviator in the U.S. Navy, setting standards, leading by example, and forging paths for all to thrive in serve. Emily made history as the first transgender naval aviator to regain flight clearance for tactical jets post-gender transition. She is the President of SPARTA, where she provides peer support, education, and fights for trans-inclusive military service. She received the Out & Equal Corporate Advocate of the Year Award in 2022, and has recently joined their Board of Directors, where she proudly serves as the singular voice representing LGBTQ+ communities within the government and military on the Board.

Catherine Vaughan

Global Financial Crime and Compliance Leader

As well as her roles as Global Compliance and Global Financial Crime leader for EY, Catherine is EY’s EMEIA Area LGBT+ Partner sponsor and co-chair of EY’s Global LGBT+ Partner forum. She is a member of the EY EMEIA DE&I Steering Committee and a regular speaker both within EY and the market on the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work in DEI. Catherine sponsors LGBTQ+ events, fund-raising for LGBTQ+ community groups and is a long-time supporter of BeLonG To, a leading LGBTQ+ Youth organization in Ireland supporting young LGBTQ+ people and working with schools to combat bullying in the school system. Catherine’s core belief is that inclusion begins with understanding and understanding stems from dialogue, communication, education, respect and collaboration.

Layla McCay

Director of Policy
NHS Confederation

As Director of Policy at the NHS Confederation, Layla champions authentic leadership and brings LGBTQ+ inclusion into all aspects of her work. She is executive lead of the NHS Confederation’s Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network where she drives national advocacy to improve inclusive leadership and policies, promoting LGBTQ+ visibility, leadership and allyship across the NHS. Layla role models visible diversity, writing and speaking on public platforms. She founded and is executive sponsor for the NHS Confederation’s LGBTQ+ staff group which delivers visibility, allyship and belonging through meetings, all-staff discussions, policies, blogs and videos; LGBTQ+ people are now the most engaged staff group in the organization. Layla is passionate about workplace equality, spending the last year interviewing LGBTQ+ leaders around the world for her new book, Breaking the Rainbow Ceiling, on what holds LGBTQ+ people back at work and what we can all do about it, coming in May 2024.

Bradford Pollard

Managing Director, Private Banker
Citi Private Bank

As a Managing Director and Senior Private Banker at Citi Private Bank, Bradford is uniquely positioned to inspire other LGBTQ+ leaders, especially those in client-facing roles, to live authentically and drive progress. He also serves LGBTQ+ individuals with customized private banking solutions to expand and preserve their wealth legacy. In 2021, Bradford was asked to serve as North America Co-Chair for Citi’s Global Pride Inclusion Network, the first person outside of the company’s NYC headquarters to ever serve in the role. In this position, he oversees 34 co-chairs, 17 business sponsors and 5,000+ employee members of the North America Pride Network chapters. He has been an instrumental figure in instituting Citi’s creation of an LGBTQ+ Leadership Development Program and the implementation of dialogues related to global inclusion. Bradford oversees the company’s North America LGBTQ+ reverse mentoring program with 664 participants in addition to serving as a senior mentor. He leverages his voice to lead a variety of focus areas, including trans inclusion and legislative matters; most recently, he spear-headed Citi’s global public campaign for 2022 Transgender Day of Visibility. Bradford has fostered community impact on issues ranging from homelessness to educational fulfillment for LGBTQ+ students.

Joelle Rotsaert


Joelle Rotsaert is the Founder of Injectual. She educates new joiners on inclusion guidelines: pronouns and how to approach gender identity and disabilities. It is important to her that all trans or non-binary people feel like Injectual is a safe place. Joelle has contributed to as many queer charities as possible, has participated in and is committed to being a voice and face for trans people at as many queer events and awards.

Alan York

Partner, Global Chair of DEI
Reed Smith LLP

Alan is Reed Smith’s Global DEI Chair; prior to assuming that role, he led PRISM, Reed Smith’s LGBTQ+ business inclusion group. He has supported the professional development, mentorship, and sponsorship of PRISM members, while serving as an advocate for change, equity, and representation in his community. He will bring these same efforts to the firm’s DEI initiatives in his new role. Under his leadership, PRISM intentionally connected LGBTQ+ lawyers and professional staff, created a sustainable pipeline of LGBTQ+ talent into the firm, and worked with other communities to create intersectional programming. Alan serves as a National Board member for Lambda Legal, the US's preeminent legal organization fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ+ and HIV+ communities. He also led efforts to bring to Texas the Name Change Project the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s program providing pro bono legal services to individuals seeking name and gender marker changes.

Pips Bunce

Director / Global Head of Investment Banking Technology Strategic Programs
Credit Suisse

Pips Bunce is Head of Investment Banking Technology Strategic Platforms at Credit Suisse, where she is responsible for driving a range of the firm’s strategic initiatives from regulatory priorities through to the execution of strategic messaging and IT platforms. Prior to joining the bank, she acted as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and before that was at UBS. She started her career at British Telecom Research. Pips also acts as Co-Chair of the Credit Suisse’s EMEA LGBTQ+ & Ally Network. As a proud member of the Trans community, identifying as gender-fluid and non-binary, Pips champions the progression of LGBTQI+ inclusion and equality, engages senior management and mentors multiple bank leaders on LGBTQI+ inclusion. She is a regular public speaker, panellist and presenter and media contributor, raising awareness of LGBTQI+, Trans and non-binary inclusion. Pips has also presented on LGBTI+ inclusion and Allyship in Parliament, worked with the Government Equalities Office on LGBTQ+ initiatives and is an ambassador of a number of leading organizations and official bodies such as Stonewall, Diversity Role Models and TransInTheCity. Having overcome adversity as a Queer individual, she speaks and leads with sincerity and humility, espousing the impact authenticity and allyship has on the entire LGBTQI+ community.

Rafal Dembe

Director of Strategy and Business Support
Santander Bank Polska

Rafal is the co-chair of LGBTQ+ ERG (Embrace) at Santander Bank in Poland. Involved in a range of DEI initiatives for over 15 years, including projects for the World Bank and Council of Europe. For a number of years he is one of the leaders of LGBT+ Diamonds Awards, the most prestigious initiative in Poland promoting inclusive business practices. He is actively involved in cross-company cooperation of LGBTQ+ leaders within an informal coalition of corporate LGBTQ+ and as a member of Advisory Board to Open for Business program in Poland. Rafal is using his visibility to promote in media good DEI practices in business and as a leader and an openly gay man encourage others to be themselves at work. For his contribution he received in 2023 the Polish Diversity Award and was a finalist of Santander Group global DEI Award.

Antonious Porch

General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer

In his role as General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer at SoundCloud, Antonious Porch is responsible for business and legal affairs, public policy strategy and the management of SoundCloud’s global team of legal experts in content licensing, copyright, data protection/ privacy, and corporate matters. As CDO, Porch is focused on building, refining, and driving an integrated DEI strategy that is both globally relevant and cross-functionally aligned to business outcomes within all departments (ie. Music, Engineering, Marketing and People teams). Executive Sponsor of the SoundCloud Community Fund and a board member for GLAAD, and International Radio, and Television Society Foundation, Porch’s portfolio is a powerful platform to role model successes as an openly gay Black man.

Lee Marshall

Chief of Staff
The Church of England Pensions Board

Lee Marshall is Chief of Staff for The Church of England Pensions Board. He is an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion within the office, where he is one of the few out executive directors. In 2023, Lee was honored to be awarded the Canterbury Cross by the Archbishop of Canterbury, recognizing his work in DEI within the Church of England. Externally, Lee is the Chair of the Diversity Project Charity, a charity which puts inclusion into practice in the financial sector. LGBT+ Great named him one of the top 50 global Executive Allies in 2023 and the top 100 LGBT+ Gamechangers in 2022. Lee regularly speaks at events and in 2022 worked with LGBTI Sey and government ministers in the Seychelles on a range of issues including hate crimes and same-sex marriage at the invitation of the British High Commissioner.

James Bond

SVP, Chief Legal & Governance Officer
The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company

James has been out in the workplace for his entire professional career. He was the first openly LGBTQ+ President of the Canadian Bar Association (BC), and the first openly gay recipient of British Columbia’s Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) designation. He has served on boards of several LGBTQ+ organizations, and is currently a director and the Governance Committee Chair for the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, a leader in caring for those at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, homelessness and mental health. James supported the formation of the Pride@Wawanesa ERG and serves as its executive sponsor. He uses his platform to support a variety of LGBTQ+ focused organizations and initiatives, and regularly contributes to panels, podcasts and articles aimed at advancing diversity initiatives. As a beneficiary of great mentorship, James understands its power and has been an enthusiastic mentor to diverse law students, new lawyers and corporate leaders for over two decades.

Jamie Bannister

SVP Head of Planning and Business Services

Opening up a world of opportunity is HSBC’s purpose, and Jamie champions intersectional inclusion as Global Co-Chair of the Pride ERG and lesbian mother of two, one neurodivergent. She helped HSBC maintain gold status as a Stonewall top LGBTQ+ global employer, expanded HSBC’s global reach with new chapters in the Netherlands and Thailand, and coordinated HSBC’s “24 Hours of Pride” campaign. Global advocacy, international mobility, employee safety, data insight, and HR benefits have been her top strategic agenda themes. HSBC refreshed global transitioning guidelines and created country-specific addendums and LGBTQ+ benefits guides for core markets. Jamie’s visibility helps employees feel comfortable coming out, and Windo has noted HSBC’s strength via data disclosures on LGBTQ+ workforce representation and corporate advocacy. Jamie participated in events in the US, UK, and Hong Kong where HSBC is lead sponsor for Out Leadership’s Asia Summit and silver sponsor for the Hong Kong Gay Games.

Emily Hamilton

Vice President, Strategic Change
RS Group PLC

Emily provided internal leadership in intersectional support of LGBTQ+ people through the internal ERGs for Women and LGBTQ+ people, successfully working to add full Transgender health cover, endometriosis cover and equal access to IVF for same sex couples in the corporate private health scheme. As a director of the Business Inclusion organization, Trans in the City, Emily has delivered inclusion talks to in excess of 160 organizations over the last year, and supported many organizations in the development of transition and dignity at work policies, as well as personal mentoring of senior executives undertaking transition. She founded and chairs the first LGBTQ+ Rugby supporter’s association in the professional game, QuinsPride, and has spoken with the leaders of the game in England and beyond to promote inclusion of Trans and LGBQ+ players, fans and staff across the sport. In addition Emily volunteers to reduce and prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools as a volunteer with Diversity Role Models. Emily was honored as winner of the 2023 Rainbow Honors Corporate LGBTQIA+ champion as well as being shortlisted at the 2023 British Diversity Awards.

Gabrielle Novacek

Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Gabrielle served as the global leader for BCG's LGBT+ ERG, Pride@BCG for over a decade. Under her leadership, the firm's LGBT+ community expanded dramatically across its global footprint, and made significant advancements in LGBT+ support, benefits, and leadership representation. More recently, she was appointed DE&I fellow to BCG’s business innovation think tank, the Henderson Institute, and global leader of BCG's Equitable and Inclusive Business practice. In these roles she now owns overall responsibility for the advancement of BCG's global external DE&I agenda. This work has enabled BCG to extend its impact in advancing LGBT+ issues in the private sector, and has also lead to the publication of significant thought leadership on topics of LGBT+ inclusion. She was also appointed as both head of BCG Chicago and member of the firm’s 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.

Lara Shewchuk

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Lara is a passionate sustainability professional whose focus is empowerment and equity for all women and marginalized populations. Lara is a driving force for inclusion at Architech and has established sustainability and DEI as a strategic pillar guiding the growth of the company. She is the Founder and Executive Sponsor of Architech’s Inclusion Council, Build a Better Future Program, and Pride Committee. Lara holds a Global ESG Designation from Competent Boards and proudly joins their faculty, contributing DEI business leader insights to their esteemed global sustainability programs. Lara is an inaugural member of the Association of LGBTQ+ Corporate Directors whose mission is to advance LGBTQ+ board representation. She is on the board of directors at the Canadian Center For Women’s Empowerment and QueerTech. Lara is a member of Out Leadership’s ESG Working Group, contributing to their first ESG Summit and Report, shaping LGBTQ+ initiatives into actionable ESG strategies.

Wayne Spillett

Head of Legal
Vodafone Group

Wayne Spillett is Head of Legal at Vodafone Group. He is a Global LGBTQ+ Executive Sponsor and Chair of Vodafone’s international network group. Wayne is committed to ensuring that the organization’s strategy and decision-making on sensitive LGBTQ+ topics are both authentic and fit for purpose. He is also a dedicated mentor to key colleagues at Vodafone, helping them to further the company's LGBTQ+ inclusion agenda with impact. In June 2023, Wayne put DEI at the top of the agenda for Vodafone’s international legal panel, running an event to encourage the most senior relationship partners at the firms to collaborate more with Vodafone on DEI topics as one extended team. A particular focus is being given to inclusion activities in the areas of social mobility, race & ethnicity and ability, which is where the most work remains to be done in the profession.

Omar Alaniz

Dallas Office Managing Partner
Reed Smith LLP

Omar Alaniz is Managing Partner of Reed Smith LLP’s Dallas office. Reed Smith recently appointed Omar as the Global Head of PRISM, a 300+ group of LGBTQ+ members and allies. He is committed to making the firm a safe space for LGBTQ+ attorneys and staff to be out and proud. Omar also collaborates with LGBTQ+ legal advocacy groups, including the National LGBT+ Bar Association, Lambda Legal, and Out Leadership. Omar has received several local and national awards for his practice in restructuring and insolvency law and has been invited to join the nation’s most prestigious associations in his legal field. He was recently named one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas by Super Lawyers. Omar is courageously leveraging his prominence as an out gay Latinx leader in Texas's legal community to be a powerful LGBTQ+ changemaker in Texas, where lawmakers are proposing some of the country's most anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

Jay Lin

Founder and CEO
PorticoMedia & GagaOOLala

Jay Lin is the founder and CEO of Portico Media, a Taiwan-based media & entertainment company. He has brought over 20 foreign TV channels to Taiwan and launched GagaOOLala, Asia’s first LGBTQ+ streaming service, with over 1,300 titles and 3 million members worldwide. GagaOOLala has over 60 original productions that have won awards and recognition at hundreds of film festivals worldwide, including Variety's Best International Series of 2021. Portico also produces high-quality digital content for HahaTai, one of the most popular YouTube channels in Taiwan. Jay is a leader and a role model in the LGBTQ+ community, ranking as the 8th Most Outstanding LGBTQ+ Executive Role Model in 2021.

Darren Rickards

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

Darren is a member of Bank of America’s LGBTQ+ Global Leadership Executive Council and is the Executive Co-Sponsor of the LGBTQ+ Pride Network in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He plays a leading role in fostering a culture of inclusion across the bank and nurturing LGBTQ+ talent. Darren supports the bank’s internal mentoring program for young out-at-work employees and Summer Interns and has proactively worked to increase LGBTQ+ and ally representation in the bank’s LGBTQ+ Pride Network. He regularly hosts talks across the EMEA and APAC regions for employees and hosts events that engage the bank’s international clients with LGBTQ+ inclusion initiatives. Darren is also a founding member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Commission for the Institute of Directors, as well as a Tech London Advocate, working in collaboration with the Mayor of London to support LGBTQ+ individuals in London’s thriving technology sector.

Morrey Atkinson

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology and Operations Officer, Head of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing Operations
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Morrey is the Executive Vice President, Chief Technology and Operations Officer and Head of Biopharmaceutical Sciences and Manufacturing Operations at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. In his role, he leads by example and works to ensure that the company and industry provide a welcoming and safe work environment for everyone, regardless of gender and/or sexual orientation. Morrey serves as the Executive Sponsor of Vertex’s PRIDE Employee Resource Network (ERN), where he focuses on connecting, education, supporting and advocating for all LGBTQ+ employees, communities and allies. He recently participated in a summit of LGBTQ+ ERN leaders in Boston, where, with his PRIDE ERN co-chairs, he worked with other local biotechs, and specifically smaller organizations, to help build their DEI programs, with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Nathan Eastwood

Watson Farley & Williams

Nathan Eastwood is a Partner at Watson Farley & Williams. He has taken a visible and active role in promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion within the APAC region and throughout the global firm. Nathan is also a Partner Sponsor of their global Proud Network, where he champions and encourages engagement with the network's activities and acts as a role model and mentor to LGBTQ+ colleagues. He was the driving force behind WFW becoming members of Pride in Diversity in Australia, which strongly signals the firm's commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion in Australia. He also has established a dedicated LGBTQ+ pro bono practice and provides legal advice to Australian LGBTQ+ charities to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth and Australian first nations people.

Doug Jensen

SVP Go-to-Market (GTM) Analytics & Activation and Learning COE
The Estée Lauder Companies

Doug Jensen is Estee Lauder Companies' SVP GTM Analytics & Activation and Learning COE. He is a business sponsor of Estee Lauder and leads the company's efforts in senior-level advocacy for LGBTQ+ issues within the business and beyond. Doug is also an Advisory Board member for CommerceNext, a digital marketing and e-commerce leader group, as an out and active member for LGBTQ+ communities, where he has also participated in a panel for Pride month with CommerceNext.

Claire Prendergast

Global Head of Client Reporting
Fidelity International

Claire Prendergast is the Global Head of Client Reporting at Fidelity International. For the past two years, she has been the Global LGBT+ Lead, driving the action plan for LGBTQ+ inclusion within the business, including for clients. She has also championed the expansion of the global network to ensure they have regional LGBTQ+ leads in all their offices globally. Claire is heavily involved in local charity donations, volunteering hours and providing office space for LGBTQ+ focused events. She was also a panelist on the LGBT+ Great Global Webinar to recognize International Lesbian Awareness Day 2022 on language, stereotypes, and inclusion.

John McNain

Chief Operating Officer, North American Personal and Business Banking
BMO Financial Group

John is a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion, with over 20 years of active engagement with student and employee resource groups. He currently serves as a director of Rainbow Railroad, a global non-for-profit helping individuals persecuted due to their sexual orientation, gender identity or self-expression, aiding them toward safety through emergency relocation and support. In 2022 and 2023, John enabled the BMO Rainbow Deposit initiative, bringing BMO and Rainbow Railroad together for an impactful social media campaign, raising awareness and funds totalling $100,000. Within BMO, John stands as one of the most senior members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, and a strong advocate for equity. John’s influence extends throughout the community, ensuring equitable, visible, and vocal representation for all. He features in BMO 2SLGBTQ+ recruiting, allyship, and Pride videos, conducts career sessions sharing his leadership journey, provides essential mentorship to 2SLGBTQ+ employees, and advocates on the importance of LGBTQ+ allies.

Zach Overton

Senior Director of Marketing, Devices & Services

Zach Overton is the Senior Director of Marketing for Devices & Services at Google. He is an Executive Steerco member of Google's Global Pride@ Employee Resource Group, driving an inclusive culture serving all LGBTQ+ Googlers. His team also leads inclusive marketing for Google Pixel, sponsoring and activating partnerships with organizations including GLAAD, Stonewall, and the recent “Ballroom in Focus” initiative with Google Arts & Culture, celebrating Black, Brown queer and trans joy, creativity, and radical self-expression. Zach was a panel speaker and participant at the most recent ROMBA Conference to help increase LGBTQ+ representation at Google and frequently mentors junior LGBTQ+ Googlers to aid in their personal and professional development. He hosted Google's Pride event at Google Beach in Cannes last June during the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, for hundreds of guests, including a Fireside chat with NGO OutRight Action International.

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 LGBTQ+ representative on WMG’s global DEI Advisory Committee. His work includes strengthened partnerships with the HRC and the Victory Fund, adopting new gender transition guidelines, leading WMG and the music industry to weigh in against proposed anti-trans legislation in Tennessee and leading WMG’s participation in the HRC Corporate Equality Index. Additionally, has been listed among the top, out LGBT+ Music Executives by Billboard Magazine and is on the Board of the Warner Music Group/Blavanik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund, a $100 million fund established after the killing of George Floyd to support organizations working to promote criminal justice reform, support education particularly in the music industry, and drive narrative change through culture and the arts.

Alexandra Tessari

Poland Head of Markets & Securities Services Technology

Alexandra Tessari is HSBC's Poland Head of Markets & Securities Services Technology. She has worked in tech at HSBC for 17 years in Paris, New York, London and since 2019 lives in Krakow with her wife. She has spoken on multiple internal and external panel discussions on LGBTQ+ inclusion, Women in Tech and neurodiversity. She has attended and supported Krakow Equality (Pride) marches. Since July she leads the Diversity & Inclusion agenda for HSBC in Poland, which has a significant presence with a global business services centre of over 6000 people.

Noel Gavin

Senior Vice President, Global Head, Asset Servicing Learning & Development
Northern Trust Corporation

Noel is a committed advocate for inclusion and has been driving DEI for over a decade. Through his work, Northern Trust has seen a significant increase in senior leader engagement with LGBTQ+ employees, has sponsored the Limerick Pride Festival and witnessed an increase in senior Irish Leaders mentoring LGBTQ+ individuals both within and outside of the organization. Noel is Chairman of GOSSH (Gender Orientation, Sexual Health & HIV), is Vice President of Limerick Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Governing Body of the Technological University of the Shannon (TUS). Noel chairs the inaugural Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee of the university. Noel is passionate about giving back to the local and global, LGBTQ+ community and his work is a testament to that.

Eliezer Silveira Filho


Eliezer sponsors all the internal groups, including Race, LGBT+, Gender, and generational groups. As CEO, he has supervised many transformation projects, such as developing a new approach for the recruitment and self-identification of LGBTQ+ employees. The company has also developed a full compliance structure for LGBTQ+ security, plus training, articles, and keynotes about this topic. An ERG was also created, focusing on implementing processes to increase LGBTQ+ inclusion in the company. Eliezer has spoken at numerous events on D&I issues, including the Out & Equal Global Summit, the IT Forum, and LiveU, and he regularly lectures on D&I at universities in São Paulo. Externally, he leads dialogues at GAMES, a project to increase access to the job market through mentoring for trans people, inclusive leadership training, and partnerships with companies focused on employability, with an overall goal to enhance the inclusion and belonging of LGBT+ people not only in the corporate market but in society in general.

Patrick Barron

Vice President Corporate Citizenship and Community Investment

As Vice-president, Corporate Citizenship and Community Investment, Patrick brings TELUS’ globally recognized social purpose to life, leading signature corporate and community programs, including the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, Team TELUS Cares, Sponsorship Marketing, TELUS WISE and TELUS Connecting for Good. Patrick stewards over $125M to charitable and community organizations worldwide each year, including more than $6M to LGBTQ+ organizations. Patrick has inspired TELUS, our team members and retirees to donate more than $1.6 billion to charitable and community organizations and dedicate 2.2 million days of volunteering since 2000. As an executive member of TELUS' Global Diversity & Inclusion Board and founding member of the TELUS 2SLGBTQI+ team member resource group, and creator of TELUS’ annual #Sharelove Pride campaign, Patrick champions inclusivity and advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and is a passionate supporter or organizations including the Rainbow Railroad, Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, Arts Umbrella and Covenant House.

Valentina Ubbriaco

Global Head of HR Systems

Valentina is Global Head of HR Systems at Avanade. She has promoted DEI for two decades within the organizations and beyond through her mentorship efforts and by being a visible out within the community and across the actual firm's Prism Employee Network. Valentina is involved in various networks for lesbians and queer women and created one of them that boasts 600 members and aims to promote social and community events for members of LGBTQ+ communities. She created this group to promote a safe space for lesbians and queer women to talk and to meet. Valentina is also a passionate speaker for various LGBTQ+ organizations and initiatives to promote mental health and inclusion across companies.

Eric Dube

President and CEO
Travere Therapeutics

As CEO of his company, Eric is currently co-Founder of OUTbio San Diego for LGBTQ+ biotech employees. He is responsible for the formation of the first Diversity Employee Resource Group at Travere in 2020. He highlights LGBTQ+ patient stories internally and externally. Diversity, inclusion and belonging measures are a corporate goal for him and his executive team since 2021. He worked with an external firm to assess policies and practices regarding LGBTQ+ inclusion in 2021 and was also on the board of AIDS United until 2022, with a core focus on health equity. He also helped found the Rare Disease Diversity Coalition to improve health equity within the rare disease community. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee at BIO and supports the industry workforce diversity initiatives, including how to engage LGBTQ+ employees best. He also speaks at panels addressing workforce diversity and the need for the life sciences industry to address health equity.

Josh Graff

Managing Director EMEA/LATAM & VP Enterprise Solutions Group

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 950 million professionals. Before joining LinkedIn, Josh held roles at Electronics Arts (EA) and Microsoft. 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 and was recently a Commissioner on the HIV Commission. In 2022, he launched The Steinberg-Graff Fund with his husband to support LGBTQ+ organizations in some of the places where it’s hardest to be LGBTQ+. Since launch the fund has raised £100,000.

Filipe Mota da Silva

Consulting Leader - Energy and Utilities
TATA Consultancy Services

Filipe founded and Chaired TCS Qolors, the LGBT+ and Ally network since 2017-21 in a time when homosexuality was criminalized in India. He is an executive sponsor for the network and developed the TCS LGBT UKI Development Program to retain/develop employees. He co-developed a mandatory DEI training and influenced the change of TCS same sex parental leave, extension on funding for employees in transition and IVF insurance. He organized and invited +10 LGBT leaders to talk about led actions in the workplace. He initiated "Pride stories for kids” joining Parents and Kids sharing stories about parenthood and gender expression. And he co-founded the TATA UKI LGBT+ Council to share best practices across TATA Group of companies and bring their 700,000 employees together. This year he advocated and spoke in more than 20 events including as the invited 2023 Class-speaker for Hult International Business School. He recently co-founded Transition Drivers an initiative to encourage 100,000 diverse energy leaders for immediate climate action.

Roy Sexton

Director of Marketing
Clark Hill PLC

Roy Sexton is the Director of Marketing at Clark Hill PLC. He has actively contributed to the firm’s PRIDE affinity group in terms of messaging and content creation. He has helped align the firm's marketing efforts to support educational content, both within and outside the firm, via video messaging, social media, Q&As, panel discussions, outside speakers. Last year, their marketing campaign – including their values, diversity and inclusion messaging - was named 2022 Best Marketing Campaign from the London-based Managing Partners' Forum for a professional services organization. Roy is the 2023 international president of the 4,000-member Legal Marketing Association (LMA) and has been a leadership member since 2021. He also serves on the governance board committee of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit and was marketing chair for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Ann Arbor’s board.

Philip Wooster

VP Sales, EMEA

Phil Wooster is V.P. Sales, EMEA at CWT. He founded #Unity, the now 200-people CWT LGBTQ+ employee resource group (ERG) in May 2022 and became the group leader and key LGBTQ+ representative for the organization. Some of Phil’s key achievements include providing a safe space for all LGBTQ+ employees to come together for support, providing a platform to allies to openly defend and support LGBTQ+ communities and educating H.R. teams and the wider workforce. He has used his senior role to influence other organizations, actively working with airline and hotel partners to ensure appropriate measures have been implemented to educate employees and ensure safe passage to LGBTQ+ travelers.

Wesley Bizzell

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

Wesley is the global chair of Altria’s LGBTQ+ employee resource group, which he co-founded He has led numerous efforts to ensure Altria is welcoming for LGBTQ+ employees, including extending surrogacy and fertility benefits to cover same-sex couples and launching a voluntary self-ID program. He created and is leading a Pronoun Proud campaign to encourage Altria employees to share their pronouns internally and externally. Through his efforts, Altria has opposed anti-trans legislation and has publicly endorsed state and Federal non-discrimination bills. Wesley is a frequent author and speaker on inclusion and diversity and has testified before state legislatures in support of banning the LGBTQ+ panic defence. Wesley is a commissioner for the American Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Commission and serves on the Advisory Council for the Matthew Shepard Foundation. He is the past president for the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association and chairs its Corporate Counsel Division.

Debra Bell

Vice President DRAM Engineering
Micron Technology

Debra Bell is the Vice President of DRAM Engineering at Micron Technology, Inc. She helped launch Micron Taiwan's Pride+ ERG chapter two years ago and is an active speaker at many internal Pride+ events as an executive representative. Her advocacy includes pride parades, allyship training, and leading corporate influence to impact LGBTQ+ social causes. She is often featured in internal videos and events related to LGBTQ+ inclusion. She serves as the executive co-sponsor of worldwide Pride+ ERG, on the steering committee of Micron Women's Leadership Network ERG, and on Women's Leadership Network (WLI) of Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). She holds more than 90 US patents and prioritizes innovation mentorship for women and for the LGBTQ+ community.

TJ Lim

Managing Director, Head of Digital Platforms US Private Bank
J.P. Morgan

TJ Lim is a passionate advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in and outside of J.P. Morgan. He is actively involved in promoting inclusion topics within the workplace as a leader in the firm’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) Network as well as its Asian Leadership Forum. TJ has led numerous LGBTQ+ awareness events and cultural celebrations including this year’s marquee Pride event that discussed anti-drag and anti-trans issues. He has hosted small group “open conversation” sessions with global employees from the United States, India and the Philippines about inclusion, covering topics such as sexual orientation, gender and race. He has been a featured DEI speaker at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Binghamton University, Advertising Week, and Money 20/20. TJ is also part of the board of ReachingOut MBA (ROMBA), a nonprofit dedicated to increasing the influence of the LGBTQ+ community in business.

Esteban López, MD

Entrepreneur & Board Director
Axonics | Addus Homecare

Dr. Esteban López, a distinguished healthcare leader and a dedicated advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion, currently serves as a Board Director at Axonics (NASDAQ: AXNX) and Addus Homecare (NASDAQ: ADUS). With previous executive roles at Babylon Health and Google Cloud, Dr. López brings a wealth of experience to his positions. Committed to diversity and inclusion, he actively engages in organizations such as the Association of LGBT+ Corporate Directors, the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Dr. López has led initiatives with the LGBTQ+ Power of Diversity (POD) Group at Babylon Health and served as an executive member of the LGBTQ+ employee resource group (ERG) at Google Cloud. Dr. López's impactful contributions include developing training programs for managers to create inclusive workplaces, speaking out on LGBTQ+ issues, and mentoring LGBTQ+ employees, providing valuable support and guidance encouraging them to bring their whole selves to the workplace.

Craig Beaumont

Chief of External Affairs
Federation of Small Businesses

Craig Beaumont is the Chief of External Affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses and in his role, set up and led an LGBTQ+ staff grouping. Craig also works with the H.R. team to ensure all new staff learn about LGBTQ+ issues at work during their company induction. He’s also led FSB's LGBTQ+ online 'Let's Grow Business Together' public hub, set up in 2022 with government, corporate, and small business voices and business stories. Craig's been a speaker for OutBritain and helped engage LGBTQ+ small business owners in a route to public procurement.

Marc Berman

Bain & Company

Marc Berman is a Partner at Bain & Company. He is the London Sponsor for LGBTQ+ Talent and leads Bain’s LGBTQ+ network in London and across EMEA. Actively shaping the company's LGBTQ+ inclusion strategies, Marc has championed the launch of their Trans Policy in London and a new LGBTQ+ inclusion action plan to enhance the experiences of trans and non-binary colleagues. He actively promotes LGBTQ+ specific DEI through various initiatives, collaborations, panellist events, mentorship, and workshops on DEI with several charities.

Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz

Partner and Tax Lawyer
Mattos Filho

Luiz Felipe is a Partner and tax lawyer at Mattos Filho. He has participated in many events, such as panels about same-sex parenting and a discussion on the Black LGBT+ Brazilian People Report. He also sponsored the new Mattos Filho's parental leave, which now ensures 180-day paid leave for the primary caregiver and 60-day paid leave for the second caregiver of an LGBTQ+ family, either in case of adoption, in vitro fertilization, or surrogacy. Luiz Felipe is passionate about mentoring and organizes bimonthly events to discuss LGBTQ+ issues, anxieties, and successes through personal testimonials. He has also published an article at Latin Lex about "How law firms look at the LGBT+ cause", and another regarding the Supreme Court's decision to allow blood donation by LGBTQ+ communities in Brazil.

Lars “Fire” Sia

Sr. Director, Operational Training and Quality
Convey Health Solutions

Fire is a co-founder of Side B Philippines, an organization that champions and advocates for Bi-Visibility, SOGIE Education, and Workplace Equality for LGBT+ persons. Early this year, he was engaged as one of the Standards Pillar Leads in PFIP (Philippine Financial and Inter-Industry Pride) where he helped manage and launch one of the organizations’ key projects, the LGBT+ Workplace Inclusivity Playbook in March. As part of his employment equality advocacy, he led and facilitated several corporate educational talks and sessions impacting Philippine and International corporate participants. He spoke at several multinational company events about SOGIE 101, Pronouns in the Workplace, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), Workplace Inclusivity, Employment for Transmasculine Filipinos, LGBTQ+ Inclusive Practice in New Hire Onboarding among others. Aside from DEI, he is also an Anti-Violence Against Women advocate and facilitates crime prevention and self-defense seminars for Women and the LGBTQ+ community.

Amanda Lampe

Director of Corporate Relations, Australia

Amanda is the Director of Corporate Relations in Australia, where she is dedicated to making Diageo a great place to work for all and supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion. In 2023, Diageo brands Casamigos and Johnnie Walker partnered with Sydney WorldPride and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, continuing their legacy of being brands for all. Under Amanda's guidance, Diageo Australia has been recognized as a leader in gender diversity by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, as well as being named an Inclusive Employer by the Diversity Council of Australia. Amanda has been an active participant for more than a decade on LGBTQ+ Issues across Australia. This includes advocating for the Marriage Equality Campaign, which works to make sure LGBTQ+ people are equal under the law, as well as being part of the Senior Leadership Mentor Program for Women of Australian Distilling, which supports women within the Australian Craft Distilling industry.

Micah Ogé

Global Director of New Product Launch
Johnson Controls

Micah has led numerous growth-focused change movements for a variety of businesses, industries, and communities around the globe. As the Global Director of New Product Launch at Johnson Controls, he leads innovation, portfolio strategy, and go-to-market excellence connecting solutions and people. He led the revival of JCI’s business resource groups, scaling a global strategy that converges employee engagement, business impact, and social progress. United Way named him the co-chair for Pride United and recognized his impact with a Philanthropic Five Award. His efforts have supported Building Homes for Heroes, Make-A-Wish, and the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Developing the next generation of leaders, Micah is also an Adjunct Professor at Marquette University and a Volunteer Dance Team Leader for Milwaukee Pridefest. He lives in Milwaukee with his husband, Jinx, a fashion designer, and looks forward to growing their family. Day-to-day, Micah advances the vitality and prosperity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Erin Jancic (EJ)

Vice President of Operations and Head of Client Services

Erin is Array's Vice President of Operations and Head of Client Services. As a member of Array’s Senior Leadership Team, she uses her position to develop and advocate for others. When building Array’s first-ever Client Services Team (CST), her primary focus was to ensure that this team could fully represent the needs of Array’s diverse client base and be built with inclusivity at its core. Under her leadership, Client Services is one of Array’s highest performing teams, and has also become an incubator for leadership development and acceleration. Outside of her team, Erin played a pivotal role in designing a new parental leave policy that is inclusive of birthing and adoptive caregivers, provides flexible re-entry for primary caregivers, and enables managers to fully support their returnees with care and empathy through this transition. Outside of her role at Array, she helped found the Beyond Barriers Executive Navigator program, an innovative career fitness platform designed to help women and LGBTQ+ talent go further, faster, and unlock their full potential.

Joe Kessler

Group Transformation Director

Joe Kessler is the Group Transformation Director at Co-op and is an Executive sponsor of Co-op's LGBTQ+ Respect colleague network. Both in and out of work, Joe is an advocate and vocal supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. Joe and his husband have 2 children and is all too aware of the issues that affect individuals and their families - and the importance of allyship, education and understanding. He regularly speaks at events cantered around LGBTQ+ issues and takes pride in mentoring and supporting colleagues who are thinking about coming out both personally and professionally. Whilst he’s helped Co-op to create policies that are fully inclusive and support families of all different dynamics. He also led the first recognition of International Family Equality Day, at his previous employer Lloyd's of London, with speakers across the market and through bringing colleague networks together to embrace the diversity of all families. Joe is a supporter and member of several equality organizations such as Family Equality, International Family Equality Day and Stonewall.

Tamara Littleton

CEO and Founder
The Social Element

Tamara Littleton, CEO of The Social Element, is a social media pioneer, crisis expert and LGBTQIA+ champion who has been innovating approaches to social media and agency models over the last twenty years. Tamara founded the agency in 2002 and it has grown to become an award-winning business that is helping some of the world’s biggest brands including Visa, Wizz Air, OREO, Nissan and Dr Pepper make genuine human connections with their customers on social media including LGBTQ+ centric campaigns. Tamara is also co-founder of Polpeo, a crisis simulation company that helps brands successfully navigate the pitfalls of social media and safeguard their reputations online.Tamara is a Board Advisor on the New Media Age 'Media Pride' group. Tamara was awarded Leadership of the year by The Drum and inducted into The Marketing Society’s Fellowship in 2021 and is a regular LGBTQIA+ spokesperson in the marketing and advertising industry.

Rafael Ferrari Aldemir

Innovation & Ventures Partner & Inclusion LGBTQ+ Sponsor

Rafael Ferrari is partner at Deloitte Ventures with a focus on innovation and digital transformation. He holds an engineering degree from UFRJ, a postgraduate degree in project management from FGV, and a specialization in digital transformation from Berkeley. Ferrari is the founding force behind Deloitte Brazil’s LGBTQ+ group, impacting over 1,500 individuals and mobilizing more than 150 volunteers. His unwavering leadership has fostered a workplace where 94% of LGBTQ+ professionals feel respected. A trailblazer, Ferrari has initiated affirmative hiring practices for minority and transgender professionals. He embodies not only technical excellence but is also a passionate advocate for inclusion, equity, and diversity, marking him as a transformative leader in both professional and social spheres.

Jai Raichura

Managing Principal and UK DEI Co-Sponsor

Jai Raichura is a Managing Principal and the co-sponsor of DEI for Capco UK. Throughout his career, he has strived to make lasting change by influencing internal policy and creating inclusive employee engagement opportunities. Alongside sponsoring new workplace equity policies and initiating Capco's first participation in London Pride in 2017, Jai has also been a committed mentor - providing guidance and support for many LGBTQ+ employees, both in the UK and internationally. Outside of his Capco commitments, Jai previously volunteered at the Albert Kennedy Trust and the London LGBT+ Community Centre as an advisor. He was also nominated at the "Global Engage Leadership Summit" in November 2022 for his contribution to workplace inclusion.

Christine Matthews

Head of Customer Success, TGI Ireland
Kantar Media

Christine serves as the Global Co-Lead of her firm's Pride Network. She is the founder of ADvocates Ireland, an LGBTQ+ network for the Irish marketing industry. She is dedicated to advancing LGBTQ+ inclusion, equity, and belonging, at Kantar and the broader community. With her Co-Lead, she shapes the vision for the Global Pride @ Kantar network, impacting 30,000 employees globally. Christine drives the Employee Resource Group (ERG) agenda, planning, communicating, and implementing Kantar's LGBTQ+ calendar of activities; turning ideas into actions, and driving progress alongside her global team. They collaborate across Kantar's seven employee resource groups, championing inclusivity for all identities. Her influence extends to Kantar's LGBTQ+ thought leadership projects, which facilitate discussions on ongoing challenges within the LGBTQ+ community. This research equips organizations with data to enhance workforce inclusivity and empowers brands to promote better LGBTQ+ representation in their marketing efforts.

Mary Thorn

VP, Global Head of APMO
S&P Global Ratings

Mary Thorn is the V.P., Global Head of APMO at S&P Global Ratings. She currently serves as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Pride People Resource Group, focusing on increasing awareness in 3 significant areas: activism, visibility, and employee stories. Here, she sponsors Pride events and hosts LGBTQ+ inclusion events. Mary works with Corporate DEI to identify recruiting opportunities to strengthen the diverse talent pipeline, including LGBT+ colleagues.

Tracy Keeping

Senior Vice President, Global Technology Services First Line Risk and Controls
State Street

Tracy Keeping is Senior Vice President of Global Technology Services First Line Risk and Controls at State Street. She has served as Co-Executive Sponsor of STT PRIDE network, one of the global financial institutions' largest and most popular Employee Resource Group, which is focused on LGBTQ+ employee and community support, education, and advocacy. Since 2011, Tracy has volunteered with God's Love We Deliver, an NYC-based charitable organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDs, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition.

Cecilia Medina

Head of IDT Services Americas
British American Tobacco

Cecilia Medina is the Head of IDT Services Americas (Z1) for British American Tobacco. She is the founding member of the diversity ERG in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Cecilia ensures that DEI is central to creating consciousness within the company for LGBTQ+ communities. She has developed educational seminars and events that support in opening the dialogue for the challenges and opportunities for Mexico's LGBTQ+ communities. CNN Expansion Magazine has acknowledged Cecilia in 2023’s special edition with 41+1 LGBT+ de los Negocios as one of the top 42 professionals in Mexico leading the change for LGBTQ+ employees.

Julie Dickson

Investment Director
Capital Group

Julie is the Global Co-Chair at CG Pride and is focused on expanding CG’s LGBTQ+ advocacy to the wider community. Within her organization, she is key to driving an atmosphere of positive change. She has organized 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 hosted a LGBTQ+ poetry teach in to showcase LGBTQ+ contribution to the world of poetry from antiquity to now, as well as an annual art event Taking Pride in Art showcasing LGBTQ+ artists. Externally, Julie is a donor to OutRight Action International, an organization that is devoted to providing human rights advocacy for LGBTQ+ people around the world. She also holds a seat on the Steering Committee of InterInvest which helps further LGBTQ+ 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.

Javier Constante

President, Latin America and Brazil

Javier is keenly aware of the responsibility he has as an influential LGBTQ+ Executive and uses his position to advocate for others and focuses his attention on challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community. Javier is an active member of Dow’s President Inclusion Council and champions DEI 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. As of February 2023, he has been appointed a board member of Out&Equal Organization. In July 2023, Javier hosted the “6th LGBTI Political Leaders Conference of the Americas and the Caribbean” in collaboration with the Victory Institute, in Mexico City.

Michael Salter-Church

Director of External Affairs, Policy & Sustainability

Michael helped establish and now sponsors the Pride Network within Openreach; which employs 35,000 people and is the UK’s largest digital infrastructure company. He is a member of their Diversity Council, driving change in the business and recognizing the intersectionality of colleagues. Michael has led Openreach to be more engaged on LGBTQ+ matters, including sponsoring inclusive rugby and football clubs, hosting an event that brought together those involved in passing Same Sex Marriage legislation and becoming the official connectivity partner for Pride in London – which he also founded in 2013. Michael is Chair of the Horniman Museum & Gardens and serves on the National Trust Council. He focuses on fostering environments in which people can achieve their potential working to ensure inclusion, education and support is provided to enable LGBTQ+ staff, volunteers, and visitors to be themselves. This involves working to bring more people from historically underrepresented groups into governance roles.

Brady Byrnes

Senior Vice President, Inflight and Premium Guest Services
American Airlines

Brady Byrnes is the Senior Vice President, Inflight and Premium Guest Services at American Airlines. He leverages his position in the company to influence funding for Pride events and is often invited to speak on panels as a high-ranking representative for LGBTQ+ communities. Brady is passionate about coaching and Counseling LGBTQ+ individuals who are considering starting families.

Sim Ee Cheah

Managing Director, Head of APAC Equity Derivatives Structuring
J.P. Morgan

At J.P. Morgan, Sim Ee has been a leader driving the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion agenda within her division and across the firm. Since 2022, Sim Ee has been the Asia Pacific Co-Executive Sponsor for the firm’s PRIDE Business Resource Group, helping secure funding and buy-in from senior business executives and providing guidance and advocacy for the 10,500 PRIDE members in the APAC region. She has played an instrumental role in rolling out Building Bridges, the firm's flagship LGBTQ+ training course for employees, creating impactful Allyship awareness across the region. Sim Ee is a passionate advocate for inclusive work environments. As a member of the firm’s global LGBTQ+ Executive Forum, she has been a visible senior out leader in the APAC region by frequently sitting on LGBTQ+ specific panels, mentoring junior LGBTQ+ talent, participating in inclusive culture videos for the firm and attending external events.

Sina Fäckeler

Group Head of Learning
AXA Group

Sina is the Group Head of Learning of AXA Group. With her global team she provides learning and career growth experiences for AXA employees across the globe. Prior to her mission at the corporate center she was Global Head of People Development & Wellbeing“ at AXA Group Operations, leading the Inclusion & Diversity practice. Under her leadership her team initiated an international employee resource group for Inclusion & Diversity, called Kaleidoscope, and actively contributed to IDAHOBIT. As an openly gay senior leader Sina frequently joins panels inside and outside the company. Before Sina joined AXA, she founded the mentoring initiative "Get Connected“ at the University of St. Gallen, which fosters the intergenerational exchange of experiences between LGBTQ+ students and seasoned professionals (www.getcon.ch). Today more than 200 people join the “Get Connected” events. Sina was recently honored for her work at the 10th year anniversary of the program.

Amie Nolan-Needham

Assistant General Counsel
General Motors

As a member of GM’s Legal Leadership, Manufacturing Leadership and Human Resources Leadership Teams, Amie has worked fiercely as an advocate for LGBTQ+ individuals and employees. She serves on the Executive Board of GM's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group, GM Plus. She also serves as an executive mentor to GM’s LGBTQ+ employees. As GM's Assistant General Counsel, she regularly advises GM's DE&I, Legal and Global Human Resources Groups on LGBTQ+ legal, political, and social issues, with a focus on equality AND equity. Through her leadership positions, Amie is uniquely situated to bring LGTBQ+ issues to the table and regularly does. Outside of GM, she serves on the Advisory Council of oStem - a non-profit dedicated to LGBTQ+ individuals within the STEM community. Throughout her career, Amie has championed the rights of underrepresented individuals and those who are marginalized. She uses her leadership positions to bring advocacy and awareness to diverse communities.

Markus Spieker

Director Digital Commerce + Corporate Marketing
Estee Lauder Companies

Markus Spieker is the Director of Digital Commerce + Corporate Marketing at Estée Lauder Companies. He is the founding member and in the leadership team of wELCome EMEA, the LGBTQ+ employee resource group of Estée Lauder companies, ensuring representation in 10+ European countries. Markus also leads the IDEA chapter for Germany, driving the overall I+E agenda. He actively participates in panel events, fireside chats and driving political debates on the needs of LGBTQ+ communities.

Victoria Pelletier

CEO and Founder
Unstoppable You

Victoria Pelletier is CEO and Founder of Unstoppable You. She is a C-Suite executive, Board Director, Author, and Professional Public Speaker and appears regularly in the media on the topics of Leadership, Culture and DEI. She began her journey as an inclusive DEI leader almost 30 years ago and has been leading ERGs for decades, including at companies such as American Express, Aon, IBM and Accenture. Victoria has been a keynote speaker for 50+ events in the past two years alone, including for the NGLCC in New York speaking about Resilience.

Zahur (Zak) Karim

Executive Director, Technology Marketing Strategy
Wells Fargo

Zak is spearheading the launch of a new identity for Technology at Wells Fargo. The goal of which is to increase engagement internally while focusing on attracting the best technology talent in the market. Zak has championed LGBTQ+ issues for over 20 years and has held various Business Resource Group Leadership roles at Pfizer and Bank of America. At Wells Fargo, he is currently engaged with the NY LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and assists with projects enterprise wide. Zak continues to be an advocate for hiring the best LGBTQ+ talent and engages with several diverse recruiting events for the firm. Zak serves on the Board of Directors for Services and Advocacy for Gay Elders (SAGE), Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and Garden State Equality (GSE). He is also an appointed member responsible for communications on the Shia Ismaili Muslim Council for the Northeastern US. Zak believes in the importance of representation and sharing his unique experiences with others.

Áine O’Dwyer

Chief Executive Officer
Enovate Consulting

Áine O'Dwyer is CEO of Enovate Consulting, a LGBTQBE-WBE-DBE certified national, multi-sector Engineering and Construction Management firm. Áine promotes DEI and LGBTQ issues at Enovate with a diverse workforce focused on creating a culture where individuals from all backgrounds achieve career success. She’s incorporated efforts into recruiting, hiring and retention as a process rather than a program. Áine and Enovate have won multiple awards including ENR National Top 20 Under 40, Best 50 Women in Business (NJBIZ), Women of Achievement (PWC) and Diversity & Inclusion Award (Anchin). Sitting on the Board of Professional Women in Construction, NY, she attends many events focused on promoting women in engineering. Outside Enovate, Áine is married to her award-winning Director/Writer/Actress wife, Jenna Laurenzo and is commonly on the red carpet with Jenna for her LGBTQ+-themed films. Áine remains active locally on LGBTQ+ initiatives and participates in sports such as soccer, golf, hiking and snowboarding.

Alexander Walsh

Senior Managing Director

Alex Walsh is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s Private Equity Group in London, and an active member of the LGBTQ+ inclusion taskforce, OUT Blackstone. OUT Blackstone’s mission is to create a supportive environment in which employees can bring their full selves to work. Programming is predominately focused on employee engagement opportunities aimed at raising awareness around issues of importance to the LGBTQ+ community, including networking events and educational speaker series. Alex has brought new energy to the taskforce, successfully raising LGBTQ+ awareness at a senior level. Alex is an active speaker for LGBTQ+ networks, and recently hosted OutNEXT at Blackstone – the first and only global talent accelerator for LGBTQ+ emerging leaders, as well as delivering sessions with Queer Britain and the Albert Kennedy Trust. Alex also works closely with diversity partners SEO London, Black Women in Asset Management, #10000BlackInterns, Bright Network, Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network & Women Societies Alliance to ensure that inclusion initiatives remain both intersectional and a priority.

Ginni Saraswati

Ginni Media

Ginni Saraswati is the CEO of Ginni Media. She supports and enables DEI through LGBTQ+ podcasts that inspire and motivate diverse voices through impact and storytelling. Ginni has also been actively involved in the LGBTQ+ community since 2006, hosting regular programs on JOY 94.9FM, Australia's first and only gay and lesbian radio station and one of three in the world.

Nancy Schlichting

Director of 3 Public Company Boards
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Nancy is an active speaker, advocate and champion for LGBTQ+ inclusion within business and beyond. She has written a book titled 'Unconventional Leadership' that focuses on leading inclusively and provides non-traditional insights for becoming a strong business leader. Nancy has used her platform to speak widely about her leadership journey, including being outed, passed over for a promotion due to her sexual orientation, and overcoming discrimination to become the CEO of Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and a Director of for-profit and nonprofit boards. She has been inducted into the Healthcare Hall of Fame and was recently honored by the Detroit LGBT Chamber of Commerce with the Allan Gilmour Leadership Award.

Jackie F. Steele

CEO & Founder, enjoi Japan KK and enjoi Innovation Inc (Canada)
enjoi Japan

Dr. Steele is a published scholar, Japan expert, international speaker, and trilingual feminist political scientist. For the last 25 years, she has advocated for LGBTQ+ rights and gender equality in her work with governments in Canada and Japan, and her political science research/teaching on diversifying democratic citizenship. Taking a multi-stakeholder view, Jackie drove recognition of gender and diversity in the UN Agreement on Disaster Risk 2015-2030 and in Japanese policy. She regularly shares her expertise on intersectionality at conferences, is raising awareness of Supplier Diversity as a Director of the Pride Business Alliance Japan, and as President of FEW Japan, she has advanced queer and trans-women’s inclusion in this key women’s empowerment nonprofit community. As a queer feminist founder and CEO of enjoi Japan KK and enjoi Innovation (Canada), Jackie combines Canadian intersectional public policy with Japanese-inspired circle-building practices to guide leaders on diversity & equity as the drivers of innovation as a business strategy. Enjoi proudly hires women and diverse talent including LGBTQ+ individuals, people of color, neurodivergent employees and people with disabilities

Jeremy Pettet

Managing Director, Business Strategy

Jeremy Pettet is Managing Director, Business Strategy at Salesforce, where he leads a team of marketing, finance and industry consultants across verticals including Communications, Media & Technology, Professional Services, Real Estate, Construction & Engineering, and more. A globally-elected leader of Salesforce’s LGBTQ+ BRG, Outforce, Jeremy has served as Regional Vice President for North America since May 2023, leading and advising 20 geographic- and topic-based hubs in the United States and Canada, supporting and enabling each to create and hold space for their members and allies. From 2021-2023, Jeremy served as President of Outforce New York Metro; through his leadership, Outforce has supported AIDS Walk, GMHC, Making Gay History and the NYC LGBTQ Center. Long an advocate of the ERG/BRG model, he founded LGBTQ+ ERGs at Ogilvy Chicago and FCBChicago earlier in his career. Jeremy works to honor his uncle Alan Burkart, an early victim of the AIDS epidemic.

Oliver Wall

Chief of Staff and Head of Corporate Affairs
Bank of Ireland

Oliver is the first openly gay man to form part of Bank of Ireland’s Executive Team, and one of the few out LGBT+ executives in any major Irish listed company. Oliver has made it a priority to embody the message that everyone benefits when we bring our authentic selves to all aspects of our lives, including our place of work. He is the Executive Committee Sponsor of the Bank's LGBT+ employee resource group, as well as being an active member. In 2022, the company launched its inaugural Group Ally Programme, which encouraged colleagues to take a visible and active role in being an ally. The success of this program was driven by a top-down leadership approach, with a real focus on driving accountability for change and overall DEI efforts from the leadership level. During the summer, Oliver pioneered a Summer with Pride campaign, which included local and regional events, flying of flags on top of prominent office buildings and a CEO video campaign.