Pride Month 2021
June 2021 marks the annual LGBT Pride celebration. Across the world, events are usually held during this month as a way of recognising the achievements of LGBT people around the world.
Whilst many events cannot take place in person due to the impact of the coronavirus, if you are planning an event online, these are just a few of the speakers we work with that could be of interest.
Matt Ellison is an inspiring and thought-provoking transgender speaker. His life experience as a trans man himself means those who hear Matt speak are inspired and encouraged.
The principles of facing something so profoundly difficult and making such a huge and fundamental change apply to everyone in all areas of their professional and personal life.
Matt Ellison speaks on a number of topics including –
- How diversity and inclusion can help your company thrive, from recruiting more highly skilled staff to increasing staff productivity and boosting staff retention
- Practical advice on how to be more inclusive, develop good practices, and put together company policies and procedures.
- How to be more dynamic with your diversity and inclusion policies and procedures, creating a higher degree of engagement, including with your non-LGBT staff
- The UK Gender Recognition Act and how to avoid inadvertently committing criminal offenses”
- Change & Resilience – Matt shares deep insights into his experience as a trans man, and the incredible resilience and courage that was required to make life-altering decisions and to undergo this most profound of changes.
A former Welsh Rugby player, Gareth Thomas has become one of the most iconic figures in rugby, when he revealed he was gay – making him at the time the only openly gay high profile sportsman in the UK.
Named BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year in 2005 in recognition of his outstanding achievements. Off the field, Gareth Thomas’s personal life hit the headlines when he famously revealed to the world that he was gay. Since ‘coming out’ Gareth’s profile has risen dramatically with high demand for appearances in television documentaries, chat shows, and feature films both in the UK and abroad, and in August 2010 he was voted top of the Pink List for the 101 Most Influential Gay People in the UK.
Gareth corporate talks about his sporting career, as well as his personal life and the difficulties he experienced when trying to come to terms with his sexuality.
Gareth is a compelling speaker and speaks on –
- Peak Performance,
- Overcoming Adversity,
- Maximising Success
- The Stigma Of Homosexuality Within The Sports Industry
John Amaechi is a former British NBA Basketball player, psychologist, consultant, and speaker on High Performance.
John played college basketball at Vanderbilt and Penn State, and professional basketball in the National Basketball Association. He has also played in France, Italy, Greece, and the United Kingdom. Since retiring from basketball, John has worked as a psychologist and consultant.
In 2007 became the first former NBA player to come out publicly and considered one of the world’s most high-profile gay athletes. His memoir “Man in the Middle” was a New York Times bestseller. John appears regularly as a pundit for CNN, MSNBC, CBC, and the BBC. He has also appeared on shows like BBC Breakfast, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Oprah, and many more.
Having formed his own Performance Company, John Amaechi is a regular speaker at conferences and events across the world. Topics have included the impact of depression, interpersonal skills, leadership, team cohesion, emotional literacy, and diversity and inclusion on individual and team performance.
His speaking topics include –
- The Everyday Jedi
- Authentic Leadership: Learning to Lead from your Core
- Business Ethics: Being a Full-Time Person of Principle
- A World of Competition: Using Sports to Teach Business
- More Chance of Being Hit by a Meteor: What to do When Your Dreams Defy Probability
- Organisational Harmony
- Consequential Conversations
Helen Richardson Walsh won a Gold Medal as part of the GB women’s hockey team at the 2016 Olympics and is a keynote motivational speaker and speaker on equality. Helen has competed in four Olympic Games and was the youngest ever woman to represent GB hockey at an Olympics in 2000.
The significance of her gold in 2016 was made all the more memorable as she was part of the first same-sex married couple to win an Olympic medal playing for the same team. Her wife was GB captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, and they entered history when they stepped onto the podium.
Helen Richardson Walsh speaks about her success at the 2016 Olympic Games and how a combination of team values, behaviours, and tactics can create a winning culture ‘Be the Difference, Create History and Inspire the Future’ was their team mantra.
Helen has spoken at numbers events across the UK, and her speaking topics include –
- Sustaining peak performance
- Coming back from adversity
- Inspiring a generation
- Diversity as a driver of peak performance
- Psychology of a team – vision, values, and behaviours
Mark Foster is one of the UK’s most recognisable swimmers of his generation and is an inspirational and motivational speaker who speaks on winning, improving performance, and diversity in sport.
Representing his country for 23 years, Mark became Britain’s most decorated male swimmer after winning a record 47 major international medals. Mark has enjoyed a successful TV career and was a fixture on BBC’s coverage of the Olympics, and he cemented his position as a household name after covering swimming at London 2012 from the commentary box and gaining headlines for his coverage alongside Rebecca Adlington and Helen Skelton at Rio 2016.
It was in 2017 that Mark made the brave decision to come out as gay to the world. His revelation has seen him voted Man of the Year by Winq Magazine in the same year and in 2018 he became LBGTQ+ ambassador for Barnardo’s.
Mark Foster is a much respected and sought-after motivational speaker who uses his experiences as an athlete and world champion to inspire businesses. His speaking topics include-
- Motivating Your Staff.
- Improving Performance
- Winning Mentality
If you are planning an event to mark Pride month and like any more details on the speakers please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 020 8854 7247