Join our highly anticipated webinar in celebration of LGBT History and Black History Month
Join this industry webinar to explore and learn about the significance of LGBTQ+ and Black History Month in the context of Financial and Professional Services industry.
Our hope is that this isn't just another webinar; rather, it is an opportunity to come together as a professional community in celebration of LGBTQ+ and Black excellence in Financial and Professional Services. All too often, the narrative shared during this month focuses on 'struggles' instead of 'successes'. This History Month, LGBT Great provides its platform to amplify voices within LGBTQ+ and Black communities to increase awareness and shine the light.
Join us for an exciting participant-led roundtable exploring some of the following questions:
What remains on the horizon for LGBTQ+ and Black empowerment in our industry?
What lessons can we still stand to learn from LGBTQ+ and Black history?
How do we practically apply the principles of authentic allyship in our organisations?
Where does Black empowerment intersect with the progression of LGBTQ+ rights?
How do we move forward with engaging the global Black community in our industry?
3:00 PM - 3:05 PM
Introduction and Welcome
3:05 PM - 3:20 PM
History Month and Industry Insights
3:20 PM - 3:55 PM
Celebrating Black and LGBTQ+ Trailblazers with live Q&A – in conversation with Georgie Williams
Kayus Fernander is a longstanding member of Citi’s London Pride network steering committee, taking a lead on membership engagement. He has been instrumental in leading conversations about intersectionality at Citi.
Kayus is also a member of Citi’s Roots Network for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) colleagues and has organised multiple joint events with the two networks. Most recently these have explored faith and sexuality, platformed Black, queer voices during Black History Month, and discussed solidarity between Black and LGBTQ+ communities’ fights for human rights. As well as speaking at these events, Kayus has written powerful internal blogs for the wider organisation about his experiences as a Black gay man and how everyone can be better allies to both LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.
In 2021, Kayus was a key participant of the Pride network’s new reverse mentoring programme across the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region. The programme gives senior leaders the opportunity to learn from LGBTQ+ employees about their experiences at Citi and encourages them to champion diversity and inclusion in their part of the organisation. As a result of Kayus’s candid and energetic mentorship, his mentee became a huge ally for Citi’s LGBTQ+ population and this has led to the formation of a new network group chapter in that location.
By sharing his own experiences in panel discussions and town halls, serving as a mentor internally and externally, organising events to promote inclusion, and engaging with senior leaders across the firm, Kayus has worked to shift mindsets, enable important discussions, and promote cultural change across the organisation.
Citi Markets DEI and Talent Strategic Advisor at Citi
Insights and Content Analyst at LGBT Great
Georgie Williams is a former gender and sexuality inclusion consultant and a graduate of the MSc Gender programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. As a consultant, their clients spanned the Financial and HR sectors and informed inclusive practices and policies in institutions across the US, UK and Global South. They have worked in both academic and corporate arenas as a specialist in Transgender, Genderqueer, Nonbinary and Intersex research and education and founded their own independent LGBTQ+ research organisation, /Queer, in 2018. Georgie holds a deferred doctoral position in Social Justice at University College Dublin and joined LGBT Great in the pursuit of implementing pragmatic, measurable change in the arena of LGBTQ+ financial inequalities. Outside of LGBTQ+-centric work, Georgie has also worked as a Data Coach at Multiverse and Rockborne, two tech startups focused on accessible education. They are enthusiastic about bringing their passion for quantitative statistics and problem solving to this research and insights oriented role.
Shreyas is an Insights and Content Analyst at LGBT Great, where he supports the delivery of a wide range of research and insights projects. Having recently completed an MA in International Relations from the University of Essex and a BSc in Economics at Symbiosis International University Pune, India, Shreyas is particularly interested in LGBTQ+ policy and current affairs.
After completing their BSC, they co-founded Economikly, an open-access research platform designed to help underrepresented students publish research and gain knowledge with no monetary barriers.
Before joining LGBT Great, Shreyas worked with Ogilvy in their account management department and gained experience at Routes2Roots, an India-headquartered NGO working to improve access to cultural exchange programs. Shreyas is a proud member of the LGBT+ community and has been heavily involved in public lobbying and activism for LGBT+ rights and inclusion in India.
Matt is an experienced talent management, diversity and organisational development leader with extensive experience within the financial services industry. A proven track record in inspiring others, developing effective strategies, programme execution, managing diverse teams and building partnerships.
Matt was the first in his family to go to university, is part of the LGBT+ community and also from a lower-social economic background.
Matt is responsible for the development of LGBT Great’s programmes, the strategic direction of the organisation and advising organisations on DE&I issues. Matt is also a Board Member of the Diversity Project.