LGBT+@Work 2020

LGBT+@Work 2020

by IE Out & Allies Club


Wed, 01 Jul 2020, 6:00 PM –

Thu, 02 Jul 2020, 8:00 PM

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LGBT+@Work will be a two-day event broadcasted live from Madrid.

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LGBT+@Work is an annual conference that aims to promote the free exchange of ideas and provide a unique networking platform for LGBT+ students, LGBT+ professionals, and our allies. Now in its 14th year, LGBT+@Work is hosted by the IE Out and Allies Club, IE University's student-led LGBT+ organization. We bring together an inclusive and education-oriented learning environment.

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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

Executive Director

Kaleidoscope Trust

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, widely known as Lady Phyll, is the executive director and co-founder of UK Black Pride - Europe's largest celebration for LGBTQ+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent. Lady Phyll has over 20 years’ experience as an LGBTQ+ rights activist and anti-racism campaigner.

She has spent a decade advocating for the rights of workers within the largest civil service union as a lead negotiator on behalf of Civil Service workers and is now the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust an LGBT+ charity that works to defend and uphold human rights. She is also a patron for Albert Kennedy Trust; Diva Magazine columnist, and public speaker focusing on race, gender, sexuality and class. She is named as one of the top 5 on the World Pride Power list. 

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Tony Prophet

Chief Equality and Recruiting Officer


Tony Prophet is the Chief Equality and Recruiting Officer at Salesforce. In his role, he guides global recruiting programs with an inclusive lens at every step and works to build a workplace that reflects the diverse communities it serves while furthering Equality for all. His team also leads the Ethical & Humane Use of Technology initiative to ensure our technology not only drives the success of our customers, but also drives positive social change and improves the lives of people around the world. Prophet is a board member of College Track.

Previously, Prophet held senior executive product marketing roles at Microsoft including corporate vice president of Windows Marketing, where he was responsible for Windows and Internet Explorer brands. He was also co-executive sponsor of Blacks at Microsoft and founding executive of BlackLight, an organization empowering Black marketers at Microsoft.

Prior to Microsoft, he led worldwide printing and PC operations for Hewlett Packard; and before that, worldwide operations for Carrier Corporation (a United Technologies Business). Previously, he was also a partner with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Throughout his career, Prophet has worked as a champion for human rights and social justice, including protecting the rights of young workers, educating women workers on health issues in developing countries, improving schools for children of migrant workers and addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows. He is also passionate about community service, focusing on ensuring low-income teens get college educations, as well as improving healthcare for children and HIV-positive women in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prophet holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Amanda Mckay

Quality Director Major Projects

Balfour Beatty

Amanda McKay is the Quality Director for the Major Projects business within Balfour Beatty, her main area of work is Nuclear and highly regulated projects. Amanda has worked in the Construction and major projects sector for over 35 years, mainly with QHSE roles and corporate governance. She has experience in Nuclear, rail, renewables and oil and Gas.

Amanda is an out Trans Woman and a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the Construction sector, regularly speaking on the topic, she also works to promote young people in STEM careers and is a mentor to a number of young people within the a number of sectors. She is a Fairness Inclusion & Respect ambassador and an OUTstanding top 100 LGBT Executive list member for the last two years. Amanda is a Chair of the Balfour Beatty LGBT+ and Allies network and the Gender Equality Network.

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Suresh Raj

Chief Business Development Officer

Vision7 International

Suresh Raj is Chief Business Development Officer at Vision7 International, part of BlueFocus International - a global marketing communications group. A seasoned marcomms professional, Suresh has been leading business development & growth in this sector for over 20+ years.Prior to joining Vision7, Suresh was Worldwide Chief Business Development Officer for Ogilvy Group.  With extensive experience across NA, EMEA, LATAM and APAC, Suresh drives pipeline growth and builds integrated agency teams across strategy, insight, data and creativity to solve clients' brand challenges.

In addition, Suresh is an equality, diversity and inclusion champion. For four years running (2016–2019), he has been featured on two prominent Financial Times / Yahoo! Finance Lists - the Top 100 Ethnic Minorities Executives and the Top 100 LGBTQ Executive Leaders. Suresh is an inaugural member of The Alliance, a working group of senior C-Suite LGBTQ+ leaders from around the world, brought together by McKinsey to address equality issues affecting key sectors and geographies.  In 2019, he chaired a conversation on Humanity & Equality, at the Global TED Conference in Vancouver.

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Ari Vera Morales


Corpora en Libertad

Ari Vera Morales (she/her) is a trans woman, originally from the port of Veracruz. She began her professional walk by pursuing a degree in Special Education focusing on learning problems at the Escuela Normal Veracruzana Enrique C. Rebsamen, thus facing her first obstacle, since she was not allowed to continue. Without giving up, she obtained a degree in Marketing at the Universidad de Insurgentes in Mexico City, and later a master's degree in the Defence and Promotion of Human Rights at the Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM).

Her interest in working with vulnerable populations was born out of some personal and close experiences, thus giving rise to the association Almas Cautivas, which works in favour of people within the LGBTI community deprived of their liberty in Mexico City's prisons: the organisation has received the Mirabal Sisters 2014, LoveAwards 2019 and Alebrijes 2019 prizes.

​She is also the founder of the international network Almas Cautivas, a group of LGBT organizations around the world dedicated to the protection and defense of LGBT people in prison.

She is a member of the Consultative Assembly of the Council for the Prevention and Elimination of Discrimination in Mexico City (COPRED), and she is currently the Director of Institutional Relations of the Mexican Federation of LGBT Entrepreneurs, which specializes in creating work spaces free of discrimination.

She believes that this is her definining thought: "Even in the darkest places like prisons, dignity, respect and love must always be guaranteed."

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Stefan Ritter

Intrapreneur & General Manager, Ruum


Former artist turned enterprise software intrapreneur. Stefan and his co-founder secured €12m to launch a new product division for SAP in the high growth process automation market. He leads a fast-growing team across three continents and across design, data science, and engineering.

In 2019 Stefan was voted #70 in Germany’s top 100 out executives list.

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Kyle Reyes

Vice President of Student Affairs

Utah Valley University

Dr. Kyle A. Reyes currently serves as Vice President of Student Affairs at Utah Valley University (UVU)—the largest university in the state of Utah with over 41,000 students.  From 2014-2017, Dr. Reyes served as UVU’s Senior Diversity Officer and led the development and implementation of UVU’s nationally-recognized Strategic Inclusion and Diversity Plan consisting of nearly 40 initiatives focused on making UVU a more inclusive campus.  He has been at UVU for 16 years in various offices and programs: TRIO Upward Bound, GEAR UP, Multicultural Student Services, Student Success & Retention, the School of Education, and the Office of the President. 

Dr. Reyes is also a tenured Associate Professor of Education at UVU and taught courses in Multicultural Education, Family & Community Partnerships, and Arts-based Integration.  His research focuses on arts-based student empowerment; leadership for equity and access; and institution-wide inclusion and diversity strategic planning.      

Kyle has consulted with, and presented to, organizations in 27 states* and Canada in various sectors including: K-12 education, higher education, business, community task forces, and faith groups.  He has given more than 500 presentations over the past 16 years on issues of diversity, inclusion, art, cultural competence, voice, identity, multiculturalism, and leadership.

Kyle is the Vice President of the national organization of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and serves on the Utah Governor’s Multicultural Commission.  He is the past president of the Utah chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education.  Dr. Reyes has also served as the co-chair of the College Access Network for the Utah System of Higher Education and a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Utah County and American Indian Services. 

Dr. Reyes has received a number of awards including: UVU’s Board of Trustees Award; the Exemplary Educator for Diversity Award from the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME); Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award from CUPA-HR, Utah Valley Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40; and the top 50 Diversity Executives in the Nation from Diversity MBA Magazine.     

Kyle received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and was the recipient of the Bennion Morgan Fellowship.


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