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Jo recently took part in our Diversity within Diversity event organised through MPride, Metro Banks LGBT + network. She gave a really engaging presentation talking about the growing LGBT+ family, what all those letters mean and the difference between sexuality and gender identity. She also sat on our panel and gave open, honest and frank responses to the questions raised. I would highly recommend Jo for future events or training sessions. Thanks Jo for taking part!
David Burton-Sampson – Mortgage Distribution Operations Manager | Metro Bank (UK)
I recently saw Joanne speak about Diversity and Inclusion at a conference. I was very impressed and was lucky enough to spend an hour or so afterwards discussing Joanne's personal journey. The conversation made a deep impression on me. The insights I gained will help my own personal journey towards a more inclusive culture and I would very much recommend finding time to listen to and meet Joanne in person.
Paul Smith – Marketing and Strategy Director | BP
Joanne was attached to our trans themed arts project as a keynote speaker, delivering a talk followed by Q&A sessions which also tied into the themes of the play. Joanne was the ultimate professional and captivated the audiences through her natural ability to engage and communicate in a manner that generated discussion, raised questions and dispelled many myths. I would highly recommend Joanne for any event, she is a natural storyteller with a warm heart, generous soul and powerful message that hits home without being preachy. We will definitely be asking Joanne to return to our events in the future.
Mike Elliston – Playwright & Full Member of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain
I was asked to arrange a keynote speaker for our first event at the NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator for International Women's Day (#iwd2018), Joanne was front of mind. Joanne was engaging, sharing her personal and entrepreneurial journey in a refreshingly honest and humourous way. All those in attendance we inspired by Joanne's story. As always, an absolute pleasure working with you.
Dan Burton – Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager | NatWest
I just wanted to say a very big thank you for joining the team and sharing your insights on transgender inclusion with us. I know the team found your session informative, challenging and inspiring - so well done! As an organisation there is more we can and will do to ensure we are ever more inclusive and your session will help us drive forward.
Dr Neil Bentley – CEO | WorldSkills UK
Hi Joanne, I was at the talk in Leeds today and although I didn't get to meet you, I wanted to connect just to say I really enjoyed your talk . It was funny engaging and very honest. Starting out in any business is tough and I know I need to believe in myself more. Thank you again Rebecca
Rebecca Dalzell, Director at Myinternalrecruiter.com
Joanne was a fantastic guest speaker at our NatWest Women In Business event! A really inspirational personal story which lit up the whole room. From a real struggle to a great success you should be very proud of yourself. I would jump at the opportunity to work with Joanne on future events and would encourage others to collaborate! I do hope our paths across again on a future event plus you continue to share your fantastic story and raise awareness for a real issues in our industry! Wishing you all the best for the future!
Nathan Johnson – Business Growth Enabler, NatWest Business
Joanne presents the issues faced by the Transgender community with great clarity and knowledge. As an organisation P3 promotes inclusion, supports individuals and embraces individuality and as such we are always seeking ways to extend our knowledge and inform best practice. Joanne’s training not only prompted positive discussion but has also given us some key tools when working with individuals who disclose they are part of the Transgender community and may need further support to explore what this means for him or her in a none judgmental way. I would recommend Joanne’s training to any organisation considering educating staff on the issues and legislation and how to best incorporate best practice for both Service Users and staff.
Erika Paradise – Service Manager, P3 Charity
Hi Jo. Thank you a most enjoyable and inspiring study day on Thursday. I learnt so much and will be able to include so much of your session in my work. The workshop session was most useful. I wish that sessions like yours were more widely available especially within the NHS.
Teresa Walker – Woodpecker Training | Acute & Critical Care Nurse
In my experience Joanne is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker on a wide range of diversity and inclusion topics, including recruitment and employment. At a panel discussion hosted by HS2 Ltd and convened by leading online diversity recruiter VERCIDA, Joanne brought specialist insight to a broader debate around the gig economy, the experiences that women and transgender women have, and the barriers they encounter. Her contributions were highly relevant and helped to steer the thinking in the room. Delivered with confidence and humour, Joanne’s contribution was punctuated with excellent case studies and practical examples of how to progress.
Catherine Grinyer, Director, Big Voice Communications
Joanne was a guest speaker at one of our events and provided excellent insights. Her input into the conversation was really informative and there was feedback given that Joanne's comments had been the most thought-provoking from the day. Joanne is professional, friendly and I would definitely recommend inviting her to speak at your diversity events.
Wayne Page – Engagement Advisor @ VERCIDA.com
Joanne recently spoke at my event ‘LGBT Inclusion in Business’. Her delivery and talk was both informative and engaging. Her passion for the subject shines through and her ability to be personable and honest while navigating what could be perceived as a difficult subject to address is what makes you pay attention and listen. I know that attendees on the day were inspired by Joanne’s talk and I am so pleased she was our Keynote speaker for the event. The work she does to further the Diversity and Inclusion agenda is incredibly inspirational.
Sharniya Ferdinand – NatWest Business Growth Enabler, North London
It was really enlightening and educational to listen to Jo's presentation yesterday but on a human level. I feel she presented in a way which immediately linked the audience into her experience of life thus far. We can all take so much from this talk especially if we have not had this experience thus far. For me a resounding 10 out of 10.
Vicky Evans – Babcock Probate & Tax Service
Joanne is a thorough professional and really knows her subject matter. Working with Jo has been inspirational and enlightening!
Rebecca Lodge – Little Kanga | Startup Disruptors
You took a sensitive subject and made it fun and thought-provoking! I took so much away from it and have a much better understanding of how to generally be a more compassionate human being
Jasmine Lambert – Redwood Financial | JCI UK
Joanne came to our Leeds NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator as one of inspirational speakers to celebrate International Women in Business Day. Joanne was instantly able to connect with her audience as an entrepreneur with years of credible experience but also as a human who has faced and overcome challenges. It was a superb session and I would highly recommend Joanne as a speaker.
Natasha Babar-Evans – Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager at NatWest and LEP Enterprise Adviser
I found Jo's talk clear and relevant to the topic and felt that it was information transferable to many areas of like other than just her story e.g. Race, Disability etc. I think that Jo's presentation was well put together and kept everyone's attention along with her information and the two complimented each other.
Liz Ranger – Network Marketer | Partner at Portsmouth Business Exchange
Each time I meet Joanne to discuss projects, her passion and enthusiasm shines bright. A truly dedicated and experienced professional working within the diversity and inclusion space. Thoroughly recommended!
Lewis Raymond Taylor – Hunger Start | Entrepreneur | Mindset Coach
I've seen Joanne talk at several events recently - an annual conference, a networking event and a diversity and inclusion event - each time I've learned something new and seen first-hand how Jo has helped people to start to re-condition their thought processes. Through her presentations she addresses an array of subjects affecting the LGBT community and helps people to look at their actions as going beyond awareness, tolerance and acceptance to coexistence, and opportunities to create collaboration and connection where "people are just treated as people and labels are meant for baked beans." As a speaker, Joanne is extremely open and honest about her experiences and speaks in a jargon-free, people-friendly way.
Emma Wilson – EMARI – Integrated B2B Sales & Marketing
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