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Join us in our mission to Empower and Inspire the LGBTQIA+

Business Community at the 2024 OutConnect Business Summit.

June 5th, 2024
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Unlock the Potential Within

 

Join us for an unparalleled day of inspiration, connection, and empowerment, exclusively designed for trailblazing LGBT organisations and forward-thinking corporates committed to supplier diversity. This is your golden ticket to transforming your business landscape.

 

Be Inspired, Educated and Connected

Why You Should Attend

 

  • Master business skills critical for today’s dynamic market.
  • Expand your network with industry leaders and like-minded businesses.
  • Learn to sell with purpose, elevating your impact and outreach.
  • Empower your identity in business, turning uniqueness into your superpower.
  • LGBTQ+ Businesses: Dive deep into growth tactics and connect with a vibrant community.
  • Corporates: Showcase your commitment to diversity and find diverse vendors.
  • Community Leaders: Join our Marketing Bootcamp for unparalleled brand engagement strategies.

Event Highlights

 

  • Empowerment Workshops: SME strategies, professional headshots, and more.
  • Panels and Discussions: From personal journeys to the power of diverse representation.
  • Special Features: Headline speakers, ESG insights, supplier diversity, and accessing diverse funding.
  • Interactive Sessions: Leadership, wellness, social media mastery, and unlocking AI’s potential.
  • Celebration of Community: Performance and final remarks to inspire and unite.

What Awaits You

 

  • Morning to Evening: A full day packed with insights from the frontline of business and diversity.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Learn from those shaping the future of LGBT+ entrepreneurship.
  • Community Building: Connect with a community passionate about growth and inclusion.
  • Visibility & Impact: Show the world your commitment to diversity and excellence.

Be Part of Something Bigger

OutConnect 2024 isn’t just an event, it’s a movement towards a more inclusive, successful, and diversified future for the business world. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, a corporate ally, or a community leader, this day promises to equip you with insights, connections, and strategies to thrive.

EVENT SCHEDULE

8.30 AM      Doors Open/Registration              

9.00 AM      The Big Breakfast courtesy of Big Group and Networking

9.30 AM      Welcome OutBritain: An LGBTQ+Business Community – Matt Dabrowski  (CEO & Founder OutBritain)   Main Hall

9.45 AM      Headline Speaker: Belonging in Business: Laura Schwartz (Professional Emcee & Keynote Speaker)    Main Hall

10.15 AM    Presentation: Workplace, Supplier Diversity & the Future of Global DEI – Justin Nelson (NGLCC) and Nedra Dickson (Accenture)   Main Hall

10.45 AM    Fireside: Transcending the Layers of Leadership & Identity: Headline – Lord Browne of Madingley (BeyondNetZero) & Matt Dabrowksi    Main Hall

11.15 AM    Speaker: Singer, songwriter and record producer talks about their journey in the music industry – MNEK and Amy Walker  (OutBritain) Main Hall

11.45 PM    Presentation: Groundbreaking LGBTQ UK Business Report – Matt Dabrowski    Main Hall

12.15 PM      LUNCH

1.15 PM       Performance:  London Contemporary Voices    Main Hall

1.45 PM       Breakout session 1 – Corporate: Speaker: Measuring Social Values – An ESG Commitment – Selina McCole (Goldman Sachs)    Main Hall  

1.45 PM       Breakout Session 1 – Workshop 1: Worth Ethic: Health and Wellbeing – Sara Kedge (DEI Design Thinking Strategist and Neurodiversity Coach)  Watson Room

1.45 PM       Breakout Session 1 – Workshop 2: ESG for Business Owners: Practical Hints & Tips – Becky Toal (Crowberry Consulting)   Blumlein Room

2.15 PM       Breakout Session 2 – Corporate: Panel: Why Supplier Diversity Matters – Cait Kavanagh (Fidelity International) – Moderator    Main Hall

2.15 PM       Breakout Session 2 – Workshop 3: Bridging Business & Activism, how they go hand in hand to create LGBTQ+ equality – Jason Jones, (JJPF)   Watson Room

2.15 PM       Breakout session 2 – Workshop 4:  Common Financial Planning Mistakes and How to Fix Them – Jamie Lowe (True Self Wealth Ltd)    Blumlein Room

2.45 PM       Breakout Session 3 – Corporate: Speaker Panel: “Doctor, doctor, I can’t stop being an entrepreneur!” – Thriving in the business world whilst navigating Queer health.    Main Hall

2.45 PM       Breakout Session 3 – Workshop 5: AI for Inclusion – Joseph Williams (Clu)   Watson Room

2.45 PM       Breakout Session 3 – Workshop 6:  Buyer Behaviour: Cracking the Buyer Code: Unveiling the Keys to Customer Engagement – Gerry Forristal  (OutBritain)    Blumlein Room

3.15 PM       Breakout Session 4 – Corporate: Presentation: The commercial impact of engaging with LGBTQ+ consumers authentically – Jamie Love (Monumental Marketing)    Main Hall

3:15 PM       Breakout Session 4 – Workshop 7:  Why Access to Funding is Important – Ciarán Burke (Swoop Funding)    Watson Room

3:15 PM       Breakout Session 4 – Workshop 8:  Mentorship in the 21st Century – Ed Johnson (PushFar)    Blumlein Room

3.45 PM       Discussion: Journey & Growth in Business – Laura Conway (Creative Blood), Jaron Soh (Voda) and Laura Schwartz    Main Hall

4.15 PM       Speaker: Danielle St James (Not A Phase/Zoah Ltd)    Main Hall

4:30 PM       Final Remarks: Matt Dabrowki  Main Hall

4.45 PM       Event Closes

ALL DAY      Demonstration: Meta Quest    Front of House

 

 

Headline Speakers

MNEK

(He/Him)

MNEK, a renowned artist, producer, and writer, has dominated the music scene for 15 years with hits like ‘Head & Heart’. As an LGBTQIA+ icon, he champions inclusivity and talent through initiatives like PROUD SOUND. 

Laura Schwartz

(She/Her)

Named one of The 100 Most Influential People in the Global Event Industry by Eventex 2019-2023 and one of the top 7 speakers in the United States, Laura Schwartz has been a Professional Emcee and Keynote Speaker since 2001. 

Lord Browne

(He/Him)

Lord Browne of Madingley is the Founder and Chairman of BeyondNetZero, a climate growth equity fund and author of The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, a personal story of his journey from the closet to a new life. 

Guest Speakers

Selina McCole

(She/Her)

Selina is global head of Sustainable Operations & Supplier Diversity at Goldman Sachs and is responsible for driving the firm’s sustainability strategy for its buildings, operations and supply chain and is focused on achieving net zero carbon by 2030. 

Danielle St James

(She/Her)

Danielle is a prominent figure within the LGBTQ community in the UK, alongside content creation and beauty work, she is also Chief Exec of Not A Phase, a leading charity that supports trans adults through community-focused projects.

Jamie Love

(He/Him)

Jamie Love is a British entrepreneur and LGBT activist. He is the founder and CEO of Monumental, a multi-award winning growth marketing agency based in London powered by diversity. Jamie is also Marketing Director at Pride Edinburgh.

Jamie Lowe

(He/Them)

Jamie is a dedicated financial planner with a passion for empowering the LGBTQ community and brings a unique perspective to financial planning with their expertise and understanding of the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community.

Amy Walker

(She/They)

Fearless non-binary lesbian, Amy Walker, is part of OutBritain’s leadership team. Formerly Spotify’s Head of Operations, Amy is a multidimensional Queer, with a background in tech, music, and LGBTQIA+ & climate justice activism. 

Jaron Soh

(He/Him)

 Jaron is co-founder & CEO of Voda, the LGBTQ+ mental wellbeing app developed with leading LGBTQ+ psychotherapists. He is a 3x founder with 10+ years of experience growing and building digital products.

Main Stage (7)

Gerry Forristal

(He/Him)

  Gerry is a highly regarded and frequently referred adviser for companies eager to elevate their game. His approach is all about making business better, with a hearty dose of Irish charm and a steadfast commitment to results.

Becky Toal

(She/They/Her/Them)

Becky is CEO of Crowberry Consulting which offers services dedicated to sustainability management and a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

  

Sara Kedge

(She/Her)

Sara works with corporate leaders to create inclusive, healthy and more productive workplaces for everyone. A renowned DEI Design Thinking Strategist, Coach and Trainer, Sara blends curiosity and playfulness with deep cross-functional knowledge.

Ed Johnson

(He/Him/His)

Named as one of Forbes 30 under 30 for 2022 in Social Impact, Ed is CEO of PushFar, while also mentoring startup entrepreneurs and speaking publicly about mentoring, coaching, entrepreneurship and online business growth.

Ciarán Burke

(He/Him)

Ciarán Burke, COO & Co-Founder, is the technology and operations force behind Swoop Funding. He began his career at KPMG and went on to start the professional creative network Hiive, now home to 0ver 150,000 members and 4,000 businesses.

Jason Jones

(He/Him)

Jason Jones is an LGBTQIA+ human rights defender from Trinidad & Tobago. His activism began in 1996 on the board of Rainbow Migration which won the right of abode in the UK for the overseas partner of an LGBT+ UK citizen. 

Joseph Williams

(He/Him)

Joseph is a recognised thought leader in social impact and inclusion, with a focus on the future of work, skills-based economy, social mobility and AI. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Clu; the skills-based hiring platform, ParaPride & Access2Funding.

Panelists (1)

Justin Nelson

(He/Him)

 Justin is President of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and a key figure in the global business community, advocating for LGBTQ+ economic interests. He has been recognised CEO Magazine’s Top Leaders We Admire.

Laura Conway

Picked up a pair of drumsticks age 11. Kicked out of school Orchestra + Started gigging in London clubs age 14. Worked in PR looking after David Bowie + the Spice Girls. In 2013 Started Creative Blood as a playground for creative minds, brands and artists to collaborate.

Rhoda Fasunan

Rhoda is Global Strategic Sourcing Manager for Meta. With over 10 years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain, Rhoda Fasunan is a seasoned professional who has merged her two passions: driving business growth and promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Performance (4)

London Contemporary Voices

 The UK’s only trans + POC led professional choir,  LCV has become known as London’s most diverse professional choir with 180 + singers from a wealth of backgrounds.

Sponsors to be Announced very soon!

 

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Book your OutConnect 2024 Tickets Here!

 

Join us in our mission to empower and inspire the LGBTQ+ business community at the OutConnect Business Summit.

 

As the first event of its kind, the OutConnect conference will bring over 400 delegates together uniting corporations, civic leaders, procurement specialists and businesses, to learn about the economic vitality of the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate the achievements of our brightest and best.

 

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

8.30 AM      Doors Open/Registration              

9.00 AM      The Big Breakfast courtesy of Big Group and Networking

9.30 AM      Welcome OutBritain: An LGBTQ+Business Community – Matt Dabrowski  (CEO & Founder OutBritain)   Main Hall

9.45 AM      Headline Speaker: Belonging in Business: Laura Schwartz (Professional Emcee & Keynote Speaker)    Main Hall

10.15 AM    Presentation: Workplace, Supplier Diversity & the Future of Global DEI – Justin Nelson (NGLCC) and Nedra Dickson (Accenture)   Main Hall

10.45 AM    Fireside: Transcending the Layers of Leadership & Identity: Headline – Lord Browne of Madingley (BeyondNetZero) & Matt Dabrowksi    Main Hall

11.15 AM    Speaker: Singer, songwriter and record producer talks about their journey in the music industry – MNEK and Amy Walker  (OutBritain) Main Hall

11.45 PM    Presentation: Groundbreaking LGBTQ UK Business Report – Matt Dabrowski    Main Hall

12.15 PM     LUNCH

1.15 PM       Performance:  London Contemporary Voices    Main Hall

1.45 PM       Breakout session 1 – Corporate: Speaker: Measuring Social Values – An ESG Commitment – Selina McCole (Goldman Sachs)    Main Hall  

1.45 PM       Breakout Session 1 – Workshop 1: Worth Ethic: Health and Wellbeing – Sara Kedge  (DEI Design Thinking Strategist and Neurodiversity Coach)    Watson Room

1.45 PM       Breakout Session 1 – Workshop 2: ESG for Business Owners: Practical Hints & Tips – Becky Toal  (Crowberry Consulting)   Blumlein Room

2.15 PM       Breakout Session 2 – Corporate: Panel: Why Supplier Diversity Matters – Cait Kavanagh (Fidelity International) – Moderator    Main Hall

2.15 PM       Breakout Session 2 – Workshop 3: Bridging Business & Activism, how they go hand in hand to create LGBTQ+ equality – Jason  Jones, (JJPF)   Watson Room

2.15 PM       Breakout session 2 – Workshop 4:  Common Financial Planning Mistakes and How to Fix Them – Jamie Lowe (True Self Wealth Ltd)    Blumlein Room

2.45 PM       Breakout Session 3 – Corporate: Speaker Panel: “Doctor, doctor, I can’t stop being an entrepreneur!” – Thriving in the business world whilst navigating Queer health.    Main Hall

2.45 PM       Breakout Session 3 – Workshop 5: AI for Inclusion – Joseph Williams (Clu)   Watson Room

2.45 PM       Breakout Session 3 – Workshop 6:  Buyer Behaviour: Cracking the Buyer Code: Unveiling the Keys to Customer Engagement – Gerry Forristal  (OutBritain)    Blumlein Room

3.15 PM       Breakout Session 4 – Corporate: Presentation: The commercial impact of engaging with LGBTQ+ consumers authentically – Jamie Love (Monumental Marketing)    Main Hall

3:15 PM       Breakout Session 4 – Workshop 7:  Why Access to Funding is Important – Ciarán Burke (Swoop Funding)    Watson Room

3:15 PM       Breakout Session 4 – Workshop 8:  Mentorship in the 21st Century – Ed Johnson (PushFar)     Blumlein Room

3.45 PM       Discussion: Journey & Growth in Business – Laura Conway (Creative Blood), Jaron Soh (Voda) and Laura Schwartz     Main Hall

4.15 PM       Speaker: Danielle St James (Not A Phase/Zoah Ltd)     Main Hall

4:30 PM       Final Remarks: Matt Dabrowki    Main Hall

4.45 PM       Event Closes

ALL DAY      Demonstration: Meta Quest    Front of House

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