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Ozzie Gromada Meza: Finding Talent; Inspiring Change

Ozzie Gromada Meza is Director of Membership and Talent Intelligence at the Latino Corporate Directors Association and has spent 11 + years in the executive recruiting space. He is an advocate for LGBT and Latino causes, and is currently based in Reno, Nevada, and holds a number of committee and volunteer roles.

A poignant reminder of the intersectionality we all live with, how sometimes inclusion at work can be less complicated than inclusion at home as well as a thoughtful discussion on Latino and also LGBT representation at the highest levels.

Jenny Whiteman: A Vision for Visibility

Jenny Whiteman is a Director of Legal Services at the international business of Federated Hermes, based in London, a role she has held for over 12 years. She previously worked as a solicitor at Eversheds. She lives with her wife and two children in London.

Recorded during Lesbian Visibility week this conversation explores the particular position of gay women in the workplace as well as a committed legal career.

Georgy Egorov – From Banking to Biotech – A Journey of Discovery

Georgy Egorov is Chief Financial Officer of Vaccitech, a firm that develops vaccines and T cell immunotherapies to treat and prevent cancer and infectious diseases. It was one of the firms behind the recently launched Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. He has held a series of executive roles in fintech and biotech firms, and prior to that worked in finance both at the EBRD and investment banking.

An inspiring story of coming out in Russia in the 1990s, the changing experience of LGBT inclusion in investment banking and why the flat structure of biotech offers such a different set of opportunities not just for professional growth but also for inclusion.

David Mooney – Retaining the Element of Surprise – in Markets and in Life.

David Mooney is a former asset manager and commodities specialist, having spent close to 30 years in the financial services industry. He has managed derivatives and commodities desks at investment banks and hedge funds, and ran a fund of commodities funds for close to 10 years, which is when we met

An entertaining jaunt through a career in finance, a reminder of retaining the power of surprise and that not so long ago diversity and inclusion felt a lot different.

Nicci Take – A Different “Take” on Sales Strategy and Gender Balances

Nicci Take is interim head of growth at Mercer. She is an expert in sales, and is the chairwoman/founder of M62 Vincis, which helps organizations win by working out the last 15 mins of the sales cycle. She is a Presenter, Entrepreneur and stand up Comedienne and a prominent transgender advocate, inspirational speaker and coach. who is a #BritishLGBTAwards Top 10 Inspirational Leader as well as one of the FT 100 Leading LGBT+ Executives 2017.

A conversation that is at turns hilarious and heart-rendering – but always uplifting – Nicci’s transgender journey is as unique as she is, but particularly insightful as to how women are viewed in the workplace – and she has seen both sides of this.

Matthew Choyce – Providing a Solid Foundation

Matthew Choyce is a Virtual Event and Video Production Specialist at I-connections. He has worked in event production since high school. He is the President and Founder of the Foundation for Gay Youth in Technology, a nonprofit which encourages, empowers and provides resources to LGBTQ+ youth and young adults across the technology industries.

An inspiring conversation that explores the world of event production, technology and the need for supports for young LGBT professionals in it.

Genie Cesar-Fabian – Law, Literature and Pride, not Prejudice

Genie Cesar-Fabian is a Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Palladium Equity Partners, based in the NYC area. She previously worked as in-house counsel, a law professor and an attorney in private practice. She lives with her wife and two children in the NYC area.

An empowering conversation that tracks Genie’s coming out in NYC in the 1990s and her legal career as a professor, in private practice and then in-house.

Oli Shakir-Khalil: A Classics Scholar shapes the Modern World of Asset Management

Oli Shakir-Khalil is an investment director in EM Debt at Fidelity International, based in London. He is passionate about the need to reinforce listening within organizations and debunk the myth that this area should be taboo. His initiatives both within his own firm and within the industry are innovative and powerful to spread inclusion and promote dialogue about this issue.

A lively conversation that traces Oli’s move from classics to finance, finding his edge there, and his advocacy for mental health and LGBT causes.

Perry Zizzi – Adventures in Corporate Law

Perry Zizzi is a Managing Partner at Dentons based in Bucharest, Romania, and he has worked in corporate law since the mid 1990s. He is the President, Founder and Board Member of the Romanian Diversity Chamber of Commerce.

This trip down memory lane tracks his journey from upstate NY to the Peace Corps in Pulau to international corporate law in Romania.

Judge Victoria Kolakowski – Authenticity On and Off the Bench

The Honorable Judge Victoria Kolakowski, is a judge of the Superior Court of Alameda County, in the Bay Area of California and in November 2010 she was the first Transgender person to be elected a Trial Judge. Judge Kolakowski is a committed advocate for transgender people and makes herself available throughout the United States and internationally for conferences, seminars and interviews acting as a role-model and providing support.

This conversation with Patrick Devitt, guest host, is a powerful description of one woman’s trans journey, her struggles and triumph and where she found her niche in the practice of the law.