Caroline Mécary is a lawyer from the bars of Paris and Quebec who specializes in gay rights and LGBTI people rights more generally. She has specialized in various Family Law topics that she wishes to see applied to homosexual parents. Caroline Mécary has been in favor of same-sex civil marriage since 1998 and for the concrete recognition of the rights of children raised by two persons of the same sex. She has been engaged in many fights such as same-sex marriages in 2004 and 2011, adoptions of children by same-sex couples, and ARTs carried out abroad. His latest struggles focus on the surrogacy and recognition of children born using this method as well as the defense of victims of sexual discrimination and the fight against homophobia.
Caroline Mécary is also committed in politics by participating in the 2010 regional elections on the EELV lists that she won and got a seat at the regional council of Ile de France. In 2013, she was made Knight in the National Order of Merit by decree of the President of the Republic. In 2014, she was elected advisor at the Paris city hall and became a member of the Memory and Heritage Culture Committee.
She has also written 8 books on law and more specifically the rights of homosexuals. The first was on the art of the plea and the last on "Love and Law".
Bars of Paris and Quebec | Lawyer
Anne is a Director of a Key IBM Global Strategic Account. Her core strengths lie in sales management and business development within financial markets, combined with strong expertise of consulting & delivery management in key areas such as client experience, front office transformation and digital initiatives in the Banking & Insurance business.
Passionate about working in multicultural and multi-lingual environments, she is also leading initiatives to promote and concretely get more "diversity and inclusion" in companies. As part of this engagement, Anne is a straight ally and supportive member to the IBM LGBT network.
IBM | Director of a Key Global Strategic Account
Former Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate, RAF veteran, writer, speaker, broadcaster, photographer, self harm and suicide survivor… and transgender.
Sophie Cook became the first transgender woman to work in football’s Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth following her transition from Steve to Sophie in the summer of 2015. Europe’s first trans TV newscaster, Sophie has hosted her own TV and radio chat shows and is an experienced broadcaster. In the 2017 General Election she contested the East Worthing & Shoreham seat, increasing the Labour vote by 114% and narrowly missing out on becoming the UK’s first trans MP.
Sophie is an in-demand public speaker, delivering keynote talks internationally including a TEDx Talk on change, fear, vulnerability, diversity, mental health and LGBT workshops for high profile organisations such as JP Morgan, Virgin Media, Asda and Stonewall.
Sophie’s autobiography ’Not Today: How I Chose Life’ which charts her personal journey from despair to redemption and acts as a self help book for anyone struggling with their mental health and identity is out now from
Sophie Cook Talks | In-demand public Speaker
Markus Mueller was born in Stuttgart to a Swabian-American pastors’ family. When he was 11, his family moved to Detroit. This was his first of eight intercontinental moves that brought Markus to Freiburg, Ann Arbor, Heilbronn, San Francisco, London, Bangkok and finally Cologne. Markus has worked in the IT industry since 1993 and joined his current employer, IBM, in 2002 as part of an acquisition.
Markus had been an active IBM Out Role Model for a number of years before he became the first IBM Out Executive in Germany this past March. He is responsible for the global lab services team for IBM’s Collaboration Solutions. Outside of work, Markus has also been active in the LGBT+ movement in church, where he served for several years on the national board of Lutherans Concerned (today Reconciling Works, the LGBT+ advocacy group in the Lutheran Church in the US) and HuK (Homosexuelle und Kirche). Markus now lives with his partner Tam in Cologne.
IBM | Worldwide Director for Services and AVP
Alyssia is a Technology Consulting Manager at Accenture, specialising in Data & Analytics and Business Intelligence. Primarily working with Retail clients, Alyssia collaborates with her clients to extract value from their data and enable them to make insight driven decisions. She manages the entire lifecycle of development; from shaping requirements using a design thinking approach through to agile builds and embedding solutions in the business.
Alongside her client-facing work, Alyssia leads the events team for the UK Pride network at Accenture. Having recently come out at work, Alyssia is particularly passionate about elevating LGBT+ women in the workplace by encouraging people to be their authentic selves and working to dispel the stigma associated with bisexuality.
Accenture | Manager
A CEO of a start-up company specialized in media and entertainment (VoxWave), an auditor in a Big Four company (EY), and a student in PHD in social sciences at ENS Lyon, Cyrielle Collignon is a multifaceted woman who faces the challenge of living multiple lives at the same time.
Among the achievements she can be credited for, she produced the first European holographic concert featuring VoxWave main idol, ALYS, at Trianon, Paris 2016. She also started a MtF transition in July 2018 which she announced to VoxWave public on Youtube.
Cyrielle is a member of the Unity workgroup within EY, which strives to empower LGBT people at work, and takes part in the Jumpstart program, which promotes entrepreneurship within the company. She has many interests, that range from inclusion to the workplace, or the expression of queerness in art and culture, to the relation between entrepreneurship and the art of pitching.
VoxWave | CEO & Auditor | EY
Autodidact Marion made her first website at 14 years old, then she studied design at the National school of « Les Beaux Arts » in Nancy where she discovered e-textiles (electronic textiles). After a short time in the world of university research, she continued her career in design.
Today, she is Ux designer at Wax Interactive. As a designer, she assists major groups and start-ups in improving their strategy as well as in setting up their user experience. Marion is also a member of the Lead Team of Lesbians Who Tech Paris. She organizes with her teammates monthly meetings within Start-ups or bar, in order to make possible to discover the ecosystem of the Parisian French Tech to queer women and their allies
Wax Interactive | Ux designer
Camille is a Consultant in the Paris office of BCG, which he joined in 2015 and where he mostly works with Consumer Goods, Healthcare corporations and Private Equity clients.
Camille is a core member of the BCG LGBT network, for which he is in charge of external events dedicated towards LGBT students and young professionals.
BCG | Project Leader – Paris Office
Chloé is a Consultant in the Paris office of Boston Consulting Group, which she joined in 2015 and where she mostly works with Private Equity clients, and on Corporate Development (M&A, value creation) topics. She recently came back to Paris after a 1-year transfer in BCG’s Stockholm office.
She is a member of Pride@BCG, BCG’s LGBT+ network, and was the first officially ‘out’ lesbian in the Paris office. After being in charge for Pride@BCG in the Paris office, she is now in the leadership team for Western Europe.
BCG | Consultant – Paris Office
Thomas is a Principal (senior manager) in the Paris office of Boston Consulting Group, which he joined in 2012 and where he mostly works with Healthcare clients, in France or abroad.
Thomas is leading Pride@BCG (BCG’s LGBT+ Network) for Western Europe, South America and Africa. He leads the expansion of the Network in new offices; and also developed Out@Work - the first global barometer on LGBT+ students & young professionals inclusion in the workplace.
BCG | Principal – Paris Office
Ileana is a Project Leader in the Paris office which she joined in 2014 following 6+ years in the Airbus Group. She studied international affairs and government in France ( Sciences Po) and the US (Georgetown). Her area of expertise is in transformation programs in operations (manufacturing, procurement) with a particular edge on global food and beverage companies.
She only came out at work in 2018, after being truly convinced and encouraged by the fact that BCG is daily living up to the values of openness, diversity and integration.
BCG | Project Leader – Paris Office
Jean Mouton is a Senior Partner and Managing Director in the Paris office of Boston Consulting Group. He is a core member of the Health Care, Industrial Goods, and Organization practice areas.
Jean was the first ever "straight ally" to the LGBT network of the Paris office and has been a strong support for its development over the last 10 years – as the network grew from 1 to 20+ LGBT members.
BCG | Senior Partner & Managing Director – Paris Office
Moïse is graduate from ESG Paris and Paris-Dauphine University and after a 4-years’ experience in a small consulting firm in Banking Compliance, Project management and Organization, Moïse joined Accenture in 2011. Now, Moïse is Manager within Financial Services industry and have been taking part of numerous management consulting projects for Capital Markets, Retail and Wealth management actors.
In 2014, Moïse joined the LGBT Inclusion & Diversity Program of Accenture and became the LGBT+ Inclusion & Diversity Program Lead for France in September 2018.
Accenture | Manager
A graduate of Telecom Ecole de Management 2001, Jean-Marie joined Accenture France in August 2003 as a consultant within the "Resources" entity. In 2008, he joined the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Relations with Parliament as Parliamentary Counsel. In June 2009, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (then Chief of Staff) and Parliamentary Advisor to the Prime Minister on the Secretary of State for Development of the Capital Region (Greater Paris).
In September 2010, Jean-Marie Boutin joined back Accenture France as Director of Institutional Relations. In January 2013, following the signing of the LGBT Engagement Charter by Accenture, he took on responsibility for the LGBT Inclusion and Diversity Program. In September 2018, he became LGBT+ Diversity Program Sponsor for France.
Accenture | Director of Institutional Relations
Gilbert is graduated from ENA, Paris-Dauphine University and University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC). He joined Accenture Consulting in 2017 and is a Manager within Health and Public Service organizations. He mostly works with ministries to improve the service quality and streamline processes.
He is also a team member of the LGBT Inclusion & Diversity Program of Accenture and works to develop partnerships with student associations. In 2010-2012, Gilbert was vice-president of Animafac, the most important network of student associations in France, and president of Caélif, a group of LGBT student associations in the Paris region.
Accenture | Manager
Hanif joined Herbert Smith Freehills in 2011, he works within the Finance team on various administrative and business development topics and drives the firm's diversity and inclusion efforts in France, including in respect to LGBT+ inclusion. Hanif is interested in different social aspects of our community and goes beyond LGBT+ issues as he also leads our global charity partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières in Paris.
With a background in Physics, Chemistry and Biology from ESPCI Paris – PSL University his professional career spans a range of sectors from consumer goods, telecommunications, to the social economy and hospitality.
Aligned with his passion for creating a more inclusive culture, Hanif is also a member of the Gay and Lesbian Sport Federation (FSGL), the French Association of Diversity Managers (AFMD) and l'Autre Cercle.
Herbert Smith Freehills | FREP Finance Paris team Coordinator
Emmanuelle brings together an intersex HIS-story and transgender HER-story. Surfing the fringes of sex and gender, she shares her experiences, learnings and insights on what it means to conform to and uphold white male heteronormative privilege, what happens when one leaves all behind in a quest for authenticity and how we can navigate towards an inclusive future.
Following a corporate career in both ICT and marketing and having launched two companies, she is now dedicated to working with leaders building inclusion in the workplace as well as taking on the advocacy role in a fight to protect the human rights of people born with an intersex variation. All too often innocent children - like she was once herself - end up in an operating theater to be “normalised” without their consent. A practice called Intersex Genital Mutilation and which is performed on a daily basis all across Europe.
Thierry is a Managing Director in the Paris office of Avanade. Avanade is the global joint-venture between Accenture and Microsoft. He joined Avanade in 2004, not long after the creation of the company. Thierry leads the development of Avanade France, now the largest Microsoft specialist integrator on the market.
Openly out, Thierry expanded the diversity programme to the LGBT community a few years ago with a major focus on leading by example and sharing experience. With this strong commitment, Avanade France made the decision to spread the word of LGBT diversity openness and be the proud sponsor of Paris Gay Games last summer.
Avanade | Managing Director
Romain Massobre is a lawyer collaborating in the Litigation and International Arbitration department of Eversheds Sutherland's Paris office since 2016.
Romain is a representative in France of Perspective, the LGBTQ + network of Eversheds Sutherland. He is also a member of AFALBGT, the first association for LGBT lawyers in France.
Romain is a graduate of King's College London (LLM), Lyon 3 University (DJCE) and Paris 2 University - Panthéon - Assas / HEC Paris (International Taxation).
Eversheds Sutherland | Lawyer
Claude Monnier is the current HHR of Sony Music and is at the initiative of the Talent Factory that was launched in 2017 by Sony France, an innovative and digital program to recruit talents and ensure the quality and the diversity of the chosen candidates.
He studied three masters in economics, private law and work psychology. He started his career as an HR for the SNCF, he was later hired by the insurance company Prévoir as head of recruitment, before becoming a project manager for the Groupe Publiprint Figaro. In 2000, he integrated the Monster Group in which he will be the Southern Europe HHR for 6 years. In 2009, he is appointed as the head of the HR integration program of Yves-Saint Laurent into the L’Oréal group. In September 2010 he became HHR of Hi-Media before being hired by Sony Music France in 2012. In 2017, Claude Monnier received the « HR digital disruption » prize in France.
Sony Music | HHR
Award-winning Aviation Scientist James Fox focused on civil aviation technology research and development while finishing his studies in the US. He continued to became part of a special task force within the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), where he helped to recruit and retain the brightest talent in the aviation sector globally.
Following this, he shifted from aviation to financial technology while pursuing his MBA in France. He now lives and works between London and Paris where he does sales for Bloomberg.
Bloomberg | Account Manager
Malika Amaouche is a teacher, activist and feminist. Holder of a master's degree at EHESS, she worked on the risk behavior of people on the margins of society. In various texts, she advocates a materialistic and intersectional approach to issues related to racism and sexism (see her articles published in the Journal Vacarme).
Maxime Dupard is currently HR Manager for General Electric for employees of the Renewable Energy business based in Citylights’office in Boulogne. He supports for Managers and Employees on organizational and employee matters, as well as coaching, HR process expertise and other general HR activities.
Maxime has been with GE for 7 years, on HR Process & Tool and Compensation & Benefits specialist roles before moving on HR Generalist roles. He graduated with a master’s degree in Employment law and Human Resources from the University of Versailles.
Maxime is member of GE LGBTA’s network and is supporting the growth of diversity on talent pipeline within his business.
General Electric | HR Manager
Born in Nancy in 1990, Timé Zoppé took advantage of her cinematography studies at the IECA to try out various audiovisual fields (directing, editing, production, research). After moving out to Paris, and working for KIDAM as a production assistant, she decided to lean towards writing. She joined the redaction of the cinema monthly magazine TROISCOULEURS in 2013 and became assistant editor in chief. She is especially interested in feminism and queer culture.
Trois Couleurs | Assitants Editor in Chief
Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Poitiers, Senior Researcher at the Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique (ISP-Nanterre), and lecturer in Gender Studies at Sciences-Po, Alexandre Jaunait has been involved in the field of gender and politics for more than 10 years. He co-wrote the first French handbook of Gender Studies Introduction aux études sur le genre(De Boeck, 2012, with A. Revillard, S. Chauvin & L. Bereni) and wrote several papers on French and American theories of intersectionality in leading political science journals.
He also co-founded Sciences-Po’s first LGBT student association in 1998 and was appointed to the French High Council for Equality between Women and Men (HCEFH) from 2013 to 2015.
University of Poitiers/Institut des sciences sociales du politique | Associate Professor