SPEAKERS
2020 EDITION

Franck Bournois 

Opening speech
 

Dean & Executive President ESCP Business School 

 

Frank Bournois, MBA, PhD, FRSA, is the Dean of ESCP Business School. He was previously a Full Chair Professor of General Management and Director of CIFFOP at the University of Paris, Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). Also a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management (UK) and in several other European Universities.

Peter Lewin

Pinkwashing

Peter Lewin is Senior Director of Strategy & Marketplace Insights, Europe, for Levi Strauss & Co., where he is responsible for artificial intelligence in addition to strategy and consumer insights. Peter serves as a member of the European Leadership Team; sponsor of Unlabeled - the European LGBTQ+ and ally employee network; and a founding member of the European Impact Accelerators and Diversity Council. Outside of LS&Co., Peter is an Advisory Board member of the London-based LGBTQ+ business conference EurOUT. He currently lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Emmanuel Bodoignet

WS LGBT + Sexual and Mental Health
 

Conseiller National à la Santé auprès du ministre Olivier Véran et du CESE

Militant associatif sur les sujets de santé, Emmanuel est administrateur national et  Président de AIDES Bourgogne Franche Comté, une association de lutte contre le VIH/Sida, les hépatites et contre les discriminations. En parallèle il intervient en tant que conseiller à la Conférence Nationale de Santé où travaille en étroite collaboration avec le ministre des solidarités et de la santé Olivier Véran et agit également en tant que représentant des usagers du système de santé.

WS LGBT + Sexual and Mental Health

National Health Advisor to Minister Olivier Véran and the CESE

Emmanuel is an activist on health topics, he is national administrator and President of AIDES Bourgogne Franche Comté, an association fighting against HIV / AIDS, hepatitis and against discrimination. In parallel, he acts as an advisor to the National Health Conference where he works in close collaboration with the Minister of Solidarity and Health Olivier Véran and also acts as a representative of users of the health system.

Hybra

Pinkwashing
 

Music manager 

 

Ibrahim Tarouhit has been a casting director and artist agent for 7 years. Of Moroccan origin and born in Barcelona, his almost innate appetite for international cultures has fueled his career as a student and professional.

From London to Buenos Aires, from Reunion to Barcelona, He has consolidated his first professional networks before settling in Paris. Head of Casting Office then artist agent within Next Paris, he decided to launch in 2017, his own agency: HYBRA. Today, he supports and promotes diverse artists like Kiddy Smile, Yseult, Nicky Doll and César Chouraqui with an expertise in image management, public relations and press, event production, business provider.

Flora Bolter

Pinkwashing

Flora Bolter is a political scientist by training. She has acquired extensive associative experience as former president (from 2014 to 2018) of the LGBT Center in Paris and Île-de-France, a place of LGBT visibility welcoming 16,000 visits per year to the center of Paris.

Now co-director of the LGBT + Observatory of the Jean Jaurès Foundation, she regularly intervenes on issues related to discrimination targeting lesbians, gays, bi.e.s and trans people.

 

Antoine-Benjamin Lequertier

Pinkwashing
 

EMEA Marketing Director at Facebook

Antoine-Benjamin Lequertier joined Facebook in 2014 to oversee Facebook's marketing strategy in France, then in southern Europe and today for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Facebook, Antoine-Benjamin was in charge of the development of the European marketing strategy for the iAd platform at Apple. Responsible for the group of LGBTQI + employees of Facebook in France, Antoine-Benjamin is also the co-founder and president of LGBTech France, an association that promotes LGBTQI + diversity within tech.

Stella Tiendrebeogo

WS LGBT + Sexual and Mental Health

Stella Tiendrebeogo is a psychologist and sex-therapist. She uses social networks to democratize and "destigmatize" issues related to mental health. “I consider myself a committed psychologist who advocates for better mental health, but especially for people who are far from psychological care for various reasons. The people who react to my posts are those with whom I would not have had the opportunity to exchange otherwise, because there are obstacles to reaching the office of a psychologist. ”

Jérémy Zeggagh

WS LGBT + Sexual and Mental Health
 

General practitioner

Jérémy specializes in Infectious and Tropical Diseases at Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris. He regularly intervenes on prevention subjects including PrEP. He co-founded WeFlash, an application and website aiming to reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted infections in France. WeFlash allows users to be notified by anonymous notification if one of their sexual partners has an STI. We Flash is supported by the Ministry of Health, the Île-de-France region, the Paris city hall via Paris Without AIDS initiative.

Mel

WS LGBT+ Parenthood
 

Mel is the daddy of little Liam, almost 3 years old. He went through a GPA procedure alone in the United States after trying to adopt alone in France. Of Lebanese origin, he now lives in Paris. He is a labor lawyer and works from home to take care of his son. 

Carole Santo

WS LGBT+ Parenthood
 

Artistic and educational director at the Théâtre à la Carte

 

The Théâtre à la Carte supports and advises companies on their communication and training by putting creativity at the center via corporate theater. As part of her artistic and educational director duties, Carole works on visibility in public and private organizations of gender representations. Very involved in LGBT matters, she works with L’Autre Cercle on the visibility of lesbian women in politics and in management. L’Autre Cercle is the association of LGBT + and allies working for an inclusive professional world that respects all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. As former activist of the APGL and L’Autre maman, Carole defends the right of social parents to maintain a legal bond with their children after the couple's separation.

Sun Hee Yoon

WS LGBT+ Parenthood

Sun Hee Yoon is a Ecole Normale Supérieure alumni, algorithmist and president of the joint association of trans and homosexuals for equality called Acthé.

 

As an activist she has defended the right of trans people to adapt their civil status to their indentity without having to undergo forced sterilization, which was legalized in 2016 in the 21st century justice modernization law. Thanks to her work, the European Court of Human Rights has condemend France for having, in its law, conditioned the change from the mention of gender to the establishment of the «irreversible character of the transformation of the appearance» of the applicants which was completely contrary to the principles of integrity and dignity of the human person. As a mom of two kids, Sun Hee Yoon will share her experience of having a family with a trans parent. 

Alexia Cerenys

WS Wonder Women
 

Rugby player at Lons Rugby Women’s club

 

Alexia Cerenys plays in the first division. Passionate about rugby since she was a teen, she started playing while she was a young man and did her transition while she was still playing. She is the first openly trans rugby player in France. She was selected by the Lons womrn's club in september 2018. An unprecedented choice in high-level rugby in France. However, Alexia thought she would never practice her sport again after her transition. She came back to it naturally, with one goal: to be among the best players.

Jennifer Ogle

WS Wonder Women

Jennifer Ogle is head of Inclusion & Diversity for Airbus Group worldwide; she is based in Toulouse, France.
Jennifer has been in HR for over 25 years, while also stepping into operations and manufacturing as assistant plant manager, manufacturing manager and production manager roles in her career.

A native of the US, this is her first international assignment. She has been with Airbus 7 years, having been the first employee hired as HR Director for the US Manufacturing facility for commercial aircraft in 2013. She and her team recruited and hired over 400 people over 18 months, and successfully launched the commercial aircraft final assembly line in Mobile, AL.

She has been in Toulouse since 2017. She has had global HR leadership roles for the past 10 years; Inclusion & diversity is her passion, as she lives it as an open LGBT professional. She is married to Kristie, her partner of 26 years, and they have a son Jake, who is 18 years old.
 

Floriane Blot

WS Wonder Women

 

Communications & Engagement Projects Manager at EY

 

Floriane Blot is a Lancaster University and Universidad Pontifica Comillas alumni. She has joined EY five years ago as Communications and Engagement Projects Manager to build a professional world in accordance with her values of inclusivity. She has close ties with the LGBT+ community which helped her in her life and will share this memorable story with us. 

Alice Coffin

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
 

Ecology for Paris in the 12th district candidate for the municipal election, Alice is a lesbian and feminist activist

 

She has studied philosophy at la Sorbonne and political science at Sciences Po Bordeaux before becoming journalist in media investigation. She writes a blog in French on the way journalists report on minorities. She has co-founded numerous associations promoting a better visibility of minorities such as LGBT+ people in the media, the empowerment of lesbians and of women. She has been campaigning since 2012 to put an end to French discrimination linked to medically assisted procreation (PMA in French) as active member of a notorious association renowned of its public actions. She has been working to deconstruct the lesbophobic political and media discourse provoked by public discussions on PMA. In 2017 she won the prestigious Fulbright «NGO leaders» scholarship for her study project on «the negative impact of neutrality on LGBTQ Issues in the French Media» . She will publish «Lesbian Genius» a book on representations of LGBT people and feminists in France in the summer of 2020 at Grasset editions.

Remy Blumenfeld

WS Overcome your fears

Remy Blumenfeld is a British television producer and format creator, who co-founded the production company Brighter Pictures which he sold to Endemol in 2004. He is the TV format creator of There's Something About Miriam, Gay, Straight or Taken?, Wudja Cudja and Undercover Lovers.  Remy now coaches entrepreneurs and CEOs  in London, New York and LA. He has been named one of the 20 most influential gay people in the United Kingdom and is a top rated contributor for Forbes.

Brice Villuendas

WS How out should I be

Group HR Development and Transformation Director

Graduated from ESCP Europe with a European Master in Management, Brice started his career in strategy and organization consulting. For 10 years, he worked with large companies to improve their performance and transformation. 

In 2013, he joined Buffalo Grill to transform the catering Group by leading reorganizations, performance-related projects and HR development.

Since 2018, he has been Head of HR Development and Transformation for the CANAL+ Group, present in France and in 40 countries. He manages the recruitment, employer branding, career management, and all transversal HR projects. 

In particular, he is responsible for Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality policies and is a member of the Group’s committees that work towards better representation of Diversity both internally and on the TV channels of the Group.

Laurence Schwer

WS How out should I be

Head of Company Relations & Community Building at ESCP Business School

 

After completing two Master’s degrees in Management from ESCP Europe and in International Relations at the Paris Institute of Political Science, Laurence has worked for several years in the area of public finance. In 2016, she decided to shift her career to the higher education sector as she was looking for more purpose in her work. Since then, she has been working at ESCP Europe Business School managing various projects in the field of executive education and career development. She is particularly committed to the development of diversity initiatives as well as building communities around those topics. Since last year, Laurence has been responsible for the LGBT + Leadership Programme, a first-time initiative in Europe. 

 

This intensive 4-day programme is designed to develop and strengthen your personal leadership skills, practice design thinking and grow a powerful network to push your career to the next level. In association with the global experience for LGBT+ Diversity of PROUT AT WORK, participants will develop an authentic approach to leading their employees, while encouraging them to employ novel tools and techniques in dealing with others. With these key elements, they will create a more meaningful impact in your organization and develop strategies on how to leverage the potential of diversity in their work environment.

Chloé Caparros

BCG WS

 

Project Leader

 

Chloé is a Project Leader at BCG. She joined BCG 4 years ago, and is specialized in Private Equity and Healthcare topics. As member of the Pride@BCG leadership team in Europe, Chloé is very much involved in the Pride@BCG community, in the Paris office and beyond, participating to numerous events (recruitment at BCG and in international forums, LGBT+ networking events and conferences). She was nominated by l’Autre Cercle as Top 20 LGBT Leader Role Models in 2019. 

Florent Couasnon

BCG WS

 

Project Leader

Florent is an Associate at BCG and a member of Pride@BCG. He graduated from HEC Paris and CEMS International Master of Management after studying in Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney & Helsinki. He joined BCG in 2018 and has worked on various topics in the consumer goods industry and global health practice. Since he joined BCG, Florent is an active member of Pride@BCG and has been involved in the organization of various internal & external events promoting diversity and inclusion.a

Sona Bummma

BCG WS

 

Associate

Since joining BCG as an Associate, Sona had been involved in the Pride@BCG community. The scope of his projects at BCG included several topics and industries such as agile transformation, TMT, healthcare and public sector. As an active member of Pride@BCG, he conducted the French survey of the Out@Work barometer and is involved in the organization of internal events promoting diversity in the workplace.

Aishatu Shaibu

LGBT Activism

Aisha is the founder of 'Moonlight Experiences', she is also an LGBTQ+ advocate, who champions integration, diversity & equality. Aisha is also a team organiser for UK Black Pride & London Queer Fashion Show.

She was inspired to start a social queer enterprise because she wanted to help LGBTQ+ travellers feel like they belong whilst discovering London's queer culture at night. Aisha's achievements are also noted as a collaborator in Visit Britain & Airbnb campaign to encourage local tourism in the UK.

She has also been featured in the Mayor of London's hidden credits campaign for her contribution to London's nightlife.

Elliot Vaughn

LGBT Activism

MD & Partner at BCG, leader of Pride@BCG

 

Elliot Vaughn is a core member of the Health Care, Operations, People & Organization, and Social Impact practices at Boston Consulting Group. Since joining BCG in 2005, Elliot has focused his client work in health care and social impact. He leads one of BCG’s major pro bono relationships with a global NGO. Elliot also founded charity GiveOut in 2017, with the aim of better distributing LGBT+ charity funds beyond the UK to activists in nations which are more hostile toward the community. In recognition of his commitment to LGBT+ activism, Vaughn has been honoured by the UK Prime Minister, receiving a Point of Light award for his work with GiveOut. 

Cécile Kharoubi

Closing speech

Associate Dean Inclusion and Diversity at ESCP Business School

 

Cécile Kharoubi is Associate Dean for the MIM program & Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity. She is also a professor in the finance department at ESCP Europe Paris campus. After graduating from Paris Dauphine and Sorbonne Universities, she obtained a Doctorate from Dauphine and ESSEC Business School in 2003. She joined ESCP Europe in September 2004 and created a financial market specialization. Her research focuses on modelling and managing financial risks, and the hedge funds industry. She is the author of many articles on these topics.

She is the mother of Diversity at ESCP and we love her.

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