Prashant Mahendran, QBE

Prashant Mahendran, QBE

I’d advise potential role models that it’s not exactly a strenuous task! Wishing to be a role model already gets you halfway there…Come along to events and ask questions, call people out when they’re being inappropriate. Act on anything you notice in the workplace that isn’t inclusive (even if it means just bringing it up in conversation), and create more opportunities that don’t discriminate. For example, question a recruitment process if it seems to favour applications from certain groups of people – even if it doesn’t seem intentional.

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Rebecca Mason, Accredited Insurance

Rebecca Mason, Accredited Insurance

For a Trans-person transitioning there’s no hiding; there has to be a day when you present yourself in the workplace in the ‘true’ gender. It took a while for people to adjust, if I’m honest, in hindsight I underestimated how long it would take them to get used to it. However I’ve found it tremendously liberating and empowering. Every day since, I’ve gone to work knowing that I’m not hiding anymore.

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Stephanie McCahon, Swiss Re

Stephanie McCahon, Swiss Re

Link Christmas Party 2017: I felt proud to be supporting colleagues who I respect, and also to be part of a community that is doing such positive work in the industry. What I also really like was how encouraging and supportive the group was: the welcoming atmosphere was palpable. There was a banner that struck me, with words along the lines of, “It takes more energy to be someone you’re not than someone that you are.”

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Pauline Miller, Lloyd's of London

Pauline Miller, Lloyd's of London

We need to continue to develop role models at all levels, especially those with people management responsibility. It’s not enough to wear a lanyard, consider how you are actually demonstrating support for all LGBT+ colleagues.

We also need to hold people to account for their behaviours and actions – at work we are inclined to focus on the things that we will be rated against. If we want to see change we need to ensure the framework is in place to have a dialogue when it’s not happening.

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Laura Pepper, RenaissanceRe Syndicate Management

Laura Pepper, RenaissanceRe Syndicate Management

It was when I realised how lucky I was being able to be myself and conformable with who I am as a person, and the realisation that not everyone is as fortunate to have had the experiences of being ‘out’ as I have. Realising that I then wanted to share these experiences and show that being open and honest to everyone really is the best thing you can do.

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Katherine Pycock, XL Catlin

My team allows me to be myself at work. They are very friendly and do not judge me based on age or anything else. They have always made me feel involved and included. When I first started I was really nervous to speak to my colleagues, especially as this was my first job. I was also worried that I would be judged for my inexperience of the working world and insurance. However, I soon grew comfortable as they always invited me to lunches, insurer meetings, events etc. This made me feel like part of the team.

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