If you’re looking for an experienced Pride speaker to entertain, educate and inspire your event guests or employees, Matt Ellison is one of the most personally qualified Pride Month speakers on the UK circuit today.
As a transgender man, diversity, inclusion and the importance of allyship are all subjects close to Matt’s heart. When you bring him on-board as one of your speakers for Pride Month, his passion for empowering people to embrace their individuality – and overcome what’s holding them back – will keep on resonating well after his time on the stage has ended.
Whatever your plans for Pride Month, Matt would be the perfect addition to your itinerary. As a key speaker at your main event, as an inspirational opener, or to deliver the ideal round-up towards the end of June, he’ll leave you with a truly unforgettable message of facing challenges, finding hope and achieving happiness.
From marching at Pride as co-chair of FTM London – a female-to-male transition support organisation – to working with a range of SMEs and international brands, Matt is no stranger to this fantastic month-long event.
Matt has worked as a Pride speaker for Microsoft, Disney, Rolls Royce, eBay, Henkel, 38 degrees, Nest Corporation, Pod Point, Actis, Beacon, Q4 and Portman Dental Care to name just a few. As a speaker across all kinds of events, you can get an idea of what his clients say about his skills through some of his testimonials below.
Matt is a great believer in encouraging effective change, with his Pride speeches helping to kick-start organisational initiatives and enabling people to fully connect with the subject
of diversity and inclusivity. So if you want to start implementing internal adjustments such as using pronouns in emails, or launching an allyship programme, what better way to start than have Matt take the floor as your featured Pride Month speaker?!
While Matt’s personal experiences are at the core of his discourse, his work as a Pride speaker isn’t just aimed at the LGBTQ audience. The magic lies in his ability to connect with and relate to anyone and everyone – from minority groups, to those struggling to find their purpose or anyone who simply wants to learn how to live a more fulfilling life.
If you’re looking for a speaker for Pride Month, you’ve definitely come to the right place! To book Matt as your Pride speaker, drop us a line to secure your dates.
Having made life changes more fundamental than most people are faced with, Matt brings his insights to the issues of blocks, facing the unfaceable and redefining your life for the positive. After nearly four decades being too fearful to go through the changes that he needed to be happy, he finally found the answers that made the scariest challenges of his life feel easy and effortless. What he learned can help others to also overcome fears that are often exaggerated, and to increase their motivation to achieve their goals in life. In this keynote, Matt will give you tools and strategies to increase motivation and overcome fear!
How diversity and inclusion can help your company thrive, from recruiting more highly skilled staff to increasing staff productivity and boosting staff retention Practical advice on how to be more inclusive, develop good practices and put together company policies and procedures. How to be more dynamic with your diversity and inclusion policies and procedures, creating a higher degree of engagement, including with your non-LGBT staff The UK Gender Recognition Act and how to avoid inadvertently committing criminal offenses
What is gender? Male, female and non-binary. The difference between sex, gender and sexuality.
Who do you identify as? Internal and external factors – appearance and inner identity. How aspects of identity may be in conflict, or undergo change. Identity, self-discovery and self-realisation.
Our minds and lives are conditioned by the norms we have grown up with. They may seem natural, inevitable or just plain common sense, but they can be limiting or worse. Creative questioning of norms can allow liberating change.
Matt knows what it’s like to risk everything. Gender transition meant he could have lost his family, friends and business & he feared he might been branded a ‘freak’ by society, yet none of those things happened.
Raising awareness of transgender issues. How best to support staff, clients, students etc who are undergoing or are around those undergoing gender transition.
The UK’s Gender Recognition Act: a British perspective on the right to be respected and to be accepted whatever one’s gender identity, sexuality, race etc. Some countries don’t recognise acquired gender, or require sterilization to do so. (Matt is happy to research the individual laws and social laws of your country if required).
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“Matt was fantastic. He brought great energy and delivered a personal, honest, inspirational story. We were very happy.“
Microsoft, June 2022 - London
“You are a fantastic and extremely uplifting speaker Matt, thank you for helping me increase my understanding.”
HM Courts & Tribunals Service
“The talk given by Matt Ellison as part of the 2021 Mars UK LGBTQ+ Pride Series was thought provoking and inspiring. Matt’s honest and personal style of storytelling took the audience on an insightful journey into the experiences of transgender people. Matt engaged the audience from start to finish and was open and supportive of questions.”
Mars - Global Food Manufactuer
“A big thank you for a very authentic and thought provoking session today, as part of our harnessing the power of diversity week. In speaking to a number of our senior leaders after the session they all said it made them stop and think, and everyone I spoke to has taken something away from your story. It’s a really great way to get a discussion going and the little frog analogy was very powerful – simple yet effective.”
Leonie Govan, Rolls Royce (Dreadnought Alliance), Organisational Effectiveness Lead - Virtual event, June 2021
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