More about our speakers
Rachel Reese, CEO, Global Butterflies
Rachel originally trained as an Avionics Software Engineer working within the defence sector at British Aerospace, later transferring to a senior position within human resources. An interest in employment law led her to study for the Solicitors’ Final Examinations. As a trans women she was unable to obtain a position within a law firm in the 1990s, so instead joined the University of Law working for 15 years in various senior operational roles leading up to Production Director. Rachel is founder and CEO of Global Butterflies, a company that is hugely successful in helping businesses to create trans & non-binary inclusive environments. She was Vice Chair of The Law Society LGBT Lawyers Division Committee representing trans & non-binary solicitors working within the legal profession and is a trans & non-binary ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. Rachel also works with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regarding trans & non-binary inclusion. Rachel is a GiveOut.Org Trustee, a charity that funds LGBT+ causes worldwide. She also judges the diversity and inclusion submissions for the People in Law and OutVertising awards each year. She was nominated for the European Diversity Award’s, Coca-Cola Hero of the Year Award.
In 2019, she wrote the acclaimed “Lloyds of London Trans & Non-binary Inclusion Guide” and also co-wrote the “Guide to Gender Neutral Drafting” with the Government Legal Department.
Emma Cusdin, Director, Global Butterflies
Emma has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organisations. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and she is passionate about raising awareness of trans & non-binary issues. Emma has spoken at many trans & non-binary events organised by leading private sector companies. She has been featured in the Financial Times and has written a number of blogs including for the Huffington Post and HR Zone. Emma was a Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) and she chaired the National Trans Youth Conference for 2 years in succession. She also was a co-founder for Trans*formation. She was delighted to receive the Positive LGBT Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards and she appeared in the OUT at work top 50 UK LGBT Executives. In 2019, Emma was delighted to receive the Prime Minister’s Office Points Of Light recognition for her tireless work in trans & non-binary inclusion. In September 2020, she became a Trustee for the Human Dignity Trust. Emma is a Director at Global Butterflies, a company that has been extremely successful in bringing about trans & non-binary inclusion and acceptence within corporate organisations in the UK, US and Canada. She is also People Director at Standard & Poor Global.
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