Black and white photo of Michelle Raymond, a woman with long hair wearing a hoop earring, with a guitar covering half of her face

Imperial 600 is supporting the broader International Women’s Day (IWD) programming happening across Imperial College London in March 2021, and we’re very pleased to host Michelle Raymond, a senior leader at MyGWork a global networking hub and job board for LGBT+ professionals and graduates.

Additionally, Michelle is an accomplished musician who’s played with some of the biggest names in music today.

LGBT Allyship, Aspirational Profiles, and a Live Performance!

As the staff and postgraduate student network for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies at the university, we wanted to host an IWD event that would provide network members, the broader Imperial community, and external guests access to an aspirational profile. So when Michelle agreed to talk, we found just the guest speaker we’d been looking for!

In addition to sharing her thoughts on professional development and how to leverage professional networks, she’ll also talk about the importance of pursuing something you are passionate about.

This also feeds into the final part of the event which will include a live performance from Michelle, live from Valencia, Spain!

We’ve also invited the President of Imperial College Business School’s LGBTQ+ Career Club to speak briefly as well, to talk about how they are helping postgraduate students advance their careers upon graduation from the School.

More About Michelle Raymond and Why You Need to Attend

Michelle Raymond is a public speaker, international recording artist, and a diversity and inclusion specialist in the United States and EMEA.

She is an International MBA alumna of IE Business School and Master in Global Entertainment and Music Business at Berkley College of Music, with over 15 years’ professional work experience in diversity and inclusion (D&I), music business, and financial services.

Currently she is the Global Business Development Manager at myGwork, helping inclusive employers and workplace equality advocates to attract a more diverse pool of LGBTQI+ professional and graduate candidates.

Record Label Owner and World-Touring Musician, she is the 2019–2020 recipient of the Outstanding Women Scholarship and mentorship program with Yvette Noel-Schure (Beyonce’s Publicist).

She is a proven leader and Global D&I consultant for multinational corporations and higher education institutions in North America and Europe, and has been profiled in interviews with Poets & Quants and Financial Times.

Michelle is the former director of IE University’s annual LGBT@Work Conference, the third-largest LGBTQI* workplace inclusion conference organized by a business school in the world.

She has spoken and performed for numerous major diversity events around the globe including World Pride Summit, TEDx Madrid, Capitol Pride USA and World Pride Madrid. She is the recipient of the 2016 McKinsey & Co. LGBT Leadership Award (Europe), Member of LesWorking, and Senior Adviser of IE University’s LGBTQ Club.

Michelle is an award-winning international indie artist, performing under the stage name, Michi, and has opened for numerous Grammy Award-Winning pop stars at international pride festivals including Miley Cyrus, DJ Marshmello, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Meghan Trainor, for crowds of over 250,000 people.

In 2018, Michi was a Top-90 Qualifier in Madrid’s 2018 television music competition program “The Voice,” out of 16,000 applicants and is currently ranked #1 on Spain’s ReverbNation Indie Music Charts.

So, in short: Michelle has lots of very relevant experience and expertise that is of particular interest to women professionals who identify as LGBTQ+, and for their allies who want to help them advance their careers.

Who Should Attend this Event?

This event is open to all, and programming will focus on sharing thoughts on how LGBTQ+ women can advance their careers.

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