Cool2BTrans - Katie Neeves - Trans Ambassador - Trans Awareness Training | Media Appearances | Public Speaking | Mentoring & Support

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The workshop of Katie’s made a lasting impact and impression on the team.  Many have said that it was the most exciting training in years.  They said that they had thought about it a lot afterwards and would like a follow-up for further discussion. I would 100% recommend Katie to others.

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Katrin Terwiel

Vice President Diversity & Global Talent, Deutsche Telekom

Katie is a phenomenal speaker and trainer. She creates a safe space for open dialogue and learning as she blends thought-provoking content with humour and warmth. Katie uses her personal story with such generosity and openness it’s impossible not to feel totally engaged – which creates such rich conversation and teases people out of their shells to ask questions. A three hour session flew by!

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Jamie Scotto

People & Culture Advisor - HR at UnLtd

We booked Katie to run two Trans Day of Visibility workshops for Virgin Media belonging networks. She was engaging, hilarious and amazing. Every bit of feedback we received from those who attended was beyond positive. I personally have never laughed and learnt so much in one hour! 

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Chloe Rainford

Mobile Trading & Online Sales Graduate at Virgin Media O2

Katie gave a trans awareness talk to our HR group recently, and I am genuinely blown away by how impactful, engaging, accessible and funny she managed to make the talk.   It really was wonderfully presented, she had a great informal and engaging style, and Katie’s openness about her story and her experiences really enabled the group to feel relaxed and comfortable to share their own experiences and ask any questions.  Katie is a fantastic presenter with an amazing story to tell, and I genuinely haven’t laughed so much in a session full of HR people in all of my career!  Thank you so much Katie: I hope we get to work together again soon!

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Michelle Hartley

Human Resources Director, Barrow & Parker HR Consultancy

Katie held a session with Stonewater, talking about “What it’s like to be transgender? “ and “Tips for being a Trans ally”.  Katie’s talk was inspiring, educational and entertaining.  She was engaging, honest and her use of humour in her story telling really enabled her to connect well with the audience.  The practical tips she gave on how to be a trans ally and also what companies can do to ensure their workforce is trans-inclusive were so helpful and I know that everyone who attended the session felt more informed and better equipped to support colleagues, customers, friends and family members going forward.

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Maria Hathaway

Financial Controller - Business Partnering, Stonewater

Completely inspiring, educational and empowering!! The best webinar of the year (and during lockdown their were a lot of webinars).
Thank you Katie.

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Shelby King

Human Resources Manager at The Bristol, Doyle Collection

We booked Katie for a session of “what it’s like to be Trans and how to support those who are” for a virtual session.   She delivered the message with incredibly humorous storytelling yet very informative. She educated the audience in a way that put them at ease, was easy to understand and articulated beautifully issues which are often difficult to clearly explain.  Thank you Katie for agreeing to help us become more informed on the issues transgender people face and how we can help support them.  The session was fantastic, hilarious and most importantly extremely educational.

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Adam Fenny

Financial Analyst at Biffa Polymers Ltd

We asked Katie to join us on IDAHOBIT day to present a Trans awareness session to a key audience, from a number of different countries. Katie shared her very powerful story with candour, searing honesty and humour. There were some really useful tips in terms of how to create strong Ally/Advocate relationships and we will absolutely be asking her back to continue our education and awareness journey. The feedback from our employees was significant, with commentary such as “inspirational, educational and poignant” If you’re looking for an interactive, powerful speaker, please don’t hesitate to work with Katie. We’re delighted we chose to and look forward to working with her in the future.

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Shelley Ferris-Smith

EMEA & ZIP Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Zurich Insurance plc

Katie delivered an engaging, inspirational and educational Trans Awareness session for ENGIE on International Transgender Day of Visibility. She connected with the audience, telling her own personal story with humour and heart and provided a safe space for people to ask questions. There were so many wonderful comments received by employees after the event. I would highly recommend Katie as a speaker.

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Jennie Pitt

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Employee Engagement, Relations & Policy at ENGIE

Katie is an absolute inspiration. She has educated me on all things Trans but sharing her own experiences and stories openly and with humour. Katie is personable and relatable and her training and awareness sessions were really positively received at Three UK and Three Ireland, as well as in my network STEMConnext. I would recommend Katie for raising awareness, understanding and education around the subjects of gender, sexuality, Trans and non-binary.
The feedback from your sessions was amazing:
“Thanks so much Katie – so brave and informative, for me the clear articulation of sexuality and gender being different was a light bulb moment”;
“Thank you so much for sharing your story Katie. So emotional to hear you share your journey. Your bravery in acknowledging your truth and the happiness this has brought you is so inspiring. Thank you for educating me to be a better ally too”,
“Your story was emotional and inspiring thank you for sharing”

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Gill Cooke

People & Propositions Engagement Lead at Three UK & Three Ireland

Katie attended our International Women’s Day panel at Virgin Media yesterday and what an honour that was. An inspirational speaker with a fantastic sense of humour that really shone through. Katie has been incredibly engaged throughout all the planning and a real joy to partner with on our IWD plans. In a very short time I’ve already learnt a huge amount from Katie and I’d really encourage others to take the opportunity with Katie to learn and grow.

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Danielle Peel

Project Delivery Lead, Virgin Media O2

Katie’s session was inspiring, informative and funny. I appreciated hearing your journey. It really helped staff to understand and empathise with your highs and lows and more importantly to see transitioning people as everyday people. I am confident that the tips you shared will help to improve patient experience. I’d definitely like to work with you in the future.

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Maggie Morgan-Valentine

Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

Katie is a wonderful trainer, speaker and educator. She skilfully and warmly delivers presentations, talks, keynotes and discussions with a blend of heart, humanity and humour. Katie makes topics that can be complex and challenging into educational sessions were everybody learns, grows and feels a common sense of connection. All the best with your wonderful equality, diversity and inclusion work.

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Rasheed Ogunlaru

Coach, Speaker & Author

An excellent session which was funny, moving and educational. Katie is a skilled speaker who really engages her audience. The feedback we have received has been incredible. Thank you Katie!

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Mick Lawlor

Partner in the disputes practice at DLA Piper

I first had the pleasure of listening to Katie’s story back in May 2020 and since then have been on several calls since learning more about her journey.  Katie tells it as it is. The great and the really not so great times in her life, all of which have shaped her into the wonderful woman she is.  Katie’s story is powerful, emotional yet truly inspiring. I have learned so much how I can support not only trans colleagues but anyone who is in our LGBTQ+ community.  I really hope I can continue to be able to work with Katie and being the best trans ally I can be for anyone needing support on their journey.

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Kerry Kell

People Environment Assistant, Virgin Media O2

I recently interviewed Katie for my podcast.  It was a masterclass in storytelling!  She made my job really easy by sharing her story in such an interesting way; clearly understanding the questions that my audience would have at each stage and responding accordingly. Thanks Katie!

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Jo Dodds

Creator of POWER to Live more CALM

Katie has been a joy to work with for our session at Aviva. Katie talked to us about her own transition along with tips on good allyship. The session was really well received and we had lots of good questions and feedback. Katie’s sessions are filled with lovely humour making the audience feel at ease. I would love Aviva to work with Katie again and I can’t recommend her sessions highly enough. Thanks again Katie

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Joanne Clifton

Legal Counsel, Aviva

Katie delivered a powerful, insightful and engaging session on her own personal journey and tips for being a trans ally. She is very open and honest about her own lived experience and has a unique way of telling her story and educating people in a humorous and uplifting way. Thank you Katie!

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Kelly Godden

Senior Talent Professional, Ofcom

I had the pleasure of working with Katie on an online Pride event.  She’s one of the most articulate and entertaining people I have seen in this format.  Good humoured, well educated and a consummate professional. I would happily work with Katie again and sincerely hope we will. She’s very talented and I could see her presenting a talk show on a major TV channel.

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Natalie Bowen

Vice Chairperson, Rhondda Pride

I had been following Katie’s journey for some time, I found her story not only inspirational but her approach made me connect and really want to work with her. I love Katie’s approach, she shares her stories with warmth, wit and stacks of humour. Her story really captures the challenges she has faced. After working with Katie you will truly understand why she creates game-changing noise about Trans Rights and the role that you play as an Ally. Katie’s mission to educate and push for real change is critical, she has found the perfect way to connect with individuals and businesses. Her work will change the way people think, behave and will ultimately change the world for sure. Katie is a true professional and a beautiful person with an incredible story to tell. I look forward to working with her again in the future.

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Jo Major

Head of External Relations for The Association of Professional Staffing Companies

Katie provided a great Trans Awareness session to colleagues from emh group last week. People are still talking about how enlightening and informative it was. She also made it personal, poignant, accessible and, characteristically for Katie, good fun!

I highly recommend Katie as a Trans Ambassador to any organisation committed to equality, diversity and inclusion – if you are interested in learning more about trans issues, and how to be an inclusive employer, a learning and development session with Katie Neeves is a great place to start. Thank you Katie!

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Joanne Tilley

Executive Director Corporate Services ay emh group

I just wanted to drop you a message to say how much I enjoyed your webinar on Friday , really insightful and also your sense of humour kept it so engaging. Will def check out your company to see if we can do any work together in the future.  Thanks Katie for me it was the most interesting webinar so far and definitely the funniest.

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Emma Buckley 

Inspirational storytelling at its best. I was lucky enough to listen to Katie’s story and can open and honestly say it was incredible to hear.   I can honestly say it was eye opening, informative and inspirational to say the least.  What a journey you’ve had Katie. Thank you for sharing it.

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Byron Jervis

Regional Community Wayleave Officer, Virgin Media

Katie gave an incredible talk on trans inclusion and tips for being an ally in my membership. She was engaging, funny and created a relaxed, safe space which allowed for learning rather than judgement or guilt.
Even as a Queer woman with trans friends I learned a lot from hearing her story and experiences.
I can’t recommend Katie highly enough if you’re looking for a speaker to introduce trans issues to your group in an accessible way.

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Alexis Bushnell

Founder of Social Media for Humans

Katie ran a trans awareness session for my membership of small business owners and it was brilliant. Katie’s style is open and full of good humour and not only did she share some really important and useful tips on being inclusive of trans people, she also delivered some valuable lessons on how important it is to be true to yourself.
Thank you Katie – I really hope we have the opportunity to work together again in future.

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Katie Skelton

Director of Little Green Duck Ltd

Thank you Katie for delivering such an inspiring and powerful Trans Awareness session. We have received lots of great feedback from staff and requests for more sessions like this. You managed to keep everyone engaged for the whole session on zoom which is no easy task! We laughed, we cried, we laughed some more! Thank you for sharing your story with us all – I’m confident that we all have a much better understanding and awareness of the issues faced by trans people, the language we should and shouldn’t be using, and, individually and as an organisation, what we can do to be trans allies as well as ensuring that people can be themselves at work. From all the staff at the ACU, a huge thank you.

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Tarrance Ryder-Downes

Director of People at the Association of commonwealth Universities

As a mom to a Transgender boy, who has no idea about the LGBTQ+ community and still learning – Katie and her story, and her willingness to answer questions without being judged for them, is what makes her talks phenomenal!
And she is hilarious!! Such a great sense of humour 👏🏼
I can highly recommend Katie as your speaker as she was for my online virtual event on @futureforwardhub podcast and events for the Global Goal of Reduced Inequalities.

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Sashka Regina

Podcaster, EduTainer, Lecturer, Author & organiser of Future Forward Hub

I first met Katie before lockdown at a diversity event, she had such an impact that when I started to create our ED&I strategy for the company I knew immediately who to ask for help. Katie spent some time with us today and presented her story through one of our lunch and learn sessions for the entire business. The session was so well received, with great feedback we are already organising the next event.

Katie delivers learning in an open, honest and passionate way she maintains interest throughout. I would recommend Katie to my whole network, she is a fantastic trans ambassador and a great sounding board for me to understand how I can support our trans community within the business. Thank you Katie for your help, I’m looking forward to working with you on the next stage of our strategy.

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Michelle Wall

Chief People Officer, Sabio Ltd

“I had the pleasure of meeting Katie as a guest speaker at one of our monthly ‘People & Leadership’ networking events. These events are attended by senior HR professionals and we were lucky enough to engage Katie during trans awareness week & her story of her transitioning journey was truly inspirational! Katie is a phenomenal trans ambassador and educator, she has a highly engaging personality and is a beacon of light for trans awareness. I can’t recommend Katie enough, if you get a chance to work with her, you won’t fail to be educated, inspired & incredibly moved! Katie, I wish you all the best in your mission to increase awareness for this hugely important subject. Can’t thank you 🙏 enough for supporting our group, especially knowing how in demand you are!”

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Elaine Jordan

Owner and Director a Extension Recruitment Ltd

Katie delivered an engaging, insightful and educational talk as part of our Pride month events. Her honesty and willingness to answer any questions really helped us to open a useful and positive discussion about trans inclusion. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommended her to anyone looking for a speaker.

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Emma Cann

Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Lendlease

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Katie Neeves

Trans Ambassador
I am a woman on a mission! But not just any woman and not just any mission…

Being an openly transgender woman and a trans ambassador, I am on a mission to not only show that it’s OK to be trans, but it’s actually cool to be trans too!

Through my media appearances, public speaking engagements, blog, vlog, social media, trans awareness training courses and via support groups, my aim is to reach out to trans people who may be struggling with their gender identity, to reassure them and to lead by example. I want to help educate the general public too. The more people who are educated about trans issues, the greater the acceptance and the easier it will be for trans people to live their lives in peace. Most bigotry and prejudice comes from ignorance and fear of the unknown. Education can and does save lives.

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