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

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The trans-awareness workshop with Katie 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’s trainings to other organisations.

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Katrin Terwiel

Vice President Diversity & Global Talent, Deutsche Telekom

Fantastic speaker, honest, authentic, funny and a lovely person to know and work with. Katie spoke at our Women in Wholesale event themed Being the Best You and was voted one of our best speakers. Thanks Katie

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Elit Rowland

Head of Communications for JJ Foodservice & Founder of Women in Wholesale

I first saw Katie on a CIPD webinar and was so impressed by her authenticity, vulnerability and honesty delivered with such fantastic humour, that I thought I have to share this brilliance with my organisation. We had the pleasure of Katie talking to us on TDoV 2022 and she was so inspirational and encouraged so many of our employees to open up and ask questions, creating such physiological safety in just 90mins. I would highly recommend Katie to help people understand the world from a transgender perspective, not just by sharing her own personal story but also giving such brilliant advice on how to be allys and help raise the visibility of the transgender community. We see you, we hear you and thanks to Katie we now know how to be better allys 🏳️‍⚧️ 

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Lisa McCandless

Culture & Engagement Business Partner at Premier Foods

I’ve had the absolute privilege to listen to Katie’s story when she presented her “Long walk to Womanhood” session at CIPD as part of LGBT+ History Month – I can’t say anything less than that I am in awe of her. Katie’s story is simply incredible and her resilience, her resolve, her humility and such an uncanny sense of humour is nothing less than inspiring. Katie’s tips on how to be a better ally were a cherry on the top. I’ve learned a lot from Katie already and I am very much looking forward to working with Katie again and hopefully meeting her in person.” – Monika Michalikova,

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Monika Michalikova

Finance & Operations Officer at CIPD

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

We had the privilege to invite Katie multiple times at Moixa to deliver her “What’s it like to be transgender?  And how can I support those who are?” talk.
Both sessions were incredibly well received: Katie humour, poise and radical honesty won us straight away.
Her story is engaging, powerful, masterfully told (she is a wonderful speaker) and full of deep insights about what it means to transition. Her top tips for being a trans ally are incredibly useful and easily applicable in day to day life, even by people not familiar with the subject.
We can’t recommend her enough.
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Chiara Galli

People Manager at Moixa

Katie is what I want in a supplier, as someone that coordinates many moving parts when arranging our events.  Whenever I work with Katie she just makes my part easy as she simply gets on with it, in fact I’m going to go one further and she organisers me…! I’d recommend her to anyone needing an honest, straight talking, humorous, highly educated and knowledgeable person in her field.

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Colin Hill

MD & Events Director at Chilled Events

Our enei members really appreciated the openness and humour used by Katie to share her story at a recent event.  She provided explanations of all things trans and her top tips for being a trans ally.  It was a highly informative session, which addressed member questions and encouraged the audience to consider how they could become more trans-inclusive. We hope to work with Katie again.

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Kerry Kirk

D&I Lead, enei

I had the pleasure of working with Katie as part of our session during International Transgender Day of Visibility. Katie’s talk was incredible and received so much positive feedback from all those who attended.
Katie’s story is inspirational, honest and informative and the way in which she uses humour really helped make things more engaging and accessible on the day. The tips at the end of her talk were very relatable and practical and a number of my colleagues have said how helpful they were. Katie was also kind enough to over run a little bit as we had so many questions at the end of the session!
Katie was prompt, courteous and collaborative in the pre-meetings which made things run very smoothly on the day. I look forward to keeping in touch and thank you again!

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Gareth Pullen

Head of Procurement, Corporate Services & Procurement Governance for Premier Foods

I was absolutely delighted that Katie joined us to share her story ‘Long Walk to Womanhood’. Katie was fantastic and her approach was open, honest and insightful. She shared her story with warmth and humour. Katie’s disarming approach enabled everyone to feel able to ask thoughtful questions without fear, helping everyone to learn and grow in their knowledge together. Katie is a sensitive, clear and thoughtful speaker. I feel privileged to have heard Katie’s story and the feedback from our staff was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you Katie for spending time with us. 

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Liz Mills

Director of Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture at Surrey County Council

Surrey Children’s Services invited Katie to tell her story during an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webinar. Katie presented so well. She was both honest and open about her journey, and was extremely inviting to staff, willing to answer any questions. Staff really appreciated hearing her story and I have no doubt it will help them look at the perspectives of others and through a different lens which is absolutely key when working with children and families. Above all, she gets the balance right in telling her story and being who she is. I cannot thank her enough and highly recommend her as a guest speaker to any event. 👏👏👍💚

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Juliette Blake

Assistant Director, Corporate Parenting, Surrey County Council

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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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