Matt Ellison is a highly sought-after, entertaining and thought-provoking transgender speaker. His life experience as a trans man has fascinated and inspired audiences of all kinds in both private and public sectors in the U.K. and internationally. His insights on change, as someone who has made such a huge and fundamental change himself, apply to everyone in all areas of professional and personal life.
Organisations who have invited Matt to speak include Microsoft, eBay, Mars, Toyota, Lacoste, Disney, KFC, NHS, Lloyds of London, City of London Corporation, Fidelity International, HM Courts and Tribunals, and many more.
Matt has been consulted and interviewed on many occasions. He was recently seen on TV in the high-profile Channel 4 documentary ‘Me and My Penis’, which broke many taboos, covering sex, psychology and men’s mental health issues.
Tailored towards the audience, Matt Ellison has something to offer all audiences, including healthcare professionals, businesses, educational institutions, emergency services, political and religious groups, plus more. Depending upon requirements he can delve deep into the mind of what it feels like to be transgender with a story full of highs, lows and humour. He can educate the audience around such things as the medical interventions, social aspects, safe practices for service providers and employers, as well the legal implications of the Gender Recognition Act and the popular Q&A if requested gives the opportunity to answer all those burning questions.
With an increasing number of trans folk having the courage to transition, yet with so many still facing discrimination and ignorance, transgender issues and diversity & inclusion, are currently more relevant than ever.
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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