Vicky Beeching is an inspiring, compelling, and entertaining speaker.
Her main focus is in the corporate sector, speaking on diversity and inclusion and talent development.
She delivers leadership training in masterclasses and also gives one-to-one coaching to senior staff, executive teams, and CEOs.
Often Vicky is invited to give a one-off keynote speech about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
This will include her personal story, followed by reflections on how workplace cultures can become more diversity-friendly.
Typically, she will speak for around 35-40 mins, then move into a Q&A. These hour-long events, either at lunchtime or directly after work, have proven extremely popular with great turnouts.
She has been brought in to do events like these by companies including: KPMG, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Linklaters, BNP Paribas, M&G Investments, Prudential, The Co-Op Group, The Crowne Estate, The Daily Telegraph, and Heathrow Airport.
Her personal story, and her reflective application points, cover a wide range of diversity topics: gender equality, mental health awareness, LGBT inclusion, mindfulness, physical health, and personal long-term sustainability.
Often, in corporate settings, one staff network (e.g. LGBT Network or Mental Health Network) might initially suggest Vicky as a speaker, but the invitation can go out to a very broad spectrum of staff as she covers so many themes. Her message is not limited to LGBT equality; there is something for everyone in her keynotes.
These one-off events prove to be a powerful catalyst; after her visit, diversity and inclusion gains a much higher prominence in the minds and hearts of a company. Her story becomes a talking point in the office, and provides a face and a name for inclusion issues that otherwise can be quite theoretical and removed.
The backbone of Vicky's content is her belief that authenticity is radically powerful, that life is short, and that dreams should be chased - however impossible they might seem.
She draws on her own story of facing what seemed an impossible task: being an internationally respected musician and thinker within conservative Christianity, yet knowing from the age of thirteen that she was gay.
Risking her career, livelihood, and community, she came out in August 2014 out at the age of 35. It created shock-waves through the US and UK church.
The story was covered by a vast array of international media including Time Magazine, BBC World Service, Sky News and The Guardian. Within a week, social media about her news garnered 60 million impressions on Twitter alone.
Since coming out, remarkable opportunities have opened up for her, including an invitation to the United Nations to input into their work on LGBT equality and diversity.
Living in the 'closet' for so many years has taught her many lessons, and she shares them with vulnerability and honesty. It impacted her physical health (an auto-immune diagnosis) and her mental health (struggles with depression, PTSD, and taking anti-depressants).
Her experiences provide a sobering wake-up call to corporate environments; that D&I isn't a box ticking exercise for HR; rather it is a crucial part of protecting people's wellbeing.
Vicky is writing a book about her journey; a memoir that will be published in 2017 by HarperCollins.
Vicky tailors each keynote specifically to the needs of the event and has one or more consultation phone meetings with event organisers to learn where they are in their D&I journey, and what themes they would like her to focus on in her talk.
Her blend of intellect, humour, story-telling and motivation are compelling and leave a deep impact.
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Topics Vicky speaks on in corporate settings:
Typically, Vicky delivers a one-hour event (35 minutes of speaking, followed by Q&A and then meeting attendees). She tells her story, then shares reflections for improving diversity and inclusion in the corporate workplace.
This can be modified to suit an event organiser's requirements - it can be shorter (10 minute or 20 minute versions are something Vicky often does), or can cover different material.
The building blocks of her content include:
- Sharing her personal journey of 'coming out'
- The power of authenticity in the workplace
- The cost of living in the closet; the need to allow people to be safely 'out' at work
- The intersection of faith & LGBT
- Greater openness about mental health at work
- Media training (practical training skills for broadcasting on TV/Radio)
- How to use social media more effectively
- Training in public speaking
- Training on Personal Brand development
As well as keynotes, Vicky also provides one-to-one corporate coaching for senior managers, executive teams, and CEOs. To enquire about this, visit her Contact page.
What do others say?
"Once again I want to thank you for yesterday; the feedback has been absolutely amazing. Everyone who attended the session found it fascinating - and your story was truly inspirational. Many of those that have attended have said that they were personally touched by your story and are now seeking to change something in their lives as a result. You really have set the bar very high for us to find next year’s keynote speaker". - Lynda Brennan, BNP Paribas
“Vicky Beeching has a unique gift - she conveys her individual journey in a way that inspires everyone to be true to themselves; to unlock both professional and personal success. She also brings an international, LGBT, and faith-based approach to inclusion. This focuses on the complexities of individuals and the need for us to understand each other more deeply in order to work together, provide solutions to clients, and to move forward as organizations.”- Daniel Winterfeldt, Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna
"We had incredibly positive feedback from the event - most of that related to Vicky’s talk. It was extremely honest, funny and engaging. I have heard people discussing it and quoting her phrases ever since! The way Vicky spoke about multiple identities, and touched on all aspects of our activities, really spoke to people and helped them all to feel part of the event. Thanks to Vicky, we now have a very eager team of volunteers who are keen to do great things and to share the message throughout our workforce. We can’t thank Vicky enough for sharing her story with us in such a powerful way." - Clare Harvey, Senior Consultant & Diversity Specialist, KPMG
"Vicky gave a brilliant, thought-provoking talk. We attracted over 100 people - maximum capacity for our venue - to hear her speak for 45 minutes. Through a frank and moving account of her life, Vicky spoke of the destructive effect which self-denial of her sexuality had on her - and how her life and well-being had been transformed since her coming out. This was brilliantly linked back to the workplace and made everyone think about the importance of all staff being themselves. I would highly recommend Vicky to any organisation for corporate speaking events and will certainly consider inviting her to another event in the future." - Colette Comerford, Inclusion Manager, M&G Investments
“Your authenticity and passion, driven from the heart by personal experience, is tangible - I can't think of any organisation that wouldn't learn from you.” - Wing Commander Sarah Maskell, RAF
"Thank you so much for your talk last week. Your honesty was inspiring! I’ve received lots of great feedback on it, and it’s certainly given our people plenty of food for thought." - Jenny Lloyd, Linklaters LLP
"I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Vicky over the past few years. Vicky is a courageous woman and a captivating speaker who uses the power of her story to inspire others. She is a role model for LGBT Christians and a vital voice in our movement today." - Ruth Hunt, CEO Stonewall
"Vicky, thank you for coming to The Crown Estate and sharing your perspective and inspirational story. We have received fabulous feedback from the attendees, and your talk has certainly inspired many of us with our journey regarding building a really inclusive and high-performing culture." - Stuart Allan, Head of HR, The Crowne Estate
“Vicky is an inspiring role model and captivating speaker. She participated as a featured guest speaker at one of KPMG’s landmark LGBT events, engaging in an honest conversation with a senior KPMG colleague in front of a packed house. As part of an innovative chat-show format, and seated on high stools with her conversation partner, Vicky held the audience with her warmth, gentleness, courage and honesty as she shared her story of music, faith and authenticity. Feedback from attendees at the event was hugely positive, with many people moved by Vicky’s conviction, commitment and positivity in the face of challenges.” - David Pearson, Associate Director, KPMG
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