Pronouns: she/ her
Laïla (pronounced 'lila el-mehtwee') is a UK based Equity and Belonging Consultant, listed 81 on the Top 100 Pride Power List 2021, Stonewall Lesbian Role Model of the Year (2020), DIVA Magazine unsung hero nominee for ?2020 and 2021, and National Diversity Award - Positive Role Model Nominee – 2013.
Laïla is the founder of two bi-yearly global virtual conferences, Educating Out Racism and Pride in Education. Her pro bono work includes founding and chairing Proud London Councils, the Pan London Forum for LGBT+ staff network in local authorities, as well as supporting a small number of LGBTIQ+ charities with fundraising and events.
Laïla’s published works include:
Rainbow Pilgrims: The Rites and Passages of LGBTQI + Migrants in Britain ; Twilight People: Stories of Faith and Gender Beyond the Binary and Haringey Vanguard Learning Resources. She has been published in academic journals, the press and contributed to the National British Council ESOL Nexus Research Awards Exploring LGBT Lives and Issues in Adult ESOL.
As an education specialist, she believes in facilitating learning through highly engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking training sessions to impact organisations to diversify their teams, be more inclusive and create a sense of belonging. She advocates for a trauma informed, bias aware and compassionate way of working. Laïla supports BAME Recruitment with Education and Training, designing and delivering impactful and inspiring sessions.