Inclusive culture trailblazer Joanne Lockwood is an international keynote speaker, founder and CEO of SEE Change Happen, and diversity and inclusion champion.
She aims to empower organisations to champion #PositivePeopleExperiences by implementing robust diversity and inclusion initiatives in their workplace so that everyone, regardless of identity, can enjoy their working environment.
Joanne’s personal experience as a transgender woman fuels her passion for LGBTQ+ inclusion, transgender awareness and support, and guiding businesses to develop ally programmes.
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Joanne Lockwood knew she had been born in the wrong body from a very young age. Despite these feelings, she lived many years as a male, getting married and having children. But one day, she bravely told her wife about how she felt, and she eventually transitioned to female in 2017. Since transitioning into a woman, Joanne has left a 30+ year career in IT to found her own company – SEE Change Happen – and become an internationally successful speaker.
SEE Change Happen was created to ensure that the LGBTQ+ and Transgender communities received the support they wanted, needed, and deserved from their workplace.
Joanne is also a member of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals, a Fellow and Chair of the Board of the Professional Speaking Association UK&I, a member of The Rotary Club, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce, Trustee of the People and Culture Committee for AKT, the LGBTQ+ youth homeless charity, and Subject Matter Expert at the School of Health Sciences at Southampton University.
Now a high-profile inclusion advocate, Joanne appeared in the Channel 4 documentary, The Making of Me (2019), which detailed her own personal transition, filmed over three years. Since 2020, she has hosted the Inclusion Bites podcast, which sees Joanne discussing inclusion and belonging. Topics include diversity in small businesses, diversity fatigue, acceptance, race, the glass ceiling, stress, disability, neurodiversity, fear, anxiety, hormones, politics, gender identity, feminism, inclusive language, learning to listen, and domestic abuse, among many more.
Joanne’s company SEE Change Happen is an “inclusion and belonging consultancy, that specialises in working to ensure that organisations are culturally aware and sensitive to the needs of individuals.”
SEE Change Happen offers workshops to help businesses create an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming workplace culture. The workshops come in three levels: introductory, intermediary, and advanced, depending on what suits a particular business’ needs.
The consultancy service goes beyond simple education. Whereas the speeches focus on informative presentations and discussions, consultancy takes a hands-on approach, working with stakeholders to address specific areas of concern around diversity, equality and inclusion.
Past workshop topics include:
– Your journey to conscious inclusion
– Enabling courageous conversations in the workplace
– Creating a diverse and inclusive recruitment culture
– The inclusive leaders’ journey
– Equality and diversity in the workplace
Joanne is a passionate speaker about transgender rights and diversity in general, and targets HR Professionals and Business Leaders for her keynote speeches on inclusion. Joanne provides four speaking services:
Lunch & Learn: A one-hour interactive presentation with a quiz and Q&A
Fireside Chat: Intimate chat with clients in a relaxed environment
Panel Discussions: Moderating panel Q&As
Keynotes: Inclusive Culture Expert talks perfect for conferences
– Conscious Inclusion
– Inclusion and Belonging
– Inclusive Leadership
– Inclusive Recruitment
– LGBTQ+ and Pride
– “The Making of Me” – Joanne’s Story
– Employee Engagement and Experience
– Culture Change
– Intercultural Communications
– Diversity, Equality, Inclusion
– Challenging Bias
– Transgender Awareness
Joanne Lockwood lives by the mantra “Smile | Engage | Educate”; it is her unwavering belief that everyone should be treated with respect and empathy, regardless of background, status, age, race, religion, sexuality or identity.
Joanne Lockwood Clients: Royal Navy, HDN, Crowdstrike, GE Renewable Energy, Sport England, Sky, LEGO, Brit Insurance, The Herald, LexisNexis, Levi’s, Frontier Economics, PRS, SocialTalent, ManyPets, NHS, Aspect Capital, Zurich, Siemens Healthineers, Metro Bank.
It was a great session with a lot of engagement and positive feedback from staff. Joanne was great, very down to earth, honest, open and just the right amount of challenge and humour.
Sarah, Molson Coors
Joanne joined the lululemon EMEA collective for an inclusion talk based in storytelling and how to be a better ally. Each attendee was blown away by the courage Joanne showed, she so powerfully told us about the difficulties she navigated in so many aspects of her life but with such passion to live into who she truly was. We learned new information about trans community and how to act as allies in the workplace. The conversation was engaging, impactful and provoked so much insight within our team. We have had outstanding feedback and it has allowed us to continue to find access point to discuss inclusive environments and how to create them in our work spaces. Thank you Joanne for your time and sharing your story with us.
Nicole, Lululemon Europe
Jo is a true expert on inclusion. She’s strategic and knowledgeable and has been incredibly supportive in helping us build towards a truly inclusive culture.
Katie, CC Group
Joanne delivered an awareness session for colleagues which was both inspiring and thought provoking. Her no nonsense discussion of transgender issues, terminology and impact are I think, an absolute must for any business looking to engage colleagues on transgender and wider diversity and inclusion matters.
Jane, Aster Housing Group
Joanne has collaborated with us on a number of events and most recently at our Better Allies: Supporting LGBTQ+ colleagues at Work event. Joanne is a confident speaker and panellist with wide ranging experience and fantastic insight. She is able to adapt her style to the type of event she is speaking at, be it formal or informal. At our most recent event Joanne was skilled at answering audience questions and kept the audience fully engaged throughout the discussion.
Oliver, BAME Recruitment
We had the pleasure of meeting Joanne when she came to HarperCollins to share her inspirational story. The story Joanne shared was very honest and moving. It really helped us to think about ways to support transgender and gender diverse individuals. I would definitely recommend Joanne as an inspirational speaker on transgender awareness and inclusion.
Working with Joanne on the delivery of the UK Athletics ‘Raise the Bar’ event for Transgender Awareness Week was the first time we’d worked together, but you wouldn’t have thought so. Joanne made my job so easy and was hugely supporting of what we wanted to achieve. Joanne was brilliant at the event and gave open and honest answers to those in the audience.
Donna Frazer OBY OLY, UK Athletics & Cabinet Office