EQUALITY DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SPEAKER
WHY BOOK BRENDAN?
Brendan's professional Journey began as Ireland's first openly Gay TV presenter. This, coupled with his personal story has led to him becoming an inspirational advocate for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, (last year he was awarded a first-class honors Masters of Business in Equality Diversity & Inclusion)
His unique approach, engaging voice and personal story has made Brendan a sought-after TV presenter, speaker and consultant who inspires awareness and creates impact for positive change.
Get in touch with Brendan today to discuss a talk at your company or event!
STICKS & STONES
The New Lexicon of Language’s Landmines
What you can and can’t say anymore! A thought provoking talk that’s fun and insightful. Encouraging dialogue with understanding to empower and better equip the audience to navigate our new world of ‘appropriate’.
PAST - “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but names can never hurt” Why and how language has changed.
PRESENT - Understanding pronouns, gender neutral language and a practical guide to gender expression and transition policy
FUTURE - Employer Brand, stake holder satisfaction.
ADVOCACY & ALLYSHIP
Allyship is a Verb not a Noun
This Insightful talk is a practical guide to allyship & advocacy in the workplace, designed to inspire engagement and ownership withing the workforce.
PAST – A brief history on the positive impact of allyship. Part of being an ally is realizing that we cannot feel how others feel; however, we can listen, we can support, and we can advocate.
PRESENT – A concise and easy to remember ‘How to be an ally Guide’! “An ally will engage in activism by standing with an individual or group in a marginalized community”
FUTURE - What’s next for Allyship? “Ally is actually a verb because it is an active process of unlearning and learning”
SQUEEZING THE CREATIVE JUICE
Brendan has started his own businesses - 4 times! – 2 failed but 2 succeed! He has learned to adapt and pivot for success in business. From being a prominent figure-head during the Marriage Equality Referendum, to studying fashion at the London College of Fashion in his 30’s and then launching his globally successful fashion label – Lennon Courtney.
He is a master of creative thinking and will show your team how to unlock their creative power. This talk breaks down a super easy to follow format for creative thinking:
FIND THE FRUIT – How to start the creative process
SQUEEZ THE JUICE – How to harness relevant ideas
ICE THE IDEAS - Application and follow through
A GUIDE TO PRIDE
A enlightening and informative talk on - How to do Pride with Pride! How to avoid rainbow washing and make sure your organisation is welcoming all LGBTQ+ stakeholders. Also what can you as an individual do to support and enjoy PRIDE?
PAST - History of PRIDE / Rainbow Flag / The Fight for Equality Understanding the history and importance of the event
PRESENT - Relevance / Current Battles. Still 64 countries criminalise being gay, 11 countries where being gay punishable by death.
FUTURE - How to encourage a Healthy Workplace Culture. How the individual can support your LGBTQ+ colleagues. How your Organisation can celebrate Pride appropriately
STUCK IN A RUT!
Confirmation Bias and Cognitive Dissonance - How to
change a mind !
Part 1 - The perils of Confirmation Bias and Cognitive Dissonance explained:
Confirmation bias is a type of cognitive bias (or unconscious way of thinking). It predisposes people to accept information that supports their worldview while discounting information that doesn’t. Cognitive Dissonance is the feeling of discomfort people have when asked to believe two ideas that contradict one another.
Part 2 - How does this affect the work place
Part 3 - Getting comfortable with discomfort –
How to create Safe Spaces for difficult conversations
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT BRENDAN
"As part of our Pride Month celebrations, Kepak hosted an educational webinar featuring Diversity Equity & Inclusion facilitator, Brendan Courtney. We were delighted to have Brendan share his expertise and insights on fostering an inclusive work environment. The webinar provided an incredible opportunity for attendees to gain practical knowledge of Pride terminology and the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community as well as tips on how to be a better ally. A huge thank you to Brendan for his inspiring presence and engaging webinar."
Bláthnaid Ní Fhátharta
Chief Communications & Corporate Affairs Officer, Kepak Group
Strength lies in differences not in similarities
Brendan has campaigned for social change and positive attitudes around sexuality, age and accessible housing. His acclaimed documentary work and vocal advocacy both at key events and in publication in traditional and social media has made him a sought after speaker and commentator.
A serial Entrepreneur Brendan has started 4 businesses: 2 failed and 2 succeeded. His business story is a fascinating roller coaster of how to fail well and succeed better.
He has co-written two no.1 best-selling books on confidence with his business partner Sonya Lennon, who is also his co-founder of their international women’s wear label Lennon Courtney