Laila El-Metoui is a leading Equity and Belonging Consultant for LemEducation.com, who founded Pride in Education and Educating OUT Racism. Dedicating her work to the eradication of discrimination and the encouragement of inclusion, Laila is now booked as a fantastic choice for events themed around diversity and inclusion, providing training on topics such as LGBTQ+ language and inclusion, unconscious bias, micro-aggression and allyship.
Over the past 25 years, diversity and inclusion have been at the core of Laila’s agenda. She has helped countless companies to develop programmes that raise awareness of bias, trauma and promote informed and passionate workforces. To complement her work as a consultant, Laila founded Pride in Education to promote equity and acceptance throughout education, normalise queer education and create a compassionate education sector. She has also formerly worked as the Director of Adult Education for LGBT History Month, the LGBT+ Staff Forum Co-Chair for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Proud London Councils Chair.
Highly commended for her diversity and inclusion work, Laila has been honoured with recognition on the Guardian Pride Power List 2021, at No.81, and as the Lesbian Role Model of the Year 2020 by Stonewall. She has also been nominated for the 2013 Positive Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards and nominated for the Unsung Hero of the Year Award 2020 and 2021 by Diva Magazine.
Having worked with countless clients to encourage diversity and inclusion, Laila is now a popular choice as a diversity and inclusion speaker for corporate events. Passionate about educating out prejudice, Laila provides clients with practical tools to develop and improve their policies on inclusion and create safe environments. Also an avid supporter of the LGBT+ community, Laila ensures that such individuals feel safe and welcomed in both the workplace and society as a whole. When looking for a speaker who is an expert in diversity and inclusion, Laila El-Metoui is a truly special addition to events.
“I met Laila through #DiverseEd and we invited her to speak at our virtual event in October. She is a passionate and purposeful educator who is committed to the diversity, equity and inclusion agenda in education. She spoke about the need to create compassionate schools by becoming trauma-informed. We have since crossed paths in various diversity spaces, where I have seen her use technology to make virtual meetings more interactive and inclusive… she comes highly recommended as a trainer who taught us that the magic all happens in knowing the settings and in integrating different platforms to support the learning experience/ reflection and discussion space online”
“What an absolute powerhouse of equality! The Pride in Education conference was an epic journey through how to make your education practice more inclusive… I came away from her webinar with SO many tools and techniques I am able to put into practice while lecturing. I thoroughly recommend any teacher, lecturer, trainer or zoom user to go to it. Laila is committed, passionate and unbelievably experienced in the inclusion and diversity sector. I would be happy to recommend her to anyone.”
“Thank you SO much for yesterday! It was brilliant, we’ve had such good feedback from everyone who was involved. It was really informative, engaging and fun – but also really eye-opening, and has been a brilliant educational piece for us whilst we celebrate Pride. It was exactly what we hoped for, so thank you so much.”