Laila El-Metoui is an award-winning Equity Educator. Stonewall Lesbian Role Model of the Year 2020, she has spent over 3 decades promoting acceptance, inclusion and equity for marginalised groups. For the Welsh Government, Laila produces and delivers training for the archives, libraries and museums. For the British Transport Police and local authorities in London, she delivers intersectionality training. She is a consultant Equity and Belonging Consultant for LemEducation.com, and 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, inclusion, unconscious bias, micro-aggression and menopause.
Over the past 30 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. She also runs a workshop on How to Foster Belonging in the Workplace, teaching audiences how to understand the theoretical framework behind belonging and practical tips for a greater sense of employee belonging.
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 for both the LGBT community and women going through menopause. 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. As the founder of Educating OUT Racism, Laila is also comfortable talking about and training corporate audiences on race equity. 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.”
“Thank you so much for the session today! We are receiving wonderful feedback, especially from our Working Parents Group. We had 56 participants at the peak whole we expected 30-50 people, and most people stayed engaged throughout, which is difficult to sustain on Zoom… Again thank you for this discussion, I feel like we are leaving the world slightly better than it was this morning, one discussion at a time”
“We just finished a really fantastic session with Laila. Just wanted to feedback that we’ve had extremely positive comments from everyone at the company. Lots of eye-opening statistics and perspectives were shared and Laila lead the conversation brilliantly. Thanks again for connecting us and we’d love to have Laila back in the future for another session.”
“Thank you very much for recommending Laila, she was frankly excellent. The session was interactive, reflective and very informative and people felt comfortable to join in.”
“We have just wrapped up our talk with Laila- which was brilliant! Very informative and engaging. Some feedback from the end of the talk:
Thank you so much Laila, this was very enlightening! Brilliant talk.
Really thought-provoking and fun too. Thank you so much, Laila.
Thank you Laila and to those who organised this session! Very useful and informative.
Please do pass on our thanks to Laila for such a fun, engaging and insightful quiz and talk.”
“Thank you for your responsiveness and adaptability in organising this speaker event. I have already received really positive feedback from the attendees, who have all learnt a lot throughout the session. Laila was clearly an expert in the field, and could answer any questions that were asked. The presentation she delivered was really dynamic and interactive, the attendees particularly appreciated the use of the Kahoot quiz. Laila’s positive energy and passion for the topic made the whole session captivating, and she succeeded in engaging the audience from start to finish. We look forward to having her in the office again in the future. We will be in touch for future bookings!”
“Thank you for connecting us with Laila. She was an absolute gem, and we had a very interactive session.”
“We are so grateful to Laila for coming to the session… we have received lots of positive praise from people who found Laila really engaging and the quiz and videos were particularly thought-provoking and entertaining”
“I just wanted to thank you for your presentation at Mention Me this week. I had to rush off to another meeting so didn’t get to thank you at the end, but I absolutely loved it. It felt like it was a fabulous education in some of the foundation blocks of diversity and privilege. I personally learned a lot. And you delivered it in such an engaging way. Absolutely brilliant. I’ve suggested we get all of our new joiners to watch the video of it as part of their onboarding”
“I could not finish my day without sending a note of thanks to you for your wonderful session today! As I said on the call, you learn most when the topic is enjoyable and today’s one-hour with you was both hugely enjoyable and hugely enjoyable! You made the content accessible and relevant, and your positive personality flowed throughout the session and allowed us to feel fully engaged on this important topic. I’ve taken loads of notes to think about again, but I have two favourite moments from today. The first was around privilege and the ‘Wheel of Power/ Privilege’ – I have never seen this (sensitive) topic dealt with so deftly, and in such a non-confrontational way – that was very powerful. The second was around your very final remark – ‘we are not looking for agreement, we are looking for acceptance’ – that too, was a wonderfully strong statement, which will allow those with strong anti-LGBTQIA+ sentiments to move beyond ‘agreement’. Thank you again for the generosity of your time and support for our Xpression 3rd birthday event.”
“Our employee group LOVED Laila’s presentation earlier today. Will you please pass along our deepest gratitude for her time, energy and the seed of knowledge that she planted with us. We will be sure to water!”
“I want to thank you and Laila for the AMAZING lecture yesterday, it was super interesting! I already want to hear more materials from Laila”
“Some takeaways and feedback from the session include: ‘This has been so eye-opening, thank you, Laila!’, ‘Fantastic session – so insightful – thank you!’, ‘This has been a great session, I’ve learned a lot from it, thank you so much Laila’, ‘Thank you for a very interesting, insightful and thought-provoking session. At times it may have been a little painful… or at least it reminded me of some painful personal experiences’, ‘It was a great event – the What is Privilege video is really powerful’ and ‘It was an insightful and good session. It opened my mind in a number of areas’. We would love to work with you again for a future session as it was a great success”