Matt Ellison

Transgender Awareness Speaker & Diversity Specialist

How to hire Matt Ellison

Contact the Champions Speakers agency to provisionally enquire about Matt Ellison for your event today. Simply call a booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at agent@championsukplc.com for more information.

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Matt Ellison can speak on a number of topics that include the following:

Change, Courage & Motivation – Matt overcame his fears to risk everything; his family, friends, business and the fear of being branded a "freak" by society to take on the scariest challenge of his life; transitioning from female to male. Uncovering strategies to increase positivity, motivation, embrace change and overcome fear, Matt compels audiences with a down-to-earth presentation of his life-changing journey. 

Diversity & Inclusion – Matt offers practical advice on how diversity and inclusion can make a business thrive. From the business benefits of productivity, engagement and retention to the individual benefits, Matt discusses best practice, as well as policies and procedures. 

Equality & Rights – Matt can ensure businesses are working in accordance with The UK Gender Recognition Act. The act states the right to be respected and accepted regardless of race, religion, sexuality and gender identity. 

Gender & Identity– Matt explores self-identity and self-realisation, with reference to his own inner conflicts. Outlining the differences between sex, gender and sexuality, as well as the internal and external factors behind how a person identifies, he offers an inspirational keynote presentation. 

Social Norms – Social norms can be exhausting and severely limiting; Matt has questioned convention to enjoy the liberation of change, promoting his own self-identity and confidence. 

Trans Awareness & Acceptance – In raising awareness of transgender issues, Matt has helped transgender people and the support network of transgender people to understand and aid their loved ones. 

FEEDBACK FROM VIRTUAL EVENTS & WEBINARS:

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Matt attended many virtual events, booked as the exciting guest speaker. Read the feedback he has received below.

"Matt hosted a brilliant and eye-opening session on what it means to be a trans man. I never thought about how problematic it can be to have gender specific uniforms and force someone who identifies as a man to wear a skirt. But it makes so much sense! Thank you Matt for making me realise what a difference the “little” things in life can make." - Cathrine, Alpha FMC

"Matt’s ability to interweave his personal journey, into broader discussions around social rights, access and inclusivity, creates a space to reflect upon our own experience searching for a voice and identity and how that has affected the way in which we engage with, and are engaged by, the world around us. Yet, what stood out to me most about Matt’s session was, the empathetic warmth at its’ centre; that beyond necessary and important discussions around difference, we should never lose sight of our similarities. The desire to feel accepted, included, loved and safe is universal. And the way in which Matt shares his story not only allows you to feel included, but the pride with which he tells it, is genuinely inspiring. Thank you Matt" - Anton, Alpha FMC

"Pandemic or no pandemic, nothing can stop our Kentucky Fried pride celebrations. To get the party started Matt Ellison joined us virtually to share his personal journey and experiences. Buckets of love and gratitude to Matt for such an inspiring, authentic session." - KFC

"Thank you so much. Such a touching and illuminating discussion. I feel very lucky to have been there to hear your story. Every workplace needs this presentation." - Virtual Event, 2020

"He was brilliant. The students just loved him. For me it was like working with a good friend. So, an all-round excellent job." - Stephen Simms, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

"Having never met someone transgender before, I was really looking forward to hearing Matt talk about his story. what I hadn't prepared for was how much I wanted to learn about the transgender community after his talk. Since hearing Matt speak, I can't stop reading and learning about this topic. Matt has the most unique ability to pass wisdom - without being preachy - in such a way that left us wanting to educate ourselves. Matt provides a sensitive yet influential argument about some hot topics relating to gender and diversity. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt." - Deborah Mowbray, Senior HR Business Partner

FEEDBACK FROM IN-PERSON EVENTS:

Matt is regularly booked to engage audiences at in-person events, read his latest feedback below.

“One of the best talks I’ve ever heard at a conference!” - Robbie Turner, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

“Matt Ellison speaks with authenticity and truth. He shares his knowledge and life experiences with candour and emotionally connects everyone in the room in an instant. I learn something from Matt every time I hear him speak!” - Gina Battye,  Authenticity Coach

“I have no hesitation in recommending Matt to speak at any event across any industry vertical. I think his stories around transformation and change, and the bravery and courage in personal journey, is something that is applicable to any type of person in any type of industry” - Jonathan MacDonald, Sunday Times Best Seller