Inspirational Equity and Belonging Consultant, Laila El-Metoui has been promoting greater acceptance for the community in education, businesses and society for over 25 years. An award-winning role model, Laila combines personal experience as an Arab lesbian, with industry-leading strategies to champion more inclusive teams and environments. As a speaker, Laila paints a vision of the benefits of eradicating discrimination, and then gives audiences the tools to action such change, with long-lasting positive results.
Dedicating her career to educating on LGBT+ rights, Laila is the Founder and CEO of Pride in Education, Educating Out Racism and an Equity and Belonging Consultant at LelmEducation. Through these roles, Laila has established LGBT+ training and support in school curriculums, held conferences that promote inclusivity and provided a queer education for hundreds of clients. As a business owner, Laila has also publicly pledged her commitment to greater inclusion in the workplace.
Alongside her career, Laila supports several organisations that work towards the same cause. Currently, she is the volunteer chairperson for Proud London Councils a group she formed to engage the local council’s LGBT+ employees and she previously co-chaired the LGBT+ Staff Forum for London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Laila has played an integral role in Queering the ESOL curriculum in the UK. She is an active member of DiverseEd.
Honoured as the Stonewall Lesbian Role Model of the Year and named on the Guardian Pride Power List 2021, Laila’s impact on the LGBT+ community and beyond has been influential. Her commitment to representation is nothing short of remarkable, and as a respected educator, she continues to provide essential talks and workshop on terminology, inclusion and diversity. In 2021 Laila was nominated for the Unsung Hero Award at the DIVA Magazazine National Awards.
Laila El-Metoui is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“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.”