Michelle Sheppard is a TransWoman, American and for the last two years, as the host of TransPositions on Melbourne's JOY 94.9 FM, she has raised awareness in the wider LGBTI+ community.
Michelle is a regular guest blogger and is often found consulting and contributing on trans policies for political agenda. She is an inspiring trans advocate for youth and adults alike, particularly in her role as public guest speaker at employment forums for Transgender job seekers, where she shares her deeply affecting account of employment discrimination.
Michelle has been an IT specialist with twenty years of experience in professional client services spanning across various industries including Banking, Energy, Retail, Education, Health Care, Shipping and Tax. In recent times, she has worked as a Process Improvement Analyst, focusing on data analytics and workplace innovation.
When Simon has time outside of his busy family of four, he is a sports fanatic, taking the opportunity to indulge in every aspect of AFL, cricket and soccer. During many years as a player at the Monash Cricket Club, he was exposed to both good and bad characteristics of Australian sporting club culture.
In 2014 Simon, together with a very strong volunteer committee, founded a supporters group called the Purple Bombers. The group was fundamentally established to assist the Essendon Football Club and the AFL in being leaders of change, focusing on creating a safe environment for LGBTI supporters and players, by encouraging and promoting diversity, and acceptance within the wider football community. As Vice President, Simon was extremely excited when the Purple Bombers were announced as a Coterie group at the beginning of the 2016 AFL season. This is an initiative Simon is very passionate about and it was through this hugely positive, yet challenging and confronting experience, that Simon was inspired to pursue the development of a niche job board for the LGBTI community. The Purple Bombers experience highlighted, through both his personal and working relationships, how far we still have to go to create a truly inclusive and equal working environment for all people.
Having studied and completed his Bachelor of Multimedia/Business Marketing (2008) and prior to that an Advanced Diploma in I.T. (2002), Simon has long had a passion for IT and emerging technologies. LGBTI Jobs is the brain child of Simon's love of the digital age and his strong belief in the need for everyone to feel that they belong in a diverse, inclusive workplace.
Reese is a music graduate who is taking his keen social media mind to new heights. On completion of his degree in Music Industry Business from Box Hill Institute of TAFE, he began a career in music management, successfully booking gigs and assuming the responsibilities for the publicity and marketing campaigns of his cliental. It was through using social media everyday to enhance his business that he found he was achieving great results via these methods; this resulted in a decision to explore alternative employment opportunities to further his skills, including creating new content for various social media platforms.
Last year he began volunteer work with the Essendon Football Club’s LGBTI coterie group The Purple Bombers and took on the role of Social Media Manager. The group has had great success promoting an inclusive environment for AFL supporters of all kinds and 2017 looks to be their biggest year yet. Reese has developed an online presence, not only for LGBTI sport fans, but for Essendon supporters everywhere to participate in the group’s goal to make the Essendon Football Club the most inclusive sports team in Australia.
Reese has recently joined the team at 'LGBTI Jobs' as Social Media Manager, helping jobseekers find work within inclusive and diverse environments.
Jared's online experience started back in the days of dialup modems and he hasn't looked back since. During the dotcom boom he was Webmaster for one of the first high profile e-commerce websites theLounge.com.au. In 2001 he moved to London where we worked for one of the UK's leading online digital agencies working with companies such as Disneyland Paris, Dixons, Starbucks, BT (British Telecom) and Marks & Spencer where he eventually became part of the in-house web team working solely on their e-commerce website. In 2004 He then moved to France and setup his own web agency servicing clients locally and also in the UK and Australia.
He's been involved in web based projects of all scales and sizes, with extensive experience in e-commerce, online recruitment, content management systems, online marketing and digital design. He brings his vast web experience to LGBTI JOBS and he's extremely motivated to assist in building an equal working environment.
Together with Jared he is co-director of a web agency and manages the France office. He comes from a web agency background working on clients of all sizes in Paris and Brittany.
Over the course of the last 15 years Nicolas has been involved in developing bespoke e- commerce web sites, job boards and content management systems. Not only does he bring the technical know how but his marketing and business experience greatly assist in ensuring that web sites not only work but deliver the desired business goals and returns on investment.