Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Gareth Thomas | PepTalk Expert Speaker
Speaker, Wales Grand Slam Winner, LGBTQ+ Empowering And DEI Advocate
Inspire your team, educate them about diversity and inclusion, and break stigmas with Gareth Thomas, speaker, Wales Grand Slam Winner, LGBTQ+ and DEI advocate.

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LGBTQ+ Representation In Professional Environments
Not only is Gareth Thomas one of Wales’ most memorable international former rugby stars, but he has continued to make influential contributions as an LGBT advocate. From breaking records on the pitch for his country to breaking the stigma surrounding HIV positive, Gareth is an inspiration in every aspect of his personal and professional life. As a speaker, Gareth discusses the need to end homophobia and support diversity and inclusion in every industry.
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Overcoming Adversity And Building Resilience Against All Odds
The ability to bounce back after tough times is a skill we can all benefit from, and the good news is, it’s something we can be taught. Let our PepTalk experts share their stories of success after following life's challenges. Get the tools you need to bounce back and move on.
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Leadership 101: Guiding Principles For Leaders
A great leader possesses a clear vision, courage, integrity, honesty, humility, and clear focus. They help people reach their goals and take pride in the accomplishments of those they help along the way. Our expert leaders take you through their personal leadership experience and guiding principles.
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There Is No 'I' In Team - Business Is A Team Sport
Sports teams are proven to have tried and tested models for success. They live by them, and develop strategies with an ethos that they win or lose as a team. Develop your own team's success with the experience of those who have achieved their own team success in sport.
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Gareth Thomas | Speaker Biography

Not only is Gareth one of Wales' most memorable former international rugby stars, but he has also proven to be a significant influence off the pitch. Gareth announced that he was gay in 2009, becoming the first openly gay professional rugby union player in the history of the game. Since then, he has worked tirelessly to break the stigma surrounding being HIV positive as well.

Gareth's impact on the pitch is undeniable. He became Wales' second-highest try scorer in the country's history and earned 100 caps for his country. In 2005, he also led his team to win the Grand Slam.

Beyond his sporting achievements, Gareth has made influential contributions as an LGBT advocate. He was named the Most Influential Gay Person in the UK in 2010 by The Independent and received Stonewall's Hero of the Year award for his work. The documentary 'Gareth Thomas: HIV and Me' focused on reducing the stigma around HIV positive status, while his honest account in the book 'Proud' earned him the Sports Book of the Year award in 2015.

In addition to his advocacy work, Gareth is an engaging mentor and speaker. If you're looking to inspire your team and educate them about diversity and inclusion, Gareth Thomas is the legend you should turn to.

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