Dionne Johnson and Stephen Piscopo – Speakers at the 21st EFDN Conference

15 April 2024

Dionne Johnson and Stephen Piscopo – Speakers at the 21st EFDN Conference

Dionne Johnson and Stephen Piscopo, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager and Department Manager for Employment and Training at LFC Foundation, are confirmed speakers at our 21st EFDN #MoreThanFootball Conference in Warsaw from the 22nd until the 24th of April 2024.

Dionne Johnson, after 16 years of working in the UK policing environment, moved to LFC Foundation January 2024, as ED&I Manager. Dianne looks to apply her knowledge and skills to help benefit the foundation and take it to the next level by creating and leading on strategies, initiatives and inputs to help increase representation and raise awareness of the importnace of ED&I within the workforce and communities.

Stephen Piscopo is the Department Manager for Employment and Training at the Liverpool FC Foundation. He has worked at the LFC Foundation for six years, where he has overseen the growth of programmes from 100 participants a year to over 800 a year. Stephen manages a portfolio of employability programmes with an income of £435,000 per year, covering everything from youth work and sport to careers in the creative industry in Liverpool and beyond.

The LFC Foundation delivers a range of employability programmes that raise the skills, confidence and aspiration of young people across Liverpool City Region and New York. The presentation they will hold at the EFDN Conference will cover the key building blocks of a successful employability programme aimed towards 14-25 year olds including targeted recruitment, funding, partnerships, safeguarding and impact measurement. It will then cover how the Foundation embeds inclusive practices and create safe and engaging programmes through the lens of equality, diversity and inclusion.

“I received an email from our fan experience team about a 65 year old man who had recently lost his wife. She had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease and he spent two years caring for her, having to quit his job. After she passed away, he decided that he wanted to do something that cared for people. He wanted to apply for an Accessibility Steward role on a matchday but after spending 45 years in the same industry, he had no idea where to start and didn’t even have a CV. I spent months helping with his application, supporting with his career history, helping him navigate the job portal and using all the contacts that I had built up in the football industry to help him achieve this. The phone call to tell me that he had been offered the job was one of my proudest moments. He was incredibly grateful and it meant so much to him that he could now to something to give back to others.”

Stephen Piscopo, about his best CSR in Football moment