Swail tells us that as “as a lesbian, I remember people finding out at work and it feeling like the end of the world”. Watch the video to see how Swail’s approach has shaped her outlook on working in retail and the importance of D&I, including how we must all be the change we want to see.

Swail’s story forms part of Be Inspired’s short film series showcasing the diversity of roles, people and stories in this dynamic sector.

From the hurdles they’ve jumped and the biases they’ve faced, to their greatest achievements and what they believe an inclusive future holds, these short films will give true insight into the people who really make retail what it is.

Watch the full series at the Be Inspired virtual conference on June 8.

Find out how to fulfil your career aspirations as Swail has by watching the Retail Week Be Inspired virtual conference on June 8. 

Access the sessions for free on-demand here, including:

  • How to discover your strengths and ‘love your imposter’ with Rita Clifton CBE
  • How to add more strings to your bow with Trouva co-founder Mandeep Singh and Unhidden Clothing founder Victoria Jenkins
  • Leadership insights from John Lewis executive director Pippa Wicks