THE OUTSPOKEN TEAM
Drawing on our diverse cultural experiences (we’re from Denmark, America and the UK), our professional experiences and our understanding as parents (our children are young adults, teenagers and toddlers), we have set out to give parents the guidance and resources to communicate openly and positively with their children
Introducing Outspoken Sex Ed’s driving forces – Yoan, Leah and Sophie…
Leah, who grew up in 1960s San Francisco and went to Barnard College/Columbia University in New York, is a writer and editor. After 19 years at the Guardian as deputy chief sub-editor of the Observer Magazine, she took voluntary redundancy to go down the route of relationships and sex education (RSE).
A trained and experienced focus-group facilitator, she was Working Group Lead on RSE for the Women’s Equality Party from 2017-19 and sits on the Wellbeing Board of the UCL Academy as a Parent Ambassador with an emphasis on liaising around PSHE (personal social health economic education). She is also an International Advisory Board Member for Media Matters for Women.
Leah brings her writing skills and research expertise to bear on her passion for both empowering girls/women and addressing issues around masculinity. She is driven by an interest in hearing people question things and open up, and particularly focuses on the impact of porn on kids and the interrelationship of pleasure and consent.
Married to the Englishman she met while she was working in film journalism in Paris, Leah has a teenage daughter and son.
Leah swims through the winter at the Ladies’ Pond on London’s Hampstead Heath.
Sophie works with charities and social enterprises to maximise their impact on the world.
She began her career as a management consultant working at Accenture on large-scale digital projects before moving to impact investing with a grant-giving foundation.
Since then Sophie has worked with organisations large and small in youth work, social mobility and healthcare, advising on the best ways to define, measure and improve their social impact.
Now the parent of two energetic young boys – and with fewer hours in the day – Sophie has given her focus to educating children on life’s most important topics. She hopes each generation of parents can do better than the last, giving accurate and accessible information and helping children become whoever they want to be.
Sophie loves a good graph and wishes she could make beautiful infographics.
Originally from Denmark, Yoan is a relationships and sex education (RSE) facilitator, educator and consultant who has worked with children, parents and schools in the UK and internationally for over 10 years. As a qualified health professional and the founder of Teaching Lifeskills, she has a wide range of experience in educating and promoting sexual, reproductive and health rights.
An elected member of the Sex Education Forum Advisory Group, Yoan is affiliated with international practice in comprehensive sex education (CSE) and strives to improve and develop RSE through sharing of best practice from different contexts.
Yoan has a masters in International Child Studies at King’s College London, where she received a distinction for her 2017 dissertation on parental engagement.
The mother of three young-adult sons, Yoan brings to her professional overview an ease around approaching sex-ed subjects with families, professionals and wider audiences. She is passionate about shifting the barriers to effective and comprehensive RSE for all and about helping parents become their children’s most important RSE educators.
Yoan loves the colour yellow – it reflects her fundamental optimism.