Google’s Pedro Pina and Chair of The Scouts, Ann Limb lead the 2019 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models List.
Diversity champion, INvolve, has released its annual OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models List 2019, supported by Yahoo Finance. The lists celebrate the work being done by LGBT+ and ally leaders across the globe in both the private and public sectors, promoting LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Pedro Pina, VP Global Client & Agency Solutions, EMEA for Google, tops this year’s 100 LGBT+ Executives list. Pina has been instrumental in spearheading LGBT+ inclusivity at Google, most recently leading a roadshow across 20 countries to reinforce the importance of better D&I behaviours, especially around LGBT+. Outside of Google, Pina works extensively with LGBT+ charities, such as Stonewall, Pride in London and Black Pride.
Speaking about his achievements, Pina said, “”I am honoured and deeply humbled to receive this award.”
“I accept this not just for myself but on behalf of my team and allies that I’m lucky to represent.”
“The work we have been doing at Google is possible because of our committed team who are passionate about making sure Google is the reflection of the rich & diverse tapestry of the people who use our products and services.”
Ann Limb, Chair of The Scouts is number one on the 30 LGBT+ Public Sector Executives list. Limb is the first LGBT+ woman in the 112 year history of the UK Scout Movement to be appointed as Chair. Under her leadership, the Scouts has appointed its first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager helping to shape awareness of LGBT+ inclusion amongst young people. Ann has also introduced the Scouts to Pride events across the UK, encouraging members and their families to participate which ensures diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the movement’s Skills for Life programme.
Speaking about her achievements, Limb said, ““This is an incredible honour and it’s one that I accept on behalf of all of the inspiring people, charities, volunteers and Scouts with whom I work.”
“Throughout my career, I’ve lived by my values and always tried to speak out against injustice, unfairness and inequality.”
“We’re not quite there yet, but I’m proud that my efforts are contributing to a more inclusive world.”
Also represented in the lists are Bobbi Pickard, Consultant Senior Project Manager at BP, who ranks first on the 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders list; and José Berenguer, CEO of JP Morgan Brazil, who leads the 50 Ally Executives list.
Commenting on this year’s list, founder & CEO of INvolve, Suki Sandhu OBE, said, “We’re delighted to be celebrating another fantastic group of people from across the globe who are collectively driving cultural change and creating workplaces where everyone can succeed.”
“LGBT+ discrimination is still prevalent in a lot of the world’s biggest economies, but highlighting the work of successful role models changes people’s perceptions.”
“They demonstrate that you can be successful and out at work, but most importantly inspire the next generation of LGBT+ leaders.”