Nominations now open for inspirational LGBT+ executives, future leaders & allies


Nominations are now open for the OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Models 2018 Lists.

OUTstanding, the membership initiative for LGBT+ inclusion in business, is now calling for nominations from inspiring LGBT+ executives, future leaders and allies.

Presented by the FT, the annual OUTstanding lists champion LGBT+ and ally execs in both the private and public sector who deserve to be acknowledged for their roles in encouraging greater boardroom diversity. The lists also recognise the LGBT+ leaders of tomorrow who are already breaking down barriers and driving diversity.

To nominate yourself, or someone who has inspired you, click here.

Nominations for the inspirational role model lists close on September 7 2018.

Now in its sixth year, the LGBT+ Role Model list has previously acknowledged Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas (2017), Gigi Chao, Vice Chairman of real estate giant Cheuk Nanag (2016), who was the first Asian business leader to top the list and Lloyd’s of London CEO, Inga Beale (2015) – the first bisexual and female to top the list.

Both Richard Branson and Salesforce CEO, Marc Benioff, have been named top allies in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Last year Stuart Barette, former Global CMB IT Programme Manager at HSBC topped the LGBT+ Future Leaders list and Dinesh Bhugra CBE, President of World Psychiatric Association, was number one in the inaugural LGBT+ Public Sector Executives category. Those shortlisted in 2017 came from companies around the world who collectively employ nearly 10 million people and are committed to improving boardroom diversity.

Since launching in 2013, the nominations have become increasingly diverse, seeing a 200 per cent increase in bisexual executives; six times more trans executives nominated; a 43 per cent increase in lesbian executives; and an 11 per cent increase in executives from outside of the UK.

Despite much progress in the UK and beyond, LGBT+ professionals are still experiencing obstacles in their careers. This year, research found that 18 per cent of LGBT+ professionals have received negative comments or abuse from colleagues.

Furthermore, over a third of LGBT+ staff have hidden their sexuality at work as they’re afraid of discrimination. It is unacceptable that in 2018, LGBT+ employees are faced with this.

Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding & INvolve, said, “We’re now into our sixth year of publishing these role model lists and it’s exciting to see the ever-increasing diversity.”

“More lesbian, bisexual and trans* people are now being shortlisted, we’re receiving more nominations from outside the UK, as well as seeing execs from a wide variety of industries including, financial services, construction and defence.”

“These lists challenge the idea that you can’t be successful and out at work, whilst inspiring the next generation of LGBT+ leaders to live their truest lives.”

“The lists should encourage companies to use the power and influence they have to create a more diverse and equal workforce.”

“Workplaces should be an area where employees can be comfortable being their authentic selves.”

“We look forward to receiving nominations and compiling this year’s lists.”

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