INvolve call for inspiring LGBT+ role models

With almost half of LGBT+ employees choosing to conceal their sexuality at work, it’s vital that we elevate visible LGBT+ leaders in the workplace.

Nominations for INvolve’s global OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists are now open, with the deadline being extended to October 3rd 2020.

The OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists, supported by Yahoo Finance, showcase LGBT+ business leaders and allies who are breaking down barriers and creating more inclusive workplaces across the globe.

Executive Role Models from the 2019 list include Pedro Pina, Vice President of Google’s Global Client & Agency Solutions, Angela Darlington, Aviva’s Interim CEO of UK Life Insurance, and Jim Fitterling, CEO at Dow.

This year, in addition to private sector organisations, the lists are also open to those working in the non-profit sector, including NGOs, charities and public sectors.

Suki Sandhu OBE, founder and CEO of INvolve said, “Choosing whether to open up about their sexual orientation at work is an obstacle that LGBT+ employees encounter time and time again as they come across new clients, colleagues and cultures.

“To create a workplace where everyone can be their true self, visible role models must be positioned at all levels, guiding the way for their peers, bringing in alternative perspectives and challenging conventional views. Yet it is those in senior roles that hold the greatest power, influence and ability to create change. It’s imperative that we harness this potential to champion diversity and inclusion across the business world.”

INvolve is a global network and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programs, thought leadership and advisory solutions, INvolve helps firms drive cultural change and create inclusive workplaces where any individual can succeed.

Over the past four years, INvolve’s annual celebration of the three OUTstanding Role Model Lists has celebrated the leaders, future leaders and allies who are tirelessly driving change and inspiring the next generation.

  • LGBT+ Executives

Senior role models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place. Nominees for this category will be successful senior LGBT+ executives working one to three levels from the chief executive.

  • LGBT+ Future Leaders

Inspirational LGBT+ role models working at all levels of an organisation. This category recognizes those making a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion wherever they work within the company.

  • Ally Executives

Outspoken senior executives who are unwavering in their support for LGBT+ people in the workplace. As with the Leading LGBT+ Executives category, nominees will work at the highest levels of an organisation.

An individual can be nominated either by themselves, their peers or fellow colleagues for their contribution to driving change for LGBT+ employees. Nominations are reviewed by the OUTstanding judging panel who will then score each person on the influence of their role, their impact on the LGBT+ community, and their business achievements.

Nominations will remain open until 3rd October, and the full list will be launched on 3rd December 2020.

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