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INvolve call for LGBTQ+ work role models to step into the spotlight

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, according to global diversity and inclusion champions INvolve.



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



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 the public sector.



Suki Sandhu OBE, founder and CEO of INvolve says: “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 an international network and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory solutions, INvolve helps firms drive cultural change and create inclusive workplaces.



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 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 recognises 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 by themselves, their peers, or fellow colleagues. Nominations are reviewed by a judging panel who will then score each person on the influence of their role, their impact on the LGBT+ community, and their business achievements.



The full list will be launched on December 3. For more information, visit https://www.involvepeople.org



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