The OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders 2020

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The OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders 2020. Photo: INvolve
The OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Future Leaders 2020. Photo: INvolve

The 2020 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists, supported by Yahoo Finance, are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBT+ people in the business community.

The lists are published annually by diversity and inclusion membership organisation INvolve and showcase 100 LGBT+ executives, 50 LGBT+ future Leaders, 50 ally executives and 30 public sector LGBT+ executives.

All of the future leaders in this list — who, once they identify as LGBT+, can be in any position in a company, can be any nationality, and based in any country — were nominated by peers and colleagues, or put themselves forward.

Nominations were then reviewed by the OUTstanding judging panel, which scored each person on the influence of their role, their impact on staff inside and outside the workplace, and their business achievements.

Also read:

1) Leigh F. Capule, Migrations Manager I GSC Philippines, HSBC

1) Leigh F. Capule, Migrations Manager I GSC Philippines, HSBC. Photo: HSBC
Leigh F. Capule, Migrations Manager I GSC Philippines, HSBC. Photo: HSBC

Leigh is a pioneer member of the HSBC (HSBA.L) Pride + Ally Network in GSC Philippines. Under Leigh’s leadership a number of significant initiatives and company policy changes were made, including the establishment of both gender neutral and gender preference restrooms, the inclusion of same sex and domestic partners in their insurance coverage and inclusion of treatment of HIV/AIDS in HMO coverage.

Leigh took the lead in the D&I forum held in India in sharing Philippines' Pride best practices and initiatives and established an annual PAN GSC SOGIE Awareness session, which she personally facilitates. In addition, she played a critical role in the establishment of Pride ERGs in GSC India and China.

Leigh is often found as a panelist, facilitator and guest speaker at inter-company and social group engagements, including PFIP Pride Summit, making a huge impact in the Philippines for SOGIE awareness, LGBT+ advocacy and building an inclusive workplace.

2) Méfiré Diallo, Team Leader, American Express

2) Méfiré Diallo, Team Leader, American Express. Photo: American Express
Méfiré Diallo, Team Leader, American Express. Photo: American Express

Méfiré is the D&I Lead for Pride UK Sussex Chapter. Often managing panel events, including on Trans Youth, she was voted as a Diversity Champion within American Express (AXP). Méfiré also worked on the UK Black LGBT+ Lives Matter resources list for employees, making a huge impact.

Externally she has taken part of the Pride Inside UK campaign, a campaign to raise awareness of the work of local grassroots LGBT+ charities nationwide.

She has also contributed to an anti-racism/blackness campaign online, called #NoMoreWhiteIgnorance, Méfiré regularly contributes to campaigns, and has shared her experiences in a number of publications including IOM, Diva Magazine and Everyday Pride to help raise awareness as a black, queer woman.

3) Shilpen Patel, Medical Director, Genentech

3) Shilpen Patel, Medical Director, Genentech. Photo: Genentech
Shilpen Patel, Medical Director, Genentech. Photo: Genentech

Shilpen is on the leadership team, as the global champion, of gPRIDE (the LGBT+ Employee Resource Group). He is helping lead efforts to have both sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) captured in clinical trials and to ensure that the voluntary self-identification of SOGI is captured, counted and included in company diversity surveys.

Shilpen also works with gPRIDE and the Chief Diversity Office to ensure engagement throughout the company at the intersections of race, ethnicity, and gender identity, and can often be seen conducting speaking engagements at healthcare events. As a physician, researcher, and teacher with knowledge of the healthcare system, his work is crucial in creating model training, developing white papers, creating diverse frameworks & education programs, all in support of the LGBT+ community.

Shilpen is the immediate past chair of the the LGBTQ Advisory Committee of the American Medical Association (AMA) and the National Action Council at the National LGBT+ Task Force. He currently serves on the board of the Horizons Foundation.

4) Bobbi Pickard, Senior Project Manager, BP

4) Bobbi Pickard, Senior Project Manager, BP. Photo: BP
Bobbi Pickard, Senior Project Manager, BP. Photo: BP

Bobbi is both a member of BP (BP.L) Pride’s Steering Committee and the co-chair of BP Pride’s Trans Group. In these roles, Bobbi has transformed transgender awareness globally within the company. She is the founder of “Trans in the City,” an open corporate collaboration of over 250 major organisations to further transgender awareness across the world.

Extremely active in the trans awareness space Bobbi speaks at many events around the world on LGBT+ inclusion in business, transgender and diversity, and inclusion in industry. Bobbi is a Diversity Role Model and until recently a trustee of Mermaids, the gender diverse children’s charity.

She was voted #1 in the OUTstanding 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders’ List 2019, included in the PWC Stonewall 50 Inspirational Role Models 2019, was winner of the Rainbow Honours LGBTQ Champion Award 2019, was Nestle Diversity Champion Award at the 2020 British LGBT awards, and is placed #14 in the Pride Power List 2020.

5) Michael Lam, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs

5) Michael Lam, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs. Photo: Goldman Sachs
Michael Lam, Executive Director, Goldman Sachs. Photo: Goldman Sachs

Michael is the current co-chief of staff for Goldman Sachs' (GS) Asia Pacific LGBTQ+ Council, responsible for strategizing regional priorities and implementing key initiatives.

He is an advocate of intersectionality, having successfully driven 15 LGBTQ+ related cross-inclusion network internal initiatives. Michael is the winner of Community Business' 2020 LGBT+ Inclusion Champion Award and can often be found speaking at external events advocating for LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. He is active in enhancing corporate awareness, sharing best practices, and is admired for his tireless community efforts as the secretariat of Hong Kong LGBT Interbank Forum and a board member of AIDS Concern.

Through many speaking engagements, Michael encourages others to be their own role models by embracing their authentic self, unique background and personal journey. His work, particularly in Asia, is of paramount importance to drive forward diversity and inclusion while navigating between the international corporate landscape and cultural nuances.

6) Maranda Gorr-Diaz, Global Co-Chair of Égalité, Publicis Groupe & Supervisor at Starcom USA

6) Maranda Gorr-Diaz, Global Co-Chair of Égalité, Publicis Groupe & Supervisor at Starcom USA. Photo: Starcom USA
Maranda Gorr-Diaz, Global Co-Chair of Égalité, Publicis Groupe & Supervisor at Starcom USA. Photo: Starcom USA

Publicis Groupe’s Maranda prides herself on living every day as a champion for diversity. As global co-chair of Égalité, Publicis Groupe's business resource group for LGBT+ professionals and allies, Maranda has implemented, interviewed, and mentored the Égalité Chicago Internship Program, ensuring Publicis Groupe agencies continue to score a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.

A founding member of Lowe's "Belonging Team" to create an inclusive workplace at Starcom US, Maranda has also been an internal Out & Equal Workplace Summit Panellist Speaker, whilst also being featured in an employee spotlight for Pride month 2020 and has been a nominated "People Who Roar with Pride Inside" for outstanding ERG work.

Moreover, her creation of a Companywide Drag Show charity fundraiser raised thousands, whilst also leading 50+ Égalité members across the globe to participate in an Out & Equal Summit in DC. As a global consultant for Groupe clients for their LGBT+ campaigns, she ensures they are representing the community authentically.

7) Patricia del Castillo, Vertical Lead, Facebook

7) Patricia del Castillo, Vertical Lead, Facebook. Photo: Facebook
Patricia del Castillo, Vertical Lead, Facebook. Photo: Facebook

Patricia is the co-founder of Pride@Tech, an alliance of LGBT+ employees of tech and tech-related companies from across the Philippines, whilst also leading Facebook’s (FB) Philippines internal human resources group, Pride@Facebook.

Patricia has been helping companies open safe spaces for the LGBT+ employees through various projects and initiatives, growing Pride@ rapidly over the past years, onboarding many global companies. With a focus on ensuring mental health support is accessible to everyone in the LGBTQ+ community, she has built integral partnerships to ensure everyone within the community has support if needed.

Patricia can often be found speaking at Pride events, such as DIGICON and PFIP and is a leader in creating safe spaces for LGBT+ employees in the Philippines. She and the Pride@ have been integral in helping encourage companies and the wider community not just to tolerate but truly understand, accept and become allies of LGBT+ people.

8) John Lannin, Global Readiness Manager, Microsoft

8) John Lannin, Global Readiness Manager, Microsoft. Photo: Microsoft
John Lannin, Global Readiness Manager, Microsoft. Photo: Microsoft

John leads the LGBT+ Diversity and Inclusion Pillar at Microsoft Ireland, whilst also heading up a Microsoft (MSFT) ERG called GLEAM. Leading events to communicate and share ideas, John has grown membership, increased focus on intersectionality, supported national LGBT+ charities as well as empowering allies and LGBT+ employees.

John has been instrumental in achieving healthcare policy changes and support offered by Microsoft Ireland, which now includes cover for gender reassignment surgery, hormone replacement and speech and language therapy.

John was also a top 3 finalist for the Microsoft Leadership award for D&I Leadership. Under John, GLEAM Ireland ERG was named Microsoft's Worldwide Chapter of the Year. In a previous GLEAM role, he worked with BeLonGTo and USI Pink Training, the largest LGBT+ student training event in Europe. John lives in Dublin and was educated at University College Dublin and Harvard.

9) B. Pagels-Minor, Senior Data Product Manager, Netflix

9) B. Pagels-Minor, Senior Data Product Manager, Netflix. Photo: Netflix
B. Pagels-Minor, Senior Data Product Manager, Netflix. Photo: Netflix

B. is a transgender nonbinary lesbian and fierce advocate for diversity in tech. B. is a part of global leadership for Black@, and Trans*, Netflix (NLFX) ERGs, which support Black and trans Netflix colleagues and have historically helped inform internal content teams to ensure Netflix releases accurately represent the lived experiences of trans and Black folks.

B. can be found speaking nationally and internationally on LGBT+ topics, most commonly on trans and nonbinary issues. Also, B. sits on the board of directors of Howard Brown Health, a $200+ million LGBT+-focused health center, which treats over 40,000+ patients each year in Chicago and is leading the charge in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing in the city.

B. has been working with Silicon Valley Pride to create events focused on womxn to support the Silicon Valley community better and create opportunities for inclusion in the Bay Area.

10) Sam Paton, Customer Development Manager, Johnson & Johnson

10) Sam Paton, Customer Development Manager, Johnson & Johnson. Photo: Johnson & Johnson
Sam Paton, Customer Development Manager, Johnson & Johnson. Photo: Johnson & Johnson

Sam plays a key leadership role within J&J’s (JNJ) LGBTQ+ ERG – Open&Out – as the UK Talent & Pride lead.

The group was named a top 10 UK network by the British LGBT awards in 2019 and 2020. As the spearhead of J&J’s largest ever Pride community initiative to date, using well known household brands, Sam coordinated a national awareness campaign, securing £35,000 ($47,446) in support of LGBTQ+ young people facing homelessness.

Sam also mentors internal colleagues, organized the first UK LGBTQ+ Career Story for J&J and was a Guest Speaker on D&I at London Business School and the J&J UK Open&Out Summit.

He’s helped drive diversity in Healthcare, raising the bar on inclusion in the industry through collaboration with the Proud Science Alliance & J&J’s Open&Out Global Talent Pillar. Sam also regularly attends and participates in EUROUT, Europe’s leading LGBTQ+ business conference for graduates and alumni from top business schools.

11) Jarrod Trusler, Product Manager, Dow

11) Jarrod Trusler, Product Manager, Dow. Photo: Dow
Jarrod Trusler, Product Manager, Dow. Photo: Dow

Jarrod is a current Global Steering Team member, for Dow's LGBT+ and ally ERG, GLAD, and was the first regional leader for Asia Pacific until June 2020 when his family relocated to Europe.

His impact focused on making Dow APAC more open and visibly inclusive for LGBT+ employees through education, training, sharing stories and highlighting LGBT+ talent to help break down the taboo of LGBT+ topics in Asia’s corporate environment.

He helped grow the ERG from 35 registered participants to over 680 across APAC. Jarrod has also been a keynote speaker at Dow's APAC Inclusion Conference and at Dow Thailand Inclusion Seminars, discussing LGBT+ inclusion. He often appears as a panel member concentrating on LGBT+ inclusion, tolerance and human rights across Asia.

He was previously a member of the Dow Thailand Inclusion Council, advising country leaderships on how to make Dow's Thailand sites and workplaces more inclusive. He was named one of Dow's eleven Global Champions of Inclusion. Jarrod is also a founding member and executive committee member of Thailand first LGBT+ business network Pride!@Work Thailand.

12) James Courtney, Corporate Affairs Lead, Westpac Group

12) James Courtney, Corporate Affairs Lead, Westpac Group. Photo: Westpac Group
James Courtney, Corporate Affairs Lead, Westpac Group. Photo: Westpac Group

James joined the Westpac Group in November 2020 and is a member of Westpac’s GLOBAL employee action group, which promotes LGBT+ issues in the workplace and society-at-large. Prior to this, he was chair of HSBC Australia’s Pride Network for more than four years and helped grow the network from a base of 30 engaged employees to more than 400.

As well as recruiting new employees to the network and highlighting the importance of LGBT+ inclusion, James was considered a trusted adviser to the business and offered counsel on matters specific to the LGBT+ community.

As a result of these efforts, HSBC was awarded silver employer status in the 2020 Australian Workplace Equality Index. James also chairs an interorganizational working group in Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct – which includes representation from Westpac and HSBC – and promotes LGBT+ days of significance, including Wear it Purple Day.

13) Jonathan Andrews, Associate, Reed Smith

13) Jonathan Andrews, Associate, Reed Smith. Photo: Reed Smith
Jonathan Andrews, Associate, Reed Smith. Photo: Reed Smith

Jonathan is an associate in Reed Smith’s Entertainment and Media team and a champion of LGBT+ inclusion firm-wide. Hosting events with Reed Smith’s LGBT+ network, PRISM, Jonathan has spoken to 10,000+ aspiring applicants across various events and panels, utilizing his position as Reed Smith's first openly autistic and LGBT+ solicitor to demonstrate what can be achieved.

Jonathan has won several awards, including being named the UK’s fourth most influential disabled person 2020, a Franco-British Local Leader 2020, and the first individual D&I Award winner at the LexisNexis Awards. His work has also included directly advising a wide range of clients on LGBT+-inclusive hiring practices.

Whilst seconded to Bauer Media, Jonathan co-founded their diversity forum, and has since trained senior management in LGBT+/intersectional inclusion. Jonathan is co-chair and a founding member of the London Bi Network (LBN), an Equality Committee Member at Law Society, and Equality Improvement Leader at Mind.

14) Samantha Neath, Sales Account Manager, BAE Systems

14) Samantha Neath, Sales Account Manager, BAE Systems. Photo: BAE Systems
Samantha Neath, Sales Account Manager, BAE Systems. Photo: BAE Systems

Samantha is the co-chair of BAE Systems (BA.L) LGBTQ+ network, OutLinkUK and is also a D&I manager in BAE Systems. She is responsible for the company strategy for LGBTQ+ inclusion, working with senior sponsors and OutLinkUK to guide activity.

Samantha led OutLinkUK to win the ‘Best Employee Network’ at the Engineering Talent Awards, and won several awards in BAE for contributions to D&I. Samantha was also Secretary at Bi Pride UK, achieving the world's largest Bi gathering and first ever Bi Pride in the UK, which won Charity of the Year at the 2020 LGBT Awards.

As a trustee for at Pride in Gloucestershire, she manages relationships with community groups, ensuring pride is inclusive, and has established policies to protect and support volunteers in the Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ community. Samantha also co-founded the Pride in Defence network, bringing together LGBTQ+ networks across the Defence industry to collaborate.

15) Wilhelmina 'Weena' Ekid, Vice-President, JPMorgan Chase

15) Wilhelmina 'Weena' Ekid, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase. Photo: JPMorgan Chase
Wilhelmina 'Weena' Ekid, Vice President, JPMorgan Chase. Photo: JPMorgan Chase

Weena is the APAC co-lead for JPMorgan’s (JPM) Global Transgender Working Group and Chair Emeritus of JPMC PRIDE Philippines. Weena has helped push for fulfilment of trans-health benefits and enhancements, and the firm is now an established thought leader on LGBT+ workplace inclusion in the Philippines.

Weena is also chairperson of the Philippine Financial & Inter Industry Pride (PFIP) — a collaborative, voluntary community aiming to foster workplaces that are safe and inclusive for LGBT+. In this role, Weena conducts various speaking engagements at conferences and forums on diversity & inclusion in the workplace.

Weena is part of the organizing committee of PFIP PRIDE Summit, the Largest LGBT+ Summit in the Philippines, which was started by JPMC in 2016. In 2020, the 2019 PFIP PRIDE Summit won the Gold Standard Award for Diversity & Inclusion from Public Affairs Asia.

16) Jeiz Robles, Managed Services – Delivery Partner Executive, IBM

16) Jeiz Robles, Managed Services - Delivery Partner Executive, IBM. Photo:  IBM
Jeiz Robles, Managed Services - Delivery Partner Executive, IBM. Photo: IBM

Jeiz has been a leader at IBM (IBM) Philippines’ LGBT+ BRG - EAGLE since 2015, whilst also being an IBM Global Out Role Model.

She recognizes intersectionality and allyship by working with other BRGs (women & PWD) to advance inclusion. Coordinating workshops and leadership development sessions, Jeiz engages and develops thousands of IBM’s LGBT+ employees and their allies. Jeiz was instrumental in IBM winning the Asia CEO's Diversity Company of the Year Award, recognizing the most diverse companies in Asia.

Jeiz is a co-leader of Pride@Tech, promoting inclusion through technology locally and actively works with the Philippine Financial & Inter-industry Pride (PFIP) to foster LGBT+ inclusion across Philippines' various corporate industries.

Jeiz’s advocacy led to company benefit changes, providing a full LGBT+ Domestic Partner benefit package, the first to be offered in IBM ASEAN and amongst the first within the Philippines. The change lead to the BRG being a finalist in Out & Equal's BRG of the Year Awards.

17) Sue Baines, Director, Barclays Bank

17) Sue Baines, Director, Barclays Bank. Photo: Barclays
Sue Baines, Director, Barclays Bank. Photo: Barclays

Sue is the co-chair of Spectrum at Barclays (BARC.L), the LGBT+ Employee Network, and is LGBT+ lead on Barclays’ UK D&I Council. She is an active role model internally and externally, championing the importance of diverse backgrounds and showcasing how investment in diverse talent benefits individuals, companies and society.

Sue has led discussions at UK Finance to set a blueprint for the industry, regularly speaking at events (Barclays Eagle Labs, Pride in City) and contributing to LGBT dialogue on lack of visible LB/BAME women in the workplace.

As the lead for Barclays Spectrum's support for LGBT charities, Sue has raised over £500,000 in last three years. As a trustee for Ditch the Label (LGBT youth anti-bullying charity), ELOP (LGBTQ+ mental health), and as a member of the Terrence Higgins Trust Finance & Risk Committee, she works tirelessly to directly support for these charities with fundraising, governance, premises space and awareness building. Sue was awarded Barclays Woman of the Year in 2017 for her LGBT+ efforts.

18) Belton Flournoy, Director, Protiviti

18) Belton Flournoy, Director, Protiviti. Photo: Protiviti
Belton Flournoy, Director, Protiviti. Photo: Protiviti

Belton is the founder and Executive Sponsor of Protiviti’s UK's LGBT+ group, proPride, which won best the D&I Initiate (LGBT+) award from the Inclusive Tech Alliance.

He has instigated formal support for the Global Out & Equal conference and frequently hosts events to amplify the voices of LGBT+ staff and allies. D&I remains a core focus of Protiviti, leading them to become one of the more visible networks across London.

Belton was included in the British LGBT+ Awards Top 10 Inspirational Leaders and regularly speaks at events ranging from sessions at the London Stock Exchange and Deliveroo’s offices to Pride in the City (PITC) and the Enterprise Resilience Forum. Belton founded Pride in the City with Pride in London, a mayor-backed initiative dedicated to amplifying the voices of LGBT+ people and their allies. In 2019 he also became a TLC Lion, sharing his personal story of career success. He also acts as an advisor and mentor.

19) Mark Schissler, Director, BlackRock

19) Mark Schissler, Director, BlackRock. Photo: BlackRock
Mark Schissler, Director, BlackRock. Photo: BlackRock

Mark was the first ever global chair of the OUT & Allies Network at BlackRock (BLK), charged with expanding its presence into new EMEA and APAC markets. Mark developed a comprehensive global strategy to help make BlackRock the best place to work for LGBT+ people in financial services.

Through external engagements, expanding internal reach, sponsorship and maintaining best-in-class LGBT+ data, Mark has made a huge impact on Diversity and Inclusion at BlackRock, which is now in the 13th year of its LGBT network.

Mark has spoken and been a panellist on many occasions, including at Out & Equal, INvolve and BlackRock events. Mark is a regular volunteer at local LGBT+ organizations, including Just Like Us, a program focused on LGBT+ inclusion for school aged children. He launched his own internship program at BlackRock, speaking at inner-city schools and mentoring underrepresented students in the New York area.

20) Jason Hoar, Senior Scientist, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism, Merck

20) Jason Hoar, Senior Scientist, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism, Merck. Photo: Merck
Jason Hoar, Senior Scientist, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism, Merck. Photo: Merck

Beyond his R&D jobs at Merck (MRK), Jason has served as the global lead of the Merck Rainbow Alliance (MRA) Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) and as a member of the EBRG Executive Leadership Council.

Jason has been instrumental in growing MRA from 250 to over 1,500 members and 26 Chapters around the world. With Jason’s guidance, MRA runs over 100 events a year focused on LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion, leadership, and allyship through Business Impact, Recruiting & Employee Development, and Community Outreach priorities.

In addition to partaking in internal panel sessions, Jason has spoken at events hosted by Unilever, PhRMA, NGLCC (BRG Sip & Pitch), and oSTEM (LGBTQ+ Narratives in Pursuing Life Science Workshop). Jason was recognized on the Business Equality Pride Magazine’s Forty LGBTQ Leaders Under 40. Additionally, MRA has received D&I awards such as the oSTEM LGBTQ+ Employee Network of the Year.

21) Olu Howard, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase

21) Olu Howard, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Photo: JPMorgan Chase & Co
Olu Howard, Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Photo: JPMorgan Chase & Co

Olu’s roles at JPMorgan Chase include being North American co-chair of JPMC PRIDE and global lead of JPMC Global Technology LGBTQ+ Community’s Retention Pillar.

In these roles, Olu has helped build out new LGBTQ+ communities at the firm’s technology centres and brought a focus on racism, representation, and inclusion. Olu built a Reverse Mentoring Program designed to identify, develop, and promote diverse talent, helped create a Global Authenticity campaign, which engaged LGBTQ+ senior leaders, and facilitated the creation of PRIDE's Tri-State Women's Committee.

Outside of JPMC, Olu participates in NYC’s LGBTQ+ community as a member of the Governance Committee of Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where he helps empower LGBT+ and HIV-affected communities and supports through organization, education and counselling. He is a board member of The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS), where he helps preserve and promote LGBTQ+ stories by providing theatrical opportunities to LGBTQ+ creators.

22) Roz Francuz-Harris – JT (Director of Tech Recruiting), Company (Zillow Group)

22) Roz Francuz-Harris – JT (Director of Tech Recruiting), Company (Zillow Group)
Roz Francuz-Harris – JT (Director of Tech Recruiting), Company (Zillow Group). Photo: Roz Francuz-Harris

Roz is focused on connecting with talent, engaging with underserved and underrepresented communities, and maximizing partnerships with organizations such as Out in Tech, Lesbians Who Tech, and internal groups such as OUT and The League. Building on talent attraction strategies and developing talent communities, Roz has held several virtual recruitment activations showcasing women and out executives in the industry.

She is also a board advisor to Lesbians Who Tech (LWT). As a dynamic and innovative speaker, Roz has spoken at some of the industry's leading events and organizations such as the Lesbians Who Tech (LWT) Summit, Code2040, The Hidden Genius Project and The National Association of Adventurous Black Women.

She is also a member of the Stonewall PACT, which supports political nominees that look out for the LGBTQ community.

23) Nikki Symmons, Global Content Studio Planner, Philip Morris International

23) Nikki Symmons, Global Content Studio Planner, Philip Morris International. Photo: Philip Morris International
Nikki Symmons, Global Content Studio Planner, Philip Morris International. Photo: Philip Morris International

Nikki is part of the leadership about to launch STRIPES Global, helping create and implement ERG’s into the Phillip Morris International (PM). By being the voice for the LGBT+ employees, Nikki and STRIPES Global’s efforts have helped create a continuous conversation that enables PMI to build a more inclusive and respectful workplace.

As a former international hockey player, Nikki has appeared at Sporting Pride Ireland as a member of a panel discussing LGBT+ in sport and is included in the EuroHockey ‘Hall of Fame’ for her athletic career and work as an LGBT+ role model. Nikki was the first Irish gay female athlete to come out publicly on TV.

Nikki’s activism in Switzerland to end LGBT+ discrimination helped achieve a majority vote and she regularly helps Rainbow Families with their push to legalize gay marriage and IUI for gay couples.

24) Jenn Renoe, Associate Media Director, Publicis Health

24) Jenn Renoe, Associate Media Director, Publicis Health. Photo: Publicis Health
Jenn Renoe, Associate Media Director, Publicis Health. Photo: Publicis Health

As a transgender woman, Jenn has worked to increase the awareness and visibility of her community for both internal policies and external communications at Publicis Health Media. Utilizing personal experiences, Jenn has worked alongside the Égalité BRG to develop a set of standardized transition guidelines to help transgender employees who haven't felt safe and comfortable enough to come out at work.

Working on the development of an internal diversity consultancy team, Jenn hopes to ensure that all underprivileged communities are represented and celebrated. She also helped pioneer Publicis Groupe’s internal Transgender Awareness Week, engaging talent through panels, educational opportunities, and more.

Jenn has moderated multiple panels, including Transgender Inclusion in the Workplace during Trans Awareness Week, and spoke at the SXSW Mental Health Meet Up. Speaking openly about the need for mental health reform, Jenn helps others by discussing her own struggles on her podcast, Our Fractured Minds.

25) Suresh Ramdas, Global Training Lead, HP

25) Suresh Ramdas, Global Training Lead, HP. Photo: HP
Suresh Ramdas, Global Training Lead, HP. Photo: HP

Suresh is the Chair of HP (HPQ) India’s Pride BIN (Business Impact Network) and has focused keenly on inclusion, in collaboration with HP’s D&I Council.

During this time, he has successfully achieved a number of initiatives including introducing all-gender restrooms across every company site in India, same-sex partner benefits, initiated a skill development program for the transgender community, and improved employee sensitization and awareness.

Winner of Mr. Gay World India in 2019, Suresh went on to represent India at Mr. Gay World and made it to the Top 10.

Often invited to speak at events, Suresh is the co-founder of Working with Pride India, which brings together D&I professionals and LGBT+ people from organizations to collaborate and share best practices. Suresh also collaborates with Impulse India to spread awareness about safe sex practices and HIV awareness.

26) Eraldo d'Atri, Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate, Clifford Chance

26) Eraldo d'Atri, Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate, Clifford Chance. Photo: Clifford Chance
Eraldo d'Atri, Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate, Clifford Chance. Photo: Clifford Chance

Eraldo is the co-chair of Clifford Chance LGBT+ Network and led initiatives which helped the firm reach 19th place in the 2019 Stonewall Index.

His work was instrumental in Clifford Chance being the first law firm to publish its LGBT+ pay gap alongside gender. Eraldo is recognized by the firm as the go-to person in shaping internal LGBT+ policies and initiatives.

As an Inclusion Advocate and mentor to junior LGBT+ lawyers, Eraldo often runs events to educate colleagues on issues facing LGBT+ co-workers. He also helped organize the first City multi-company Trans Awareness event.

Shortlisted for the Future Leader: LGBT+ Lawyer of the Year award by Chambers & Partners, Eraldo was also featured on Legal Week and BBC News for his various LGBT+ pro bono work, which even led the UK courts to recognize for the first time that human rights extend to identities outside the male/female binary.

27) Caroline Tutakiewicz, Director, Strategy & Innovation, RBC

27) Caroline Tutakiewicz, Director, Strategy & Innovation, RBC. Photo: RBC
Caroline Tutakiewicz, Director, Strategy & Innovation, RBC. Photo: RBC

Caroline champions diversity and inclusion through multiple channels, both through her role at Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and through her participation in external networks.

Caroline is the co-chair of RBC Toronto Pride, the largest Pride Employee Resource Group nationally for Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). She created the 'Speak Up Series', an event series amplifying the voices of LGBT+ individuals in corporate Canada.

Caroline is a sought after speaker and thought leader, discussing topics of intersectionality, leadership, women in leadership, LGBT+ history, and coming out to create a more inclusive culture. She serves on the board of directors for Start Proud, an organization that facilitates the professional development of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals by building a national network within their community.

Carline is also a board director for Sherbourne Health, a hospital committed to helping people who may have been under-served by conventional health serves (LGBT+, homeless, and under-housed individuals).

28) Alexander Dmitrenko, Head of Asia Sanctions, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

28) Alexander Dmitrenko, Head of Asia Sanctions, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Photo: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Alexander Dmitrenko, Head of Asia Sanctions, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Photo: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Alexander is a core member of the Freshfields Halo Network. He is responsible for organizing Halo events, tackling important topics such as marriage equality in Asia. Most recently he has focused on LGBT+ rights in Japan and led firm-wide pro bono work on LGBT+ issues, which results in a number of awards including the IFLR Pro Bono Firm of the Year, Stonewall Top Global Employer and Work with Pride in Japan.

Alexander co-founded and co-chairs Lawyers for LGBT+ & Allies Network (LLAN), an NPO offering a collaborative platform for lawyers to promote LGBT+ equality.

Alexander initiated and led LLAN’s major projects, including the Foreign Law Report on Marriage Equality, which the Japanese Federation of Bar Associations relied upon in declaring that denial of marriage rights constitutes a violation of the Japanese Constitution, and the Viewpoint on Marriage Equality, endorsed by 113 entities, which recommended the Japanese Government extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

29) Jose Alberto Pino Andrade, Global Strategy Lead, Dow Consumer Solutions

29) Jose Alberto Pino Andrade, Global Strategy Lead, Dow Consumer Solutions. Photo: Dow
Jose Alberto Pino Andrade, Global Strategy Lead, Dow Consumer Solutions. Photo: Dow

Dow’s Jose Alberto is the global NGO liaison for Dow's LGBTQ+ and ally employee resource group, GLAD, and is also on their global steering team. He is an ambassador for Dow's 2019 Global Pride Campaign and leads trainings on D&I across Latin America.

Jose Alberto is a keen speaker on LGBT+ inclusion and conducted a TED talk during the Instituto Empresa: LGBT@Work event in Madrid. He can often be seen as a panelist at events, having spoken at Out&Equal, REDI and UDEM, among many others.

Jose Alberto was an advisor on the creation of an LGBT+ ERG for UNIVAR Latin America and he is also president of EXATEC Diversidad LGBT+ from Tec de Monterrey University promoting values of inclusion and economic empowerment for LGBT+ entrepreneurs. Recently, he has been mentoring students in Mexico's leaders of the future program.

30) Craig O'Boyle, Head of Apps & Gaming, Google & Executive Coach, Google

30) Craig O'Boyle, Head of Apps & Gaming, Google & Executive Coach, Google. Photo: Google
Craig O'Boyle, Head of Apps & Gaming, Google & Executive Coach, Google. Photo: Google

Craig is one of the EMEA Leads for Pride@ Google, the company's internal ERG. Craig’s role includes planning the strategy, external campaigns, and management of partnerships around Pride, and he has overseen Google’s largest EMEA pride programme over a number of years.

In 2020, he led the team of 26 chapters to pivot Pride to be completely virtual and worked on an internal campaign that featured 30 Google top executives sending messages of inclusiveness directly to Gayglers, Allies and the whole EMEA Google population.

Craig also runs the UK leader’s community and is a key advocate for D&I and #ItsUpToMe. Craig is an executive coach and is focused on accelerating and supporting talent from under-represented community groups. Craig is an active member of the LGBTQ+ networks at London Business School & Columbia Business School, as an alumni, partner and guest speaker.

He also maintains close relationships with numerous UK and EMEA LGBTQ+ charity and community organisations.

31) Sayato Nakata, Senior, EY Japan

31) Sayato Nakata, Senior, EY Japan. Photo: EY Japan
Sayato Nakata, Senior, EY Japan. Photo: EY Japan

Sayato is the leader of Unity, EY’s ERG in Japan for LGBT+ people + allies and has led numerous awareness-raising activities and contributed to personnel system improvements throughout the organization. Sayato has led a number of events to deliver positive messages about LGBT+ people, including quarterly cross-company joint events, regular luncheons and attendance of Tokyo Rainbow Pride.

He has presented his own personal story as a transgender individual at events to help inspire others. He participated in "Job Rainbow," a recruiting event for LGBT+ people, as a panelist.

Sayato has engaged in a Diversity Soccer Program as a volunteer coach, providing support for LGBT+ and homeless people suffering from depression and developmental difficulties. He is also a member of “good aging yells,” a non-for-profit organization promoting LGBT+ awareness in the workplace and sport.

32) Bruna Gil, Partner Manager, LinkedIn

32) Bruna Gil, Partner Manager, LinkedIn. Photo:  LinkedIn
Bruna Gil, Partner Manager, LinkedIn. Photo: LinkedIn

Bruna is the Regional Lead for out@in across EMEA&LATAM, sitting on the global leadership team. At Out@In, Bruna launched an internal fundraiser during Pride month in honor of Black Lives Matter and championed the transition to large scale Virtual events. She also led the launch of LinkedIn’s external LGBT+ mentorship program.

Under her leadership, Out@In UK was recognized as a top 10 Network Group at the British LGBT Awards and Bruna has twice been awarded by LinkedIn for her contributions to D&I. Bruna spearheaded the creation, launch and delivery of LinkedIn’s first global leadership program, aimed at high potential LGBT+ employees.

As a board member of the UK Social Impact Board, Bruna worked with several non-profits to support underprivileged youth. She sits on the advisory board for Career Accelerator, and has been named ambassador for LBTQWomen. Bruna has also been shortlisted for a British LGBT Award under the Diversity Hero category.

33) Annie Newman, Senior Digital Content Editor, GSK

33) Annie Newman, Senior Digital Content Editor, GSK. Photo: GSK
Annie Newman, Senior Digital Content Editor, GSK. Photo: GSK

Annie leads the UK and RoW LGBT+ network, Spectrum, at GSK. Under her leadership, the network brought in new leadership team members to better reflect the diversity of the LGBT+ community at GSK and evolved an internal & external communications strategy for LGBT+ to ensure awareness of the LGBT+ community.

Annie oversaw GSK’s Global Workplace Equality Index submission, implemented the creation of mandatory Inclusion eLearning and revamped D&I content on gsk.com. She is member of the GSK advisory board on Mental Health.

Annie was shortlisted for Diversity Champion of the Year at the DIVA Awards 2020 and has been named PinkNews Role Model of the Year 2020, whilst also receiving multiple honors for GSK under her leadership. A regular speaker at events including WorkPride and LGBT+ STEM, Annie is also a member of the Proud Science Alliance steering team and part of the myGwork Mentor program.

34) Jon Tilli, Director, Commercial Real Estate, Deutsche Bank

34) Jon Tilli, Director, Commercial Real Estate, Deutsche Bank. Photo: Deutsche Bank
Jon Tilli, Director, Commercial Real Estate, Deutsche Bank. Photo: Deutsche Bank

Jon is global co-chair of dbPride, Deutsche Bank's LGBT+ and ally ERG. He is the driving force behind Deutsche Bank joining and participating in the Partnership for Global LGBT+ Equality. Having organized Deutsche Bank's first LGBT+-focused client event he also hosted the United Nations Consultation with LGBT+ civil society on "Engaging the private sector for LGBT+ equality" at Deutsche Bank's Palais Populaire in Berlin.

As a keynote speaker and panelist, Jon was promoted from vice president to director based on his work in driving D&I at the bank.

He is also co-chair of OPEN Finance, a coordinated effort across 48 financial services firms to share best practices, network and advocate for inclusive workplaces. Jon also supported the important work of Immigration Equality by hosting their annual summer fundraiser and co-chaired the Athlete Ally Action Awards.

35) Kushal Khandhar, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

35) Kushal Khandhar, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group. Photo: Boston Consulting Group
Kushal Khandhar, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group. Photo: Boston Consulting Group

As leader of Pride@BCG (BCG's LGBT+ network) in India, Kushal laid the foundation and launched Pride@BCG in India, becoming the face of the network. Kushal played a key role in BCG extending partner benefits on insurance and compassionate leave, and helped extend BCG's mental well-being program to same-sex partners.

He also facilitated the introduction of BCG India's first all-gender toilets and organized numerous member and ally affiliation events and LGBT+-inclusion sessions.

Awarded BCG's "Key to Purpose" Award, Kushal introduced mandatory Pride@BCG sessions for new joiners, and spearheaded BCG India’s first LGBT+ thought leadership project, the Out@Work Barometer.

Kushal raised funds for Sappho for Equality, an organization focused on lesbian and bisexual women and transmen and played a key role in BCG making a corporate donation to an LGBTQ organization in India focused on trans individuals. He went on to become BCG’s first Global Pride@BCG Manager.

36) Alvin Chan/Lexi Shu, General Counsel, The Business of Fashion

36) Alvin Chan / Lexi Shu, General Counsel, The Business of Fashion. Photo: The Business of Fashion
Alvin Chan / Lexi Shu, General Counsel, The Business of Fashion. Photo: The Business of Fashion

Alvin/Lexi launched Pride Network, the first official employee-led D&I initiative at The Business of Fashion (BoF), which led to the establishment of Belong, BoF’s D&I Council. As the only bigender employee, Alvin/Lexi worked with their editors on developing an editorial style guide to standardize the way BoF writes about identity.

As co-head of Belong with Jael Fowakes, Alvin/Lexi led on developing gender identity and expression policies, a pronouns guide and training to improve LGBTQ+ literacy internally. Alvin/Lexi’s management also led the BoF team to execute various internal systemic changes, including an inaugural D&I survey and further ERG’s, as well as external community initiatives.

Alvin/Lexi has provided pro bono legal advice to LGBT+ organizations such as Galop. Alvin/Lexi is also co-founder of Sachiko & Shu, a minority-led enterprise focused on activism through storytelling and events, which is due to release an anti-racism charity cookbook "Recipes Against Racism" in 2021.

37) Jess O'Keefe, Director, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank

37) Jess O'Keefe, Director, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank . Photo: Standard Chartered Bank
Jess O'Keefe, Director, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank . Photo: Standard Chartered Bank

Jess is the Americas D&I Champion for Standard Chartered (STAN.L) and an emerging leader in the bank’s corporates transaction banking team. During her time as champion, Jess has engaged global business leaders in the bank to advocate for an LGBT+ Employee Resource Group (ERG), which has gone on to support many colleagues since its inception.

As a founding member of the LGBT+ & Allies ERG, she played an integral part in building membership, awareness about allyship, and organised key events including participation in the bank’s first ever New York Pride Parade. Jess proudly co-authored the bank’s Ally to Advocate program, encouraging senior leaders to “walk the walk and talk the talk” when it comes to LGBT+ inclusion.

Jess is also a leader in the community as a member of the OPEN Finance Board, which provides a platform for the LGBT+ & Allies within the Financial Services industry. Jess is a volunteer with Trinity Place Homeless Shelter – an organisation hosting at-risk LGBT+ youth.

38) Alex Papastrat, Operations Leader, Dow

38) Alex Papastrat, Operations Leader, Dow. Photo: Dow
38) Alex Papastrat, Operations Leader, Dow. Photo: Dow

Alex is an operations leader at Dow’s (DOW) Texas City plant and Global Leader for Dow's LGBTQ+ and ally ERG, GLAD. In his manufacturing role, he has responsibility for the EH&S performance, plant assets, personnel and achievement of the plant related business goals.

For his role as ERG lead, he works to set the strategy for the network, aligning it toward Dow's ambition of becoming the most innovative, customer-centric inclusive and sustainable materials science company in the world.

Under his leadership, Dow received its 15th consecutive perfect score on the HRC corporate equality index and, 2020 Out & Equal Workplace Equality Award, and was named a top employer for the LGBT+ community by Diversity Inc. Often seen as a panelist at events, Alex has engaged with numerous US state-based legislative initiatives to both support and oppose policies affecting the LGBT+ community. He has been instrumental in supporting HRC's Federal Equality Act legislation.

39) Steven Lewis, Manager, Legal Counsel, Capital One

39) Steven Lewis, Manager, Legal Counsel, Capital One. Photo: Capital One
Steven Lewis, Manager, Legal Counsel, Capital One. Photo: Capital One

At Capital One (COF), Steven co-chairs the Canadian LGBT+ Business Resource Group, OutFront, and works to improve internal policies and community engagement. Steven has ensured the continued engagement of the gender and sexually diverse community through expanded virtual programming and ongoing work with external partners, with a focus on intersectionality and gender diverse communities.

Named one of the top "40 LGBT+ Leaders Under 40" by Business Equality Magazine Steven has also received the "Future Leader Award" from Innovation and InHouse Counsel Magazine and has been nominated as "Person of the Year" by Fierté Simcoe Pride.

Externally, Steven has provided pro bono legal assistance to LGBT+ community groups in Toronto and has continued to lead education and advocacy work in the community through many boards he sits on, particularly with his work advocating for the trans and non-binary community in Ontario cancer screening programs.

40) Sarah Stephenson, Honorary Fellow, WEHI (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)

40) Sarah Stephenson, Honorary Fellow, WEHI (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research). Photo: WEHI (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research)
Sarah Stephenson, Honorary Fellow, WEHI (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research). Photo: WEHI

Sarah co-founded QueersInScience, aimed at fostering an all-inclusive environment for LGBT+ professionals and students in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine).

At QueersInScience, Sarah identifies and liaises with executive champions to highlight the challenges facing the LGBT+ community in STEMM and the steps that can be taken to create a more inclusive sector. Sarah creates an enabling environment for team members to lead initiatives that connect LGBT+ individuals across the isolated STEMM silos.

QueersInScience has grown nationally with Sarah’s guidance, and has established chapters in all Australian states, meeting regularly to promote continuity and a national focus on LGBT+ inclusion.

Having secured several government grants, Sarah and her team organised Australia's first LGBT+ STEMM symposium and she has received the Murdoch Children's Research Institute’s Staff Award for her work with QueersInScience. Sarah is also a mentor to the Pinnacle Foundation, supporting LGBT+ young adults to reach their full potential.

41) Andrew Hastings, Sharepoint Analyst, Standard Life Aberdeen

41) Andrew Hastings, Sharepoint Analyst, Standard Life Aberdeen. Photo: Standard Life Aberdeen
Andrew Hastings, Sharepoint Analyst, Standard Life Aberdeen. Photo: Standard Life Aberdeen

Andrew is the global chair of Lighthouse, an ERG at Standard Life Aberdeen, and is responsible for promoting workplace inclusion through events, networking, training, blogs, fundraising and peer-to-peer support.

Under his leadership Lighthouse has expanded globally and has designed, facilitated and delivered focus groups, run numerous events and championed a review of policies and processes resulting in a gender neutral, LGBT+ inclusive UK parental leave policy. Winner of the Rising Star award at the Scottish Diversity Awards and Highly Commended at the Employee Network of the Year Awards, Andrew co-founded the ALBA Alliance, an employer network advancing LGBT+ inclusion in Scotland.

He is also a member of InterInvest, the asset management industry's LGBT+ employer network that takes action across the industry to achieve progress.

42) Nathan Eastwood, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

42) Nathan Eastwood, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance. Photo: Clifford Chance
Nathan Eastwood, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance. Photo: Clifford Chance

Nathan is the Australian co-chair of Arcus, Clifford Chance's LGBT+ Network. He has led several first of their kind workplace initiatives on inclusion for LGBT+ people within the firm, including Clifford Chance Australia's first gender affirmation policy, reviewing Australian HR policies to ensure they are LGBT+ inclusive, creating roadmaps for LGBT+ best practice for all of Clifford Chance's offices globally and organizing Trans and Intersex awareness training.

As a direct result of Nathan's efforts, Clifford Chance Australia obtained Gold status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index.

A keen speaker, Nathan has spoken at events such as the 2020 Australian Pride in Practice Conference, the Australian Ally Conference and on a panel of the International Bar Association's LGBT+ Law Reform Committee. Recently, Nathan was named Australian LGBT+ Network Leader of the Year, adding to his previous accolades as the 2020 Asia-Pacific Future Leader: LGBT+ Lawyer of the Year and Australian Young Arbitration Practitioner of the Year.

43) Tom Ketteley, Assistant Director, UK Visas & Immigration

43) Tom Ketteley, Assistant Director, UK Visas & Immigration. Photo: UK Visas & Immigration
Tom Ketteley, Assistant Director, UK Visas & Immigration. Photo: UK Visas & Immigration

Tom uses his position as a senior leader within UK Visas and Immigration to be a visible LGBT+ role mode.

He acts as a mentor to junior LGBT+ staff within the company and is an active advocate for SPECTRUM, the Home Office LGBT+ staff network. Delivering keynote sessions at universities and during UK Black History Month, Tom uses his platform to bring in diverse voices from junior LGBT+ colleagues.

He continues to sit regularly as an independent panel member on senior civil service recruitment boards, ensuring selection panels are diverse and that an LGBT+ lens is applied to appointments. Alongside various speaking engagements, Tom was invited to write an article for the Law Gazette to mark Pride 2020.

His work to make the legal profession more inclusive through his activities as a Law Society LGBT+ Division Committee member raises visibility to help create a diverse legal profession.

44) Rafhael Romero Bentos, Lawyer Associate, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

44) Rafhael Romero Bentos, Lawyer Associate, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados. Photo: Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados
Rafhael Romero Bentos, Lawyer Associate, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados. Photo: Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

In Mattos Filho, one of the largest law firms in Brazil, Rafhael was the founder of the affinity group, #mfriendly, that discusses LGBT+ rights and is a pioneer initiative within the legal sector in Latin America. The impact of this initiative fostered Mattos Filho’s competitors to follow suit.

In addition to group events hosted by #mfriendly, Rafhael has spearheaded improvement in the number of self-declared LGBT+ professionals at the firm. He is a keen speaker at international events discussing LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and has led #mfriendly to international awards such as the Latin Lawyer Diversity Initiative of the Year, the Out and Equal Excellence Award and the Americas Diversity & Inclusion Firm of the year. Rafhael also co-leads the legal committee at OUTstand, a group for inclusion within the financial sector and co-leads the LGBT+ committee at the International Bar Association (IBA).

45) Genesis Garcia, Vice-President, BNY Mellon

45) Genesis Garcia, Vice President, BNY Mellon. Photo: BNY Mellon
Genesis Garcia, Vice President, BNY Mellon. Photo: BNY Mellon

Genesis is a vice-president in the global marketing team at BNY Mellon and serves on the global operating committee for PRISM (LGBT+ ERG). In her efforts to drive diversity & inclusion at BNY Mellon, Genesis was part of the leadership team which launched the "Consciously Unbiased" series globally. The series focused on mitigating unconscious bias and creating an inclusive culture.

She has led planning for Pride events and was recognized by her peers with a BNY Mellon Applause award for her efforts. Spotlighted in an internal D&I column titled "Vantage Point,” Genesis continues to help educate by leading efforts to launch a three-part series on allyship with Out & Equal.

Genesis is also a member of the Open Finance executive committee and is on the programming board and board of advisors for StartOut, a nonprofit helping LGBT+ entrepreneurs connect with investors, mentors and sponsors.

46) Deon Pillay, Head of Marketing Operations, Legal and General Investment Management

46) Deon Pillay, Head of Marketing Operations, Legal and General Investment Management. Photo:  Legal and General Investment Management
Deon Pillay, Head of Marketing Operations, Legal and General Investment Management. Photo: Legal and General Investment Management

Deon is the chair of the LGBT+ strand of Legal and General Investments Inclusion Team (LEGIT) and is co-chair of their L&GBT+allies Network. Passionate about diversity and Inclusion, Deon is a Top 10 British LGBT+ Award Diversity Hero and was featured number 27 on the EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders list.

He is often found taking part in panel sessions at various events including LGBT+ History Month, the NTT DATA Global Diversity Conference and at the Institute of Communications. As a founding member of Interinvest, a free network driving LGBT+ inclusion in the asset management and savings industry, Deon has grown the network from six firms to 31 in the past two years. He is also a steering committee member for the Diversity Project LGBT+ strand, using the platform to drive LGBT+ inclusion for ethnic minorities, using his personal story.

47) Robert Murphy, Customer Strategy & Propositions Specialist, Permanent TSB

47) Robert Murphy, Customer Strategy & Propositions Specialist Permanent, TSB. Photo: TSB
Robert Murphy, Customer Strategy & Propositions Specialist Permanent, TSB. Photo: TSB

Robert is a founding member of Permanent TSB's first LGBTQ+ Employee Network, PRISM, and their current co-chair. PRISM has supported and proactively propelled the delivery of Permanent TSB's D&I Strategy, aiming to support LGBTQ+ employees and allies, by promoting and driving positive change. Robert is also a founding member of PTSB's Change Collective, a network of employees focused on influencing and implementing meaningful, agile change within the organization.

Outside Permanent TSB, Robert is operations officer & steering committee member for Fusion Ireland, the Financial Services Inclusion Network, serving as a key influencer in the Network's broader strategy and currently leading the Committee's Network Best Practice Pillar.

In 2019, Robert was awarded Permanent TSB’s Group Values-In-Practice (VIP) ‘United’ award for his internal contribution. Most recently, Robert has completed a professional diploma in Leading Cultural Change and Ethical Behaviour in Financial Services with University College Dublin.

48) Christina Riley, Senior Project Planner, ISG Engineering Services

48) Christina Riley, Senior Project Planner, ISG Engineering Services. Photo: ISG Engineering Services
Christina Riley, Senior Project Planner, ISG Engineering Services. Photo: ISG Engineering Services

Christina was previous co-chair of the Kier Construction LGBT+ Network. As a trans role model, Christina is focused on being a construction industry leader, having transitioned whilst at Balfour Beatty in 2014 where she was chair of its LGBT+ Network. Christina’s tireless D&I work is focused at industry level, leaving a legacy at each of the networks she’s been involved in.

Having made the DIVA Power List in 2019, Christina is also a committee member for InterEngineering and a panel moderator at the largest diversity event in the construction industry. Working closely with the Chartered Institute of Building, Christina was appointed as the co-chair of its D&I Advisory Group.

Christina is also co-founder and exec committee Member of Building Equality, an organization making an impact on an industry of over 3 million people. Over the last 5 years, due to her significant influence on D&I in the industry, Christina has won nearly 20 awards on diversity.

49) Gabriel Duran, Associate, BLP

49) Gabriel Duran, Associate, BLP. Photo: BLP
Gabriel Duran, Associate, BLP. Photo: BLP

Gabriel is the director of BLP's LGBT+ Committee, developing one of the first LGBT+ Committees in a legal firm in Central America. The Committee does a huge amount of pro bono work for international organizations and NGOs, including Trans organizations.

This work helped BLP win the Most Inclusive Firm of the Year in Latin America award from Chambers and Partners. At BLP, Gabriel helped create the first no discrimination policy for the LGBT+ community and represented the firm as a legal advisor to Pride Connection by AED (Business Association), overseeing the legal strategy for Virtual Pride.

He included BLP in the HIVOS project to create colorful workplaces of inclusion. Gabriel has worked to promote equal marriage in Costa Rica, participating in forums and creating legal recommendations to legalize equal marriage, including legal opinions for the Human Rights Kit of Fundación Igualitos

50) Francesca Harris, Business Development Manager, PwC

50) Francesca Harris, Business Development Manager, PwC. Photo: PwC
Francesca Harris, Business Development Manager, PwC. Photo: PwC

Francesca is national co-chair of PwC's LGBT+ Network (SHINE). Spearheading a LGBT+ women subgroup, she expanded the network from a small UK-base to a now global network, with the support of a cherished team that earned a place on the shortlist for People Network of the Year at this year’s British LGBT+ Awards.

A regular internal speaker at PwC, Francesca acts as a LGBT+ female role model for the company, whilst also working with multiple charities which cover LGBT+ families, faith networks, and education. In 2018, Francesca won the Barclays Diversity Champion Award and placed 63 on the Guardian Pride Power List.

As the co-founder of The Alliance Network, she represents LGBT+ employer networks in the Midlands and is also a WERKIN with You Ambassador, providing voluntary support for LGBT employees and execs impacted by COVID.

51) Chris Howard, Open Source Lead, EPAM Systems

51) Chris Howard, Open Source Lead, EPAM Systems. Photo: EPAM Systems
Chris Howard, Open Source Lead, EPAM Systems. Photo: EPAM Systems

Chris has been an integral part of EPAM’s D&I journey, taking an active role in educating colleagues and bringing awareness to their LGBT+ community. Taking the lead by pushing for the creation of ERGs within the company, he actively holds internal sessions to guide policy and recruitment, whilst also securing opportunities for the company to publicly sponsor both Pride in London and Trans Rights are Human Rights.

Chris is the lead of the Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum working with over 100 organizations to promote LGBT+ diversity in the tech sector. Volunteering through Intertech, he works with organizations to facilitate roundtables, lunch and learn sessions and webinars, successfully helping organizations launch ERGs and change policy around LGBT+ rights. Within the British Army LGBT+ Network, Chris is also responsible for all media enquiries regarding LGBT+ matters.

52) Rachael Stein, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

52) Rachael Stein, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group. Photo: Boston Consulting Group
Rachael Stein, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group. Photo: Boston Consulting Group

In 2020, Rachael started the Pride@BCG North America Intersectional Diversity Taskforce, which elevates the voices and needs of women, people of color, and TGNCNB (transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary) people in BCG’s LGBTQ+ employee network. Rachael also leads the communications function for Pride@BCG North America.

Through this role, Rachael is the first TGNCNB-identifying member of the Pride@BCG leadership board and the youngest current member. Outside of work, Rachael has spent the last several years on the conference leadership team for Out for Undergrad Business (O4UB), an organization dedicated to supporting the future careers of LGBTQ+ undergraduates.

Rachael has been involved with LGBTQ+ community advocacy since coming out as queer and gender non-conforming at age 13, and has been previously honored as a Point Foundation Scholar, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) National Media Ambassador, and State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service Initiative Grant Winner.

53) Cathy Denyer O'Leary, Client Distribution Support – Senior Manager, Vanguard Asset Management

53) Cathy Denyer O'Leary, Client Distribution Support - Senior Manager, Vanguard Asset Management. Photo: Vanguard Asset Management
Cathy Denyer O'Leary, Client Distribution Support - Senior Manager, Vanguard Asset Management. Photo: Vanguard Asset Management

Cathy is the founder and chair of Vanguard’s LGBTQ+ European network, OPEN Europe, and a founder member of the firm’s European D&I Council. Within OPEN Europe, Cathy created workstreams to focus on educating staff on LGBTQ+ related issues, raising awareness and creating a forum for questions or issues from all staff.

As part of the committee she helped to organise Vanguard Europe's first participation in London Pride and created and maintained strong links to their BAME, gender equality & mental health groups.

She also ensured links to the Diversity Project and InterInvest, which founded and chairs, to ensure best practice. InterInvest feeds into the Diversity Project’s LGBTQ+ workstream and also runs independently of the Diversity Project, maintaining over 30 member firms from the investment and savings industry. They share best practice within the industry and enable firm-to-firm collaboration to provide support to in-house LGBTQ+ networks and assist in attracting and retaining LGBTQ+ talent into the industry.

54) Laura Lavery, Assistant Manager, People Engagement, PwC UK

54) Laura Lavery, Assistant Manager, People Engagement, PwC UK. Photo: PwC UK
Laura Lavery, Assistant Manager, People Engagement, PwC UK. Photo: PwC UK

Laura is the Norther Ireland chair for Shine, PwC's LGBT+ network. Under her leadership the network educates, engages, and supports those within the firm. Shine has opened up conversation, created and implemented learning resources, formed partnerships with local charities and instigated a collaborative approach.

As co-chair of Working With Pride in Belfast, an external professional LGBT+ network organization, Laura has also been able to share the learnings she’s had from Shine's journey with other fledgling LGBT+ professional networks. Organizing and promoting networking, educational and fundraising events, Working With Pride also leverages their shared resources to add value to the network.

55) Louis Ng, Senior Manager, Early Careers Talent Acquisition, Fidelity International

55) Louis Ng, Senior Manager, Early Careers Talent Acquisition, Fidelity International. Photo: Fidelity International
Louis Ng, Senior Manager, Early Careers Talent Acquisition, Fidelity International. Photo: Fidelity International

Louis is the regional lead for Fidelity International’s LGBT+ Global Network and for the Fidelity for Eventone (F4E) Network. In this role, Louis helped lead the Network to achieve gold standard at the Community Business' Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index.

During Louis’ time, he collaborated on a joint event to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia (IDAHOTB), ran a refreshed LGBT+ Ally Training for Asia and oversaw the implementation of an improved Diversity Monitoring project.

Invited by Michael Page to help prepare its LGBT+ Network in Hong Kong, Louis featured as a LGBT Great Top 1000 List Role Model and received silver for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion at the HR Distinction Awards. Louis is also a mentor and advisor at the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) and Fruits in Suits (FinS), helping share his experience as an out local Chinese man.

56) TJ Richards, PMO & Stakeholder Outreach Manager, Santander UK

56) TJ Richards, PMO & Stakeholder Outreach Manager, Santander UK. Photo: Santander UK
TJ Richards, PMO & Stakeholder Outreach Manager, Santander UK. Photo: Santander UK

TJ is the national co-chair of Santander UK’s LGBTQ+ Network, Embrace, helping to create and implement a flexible support model now made up of over 3,000 members. She led the development and implementation of a new organizational structure to allow the network to remain relevant in today’s virtual workplace, and organized Santander's headline sponsorship of the inaugural Pride:MK event.

Spearheading the bank's Stonewall WEI submission, TJ is a thought leader when it comes to the bank's strategy of being fully inclusive to customers and colleagues. As a keen public speaker on the importance of D&I, she has spoken at many events.

TJ was also corporate engagement manager (and a founding member) of Pride:MK (Milton Keynes), where she developed a corporate sponsorship model and developed lasting relationships across communities. TJ is also the chair and managing director of Q:alliance, and a committee member at RoundabOUT, supporting smaller and new LGBT+ networks with advice, mentoring and events.

57) Kirsty Mulholland, Client Relationship Manager, Bank of Ireland

57) Kirsty Mulholland, Client Relationship Manager, Bank of Ireland. Photo: Bank of Ireland
Kirsty Mulholland, Client Relationship Manager, Bank of Ireland. Photo: Bank of Ireland

Kirsty is co-chair of “With Pride,” Bank of Ireland’s (BOI) LGBT+ Employee Network. Kirsty led BOI’s first participation in Belfast Pride and organised their first LGBT+ ally training and trans awareness programs in NI.

The Network successfully delivered gender-neutral bathroom facilities in every BOI premises in Ireland and worked with TENI on trans training for frontline staff. The "With Pride" Network was named Best Employee Resource Group at the GALAs and BOI was named the Best Large Company at the NI Equality & Diversity awards; a big recognition of the work that Kirsty was directly involved in.

Kirsty is also a founding committee member of FuSIoN NI, the Financial Services Inclusion Network, and working on the FuSIoN Network Match program, an online networking and career development initiative for LGBT+ finance professionals. In 2017, she became the first person in the 200+ year history of Bank of Ireland Group to transition in the workplace.

58) Lynne Nicholls, Regional Service Charge & Section 20 Manager, Clarion Housing Group

58) Lynne Nicholls, Regional Service Charge & Section 20 Manager, Clarion Housing Group. Photo: Clarion Housing Group
Lynne Nicholls, Regional Service Charge & Section 20 Manager, Clarion Housing Group. Photo: Clarion Housing Group

Lynne is the co-chair of Clarion Housing Group’s LGBT+ Staff Network. Having coordinated the company's involvement in Prides across the UK, Lynne is instrumental in delivering a series of intersectional events demonstrating the company's commitment to the LGBT+ community.

Lynne has promoted intersectionality and cross-working between the company’s four staff diversity networks, resulting in combined campaigns, strategies and policy reviews. Conducting numerous speaking engagements Lynne has also been a finalist in the Inclusion Champion category of the Women in Housing Awards and helped Clarion achieve a Certificate of Excellence for the Outstanding Diversity Network category at the Inclusive Companies Awards.

Acting as a mentor at HouseProud, Lynne has supported the development and formation of staff LGBT+ and diversity networks in other social housing organizations, whilst also being a Trustee of Schools OUT UK and Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Plus History Month UK (LGBTHM).

59) Rhys Shegar-Astoralli, Senior Partner/Head of Vodafone Foundation Luxembourg, Vodafone

59) Rhys Shegar-Astoralli, Senior Partner / Head of Vodafone Foundation Luxembourg, Vodafone. Photo: Vodafone
Rhys Shegar-Astoralli, Senior Partner/Head of Vodafone Foundation Luxembourg, Vodafone. Photo: Vodafone

Rhys has been an active lead at Vodafone (VOD.L) championing activities and events in Luxembourg, as well as being a key player in Vodafone’s broader global LGBT+ programmes. He was the key initiator in the establishment of Vodafone’s Partners with Pride event, which focussed on LGBT+ inclusion through collaboration with its co-partner ecosystem.

Rhys has been mentoring LGBT+ people, as well as serving as a reverse mentor. As a director of the Luxembourg LGBT+ Professional Association, the association was awarded a national Diversity Award for best multi-company collaboration.

He was involved in the strategy blueprint for LGBT+ inclusion for the Diversity Charter Luxembourg. Rhys continues to actively engage with Vodafone’s co-partners on LGBT+ inclusion and intersectionality work as well as leading Vodafone’s Foundation in Luxembourg to drive further inclusion in the community.

60) Robert Head, Director, Proposition Lead, Legal Content Solutions, Asia & Emerging Markets, Thomson Reuters

60) Robert Head, Director, Proposition Lead, Legal Content Solutions, Asia & Emerging Markets, Thomson Reuters. Photo: Thomson Reuters
Robert Head, Director, Proposition Lead, Legal Content Solutions, Asia & Emerging Markets, Thomson Reuters. Photo: Thomson Reuters

As being the executive sponsor of Pride at Work Hong Kong (Thomson Reuters), Robert has successfully lobbied to setup all gender toilets and receive healthcare coverage for transgender surgery in HK.

In addition, Robert has lobbied to extend self-ID into Asian markets, whilst also creating an Understanding LGBT+ Terminology document for the company intranet. Robert has also created and implemented a Pride at Work Hong Kong LGBT+ Toolkit with links to key resources including training, relevant benefits, and highlights of awards and recognition.

As a panelist at numerous events, Robert led submissions when Thomson Reuters were shortlisted as finalist in Hong Kong’s LGBT+ Network Award and when they ranked 5th in the Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index. Robert is also Thomson Reuters’ representative within the Hong Kong LGBT+ Attorneys Network (HKGALA). Robert devised and spearheaded Thomson Reuters’ global Pride Month Social Media Campaign, #connectwithpride.

61) Seamus Kearney, Vice-President, Northern Trust

61) Seamus Kearney, Vice President, Northern Trust. Photo: Northern Trust
Seamus Kearney, Vice President, Northern Trust. Photo: Northern Trust

Seamus is community engagement lead of the Northern Trust Pride Network. He is also co-chair of FuSIoN, a cross-company network which works collaboratively with members across financial services in Ireland on LGBTQ+ best practice initiatives.

Seamus collaborates with numerous external organizations, and adapted quickly to the virtual world, maintaining educational and awareness-raising sessions in 2020, including an Equality For Children panel discussion, as well as Dublin and Limerick LGBTQ+ Virtual Pride Parade entries. Seamus’ key achievements include joining OUTstanding and FuSIoN, raising funds for LGBTQ+ youth charity BeLonGTo, and arranging speaker events, including Joy Neville (Irish Rugby Referee) and Nicole Owens (Dublin GAA Player).

As a result of his work, Northern Trust’s staff in Ireland proudly wear LGBTQ+ lanyards and Senior Management actively engage and participate in events. Seamus was nominated for a GALAS LGBTQ+ Role Model Award and is a trained Stonewall LGBTQ+ Role Model.

62) David Adamson, Strategy Director, The&Partnership (WPP)

62) David Adamson, Strategy Director, The&Partnership (WPP). Photo: WPP