Role Models

Our boardrooms are lacking in diversity – there’s an absence of ethnic minority representation which has an impact at all levels of the organisation. The presence of powerful ethnic minority role models across all industries and sectors is necessary to develop a pipeline of diverse talent.

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model lists are a powerful reflection and celebration of the incredible achievements of the ethnic minority business community in UK, Ireland, Europe* United States and Canada. They are published annually, in partnership with the Financial Times, showcasing ethnic minority talent.

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Models 2018 was split into three categories:

100 Ethnic Minority ExecutivesThe 100 Ethnic Minority Executives category recognises 100 senior role models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place for ethnic minority employees. Nominees for this category were successful senior ethnic minority executives working up to three levels from the chief executive.

50 Ethnic Minority Future LeadersIn this category, EMpower presents 50 inspirational Ethnic Minority Future Leaders. Role Models who work at all levels of an organisation and are making a significant contribution to ethnic minority inclusion wherever they are placed in the company.

15 AdvocatesThis category looks at individuals who are not ethnic minority themselves, but who are dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace environment for ethnic minorities. Nominees for this category were successful executives working up to three levels from the chief executive.

Leaders in the first two categories must be of a visible ethnic minority and all nominees must be based in the UK, Ireland, Europe*, USA or Canada.

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*Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. These countries are highly ranked in the OECD Better Life Index, which brings together measures of economic performance, social progress, and well-being.