Why are the Ethnic Minority Leaders Lists important?

What are the EMpower Ethnic Minority Leaders Lists?

How are the lists compiled?

Judging Criteria

Judging Panel

Why are the Ethnic Minority Leaders lists important?

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

  • 1 in 8 of the working population is from a BAME background. Yet only 1 in 10 are in the workplace.
  • Only 1 in 16 top management positions are held by an ethnic minority person.
  • Ethnic diversity in British boardrooms lags almost two decades behind female representation at the top level.
  • Less than 2% of British directors from FTSE 150 companies are black, Asian or minority ethnic.

What are the Ethnic Minority Leaders lists?

The EMpower Role Model lists are a powerful reflection and celebration of the incredible achievements of the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic*) business community in UK, Ireland, United States and Canada. They are published annually, in partnership with the Financial Times, showcasing the top 100 BAME Business Leaders and top 30 BAME Future Leaders.

There are two categories for which you can nominate inspirational Ethnic Minority Role Models:

  1. 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders
    The 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders category will recognise 100 senior Role Models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place. Nominees for this category will be successful senior ethnic minority executives working up to three levels from the chief executive.
  2. Top Ethnic Minority Future Leaders
    In this category, EMpower presents 30 inspirational Ethnic Minority Future Leaders. Role Models work at all levels of an organisation and will making a significant contribution to ethnic minority inclusion wherever they are placed in the company.

How does it work?

  1. Nominations are submitted via the nominations page.
  2. Nominees are contacted for their supporting information.
  3. Nominations are scored by the EMpower Team.
  4. Ranking will be sent to the judging panel for secondary scoring and ratification.
  5. Successful nominees will be informed in the weeks leading up to publication of the FT supplement.
  6. The EMpower Ethnic Minority Leaders Lists are published on Thursday 25th May 2017 in the Financial Times.


  • 16th February – Nominations open
  • 7th April – Nominations close
  • 17th April – Deadline for supporting information
  • 25th April – Judging/ranking finalised
  • 16th May – Deadline to remove yourself from the process
  • 25th May – Publication & celebration of the lists

Judging Criteria

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Leaders will be judged according to four criteria:

  1. Activities undertaken to make the workplace a more welcoming environment for BAME employees.
  2. Activities a nominee is involved with outside of the workplace that help to achieve positive change for BAME people.
  3. Recent business achievements.
  4. Seniority and influence in the business.

Each criterion will be scored out of 25, with each nominee receiving a potential overall total of 100.

EMpower Future Leader nominees will only answer questions 1-3 and will be scored out of 75.

*for the purposes of this list minority ethnic refers to visible ethnic minorities.