FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions, if you are looking for technical support or information regarding an active membership please use the contact us page to contact the correct team.

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Membership
  • Why do you charge a membership fee to join your networks?
  • How could my organisation benefit from joining one of your networks?
  • How does my organisation apply to join?
  • Is your network only for senior executives? Or a wider audience?
  • Will being a member of the networks help us in the OUTstanding and Financial Times role model lists?
  • We are not a corporate organisation, can I still apply?
  • Do you have a fixed subscription year or can I join the network at any point?
Events & Programmes
  • I’m not a member, but can I still come along to one of your events?
  • Can we partner with you for events and marketing opportunities?
  • I know someone who would make a great speaker at one of your events, would you consider using them?
  • Do you offer international events and activities? If so, where?
  • Can I invite a partner or friend to your events?
Role Model Lists
  • Can more than one person from the same company be on your role model lists each year?
  • Can I feature on the list again if I was on previous years?
  • Do I have to be member to be on the list?
  • Is there an award ceremony for the lists?
  • Where are the lists published?
  • Can I nominate myself for the lists?
  • Is the information I provide in my list submission kept confidential?
General
  • I love what you do, how can I sign up to your mailing list?
  • We’re doing some great work in our organisation. How do we share this news with the wider OUTstanding or EMpower networks?
  • I’m having an issue with the website, who can I speak to?
  • Are there other ways I or my organisation can get involved with your work?
  • I’d like to apply for a job with your organisation. What do I do?
  • How do I know if I am a member?
Membership
Why do you charge a membership fee to join your networks?

Our members get a whole host of benefits, including access to our range of events and programmes, provided by the OUTstanding team. We operate on a not-for-profit basis, so your membership fees go straight into staff costs, overheads and any other costs related delivering our programmes, events and services.

How could my organisation benefit from joining one of your networks?

There are loads of membership benefits at a company and individual level. The benefits of OUTstanding and EMpower membership can be found here.

How does my organisation apply to join?

If you’re interested in joining, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us a note, and one of our membership team will be in touch.

Is your network only for senior executives? Or a wider audience?

We are all about diversity and inclusion – so we have something for everybody. We offer a range of programmes, some tailored to senior executives and others aimed at future leaders. We also hold lots of open network events where everyone is welcome.

Will being a member of the networks help us in the OUTstanding and Financial Times role model lists?

Our membership element is separate to our role model list initiative, so being a member alone won’t help you with your list nomination. However, if you’re actively engaged with our programmes and events, and/or manage your company’s relationship with OUTstanding, then these are all things which will be taken into account by the independent judging panel who decide on the final list positions of our role models.

We are not a corporate organisation, can I still apply?

We work with a variety of organisations of varying sizes, across a whole range of industries and sectors. Whatever kind of company you work for, please do get in touch if you are interested in joining – we’d love to hear from you.

Do you have a fixed subscription year or can I join the network at any point?

There’s no fixed year – you’re welcome to join at any point, and your membership is valid for 12 months from this point.

Events & Programmes
I’m not a member, but can I still come along to one of your events?

It depends on the event. Some of our events are for specific communities and are part of our membership benefits. However many others are open events where everyone is welcome. Please see the events section of our website for further details and if you’re still unsure, get in touch and we’d be happy to help you.

Can we partner with you for events and marketing opportunities?

You can indeed. If you’re interested in hosting an event for us, contact our engagement team. And if you’re holding an event that you’d like us to promote either on our website, via our social media or through our member email communications, please let your account manager know.

I know someone who would make a great speaker at one of your events, would you consider using them?

We’re always looking for great speakers at our events and programmes. So if you have someone brilliant in mind, we’d love to chat to them. Please contact our engagement team with details and they’ll be in touch.

Do you offer international events and activities? If so, where?

At the moment we have offices in London and Dublin, so the majority of our events are based there. However, we also run international and regional events throughout the year, including events in New York, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Bristol and Edinburgh. For more details on international and regional events, see our website or contact your account manager.

Can I invite a partner or friend to your events?

Provided it is one of our open events then yes, everyone is welcome. Check out our events page for details of all of our forthcoming events, and follow the registration instructions for everyone who’ll be coming along.

Role Model Lists
Can more than one person from the same company be on your role model lists each year?

Absolutely! All of our list nominees are judged individually on their own achievements by our independent judging panel. The number of nominations per firm is not taken into account.

Can I feature on the list again if I was on previous years?

You sure can, provided the judging panel deems your nomination deserving of a place on the list. You would still need to submit a new nomination form each year detailing your achievements over the 12 months prior to the list release.

Do I have to be member to be on the list?

No you don’t. Nominations for our lists are open to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria.

Is there an award ceremony for the lists?

We have a Gala Dinner to celebrate all of our role models, and to present our number ones with their awards. If you’re interested in attending, please contact us and we can send you details of table prices and tickets.

Where are the lists published?

The 2017 Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives Lists are published every autumn in the Financial Times.

Can I nominate myself for the lists?

You absolutely can. Whether you’ve self-nominated or been put forward by someone else, we will contact you requesting the supporting information required to complete your submission.

Is the information I provide in my list submission kept confidential?

All information provided to us as part of the nominations process is 100% confidential and will not be shared outside of the OUTstanding team. If you’re successful in obtaining a place on one of our lists, we will contact you ahead of publication to approve a personal bio that can be shared publically on our website.

General
I love what you do, how can I sign up to your mailing list?

You can sign up to our mailing lists via the Subscription form found on the home page. If you work for a member firm, you’ll receive monthly newsletters, quarterly updates and role model list related announcements. If your firm isn’t a member, you’ll just get the quarterly updates and list announcements.

We’re doing some great work in our organisation. How do we share this news with the wider OUTstanding or EMpower networks?

We love sharing member stories within our quarterly updates, via our social media channels and on our website. If you’ve got a story to tell, let your OUTstanding or EMpower account manager know, and they’ll put you in touch with the relevant person in the marketing team.

I’m having an issue with the website, who can I speak to?

If you get in touch with our digital team, we’ll do our best to get it sorted.

Are there other ways I or my organisation can get involved with your work?

If you’re keen to get involved, either speak to your account manager or drop us a line and we would be happy to discuss different opportunities.

I’d like to apply for a job with your organisation. What do I do?

If you’d like to be considered for a role at OUTstanding, send your CV and a covering letter to info@out-standing.org.

How do I know if I am a member?

You can see all of our member firms here. If you work for a member firm, you can be part of our network. To start getting involved, sign up to our members’ area and you’ll be able to book into events and receive our newsletters.