In light of recent events, the need to stand up, unafraid to be who we are, is greater than ever. OUTstanding was founded to prove that LGBT+ executives could be visible, safe and successful in business, but our employees don’t stop being who they are when they walk out of the office door; we must be visible in our support at all times, in all places.

2017 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ & Ally Executives and Future Leaders lists, presented by the Financial Times

Nominations are currently closed for 2017. The lists will be published on 26th October 2017.

Following the success of the past four years of OUTstanding and FT Business Leader Lists, this year’s lists will feature Role Models in four categories:

  1. Leading LGBT+ Executives
    The Leading LGBT+ Executives 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 LGBT+ executives working one to three levels from the chief executive.
  2. Leading Ally Executives
    The Leading Ally Executives category acknowledges the contribution of 50 senior executives who are outspoken and 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.
  3. Top LGBT+ Future Leaders
    In this category, OUTstanding and the Financial Times jointly present 50 inspirational LGBT+ Future Leaders. Role models work at all levels of an organisation and the LGBT+ Future Leaders category recognises those making a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion wherever they are placed in the company.
  4. Leading LGBT+ Public Sector Executives
    In this new category, OUTstanding and the Financial Times present 20 inspirational LGBT+ Senior Leaders from the Public and Third Sectors, who are helping to make their workplace more welcoming, and who are making a significant contribution to LGBT+ inclusion outside of their workplace. As with the first two categories, nominees will work at the highest levels of their organisation.


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