Deloitte role models recognised in OUTstanding lists 2015 for contribution to lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusion
20 October 2015
Deloitte’s managing partner global, Sharon Thorne, and human capital consultant, Emily Sendall, have been recognised for their contributions to LGBT diversity and inclusion in the 2015 OUTstanding business role model lists, published in today’s Financial Times. The ‘LGBT’, ‘Ally’ and ‘Future Business Leaders’ lists recognise inspirational role models who work tirelessly to create an inclusive workplace environment for all, and those who have effected positive change for LGBT people. The nominees were judged on a range of criteria including leadership, acting as a role model, challenging stereotypes, and an overall contribution to diversity.
Sharon Thorne was ranked 22 in the Top 30 Ally Executives list, which features business leaders who do not themselves identify as LGBT, but have been champions of inclusion for LGBT people. Sharon has been a supporter of GLOBE, Deloitte’s LGBT network, since she established all of our diversity networks in 2007, and now acts as its executive sponsor. GLOBE has over 1,000 members in 23 offices across the UK and Switzerland. Sharon has also become known outside Deloitte as an advocate for LGBT issues in the workplace, both in her role on the board of the CBI and through her speaking engagements at conferences and events.
Sharon comments: “Our GLOBE network is reaching further than ever with a landmark number of 1,000 members, and the success of the allies programme launch last year. Creating an open, respectful environment where LGBT employees can be themselves is the responsibility of everyone in the workplace, not just those who identify as part of a particular minority group. Becoming an ally of a diversity network is a fantastic learning experience that offers great insight into a perspective different from your own. I’d recommend it to anyone.”
Emily Sendall, a senior consultant in Deloitte’s organisation transformation & talent team, was ranked 27 in the first Future LGBT Leaders list. As co-chair of Deloitte’s LGBT network, Emily works with a steering committee and the firm’s executive group to drive greater LGBT visibility and inclusion, enabling everyone to be true to themselves at work. She was instrumental in launching Deloitte’s LGBT allies programme, and she regularly speaks publicly about diversity and inclusion, drawing on her experiences as an openly gay woman in the workplace.
Emily remarks: ”Creating an environment where all people feel able to be authentic and true to themselves is no small task. At Deloitte, we believe diversity is the outcome of a culture that is truly inclusive and underpinned by respect. We have a clear set of actions that ensure this culture is experienced by all our people, combining education and awareness-raising alongside communities, networks and initiatives like our allies programme. I’m immensely proud of all that Deloitte has achieved in relation to LGBT inclusion and am excited about what the future holds. At the moment we are focusing our efforts on increasing trans visibility and inclusion, and considering the global LGBT situation.”
OUTstanding CEO and founder, Suki Sandhu, concludes: “We are delighted to see Emily and Sharon from Deloitte featuring in this year’s OUTstanding & Financial Times Leading LGBT & Ally Executive Lists. They have proven that they are working over and above their day jobs to improve the environment for LGBT employees I look forward to the changes they will continue to carve in this ongoing and vital campaign.”
Notes to editors
OUTstanding is an executive level network for LGBT business people and allies, with a mission to create an environment where LGBT executives can succeed. It was founded by Suki Sandhu in June 2013 and exists to drive change in the business world by broadening the boardroom diversity debate beyond gender or race to include LGBT issues. Corporate founding members include BP, Barclays, EY and Google, American Express and BAE Systems.
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