2017 Role Models
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.
That’s why our lists are so important. We need to prove to the world that you will not be held back or live in fear of discrimination because of who you are. Our lists go a tremendous way in normalising the experience of being LGBT+ in the workplace.
There are 4 categories:
- Top 100 LGBT+ Executives 2017
- Top 50 Ally Executives
- Top 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders
- Top 20 Leading LGBT+ Public Sector Executives
Statement on OUTstanding Future Leaders List
We have taken the difficult decision to remove Josh Rivers from the OUTstanding Future Leaders list.
Inclusion in the OUTstanding lists is won by those that have worked consistently to promote inclusive attitudes.
Whilst there is no doubt that Josh has dedicated his recent life to doing just this, his historical actions are the antithesis of what we stand for.
We have taken this decisive action to send a clear message that any kind of hateful or discriminatory action has no place in society or business.
If one good thing comes out of this it will be that others may think twice before sharing unacceptable views.
On a personal level, I know Josh is deeply ashamed of his previous actions and they do not represent who he is today.
My hope is that he will continue to prove that he has learned from the mistakes of the past, that he will ultimately be forgiven and will be accepted back into the community I know he cares deeply about.
Founder & CEO