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|Role Model Lists|
Our EMpower, OUTstanding and HERoes Role Model Lists showcase and celebrate the global business leaders who are driving change in the workplace and inspiring the next generation of diverse talent.
Meet Our #1 Role Models
President & CEO, Mastercard
Ajay is the number 1 Senior Executive on our EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List 2019. He has led Mastercard on an inclusion journey since joining in 2009, including the expansion of its global inclusion and diversity council, which he co-chairs.
CEO, The Dow Chemical Company
Jim is our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2018 number 1 Senior Executive. After 30 years with Dow, he came out to all employees in 2014 and has been instrumental in driving greater inclusion for the organisation's LGBT+ community.
Vice President, Facebook EMEA
Nicola is the number 1 senior executive on our HERoes Women Role Model List 2019. She has been instrumental in creating an inclusive culture at Facebook EMEA, having launched a successful women in leadership programme, among many other initiatives.
Manager, Trailhead Programs and Processes, Salesforce
Farah is the number 1 Future Leader on our EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List 2019. She is the Founder and Global President of Faithforce, and a prolific volunteer in the wider community.
Head of Sales, Service & Performance - Corporate & Investment Banking, Barclays
Billy is the number 1 Future Leader on our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2018. He is the Co-chair of Spectrum, and a vocal trans ally, lobbying governments and institutions globally.
Associate - Financial & Strategic Investors Group, Standard Chartered Bank
Kemi is the number 1 Future Leader on our HERoes Women Role Model List 2019. In addition to her work at SCB, Kemi has founded GLOW UP, empowering female orphans, and the Fempire Professional Network to connect ethnic minority women globally.
Nick is our EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List 2019 number 1 Advocate. He has encouraged Deloitte's executive leadership to embed respect and inclusion throughout the company's culture, and sponsors the BAME on Boards programme.
Chief Operations & Technology Officer, Bank of America
Catherine is the number 1 Ally on our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2018. She is an outspoken advocate for LGBT+ rights globally, and is always looking for ways to leverage her influence and position to help foster an inclusive culture.
CEO, easyJet plc
Johan is the number 1 Advocate on our HERoes Women Role Model List 2019. When Johan joined easyJet, he demonstrated his advocacy by asking the board to reduce his pay to match that of easyJet's former CEO, Carolyn McCall. He continues to push for women's inclusion at all levels of the company.
COO, Thomas Reuters Foundation
Antonio is our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2018 number 1 Public Sector Executive. In 2018, he launched Openly, the world’s first global platform dedicated to coverage of under-reported LGBT+ news.
Why are Role Models so important?
Having visible Role Models at all levels of a company and across a range of different roles is vital to show that anything can be achieved while remaining visible and vocal about your true self. With powerful and visible Role Models providing concrete evidence and inspiration for what can be achieved within business, minority talent are able to see themselves in the leadership of the future.
Ally and advocate Role Models are also vital in creating a business culture where anyone can succeed, giving those from minority groups confidence that they will be supported, but just as importantly helping to shift the organisational norms towards being inclusive of others. By being open and accessible as a leader, a Role Model can begin to build strong relationships with colleagues which helps to pave the way for starting conversations surrounding inclusivity. As a Role Model, there is a real opportunity to affect and shape the thinking and lives of others.
Everybody has a decision to make when they come out, or put themselves out in the public eye. In my case it was one of the most important and positive things I ever did– it made me better and I think it made others around me better. It gives you a chance to help others. I’m a cancer survivor and I knew from my fight how important it was to my own health to help others in their fight. The same applies here. Everything that you can do as a role model to help other people will pay back benefits for you. It’s important to everybody– not just the LGBT+ community – but people from all walks of life, to create a more inclusive culture.
Jim Fitterling, The Dow Chemical Company
OUTstanding #1 LGBT Executive 2018
Being on these lists mean everything. It’s really exciting to be recognised for the work that I’ve been doing, both inside of my firm and outside. For me, it just raises the profile of that work, which is really important to trigger more conversations and steps that need to be taken to address diversity in the workplace and our wider society.
Claudine Adeyemi, Mischon de Reya LLP
EMpower #1 Ethnic Minority Future Leader 2018
There is no doubt in my mind that role models are essential. I grew up in Italy, and there were no LGBT+ role models at the time, nobody was out in business, or politics, or at school. When I came out, my fear wasn’t how to tell my conservative parents, but how to tell colleagues and people at work. I genuinely feared that it would ruin my career. That should not be the case for anyone.
Antonio Zappulla, Thomson Reuters Foundation
OUTstanding #1 LGBT+ Public Sector Executive 2018
In any type of work and to move society forward, it’s important to showcase role models. People have to believe they can see themselves in their own leadership when thinking about their future. They have to believe that there is a path to future success and that the things they want can actually be achieved. Role models make all the difference.
Catherine P. Bessant, Bank of America
OUTstanding #1 Ally Executive 2018
It’s incredibly important to showcase role models because I think the more we see it, the more we’ll see people from an ethnic background in the boardrooms of FTSE100, FTSE250, FTSE300 companies, which is what I really want to see. That leads to better business performance, it’s as simple as that.
Karen Blackett, MediaCom & WPP
EMpower #1 Executive 2018
Role models make all the difference. So often, it can give confidence to younger people, to people in different walks of life – that if that person can do it, having come from a particular minority, then they can do it too. I’m so pleased when people do come forward and talk about their experiences because it makes it so much easier for the next person to follow on.
David Tyler, Sainsbury's
EMpower #1 Advocate 2018
It’s really important to showcase role models across our community. The reality is, you cannot be what you cannot see. Therefore showcasing people who are authentic, and who are successful in the workplace is exceptionally important. For anybody unsure about putting themselves out there – I say do it. You could be that shining beacon for somebody else who is unsure about themselves.
Billy Kamberis, Barclays
OUTstanding #1 LGBT+ Future Leader 2018