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Workplace Equality Index 2016 Awards- Leadership Nominees Announced

02 September 2016

We are delighted to announces the shortlist for the Leadership Awards for the upcoming Workplace Equality Index 2016 Awards. Nominations for the Senior Leader of the Year for LGBT Equality, Ally of the Year for LGBT Equality, LGBT Employee Network of the Year and LGBT Role Model of the Year have all been named.

We are delighted to announce the shortlist of key figures from Irish business for the Leadership Awards of Ireland's prestigious LGBT Workplace Equality Index 2016.

Twelve leaders were shortlisted from a wide cross-section of private and public sector employers to recognise their contribution in 2016 to making Irish workplaces LGBT inclusive.

The shortlist for four categories was announced on Thursday, September 1st. Each of those shortlisted are role models in driving change in Irish workplaces on LGBT equality, diversity and inclusion. The awards are: Senior Leader of the Year; LGBT Role Model of the Year; Ally of the Year and LGBT Employee Network of the Year.


"The role models shortlisted today are demonstrating how important LGBT equality and diversity is to Irish workplaces and business. These leaders are clearly showing that LGBT inclusion is a business imperative for successful organisations that wish to attract top talent, nurture and develop their own staff and support their diverse customer base. They are playing an integral role in creating a culture that values diversity and LGBT people." Eimear O'Reilly, Workplace Equality Index Lead, GLEN.


"Being a role model and leader is really important in providing a roadmap for future LGBT leaders on the infinite possibilities LGBT people have in Irish workplaces" said Margot Slattery, Country President, Sodexo Ireland and Northern Ireland. Margot was last year's Senior Leader of the Year for LGBT Equality and is a current Co-chair of GLEN.


The winners of the 2016 Leadership Awards will be announced along with the prestigious index of Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality at the Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016, on 20th September in Dublin.

LGBT Role Model of the Year Nominees:
Paul Franey, Inspector National Support Services, An Garda Síochána
Keith Grant, Operations Manager, Deutsche Bank
Gerry Sheridan, Market Intelligence Manager, eir
Dena Y. Lawrence, Business Evangelist, Microsoft

Senior Leader of the Year for LGBT Equality Nominees:
Grainne Hennessy and Geoff Moore, Senior Partners and Diversity Partners, Arthur Cox
Carolan Lennon, Managing Director Wholesale, open eir
Catherine Vaughan, Global Compliance Leader, EY
Dan Klein, General Manager, Microsoft Operations, Microsoft

LGBT Employee Network of the Year Nominees:
G-force
, An Garda Síochána
dB Pride Ireland, Deutsche Bank
Unity, EY
Out@In, LinkedIn

Ally of the Year for LGBT Equality Nominees:
Alice Tolan, Senior Strategic Account Manager, eir
Mike McKerr, Managing Partner, EY Ireland
David Cornick, Managing Director, TechData IBM Business Partners, IBM
Eileen Slamon, Workplace Service Manager, LinkedIn

To find out more about the Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016 and to book your ticket, see www.workplaceequality.ie