The 2019 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists are a powerful reflection of the incredible achievements of LGBT+ people in the business community.
Social Driver CEO and Co-Founder Thomas Sanchez made the 2019 OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives List.
OUTstanding is part of INvolve, global membership organization and consultancy championing diversity and inclusion in business. INvolve publishes the OUTstanding role model lists annually, recognizing and celebrating business leaders who are inspiring the next generation of diverse talent.
“As the CEO of a Certified LGBTQ-owned Business Enterprise, I am honored to be included on the OUTstanding 100 LGBT+ Executives List,” Sanchez said. “At Social Driver, we showcase that LGBT+ inclusion is not a burden but a benefit. We have policies that are welcoming to all and focus on saving young LGBT+ lives in our philanthropy. Through these efforts, we proudly demonstrate that LGBT+ inclusion is good for business.”
Social Driver’s Director of Development Dylan Fitzgerald said he appreciates how Social Driver encourages people to be themselves at work. "As a five-year employee of Social Driver, I'm proud to be part of a company that chooses to elevate members of the LGBTQ community, championing diverse and creative people to thrive."
In addition to celebrating diversity in the workplace and throughout its client work, Social Driver has given to and helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT+ people under 25. Sanchez serves on The Trevor Project’s Board of Directors and is Secretary of the nonprofit corporation.
Founder & CEO of INvolve, Suki Sandhu OBE, said, “We’re delighted to be celebrating another fantastic group of people from across the globe who are collectively driving cultural change and creating workplaces where everyone can succeed. LGBT+ discrimination is still prevalent in a lot of the world’s biggest economies, but highlighting the work of successful role models changes people’s perceptions. They demonstrate that you can be successful and out at work, but most importantly inspire the next generation of LGBT+ leaders.”