PwC is proud to announce that Liesbeth Botha, Strategic Digital Transformation Leader, PwC Africa has been named in the 2017 OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives List presented by the Financial Times on 26 October, in recognition of her contribution and efforts to champion lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace.
Botha is the first woman in PwC globally and the first partner in Africa to be included in the Leading LGBT+ Executives List. Botha was ranked #67 in the OUTstanding leading LGBT list.
The list recognises key industry role models who champion awareness of LGBT and diversity within their organisations.
Botha has been recognised for her contribution and efforts to further LGBT initiatives as a senior role model. She is a co-founder and sponsoring partner for the PwC Be Yourself network in South Africa. They arrange awareness and social events, and network with similar outside organisations, striving to create an inclusive workplace where staff can truly “be themselves”.
Botha said: “I am honoured to have been included in this year’s list. At PwC we recognise that people are unique and different from one another, and that when we’re free to be ourselves, regardless of background, preferences, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, culture, or personal beliefs, we’re at our best.
"And when we are at our best, we bring the different insights and skills needed to solve the important problems and understand the changing needs of our clients.”
Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding said: “These lists exist to challenge the assumption you cannot be out and successful in business, and to highlight the importance of role models in inspiring the next generation of business leaders. By recognising and celebrating those who are leading the charge, the lists demonstrate how far the quest for workplace equality has come. But there is always more to be done. Big business and the public sector have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion more widely, paving the way for real societal change around the world.
All of the 2017 role models were nominated by peers and colleagues. Nominations were then reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel, consisting of: Lord Browne, Executive Chairman, L1 Energy, and former CEO, BP; Dawn Airey, CEO, Getty Images; Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK; Harriet Green, VP and GM, Watson Internet of Things, Customer Engagement and Education, IBM; Vicki Culpin, Dean of Faculty and Director of Research, Ashridge Business School; Suki Sandhu, Founder &CEO, OUTstanding; Josh Spero, Deputy Editor of Special Reports, Financial Times. Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their impact on LGBT+ inclusion inside and outside the workplace and their business achievements.
PwC is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and has a range of programmes in place to make progress on the issue. The company also has a number of policies in place to ensure equal treatment of all employees, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, where permitted by law.
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