Gwen Rhys, Founder & CEO of Women into the City is featured in the first ever Global Diversity List, supported by The Economist and managed by the Global Diversity Awards, founders of the European Diversity Awards.
The Global Diversity List, which was announced at the end of October in both London and New York, is a comprehensive guide to the individuals who are putting diversity at the heart of human resources within the world’s biggest organisations.
The Global Diversity List, focuses on the top fifty professionals in industry, the world’s leading diversity consultants and provides a guide to the top ten employee networks based on women, LGBT, ethnicity and disability. A list of the top fifty diversity figures in public life was also published.
Asked for her reaction to the announcement of being featured in the Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life, Rhys said:
It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way. For me diversity isn’t a ‘tick box’, neither is it an ‘initiative’.
Recognising people for who they are and what they can bring to the party is something I’ve always done and it’s enriched my life both personally and professionally. Acknowledging diversity in its broadest sense simply makes sense.
Nominated for by readers of The Economist, several thousand nominations were received from every corner of the planet. It was ratified by an independent panel of experts including Palmer-Edgecumbe, The Economist’s Michael Brunt and Toby Burton, Managing Director of the Global Diversity Awards, Linda Riley, President and CEO of GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis.
Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Diversity List said:
The list marks a seminal moment for the diversity profession, by publicly recognising the world’s most influential, innovative and creative diversity professionals in one comprehensive list for the first time. The list sets the benchmark of exceptional performance in the profession today and creates the role models for the diversity professionals of tomorrow.