Five professionals active in the consulting industry have been recognised as inspirational LGBT leaders by OUTstanding in Business and the Financial Times. The so-called ‘Top 30 LGBT Future Leaders’ list is topped by Aritha Wickramasinghe, Associate at K&L Gates.
Since 2013, OUTstanding in Business, a UK-based non-profit networking group that campaigns for LGBT rights in the workplace, and the Financial Times publish three annual LGBT Leaders rankings: the Leading 100 LGBT Executives, the Top 30 LGBT Future Leaders and the Leading 30 Ally Executives.
Top 30 LGBT Future Leaders
The ‘Top 30 LGBT Future Leaders’ ranking recognises 30 inspirational LGBT Future Leaders that have made a significant contribution to LGBT inclusion wherever they are placed in the company. The top 30 ranks professionals under 35 working at any level of an organisation across a wide range of industries, based on the influence and impact they have had on welcoming LGBT individuals, as well as looking at their recent significant achievements.
This year’s list is topped by Aritha Wickramasinghe, who is an Associate at K&L Gates. “Aritha has been an enormously successful campaigner for LGBT inclusion in his career so far. […] Now with K&L Gates, Aritha was immediately elected into the firm’s Diversity Committee, and has been involved in organising talks and workshops on LGBT inclusion and assisting in mentoring junior and future associates and trainees as one of the firm’s Diversity Champions.” Mark McBride-Wright, Safety Engineer at KBR, is found on the #2 spot and Cory Valente, Associate Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, on #3.
The top 30 includes five professionals active in the consulting industry. Rath Wang, Senior Consultant at EY, secures the highest place at #4, followed by Rica Paras, Solution Architect Manager at Accenture, at #6 and Samuel Rensing, Associate at The Boston Consulting Group, at #16. Ramses Aldana, Consultant at Accenture, is found on the 24th place and Emily Sendall, Senior Consultant at Deloitte on number 27.