Gigi Chao, Vice Chairman of real estate giant Cheuk Nang, today becomes the first Asian business leader to lead the OUTstanding Top 100 LGBT+ power list.
Gigi Chao was thrust into the spotlight in 2012 when her property tycoon father publicly offered a HK$500 million reward to any man who could convince his lesbian daughter to marry him.
Gigi is joined by Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff, who heads the Top 50 Ally Executive list, and RWB Media CEO and YouTube influencer, Raymond Braun, who is number one in the Top 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders list.
2016 also sees the launch of the OUTstanding Hall of Fame; five role models who have featured in the top 10 for the past three consecutive years.
This is the fourth year Capella has supported the launch of the lists, which are released in partnership with the FT to champion 205 inspiring individuals for their role in creating inclusive and open environments in the workplace.
Twitter and Facebook have gone crazy – we’re trending already (9am) and our Thunderclap has reached upwards of half a million people. We’ve also had high profile celebs lend a hand, including Sir Elton John and no. 6 on the LGBT+ leading executives list David Furnish.
The lists went live at midnight last night and we’ve already seen amazing media pick up, with the front page and a full supplement in the FT and a brilliant feature on Business Insider. Suki Sandhu, OUTstanding’s CEO and founder will be interviewed live on the BBC World News channel at lunchtime and he’s already featured on radio stations.
Our client OUTstanding, is a professional membership organisation for global businesses. They work directly with LGBT+ and ally leaders to promote inclusion in the workplace. These annual lists play a huge role in driving change, challenging stereotypes and inspiring future generations, and we’re extremely proud to be a part of them.