The country president of Sodexo Ireland was named among the Top 100 influential LGBT business leaders for the third consecutive year today (25 October).

Margot Slattery is number 61 on the list compiled by Outstanding, a not-for-profit professional network for LGBT executives and their allies, and published in association with the Financial Times.

Margot drives awareness of sexual orientation across Sodexo’s international business, both as part of the company’s global LGB network leadership team and the global pride group.

Earlier this year Margot was instrumental in launching the Sodexo UK & Ireland Pride employee network group, aimed to make LGBT issues much more visible for the organisation’s 34,000 employees.

Outside Sodexo Margot is a board member of GLEN (the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) in Ireland. She was Senior Leader of the Year at GLEN’s inaugural Workplace Equality Index Awards in 2015 and Trailblazer Award winner at the WXN 2016 Most Powerful Women in Ireland Awards.

Margot’s commercial acumen and passion for inclusion mean she is in demand as a public speaker and a regular feature in the Irish press for her work in this area. Earlier this month, Margot spoke to 4,000 people at the Out and Equal Workplace Summit in Florida.

Gigi Chao, executive vice chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings Limited, headlines this year’s Top 100 LGBT leaders, with Lloyd’s of London CEO Inga Beale second and Quantas CEO Alan Joyce third.

Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce topped the list of Allies for his work to champion LGBT diversity.

Margot Slattery, country president of Sodexo Ireland, said: “I’m honoured to be included in the Outstanding Top 100 for the third consecutive year. Visible role models are crucial in creating an inclusive workplace where everyone can achieve their full potential. By launching our Pride employee network group this year we hope to identify more role models and allies to contribute towards our business success.”

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