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Misa von Tunzelman and Kelly Canterford named on LGBT business role model list

Two JLL employees named in OUTstanding & Financial Times list of business people striving for a more inclusive workforce

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LONDON, 20th October 2015 – Misa von Tunzelman, Lead Director of UK Marketing & Communications and Senior Surveyor Kelly Canterford have been recognised for their work in promoting LGBT rights and diversity.

OUTstanding is an organisation founded by Suki Sandhu in June 2013 and exists to drive change in the business world by broadening the boardroom diversity debate beyond gender or race to include LGBT issues. This is the third year that OUTstanding has partnered with the Financial Times to create three lists recognising individuals who have been outstanding in the field of promoting and increasing LGBT inclusion inside and outside the workplace.

Misa von Tunzelman was named number 44 in the top 100 leading LGBT Executives. She was included for her work promoting LGBT inclusion and diversity in all its forms within her company and the wider industry due to her role on the steering group of Changing the Face of Property, an industry wide diversity initiative, since 2012. She is also JLL’s Executive sponsor for the Diversity agenda, a role she has used to increase awareness and help change attitudes within the business. She also plays an active part of the firm’s Building Pride network helping to position JLL as one of the most LGBT friendly firms in the property.

Kelly Canterford came number 22 in the top 30 LGBT future leaders, due to her work establishing Building Pride, JLL’s LGBT network and being instrumental in organising JLL becoming the first property company to march in the Pride in London parade. She has also spoken about diversity and inclusion at a number of JLL Group Business Line conferences raising the awareness of LGBT issues and the impact unconscious use of language and attitudes have on LGBT employees. Outside of the workplace, she is a Diversity Role Model helping to raise awareness and prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.

Co-Chair of Building Pride, Dave Carlos, was also mentioned in the list being recognised in his role as co-chair of Building Pride.

OUTstanding CEO and founder Suki Sandhu said, “We are delighted to see Misa and Kelly from JLL UK featuring in this year’s OUTstanding & Financial Times Top LGBT Executive and Future Leaders list. Misa is a true role model, proving that you can be openly LGBT in business and be a huge success. Kelly has proven that they are working tirelessly over and above their day jobs to improve the working environment for LGBT employees I look forward to the changes she will continue to carve in this on-going and vital campaign.”

Those on the list were nominated by peers and colleagues. All nominations were reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel, consisting of: Lord Browne, Executive Chairman of L1 Energy, and former CEO of BP; Dawn Airey, CEO Getty Images; Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Personal and Corporate Banking, Barclays; Harriet Green, VP & GM, Internet of Things & Education, IBM; Vicki Culpin, Global Dean of Research, Hult International Business School; Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding; and Carola Hoyos, Editor of the Executive Appointments section, Non-Executive Directors Club, Financial Times.