Eversheds Sutherland partner recognised for championing diversity and inclusion
Eversheds Sutherland partner Aisling Gannon has been named a 2019 LGBT+ Ally Role Model by OUTstanding in recognition of her work on the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Ms Gannon, who has a transgender child, is an active member of Perspective, the firm’s employee network for LGBT+ staff and allies.
The firm has delivered a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives over the past year, including staff information events to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance, inclusive leadership training across the firm, and new policies and guidance booklets for employees.
Later this year, the firm plans to launch a far-reaching “Gender Identity and Inclusion in the Workplace” policy.
Ms Gannon said: “I was inspired to become a supporter and ally of our LGBT+ and supporters’ employee network because of a change in my family circumstances and my own personal experience of having a transgender child.
“During those initial days and months I received phenomenal support from my colleagues and I experienced first-hand the benefits of having a supportive network of people in the workplace when I needed them.
“The mission of Perspective, OUTstanding, and my personal ambition, is to mobilise LGBT+ and supporters to pro-actively champion and celebrate diversity and inclusion across our offices and in business. I know it can make a real difference to our employees and their families, as it did for me. I am invested, I want to work in an inclusive work environment, I want us to be an inclusive work environment.”
Alan Murphy, managing partner at Eversheds Sutherland in Dublin, added: “We are delighted to see Aisling included on the OUTstanding Ally Executive Role Model list 2019 representing all we do to foster inclusiveness in the firm.
“We are immensely proud that one of our own is among the list of inspiring ally executives from around the world actively advocating for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”