2021 Workplace Pride Leadership Awards Gala Winners

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Inspiration through solid leadership and acknowledging true LGBTIQ+ leaders

2021 has seen a pandemic-weary world slowly re-open and it’s clear that things have changed.

Last year saw cultures and societies straining under the pressure. Yet, despite all the obstacles, people soldiered on while leading the way for broader inclusion for LGBTIQ+ people in the workplace. In spite of adversity, our community and their employers made the stark realisation that we have to work together, even more, to push LGBTIQ+ progression in such tumultuous times as these. 

With no opportunity to have a Leadership Awards Gala last year, this year’s Gala had record-breaking attendance and was held at Het Scheepvaart Museum (The Dutch National Maritime Museum) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Winners and Categories are:

Award for Outstanding Role Model : Winner Floris Dorgelo – Adyen

“Floris has driven the initiative the create and organise the first educational global Pride week at Adyen. He collaborated with the company’s regional Pride Champions from North America, Latin America, EU/UK/ME, and APAC to organise a week-filled program of education, inspiration, and fun including an LGBTQ+ oriented exhibition in four regional headquarters around the world. As if that wasn’t enough, Floris created a children’s book with two of his Adyen design colleagues about LGBTQ+ in the animal kingdom, which was shipped to all two thousand Adyen colleagues in 19 different countries around the world. The message was that this book given by Adyen was there to read and then give to others to educate people outside the company, starting with the youngest generation.” 


Award for Best Media Representation: Winner Maersk

Maersk’s rainbow containers have served as a symbol of inclusion and diversity, boldly sharing with the world, the company’s stand on creating a culture where all employees, partners, and customers feel welcomed and can be themselves without judgment.” 


Award for Most Active Volunteer: Bianca Hermansen – ISS

Bianca has done tremendous work to advance D&I at ISS and to support the LGBTQ+ community internally and externally. Bianca is Co-chair in ISS’ global Pride ERG, has developed the global pride program in 2021, engaging all regions, including high-risk countries such as China and Poland; Wrote an article on (gender) inclusive design and architecture; Designed and deployed a number of D&I action plans amongst senior leaders and leadership teams across the global accounts, and has created a groundbreaking presentation called “Beyond the Binary.”

Bianca Hermansen – ISS

Award for Most Effective Ally: Captain Lars den Hartigh – KLM

Lars is a captain at KLM. Next to this position, Lars works in working groups to truly push and engage management and staff, especially at the very conservative flight department, on all-inclusivity topics. Lars participates in the Flight Inclusion working group, where he regularly speaks out on behalf of the LGBTIQ+ community, and not mildly. He consistently pushes KLM one step further every time and is a true treasure for the company.

Captain Lars den Hartigh

 Award for Most Engaged Network: Proud Heroes – Delivery Hero

“Although they only started in Nov. of 2019, Proud Heroes already have LGBTIQ+ participants from all 70 entities…Activities run or initiated by Proud Heroes include: 

Internally: Virtual Christopher Street Day 2020, LGBT Mentoring program, onboarding/new hires, Diversity, and Inclusion Survey, Rainbow Email signature, Targeted internal articles on Coming out, International Transgender Day of Visibility, encouraging the use of pronouns in email signatures, Pride merchandise, learning nuggets on HIV organised for employees and LGBT allyship.

Externally: Delivery Hero increased their score from 50% to 67% on the DAX30 LGBT audit and achieved a top score of a ProutVoice on ProutPerformer 2021.

All Job posts in 2021 for Delivery Hero have the LGBT+ Diversity Seal and soon the Workplace Pride Logo as well as holding virtual panels and multiple blog posts for LGBT+ inclusion externally. A long list!”


Workplace Pride Global Benchmark 2021 Ambassadors:

Distinguished achievement scoring (70%-90%) for the 2021 results include: 

Aegon, Dow, ING, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks,

Philips, Unilever 


Workplace Pride Global Benchmark 2021 Advocates:

Top-level achievement (90%+) for the 2021 results include:

Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, PwC Netherlands, RELX/Elsevier, Shell, Sodexo 


Special Achievement Award: Marion Mulder (Board Member of Workplace Pride)


Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul Overdijk (Co-Chair Workplace Pride Advisory Board)


To see all the photos from the Gala, visit our FLICKR

Photography by: Jennifer Grube


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