Pearson’s Sharon Hague named 21st in FT Top 50 OUTstanding LGBT+ Ally Executives list

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Sharon Hague, Senior Vice President for Schools at Pearson, has been placed at number 21 in the OUTstanding 50 Ally Executives list, presented by the FT. The list acknowledges the contribution of 50 senior executives globally who are outspoken and unwavering in their support for LGBT+ people in the workplace.

Sharon was recognised in the list for actively championing LGBT inclusivity within the senior leadership team. From adding the issue onto the agenda of 250 senior leaders in the UK, to setting out a vision for an inclusive workplace culture. She launched a campaign for colleagues to wear ‘rainbow’ and ‘trans pride’ lanyards to show that they stand together in the fight for LGBT+ equality.

Additionally she set up internal work streams to push the needle on LGBT inclusion, and signed off on Pearson joining Proud Employers, meaning job opportunities at Pearson are promoted to the LGBT community. Externally, Sharon is the Executive Sponsor for the Stonewall ‘Creating an Inclusive Curriculum’ Guide, and is also overseeing a review into how gender data is collected from schools to make this truly representative for all.

Rod Bristow, President of Pearson in the UK, said:

“Diversity and inclusion are more important than ever to Pearson, and I am incredibly proud that Sharon has received this level of recognition for her impressive work to champion LGBT+ inclusivity.”

Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO of INvolve, said:

“Our sixth OUTstanding list is our most international and diverse ever. It features executives representing 21 countries around the world – from Ghana to Germany and from India to Israel. We’re so proud to see so many senior and future leaders recognised as role models for their work driving cultural change and creating environments where everyone can succeed. Everyone – regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity - benefits from a level playing field where people feel able to bring their whole selves to work.”

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About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives.

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About INvolve and OUTstanding

OUTstanding is part of INvolve.

INvolve is a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. It sits above OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes, membership initiatives working respectively across LGBT+, ethnic minority and gender diversity. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and advisory services INvolve helps member firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes publish role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.

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