PwC’s Francesca Harris scoops national DIVA Diversity Award

Francesca Harris, a key figure in PwC’s Midlands’ Private Business Practice and the LGBT community, has won the prestigious Barclays Diversity Champion accolade in the recent national DIVA Awards held in London’s Hilton Waldorf.

The DIVA Awards pay tribute to how the lesbian, bisexual and trans community make a difference in all walks of life and is one of the most hotly anticipated events in the LGBT calendar.  The awards are a celebration of the achievements of lesbian, bisexual and trans women and their allies across business, the media, politics and sport.

Speaking about Francesca’s win, Brian Ashmead-Siers, PwC Partner for tax and lead for PwC’s Gay Lesbian and Everything Else (GLEE) networks, said:

“This award is given to stand-out individuals who consistently demonstrate their commitment to eradicating prejudice and ensuring fairness within their workplace.

“Fran is passionate about championing PwC’s Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Network and supporting our goal of enhancing diversity and representation across PwC.

“She has a drive and passion for LGBT+  issues and is a strong advocate for PwC’s LGBT+ networks. As a co -founder of the Alliance network, she is also a rising voice for equality and empowerment in the Midlands.”

Francesca Harris, business development manager for PwC, said:

“I was delighted to win this award and to be named alongside such talented experienced business women. This in part is due to the support and networks within PwC that have allowed me to establish LGBT groups to educate and eradicate all forms of prejudice.

“Lesbians and bisexual women are becoming increasingly visible, in all walks of life, and it is important to highlight these role models to the generations who follow them in all industries and sectors.”

PwC is a member of Out Leadership, a leading LGBT+ business organisation that partners with multinationals to recognise that inclusion positively impacts business results. And is part of a large and influential network of leaders building opportunities, cultivating talent and driving equality forward.

Organisations with diverse talent are best placed to respond to an ever-changing world, and as a firm PwC have an important role in leading the way through shaping attitudes, challenging discrimination and developing a workplace where everyone is valued – regardless of their sexuality, race, gender identity, religion or ability.

The [email protected] network empowers our people to open up conversations on diversity and inclusion with each other, and with our clients. The network works to break down the barriers and connect people to celebrate difference.

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