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LBS MBA Student Named Future LGBT Leader by Financial Times

London Business School (LBS) student Dr. Nicholas Deakin, MBA ‘17, was among the honorees named to this year’s Financial Times “2016 OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders” list, coming in at an impressive fifth overall.

Deakin has already made a long-standing positive impact in the LGBT community as an acting co-president of the LBS Out In Business Club and volunteer member of the school’s Diversity Role Models program. He was one of three LBS alumni named to the “Future Leaders” list, alongside Samuel Rensing, MBA ‘16, and Emmeline Tang, MBA ‘15. Elliot Vaughn, a 2005 LBS graduate and current partner and managing director at the Boston Consulting Group, was named to the “Top 100 LGBT Executives” list as well.

“Diversity is part and parcel of life at London Business School, whether you look at the professional backgrounds, nationalities, genders or the sexuality of LBS students,” Deakin said in a statement after earning the honor. “We are united by difference and represent the truly cosmopolitan nature of London.”

The Out In Business Club that Deakin co-leads helped the school attract its largest-ever LGBT student intake this year by playing an active role in reaching out to prospective applicants, he said.

“The Out in Business Club has developed into one of the most active clubs on campus, driven by corporate support from the school’s biggest recruiters and buy in from the very highest levels of the school including faculty,” he added.

“We are tremendously grateful to LBS for providing the funding for our first ever LGBT+ scholarship candidate. Sitting between the school and the professional community, we connect our students with the most forward-thinking recruiters, current LGBT+ leaders and professional organisations who are demonstrating the return on diversity in business.”

The methodology the Financial Times uses to compile its “Future Leaders” ranking weighs performance and potential, with a strong focus on LGBT inclusion. Those honored on both the “Future Leaders” and “Top 100 LGBT Executives” list were nominated by their peers and gave permission that they be named, which explains the curious absence of Apple CEO Tim Cook from the latter, the FT notes. Gigi Chao, executive vice chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings Ltd., topped the “Top 100 LGBT Executives” ranking—the first time an Asian executive has earned the top honor.

View the complete “2016 OUTstanding LGBT + Future Leaders” list here.

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Matthew Korman
Matthew Korman is a contributing author and editor for Clear Admit. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked with numerous academic institutions, in addition to roles as a music industry writer, promoter, and data analyst. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.