EIB Secretary General Barbara Balke Receives Recognition as LGBTIQ Ally by LGBT Great

EIB Secretary General Barbara Balke Receives Recognition as LGBTIQ Ally by LGBT Great

(IN BRIEF) Barbara Balke, Secretary General of the European Investment Bank (EIB), has been named one of the Top 50 Executive Allies by LGBT Great. The recognition honors leaders in finance and business who have used their influence to support the LGBTIQ community. LGBT Great is a membership community that promotes visibility and inclusivity in the financial services industry. The Top 50 Executive Allies were selected for their commitment to fostering safe and supportive environments and advancing diversity and inclusion. The announcement coincided with Pride Month, and the EIB Group will participate in Luxembourg Pride Week to further promote inclusion.

(PRESS RELEASE) LUXEMBOURG, 15-Jun-2023 — /EuropaWire/ — The European Investment Bank (EIB), the lending arm of the European Union, announces that its Secretary General, Barbara Balke has been honored as a Top 50 Executive Ally by LGBT Great. This prestigious recognition acknowledges senior leaders in the financial services and business sectors who have utilized their platforms, influence, and roles to advocate for and support the LGBTIQ community.

EIB secretary General Barbara Balke, said: “As the Bank of the European Union and as one of the biggest multilateral financial institutions in the world, we have a great responsibility to ensure that everyone, no matter their gender identity, expression, or sexual orientation, feels valued, respected and safe at work, within the EIB and working with the EIB. I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as one of the esteemed recipients of the Top 50 Executive Allies Award by LGBT Great. This recognition reinforces my commitment to actively support and promote diversity and inclusion within the EIB and beyond.”

LGBT Great is a membership community dedicated to providing insights, visibility, and outreach initiatives within the financial services industry. The organization serves as a platform for LGBTIQ individuals and their allies to connect, network, and learn.

The selection of the Top 50 Executive Allies for 2023 was based on the leaders’ contributions to fostering safe environments that support and empower talent from diverse backgrounds. The nominated individuals have demonstrated outstanding achievements and a steadfast commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion both within their organizations and externally.

LGBT Great’s mission is to encourage more genuine and intentional acts of allyship and sponsorship for LGBTIQ individuals worldwide. Recognizing that the visibility of supportive leaders and organizations has a tangible and lasting impact, LGBT Great seeks to champion LGBTIQ talent and advance their interests.

This announcement coincides with the global observance of Pride Month, which takes place every June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan—a pivotal moment for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. This month serves as an opportunity to engage with and enhance understanding of the LGBTIQ community while promoting inclusion. The EIB Group will also participate in the Luxembourg Pride Week celebrations from July 1st to July 9th, further affirming their commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

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SOURCE: European Investment Bank


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