Anthony Shop, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Social Driver, a digital creative agency based in D.C., has been named to the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders List, presented by the FT for the second year in a row.

Shop, who moved up from ninth on the list to fifth this year, was cited for believing “there is significant value in making the workplace more welcoming for LGBT+ people not only because of the inherent objective of equality, but also because diverse perspectives make businesses more competitive, professionals more confident and communities more connected.”

According to a release, “Shop, along with his co-founder (and husband), is a national and local advocate for LGBT+ inclusion and supplier diversity. He regularly presents about Social Driver’s story and the opportunities afforded by supplier diversity to thousands of LGBT+ business owners and professionals, including workshops about supplier diversity for the Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference for the past two years.

“Shop is a staunch advocate for marriage equality, has volunteered for the Human Rights Campaign, Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Capital Pride, and is actively involved with The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, The Trevor Project and Q Street, a group for LGBT+ government relations professionals.

“Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding, says “These lists exist to challenge the assumption you cannot be out and successful in business, and to highlight the importance of role models in inspiring the next generation of business leaders. By recognising and celebrating those who are leading the charge, the lists demonstrate how far the quest for workplace equality has come. But there is always more to be done. Big business and the public sector have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion more widely, paving the way for real societal change around the world.””

Shop was profiled in a Capitol Communicator “up close and personal” profile and you can see his profile under Profiles.

Photo by Cade Martin.

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