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WIT Male Champion of change, Steve Odell announced as LGBTI leader!

Norwegian Cruise Line’s senior vice president and managing director, Asia Pacific, Steve Odellhas been announced as one of Australia’s Outstanding 50 LGBTI Leaders of 2018!

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An initiative of professional service firm Deloitte and Google Australia, the purpose of the awards is to further develop workplace inclusion and create role models for LGBTI workers.

Building on the success of the first ‘Outstanding 50’ list released in December 2016, this year’s list includes public figures across a range of sectors including politicians, government officials and business people.

Deloitte and Google collaborated with a vision to create a list of role models who were inspiring, visible, and had demonstrated excellence in their careers while also making a significant contribution to progressing LGBTI rights and inclusion.

“I am a vocal and proud member of the LGBTI community and am delighted to be part of a movement which is focussed on fostering inclusion, equality and diversity in the workplace for members of today’s workforce, and for those of the future,” Odell said

This most recent recognition from Deloitte and Google Australia follows Mr Odell’s recent announcement as the ‘Male Champion of Change’ award recipient at the 2017 Travel Weekly Women in Travel Awards for his contribution as a leader in identifying, facilitating and mentoring in the workplace.

This year, he joins our judging panel!

According to a statement from Norwegian, Odell’s passion for championing diversity and equality is supported by his employer.

Norwegian was one of the first cruise companies to actively promote its support for the Australian Marriage Equality YES Campaign last year, with the company’s CEO, President and Director, Mr. Frank Del Rio saying, “An equitable society, free of discrimination, allows its people to function at their best.”

“NCLH wholly supported its Australian based colleagues in their championing of the marriage equality YES campaign and continues to support their endeavours towards encouraging tolerance and diversity in the tourism industry and beyond.”

Get your ticket for this year’s Women in Travel Awards here!


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