We are always proud to share the accomplishments of our members and this includes celebrating when they are recognized as outstanding contributors to the business community at large.
OUT-Standing.org recently released their Top 100 Leading LBGT+ Executives. This list recognizes leading LBGT+ executives globally and we are very proud to share that Cynthia Fortlage, Vice President of Information Technology (CIO) & Social Business at GHY International, and member of the CIOCAN Manitoba Chapter Board, is number 35 on the list. Here is Cynthia’s bio from the OUTstanding site:
As the first Transgender associate in GHY’s 115 year history, and the first executive to come out LBGT, Cynthia is breaking a lot of ground in terms of process and stereotypes in the firm. They have been creating processes and communications that can be used when other associates wish to come out, each has been designed to empower the person coming out with the control over the process and timing. Cynthia is fairly new to the LGBT community but in the past 6 months she has participated in the Winnipeg Transgender Support Group, acted as lead banner for Rainbow Resource Centre float at the 2016 Winnipeg Pride Parade, volunteered for Pride Golf tourney on behalf of the Transgender support group and shared her coming out letter and FAQ with her extended social networks and blog.
A personal note from Cynthia:
“I am very honored to be recognized with such esteemed company. It is so humbling to be seen as a leader in my first year being openly LBGT and as a Transgender Women in the world of information technology. I am grateful for the open and receptive support I have received including from my peers at CIOCAN. Thank You.”