Fighting alongside global citizens for a more equitable and inclusive digital future
The Avast Foundation is fighting alongside global citizens for a more equitable and inclusive digital future. We stand firmly with those who are working to make the world a safer, more welcoming place for everyone — both online and off. That’s why we’re proud to have supported the 2020 National Diversity Awards as a sponsor of the LGBT Role Model Award and to promote uplifting inspiring stories of people making a difference in their communities.
Avast Foundation Global Executive Director Shane Ryan presented the award at the recent gala event. “I’m incredibly proud to be able to present the award in this category,” Ryan says. “We believe that a more equitable and inclusive future is within our reach, as long as we’re all reaching together — and these shortlisted heroes are reaching further and harder than the rest of us. I’m honestly inspired and in awe of the things they are doing in their communities and they motivate us all to think bigger and more creatively about how we can collectively build welcoming spaces and inclusive opportunities for everyone.”
The National Diversity Awards are the premier national event for recognizing individual changemakers and organizations that are making huge advances toward a more inclusive society.
[Hot off the press video!] We're proud to sponsor the @ndawards to shine a light on organizations/individuals that are changemakers. We look forward to returning again in February when we'll be sponsoring the 2021 #LGBT Community Organisation Award! #NDA20 #NDA21 ProudToBeDiverse pic.twitter.com/fm9HpELT1Y— Shane Ryan (@shaneryan1) September 18, 2021
We’d like to congratulate Laks Mann, who was named as the winner of the LGBT Role Model Award for his tireless work creating more inclusive opportunities for the LGBT community.
In addition to celebrating Mann’s win, we’d like to acknowledge each of the individuals who participated in the 2020 National Diversity Awards. Each of them is a winner and a true leader who personifies that clarion call of “be the change you want to see in the world”.
Powerful stories like theirs really do change the world by inspiring others, and these incredible individuals do so much to make the world a better — and fairer — place. Read through the full list of 2020 winners on the National Diversity Awards website.
Let's take a look at the amazing and heroic individual journeys of the rest of the nominees in the LGBT Role Model category:
The Avast Foundation works to create a more equitable and free digital future by tackling issues of digital exclusion, removing barriers to digital access, and championing digital citizenship and civic participation.
Shaw is a key figure in the history of women in technology, and one who paved the way for so many other key women in the field of video game design.
The Avast Diversity & Inclusion team is shining a spotlight on Avast Legal Counsel Siew Lau, an active D&I champion and ambassador. We’ll dive into Siew’s career and her activities supporting Avast’s D&I activities.