Christian Zeitler, head of central Europe sales, Legg Mason
I joined the LGBT Great panel as I am a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion, something I have been interested in since I started working on the Legg Mason diversity council here a few years ago.
I am also a part of our employee resource group LEAD (LGBTQ Employees and Allies for Diversity).
My membership of both is because of my ethos and belief is that everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, can be successful at Legg Mason.
The need for greater LGBT+ inclusion is important in order to create an environment where everybody likes to work as this will ultimately improve companies.
I hope to see many more initiatives in the industry to promote diversity in investment management.
It is important to overcome unconscious biases. Providing role models and promoting diversity can only help our industry, which is still dominated by stereotypes.