Sanya Mateyas, the former CEO of the fitness company Matey Fitness, has been named one of the 50 most influential people in the world for being a lesbian in the workplace.
The award, which Matey received for her work on gender equality, was announced on Tuesday.
Matey’s nomination came on the heels of the announcement of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the lesbian community, which was handed out on Monday by President Barack Obama.
Mateys decision to work on equality in the workforce has been lauded by her peers and her colleagues, who say she’s one of a kind.
“This is a great recognition for one of America’s greatest public figures,” said Alicia Menendez, the executive director of the Human Rights Campaign.
“I’m excited to hear that Sanya will be honored with this award, as well as other prominent figures who have been outspoken on the need for equal employment opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.”
The Human Rights Project, which represents Mateys workplace, released a statement in reaction to the award: “The Human Rights Council, which supports all human rights, recognizes Sanya’s leadership and leadership in creating the Mateys Human Rights Strategy and the Matey Family Foundation, which promotes LGBT equality in our nation’s workforce.
The Mateys Family Foundation has been a driving force for inclusion, diversity, and inclusion in the US workforce.
This award recognizes her leadership and commitment to achieving gender equality in all aspects of the Mateies mission.”
Matey, 59, was nominated for the award for her leadership in advancing gender equality within the workplace, and for her efforts in bringing more diversity to the workplace and in the community.
Mateo said she was inspired to run for office in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.
“At the beginning of my career, I wanted to help others feel empowered,” she told ABC News in an interview last year.
“But I thought, I don’t want to be someone that just has to say ‘I’m going to do this, and I’m going be an example.’
I think that was my motivation.
I thought this is going to be a great opportunity to be an advocate for myself, for other people.”
Mateys announcement that she will serve as an example of the importance of inclusion has been met with criticism, as the Orlando Sentinel reported last year that Mateys decision to be outed in a gay magazine was not welcomed by her colleagues.
Mateos office, which she inherited from her husband, reportedly was a hotbed of bullying, with employees telling her that Mateys sexuality was a liability.
In a statement, the Human Relations Council said Mateys inclusion in society was a positive contribution, but added that Mateos decision to openly embrace her sexuality as a woman was not “a matter of acceptance of her own personal circumstances.”
“We hope that Sanyas leadership in fostering inclusion in all facets of the world’s workforce, as a company and as a person, will not be mistaken for a rejection of her personal circumstances or that of others,” the statement said.
Mateies decision to stay out of the public eye for so long was also criticized by some LGBT advocates.
“It’s been quite a roller coaster ride, and she did make a lot of mistakes along the way, but I think she was a great leader who showed great leadership and compassion toward all those she encountered in her work,” said Matt Miller, president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, who has long been outspoken against Mateys LGBT discrimination.
“And that was a reflection of her ability to be honest and authentic, and to stand up for the dignity and respect for all people.”
“In my heart, I know that I’m in this fight for the future of the LGBT rights movement and I hope that by representing my community and helping others to be heard, that I can make a difference for others in their struggle.” “
Mateies announcement came after Mateys husband, Larry, stepped down from the board of Mateys last year, citing health issues. “
In my heart, I know that I’m in this fight for the future of the LGBT rights movement and I hope that by representing my community and helping others to be heard, that I can make a difference for others in their struggle.”
Mateies announcement came after Mateys husband, Larry, stepped down from the board of Mateys last year, citing health issues.
He was diagnosed with lymphoma and underwent chemo treatments, which resulted in a recurrence.
Mate’s announcement comes just days after former President Bill Clinton called for Mateys to serve as a role model for other women in business.
In 2015, Hillary Clinton wrote on Facebook that Mate