Out Leadership launched our first initiative, Out on the Street, in 2011, with 6 founding members. As of 2016, we now count 70 member companies and operate 5 global initiatives focused on engaging and empowering Out Leaders around the world. We are deeply engaged with C-suite and other senior business executives who are committed to the business case for LGBT+ inclusion.
At Out Leadership, we know that LGBT+ inclusion positively impacts business results, and that including LGBT+ people at the most senior level of executive leadership is powerfully beneficial for business bottom lines.
We call this idea the Return on Equality™.
Companies that join Out Leadership are immediately connected to our global network of senior business leaders who work within top firms to create business opportunity, cultivate talent, and drive LGBT+ equality forward.
Our model is partnership, not sponsorship, and we work closely with every member company to customize their engagement. Member companies have exclusive access to our industry-leading global Summits, as well as opportunities to present to them. They also have exclusive access to our proprietary insights and leadership curriculum, as well as our Initiatives: Out on the Street, Out in Law, OutNEXT, OutWOMEN, and Quorum.
The first global LGBT+ leadership organization for the financial industry, by the financial industry.
The first global LGBT+ leadership organization for the legal industry, by the industry.
The first global leadership development initiative for the next generation of LGBT+ executives.
Seeking to increase the representation of openly LGBT+ directors on corporate boards.
Convening and creating a platform for senior-level LGBT+ women in business.
The conversation about LGBT+ inclusion as a business driver is a global one, and we are the first truly global LGBT+ business organization. We’ve held Out Leadership Summits and seminars on four continents thus far, and are deeply engaged with member organizations throughout Europe, Asia and North America.
Engagement with Out Leadership clearly signals a firm’s commitment to LGBT+ equality on a global basis. We operate two industry-specific business initiatives and two broad-based talent initiatives, all of which engage with LGBT+ and Ally business leaders worldwide.
Out Leadership's Global Advisory Board is a group of senior leaders that provides strategic advice to the our management team on our global initiatives. Our board includes leaders of some of the world’s most influential institutions, and we are grateful for their counsel:
Beth Brooke- Marciniak
Lord John Browne
Dr. Ashley Steel
* Emeritus member of the Global Advisory Board
Out Leadership is the world’s leading advisory firm at the intersection of LGBT+ and business. Our business initiatives Out on the Street and Out in Law engage with the senior LGBT+ and Ally business leaders of the world’s most influential financial services and legal firms, with a fundamental focus on how LGBT+ inclusion creates positive business impacts.
The global business community has an incentive and an opportunity to cultivate LGBT+ talent: employees who feel enabled to be themselves at work are more productive, and diverse teams are better prepared to address modern business challenges. Out Leadership’s talent initiatives OutNEXT and Quorum work with emerging and senior LGBT+ leaders to activate their professional development.
A certified B Corp, Out Leadership is a mission-driven organization dedicated to expanding equality and access to opportunity for LGBT+ people worldwide. We believe that markets are rational and that inequality is fundamentally irrational, and that business will continue to lead the global effort to achieve equal rights for LGBT+ people.
Many of the world’s leading companies are members of Out Leadership. To learn more about the benefits of membership, and begin a conversation about how we can craft a custom engagement with your company, please contact us today.