“LGBT+ equality is not only a civil rights issue; it is also a business issue. To be successful, we must attract, retain and promote from the broadest pool of talent available. We are proud to partner with Out Leadership and its member companies to promote LGBT+ equality.”

Lloyd blankfein

ceo & chairman

goldman sachs

MEMBER OF OUT LEADERSHIP’S GLOBAL CEO COUNCIL

“Out Leadership’s work is instrumental in creating more LGBT+ inclusive workplaces and developing the next generation of business leaders”

BETH BROOKE-MARCINIAK

GLOBAL VICE CHAIR OF PUBLIC POLICY, EY

MEMBER OF OUT LEADERSHIP’S GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD

“I’m passionate about diversity because I want my employees to come to work as themselves, and I want our customers to know that we know who they are and what they care about”

STUART GULLIVER

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE

HSBC HOLDINGS PLC

Convening and championing the Out Leaders of the world’s most influential companies to create Return on Equality

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.

Our global approach

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.

Our Global Advisory Board

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:

  • Lloyd Blankfein*

    CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs
  • Beth Brooke- Marciniak

    Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY
  • Lord John Browne

    Executive Chairman, L1 Energy
  • Irene Dorner*

    Former President and CEO, HSBC USA
  • Peter Grauer

    Chairman, Bloomberg LP
  • Ken Mehlman

    Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR
  • Noel Quinn

    Chief Executive, Global Commercial Banking, HSBC
  • Lee Schreter

    Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Littler
  • Kathleen Sebelius

    21st Secretary of Health & Human Services; Former Governor of Kansas
  • Dr. Ashley Steel

    Former Vice Chair, KPMG LLP
  • Kenji Yoshino

    Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law

* Emeritus member of the Global Advisory Board

Creating Business Opportunity

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.

Cultivating Talent

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.

Driving Equality Forward

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.

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BY THE NUMBERS

“Our research shows shift in market share towards companies with more diverse executive teams and boards – and we would expect LBGT talent to be an important part of that diversity.”

DENNIS LAYTON

PRINCIPAL, MCKINSEY & CO.

“Out Leadership is going from strength to strength in its efforts to create an inclusive environment for all employees, whatever their sexuality. I am delighted to be part of those efforts.”

LORD JOHN BROWNE

EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, L1 ENERGY

MEMBER, OUT LEADERSHIP GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD

“Throughout my career in public service, I have seen the tremendous positive impact that the united voice of the business community can have on policy, and in the lives of citizens. Out Leadership’s deep engagement with many of the world’s most innovative companies uniquely situates it to further the campaign to ensure that all LGBT+ people are protected from discrimination at work, in housing, and in services.”

KATHLEEN SEBELIUS

21st SECRETARY OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

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For more information about
Out Leadership

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.

  • Wes Werbeck
  • wes.werbeck@outleadership.com
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