“Until everyone feels safe to bring their whole selves to their workplace, there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Irene Dorner

Member, Out Leadership Global Advisory Board

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Improving your Return on Equality

A global business consultancy with proven expertise innovating at the intersection between LGBT+ and business, Out Leadership offers advisory services on a project basis to help firms (including Members and non-Members) engage with the $3 trillion global LGBT+ market opportunity and the hugely significant international LGBT+ talent pool.

We know that LGBT+ inclusion positively impacts business results, and that including LGBT+ people at the most senior levels of executive leadership is powerfully beneficial for business bottom lines; we help our advisory clients achieve greater Return on Equality™.


Out Leadership's Founder and Principal, Todd Sears

Advisory clients have the opportunity to work closely with our founder and principal Todd Sears, a pioneering Equality Entrepreneur with deep insights into the significant opportunities for business within the global LGBT+ market.

As a former investment banker specializing in wealth management at Merrill Lynch, Todd created the first national team of financial advisors on Wall Street focused on the LGBT+ community, which brought over $1.5 billion of new assets to the firm. Todd then moved into diversity leadership, pioneering diversity initiatives at Merrill Lynch and then at Credit Suisse, where he served as Americas Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Business Case for Equality

As a Certified B Corp, Out Leadership is dedicated to driving LGBT+ equality forward globally in the business context, because it unequivocally makes business sense – inclusion affects everything from employee productivity, to consumer engagement, to brand perception.

Out Leadership has expertise positioning clients to work with the LGBT+ community by leveraging its proprietary insights into the LGBT+ and Ally Marketplaces, building on its executive team’s extensive professional engagement with LGBT+ community organizations around the world, and tapping into its leadership’s extensive network of the most senior LGBT+ and Ally leaders throughout the world’s most influential industries.

our advisory offerings

CEO and C-Suite Advisory

Out Leadership is fundamentally built on a platform of connecting global C-Suite leaders to collaborate and share insights on how to best drive LGBT+ equality forward. We are the global leader in advising CEOs on best practices for engaging with the LGBT+ and Ally customers, employees, and community.

Key offerings focus on risk mitigation on LGBT+ issues, as well as facilitating advantageous business relationships with other senior leaders through exclusive Out Leadership initiatives.

“Speaking at Out on the Street was one of the most impactful and significant professional experiences of my life. Engaging with the Out Leadership team has fundamentally changed my perspective on the opportunity diversity represents.”
– Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg LP

LGBT+ and Ally Business Development

Out Leadership has extensive experience advising Fortune 1000 companies on growing their profits across regions and business units through active engagement with the LGBT+ and Ally communities.

Out Leadership advisory services provide access to a robust network of LGBT+ and Ally leaders, as well as to high profile political, non-profit, and NGO partners.

“U.S. Trust engaged with Out Leadership to help us support and connect with the world’s top LGBT leaders. Our return far exceeded our investment and outpaced our expectations both in terms of client opportunities and culture change.”
– Chris Dumont, U.S. Trust

Our Clients

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Change Starts with a Conversation

After a brief discovery session, Out Leadership can identify the key areas that will help your firm drive equality forward. If you have questions about how your business stands to benefit from engaging with the LGBT+ market opportunity, we invite you to get in touch with us today.

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