Out women who advance in global multinationals overcome considerable obstacles to do so. Many face stigma, open discrimination and inadequate workplace protections; role models and peer networks are in short supply. Even organizations that are deeply committed to creating equitable and inclusive workplaces struggle with creating opportunity for LBT+ women in business.
OutWOMEN is our groundbreaking initiative connecting, supporting and celebrating out women in business. We convene out women, and champion their work – to colleagues and fellow executives, to other out women, particularly next-gen LBT+ leaders, and to the market. When business leaders see the important impact that out women leaders have – and understand their unique challenges and strengths – perhaps more LBT+ women will be given the opportunity, and the resources necessary, to lead.
Fewer than 1% of FTSE 250 CEOs are women
The Financial Times publishes an annual list of the world’s leading LGBT+ executives; and in 2015 only 24% of the list were women
OutWOMEN convenes private, invitation-only salon dinners in global business centers, which has included New York, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, London, and Hong Kong. These dinners center on engaging conversation and facilitating cross-business opportunity among a curated cohort of senior LBT+ women executives – and allow the women themselves to guide the initiative’s priorities.
OutWOMEN also hosts events keyed to Out Leadership’s global Summits in New York, Hong Kong, Sydney, and London, which are open to LBT+ women in business and their allies.
Participation in OutWOMEN is generally reserved as a benefit of membership in Out Leadership, but we are always looking to connect with LBT+ women in business, regardless of industry. To engage with this groundbreaking initiative, please contact us today.