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Our Leadership
The global LGBT+ business network
We help Out Leaders and companies connect with talent, transform organizations and compete on social purpose.

Out Leadership grew out of two industry-specific business initiatives — Out on the Street® and Out in Law — and three cross-industry talent accelerators for LGBT+ leaders: OutNEXT, OutWOMEN, and Quorum. We began in 2011 with 6 founding firms and now count more than 65 of the world’s leading companies across 13 industries as members.

In every global business sector, Out Leadership has been instrumental in making LGBT+ equality a priority in global C-Suites. Through executive events, talent initiatives and periodic communications, we lead the conversations that inspire Out Leaders and multinational companies to grow business through inclusion.

Our Mission

To create Return on Equality, we provide global businesses with the tools for innovation and transformation. Change begins at the top, so we create Summits, Talent Accelerators and Strategic Insights for CEOs who seek to realize the positive business impacts of inclusion.

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About Todd Sears
Todd Sears is a globally regarded business leader and equality entrepreneur
He advises leaders and organizations to help them tap the dividends of inclusion
Todd Sears

When Todd first established Out on the Street in 2011, Out Leaders were just mobilizing as a business voice. Through Return on Equality, a concept he introduced in his first summit, he has helped them become a cultural force.

Todd has worked as an investment banker, financial advisor and diversity leader. He created the first team of financial advisors on Wall Street to focus on the LGBT+ community, bringing $1.5 billion in new assets to Merrill Lynch. Todd has also led pioneering equality initiatives for Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse.

He serves on the non-profit boards of the Williams Institute of UCLA, The Palette Fund, the Global Equality Fund of the United States Department of State and Lambda Legal, and on the National Advisory Council of the Stonewall National Archives & Museum. Todd was founding chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which he ran for 10 years; he is a graduate of Duke University.

Supporting a diverse workplace isn’t just the morally right thing to do, it has the benefit of making companies stronger and more successful. Out Leadership is an enormously important leader in this cause; I'm extremely proud to join its board.
Peter Grauer
Chairman of Bloomberg L.P., Member, Out Leadership Global Advisory Board
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, Public Policy, EY; Member, Out Leadership Global Advisory Board
Creating a workplace that is fair and inclusive for every employee sharpens a company’s competitive edge, promotes innovative thinking, and helps deliver unique solutions for clients. Morgan Stanley is proud to support the conversation about and the movement toward full LGBT+ equality.
James Gorman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley
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Membership
We are led by visionary CEOs

Out Leadership wouldn’t exist without a generation of change-making CEOs. We’ve successfully made the business case for LGBT+ equality a guiding principle for many of the world’s most influential business leaders — and they helped us built the world’s most influential LGBT+ network.

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Equality Entrepreneurs
Our Team
We grow business, transform leadership and make the world richer through inclusion.
Todd Sears
Todd Sears
Founder & Principal
Wes Werbeck
Wes Werbeck
Chief Operating Officer
Marco Martinot
Marco Martinot
Chief Financial Officer
Dave Hughes
Dave Hughes
Director of Communications
Stephanie Sandberg
Stephanie Sandberg
Director, OutWOMEN
Luigi Lewin
Luigi Lewin
Director of Sales
French Smith
French Smith
Director of Global Initiatives
Paul Wendel
Paul Wendel
Manager, Talent Accelerators
Enrique Bandala
Enrique Bandala
Executive Assistant
Teela Rumfelt
Teela Rumfelt
Events Coordinator
Christine Townsley
Christine Townsley
Associate
Alysha Lalji
Alysha Lalji
Social Media Consultant
Greg Borel
Greg Borel
Senior Advisor
Deborah Freer
Deborah Freer
Senior Advisor
Mike Fuller
Mike Fuller
Senior Advisor
Matt Fust
Matt Fust
Senior Advisor
Nina Link
Nina Link
Senior Advisor
Bob Witeck
Bob Witeck
Senior Advisor
Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers
Director of

Photography

Meghan Shea
Meghan Shea
Producer, Writer,

Director

David Flood
David Flood
Producer, Writer, Director
Fiona Chong
Fiona Chong
Writer, Producer, Director
Wylie
Wylie
Director of Human Relations, #OutPuppy
06.
Our Commitment
We’re dedicated to LGBT+ equality in every aspect of our lives

Beyond our offices, our team is passionately dedicated to furthering the cause of LGBT+ equality. Out team actively volunteers their time and donates to non-profit causes.

Additionally, Out Leadership makes charitable donations at the major donor or greater level to the following organizations each year: Lambda Legal, The Williams Institute, Pride in Diversity, Jeffrey Fashion Cares.

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Advisors
Our Global Advisory Board
Out Leadership’s Global Advisory Board provide our team with essential strategic advice 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
Lloyd Blankfein
CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs (Emeritus)
Beth Brooke-Marciniak
Beth Brooke-Marciniak
Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY
Lord John Browne
Lord John Browne
Executive Chairman,

L1 Energy

Gigi Chao
Gigi Chao
Executive Vice Chairman, Cheuk Nang (Holdings) Limited
Irene Dorner
Irene Dorner
Former President and CEO, HSBC USA (Emeritus)
Brian Duffy
Brian Duffy
CEO, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Peter Grauer
Peter Grauer
Chairman, Bloomberg LP
Ken Mehlman
Ken Mehlman
Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR
Noel Quinn
Noel Quinn
Chief Executive, Global Commercial Banking, HSBC
Lee Schreter
Lee Schreter
Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Littler
Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius
21st Secretary of Health & Human Services; Former Governor of Kansas
Dr. Ashley Steel
Dr. Ashley Steel
Former Vice Chair, KPMG LLP
Kenji Yoshino
Kenji Yoshino
Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law
Dr. Allan Zeman
Dr. Allan Zeman
Chairman, Lan Kwai Fong Group
08.
Partners
Out Leadership is a certified B Corp, dedicated to driving LGBT+ equality forward worldwide
Our social mission is at the root of everything we do, and we work in close partnership with other institutions in the LGBT+ community to create change, including the Human Rights Campaign, Stonewall UK, Pride in Diversity, Community Business and the Global Equality Fund, part of the U.S. Department of State.
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Our Allies
Organizations we support and who support us
10.
FAQ
FAQ
What makes Out Leadership different from other LGBT-focused groups and organizations?
Out Leadership is a B Corp and the only organization in the LGBT+ space that operates globally with a focus solely on business. Our engagement with our members is deeper than simply buying a table at a gala. We create the space to convene impactful conversations throughout the year, with employees of all levels, globally. Our summits are designed to further the conversation at the intersection of the LGBT+ community and business, and they create tactical take-aways for attendees. Our talent initiatives are the first and only global programs aimed at developing LGBT+ emerging, women, and corporate governance leaders.

What is the easiest way to engage with Out Leadership?
Membership. Out Leadership hosts events and initiatives for LGBT+ and ally leaders, at all career levels, in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Membership in Out Leadership entitles a company to send attendees to these opportunities free of charge.

How does my company become a member?
After conversations on engagement with the Out Leadership team, companies that wish to become members of Out Leadership can simply notify our team to confirm intent to join and request an invoice to pay the membership fee. If your company is interested in becoming a member of Out Leadership please reach out to membership@outleadership.com.

What is the price of membership?
Membership pricing is available on request.

Are there opportunities for individuals to become members?
Currently, Out Leadership only offers corporate memberships.

How long is each membership term?
The annual membership fee covers the calendar year, January 1 to December 31. Companies that wish to remain members of Out Leadership must renew each year.

Our company’s HR/Diversity and ERG budgets are very tight, how do you suggest we find funding for membership?
Our companies view membership in Out Leadership as a business and talent development opportunity and a way to engage the business side, in addition to HR/Diversity. We often see multiple departments contributing to the membership fee. Since membership in Out Leadership is also global, many companies split the fee between regional budgets. Some companies pay for membership from marketing, business development, or specific business lines; a few pay from executive office budgets.

How many member companies renew their membership each year?
Out Leadership member companies renew at a rate in excess of 90% year-over-year.

What are the opportunities for my company to work with Out Leadership to drive equality?
Out Leadership has 11 official partners in the LGBT+ and diversity and inclusion space, and we work with more than 20 other supporting nonprofits and NGOs. In the past we have convened our member companies to speak out against anti-business and anti-LGBT+ state legislation, sign historic amicus briefs around LGBT+ equality, and support LGBT+ communities abroad.

How can we best engage the C-suite in LGBT+ inclusion?
Todd Sears often speaks at executive committee or partners meetings about the impact of LGBT+ inclusion, providing leaders with specific takeaways and best practices on how they can make a difference and drive business results. He is happy to waive his normal speaking fee for member companies.

Can Out Leadership assist with our internal LGBT+ programming?
Yes, we are always happy to help our member companies. We can schedule a phone call or in-person meeting to brainstorm how current or proposed programming can be more effective.

Are there opportunities to connect with the Out Leadership network outside the normal summits and initiatives?
Yes, Out Leadership holds quarterly in-person meetings in the United States to discuss our programming and solicit feedback from our Leadership and Diversity Leadership Committee Members. We hold spring meetings in Europe and Asia and plan quarterly global LC and DLC calls as well. In addition to helping drive Out Leadership’s direction, these events also provide attendees with an opportunity to interact with each other.

My company wants to go deeper and understand our employee sentiment and business opportunity around LGBT+ inclusion, is that type of project provided through membership?
OL-iQ, our LGBT+ inclusion diagnostic tool is can provide your company with a comprehensive snapshot into its LGBT+ inclusion efforts across seven key dimensions. Should you wish to delve deeper, measure employee sentiment and develop a full strategy for improvement, Out Leadership is happy to provide bespoke advisory services separate from annual membership.

What’s the best way to drive visibility and create impact?
Sponsor one of our events or initiatives. Out Leadership works closely with sponsors to set goals and identify the best way to drive impact. Sponsors receive significantly more visibility by promoting their brand in the market. They also have the opportunity to engage deeper by collaborating with us on content, sending more attendees, inviting clients, and building strategic business development opportunities.

How can my company engage beyond sending attendees to events?
There are a number of ways to engage more deeply with Out Leadership that do not involve any extra monetary commitment beyond the annual membership fee.


Nominate speakers: We regularly share draft agendas and event ideas with our members, if there is a leader at your company who would be a good addition to a panel or other speaking opportunity, please let us know.


Involve clients: Member companies are allowed to use their spots to our events and initiatives as they see fit. A great way to drive ROI is to invite clients to attend along with your employees.


Take OL-iQ: We’ve recently launched an LGBT+ inclusion diagnostic that gives companies a comprehensive, business-focused snapshot into their LGBT+ inclusion efforts. Member companies can take it and receive a custom report free of charge.


Sign up for OutNEWS: Every two weeks we digest the most important news at the intersection of the LGBT+ community and business. Sign up on our website to make sure you and your employee network are receiving OutNEWS.


Check out our CEO Business Briefs: We have developed short, tactical primers for leaders and employees travelling to 16 countries. These briefs provide a great overview of the landscape for LGBT+ people in those countries, as well as talking points for how leaders can tie LGBT+ inclusion to their business. You can find our CEO Business Briefs on our website.


Have us assist with bespoke events: We are happy to work with companies to support any internal events, whether it be by suggesting speakers or inviting attendees. If an opportunity to engage Out Leadership comes up, please email us at info@outleadership.com to let us know how we could help.