Leadership Lounge with Todd Sears – Episode 1
Leadership Lounge with Todd Sears is a new series of live broadcasts. Episode 1 explores how we can drive equality forward in the time of COVID-19.

Leadership Lounge with Todd Sears is a new series of live broadcasts we’re excited to introduce, in addition to our two other series, “This Week in Leadership,” and “Equality Imperative with Fabrice Houdart.”

This episode explores how we can drive equality forward in the time of COVID-19.

Leadership Lounge – Episode 1 Speakers:

Alphonso David of Human Rights Campaign

Sarah Kate Ellis of Glaad

Kevin Jennings of Lambda Legal.

A special thanks to all 80 of our member firms, without their support Out Leadership couldn’t do the important work we do, specifically highlighting this week:

Baker Mackenzie, Barclays, Capital One, Dow, LinkedIn, Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, PGIM, and Nomura

Additionally, a special thank you to our Global Sponsors: HSBC, Ropes and Gray, RBC Capital Markets and KPMG

Todd’s thoughts this week.

From Dr. Fauci:
“During that time, there was extraordinary stigma, particularly against the gay community,” Fauci said at a press conference yesterday. “And it was only when the world realized how the gay community responded to this outbreak with incredible courage and dignity and strength and activism — I think that really changed some of the stigma against the gay community, very much so. When you’re in the middle of a crisis, like we are now with the coronavirus, it really does have ultimately shine a very bright light on some of the real weaknesses and foibles in our society.”

David France:
“Pandemics never hit fairly,” said David France, 60, the director of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” “While we now have what appears on its face to be a more democratic plague that isn’t confined mostly to a despised population, it has still been most heavily concentrated in the major urban areas, which is blue America, in neighborhoods that are filled with people who are not rich and are often black or brown.”

Cleve Jones: “During AIDS, I was disposable because I’m a faggot. Now I’m disposable because I’m a fogie,”

From the Williams Institute: An estimated 162,300 LGB and 9,000 transgender people age 65 and older live in California and are at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19
Over 6.5 million LGBT adults will receive a $1,200 direct payout under the coronavirus stimulus bill.

Leadership Lounge – Episode 1 Speakers:

Kevin Jennings:
CEO of Lambda Legal
Former president of the Tenement Museum
In 1988, he helped create the first school-based Gay-Straight Alliance club
Lead the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) for 18 years
Served as assistant secretary of education for Obama
Has received several awards, both national and international

Sarah Kate Ellis:
President & CEO of Glaad
Spoke on LGBT issues at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos
Award-winning media executive for brands including Real Simple

Alphonso David:
President of Human Rights Campaign
First civil rights lawyer and person of color to serve as president of HRC
Serves as Chief Counsel for Governor Andrew Cuomo of NY
He’s an adjunct professor of Law at Benjamin N Cardozo Law School
Graduate of University of Maryland

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