Out Leadership held its first 2020 Leadership Committee Meeting in New York City on Thursday, February 20. Thank you to Linda Huber, CFO at MSCI, and Jorge Mina, Head of Global Analytics & Head of Diversity Council from new member firm, MSCI, for your gracious welcome remarks and for generously hosting the event. And a special thank you to Cecilia Gentili, owner of Transgender Equity Consulting (and former Managing Director of Policy GMHC), for being our guest speaker for the evening.
It could not be a more exciting, yet challenging time to be fighting for LGBT+ equality. At a time when Governments around the world are increasingly turning their back on human rights, progress requires innovation, new allies, and the power of the private sector.
Our Leadership Committee meeting provided the perfect opportunity for those in attendance to meet Out Leadership’s new strategic hires who have joined our team over the last few months. These hires allow us to expand our global events, advocacy and research initiatives, and our Marketing-Communications efforts.
As this was the first meeting of our Global Leadership Committee for 2020, we were delighted to share the many event opportunities we have planned, including several summits, dinners, research launches, and specific to this year, Out Leadership’s 10th Anniversary celebrations!
The final 15 individual U.S. State LGBT+ Business Climate Index reports will be published later this month, thanks to financial support by a grant from the Gill Foundation. This summer Out Leadership will be updating the scores for all 50 states as we embark on an annual June 1 release of the State LGBT+ Business Climate Indexes, measuring the business impact of government policies and prevailing attitudes impacting LGBT+ people, and quantifying the economic imperatives for inclusion and the costs associated with discrimination. There truly is a Return on Equality®.
One of many hot topics at our most recent Leadership Committee meeting was Out Leadership’s Visibility Counts, Corporate Guidelines for LGBT+ Self-ID in partnership with Ropes & Gray. In an effort to improve the workplace experience, Out Leadership seeks to close the gap between documented attitudes and action by motivating allies to take action to protect their LGBT+ coworkers. To do so, we are launching a first-of-its-kind Allyship research this Spring in partnership with member firm FCB and sponsored by EY.
Any time we gather such an impressive group of people in one room, all in attendance for the same cause of fighting for LGBT+ equality, we are impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement. We hope we left our guests feeling energized and ready to make positive changes both in their workplaces and the LGBT+ community. With the support of our 79 member firms (and growing), Out Leadership is the global leader in convening CEOs and developing LGBT+ talent programs to measurably drive change.
With this being the tenth year of Out Leadership, we look back at all we’ve been able to accomplish, with the help of magnificent people and organizations. But more importantly, we look forward to all we can accomplish in the next ten years and beyond.
While LGBT+ progress has come a long way, there is much more still left to do, and business has a big role to play. As leaders in the LGBT+ space, we are at the forefront of this movement.