Trailblazer for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Beth Brooke joins New York Times Board of Directors

April 28, 2021, New York, US

Out Leadership is thrilled to announce that Beth Brooke, former Global Vice Chair of Public Policy for EY, and long-time Advisory Board Member of Out Leadership, has been elected as the newest Director of the New York Times Board of Directors.  

A.G. Sulzberger, chairman of The New York Times Company, said of Ms. Brooke’s nomination to the position: “I am delighted to have Beth, an exceptional candidate who is an accomplished leader in her field, nominated to serve on our board. Beth will bring to the board extensive financial and strategic expertise gained from her 38-year career at Ernst & Young LLP, as well as a longtime advocacy for diversity and inclusiveness that aligns with our values” 

Ms. Brooke’s vast accomplishments include:

  • Serving as the Global Vice Chair of Public Policy for EY from 2007-2019 where she was a member of the EY global executive board and global sponsor of the firm’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts
  • Being named to the Forbes “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” list 11 times
  • Co-chairing the steering committee of The Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum
  • Working in U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration
  • Serving as a Director of eHealth Inc., along with serving on multiple other private and nonprofit boards
  • Serving on the United States Olympic and Paralympic committees

Todd Sears, Founder and CEO of Out Leadership, said: “Beth is a courageous and accomplished leader who has made an enormous positive impact on improving diversity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people in global business. As a friend and colleague I am thrilled for her election to this prestigious position and excited that Out Leadership and specifically our Quorum LGBTQ+ Board Diversity initiative are helping lead the way for the inclusion of more LGBTQ+ people to corporate boards.”  

Out Leadership’s Quorum is a first-of-its-kind global board diversity initiative, focused on preparing LGBTQ+ leaders for board placement and working to further diversity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people on boards through advocacy and education. The Quorum initiative is supported by founding sponsor KPMG, as well as sponsors, Egon Zehnder, Goldman Sachs, Diligent and Ropes & Gray. 

According to our research just 0.2% of all Fortune 500 Corporate Board seats (25 seats out of 5670) are occupied by an openly LGBTQ+ person. Ms. Brooke joins a very small cohort of out LGBTQ+ leaders serving on corporate boards in the U.S. Her election represents a positive step toward the goal of realizing improved LGBTQ+ representation in corporate boardrooms. 

About Out Leadership:

Out Leadership is the oldest and largest global LGBTQ+ business advisory that partners with the world’s most influential companies to build business opportunities, cultivate talent, and drive LGBTQ+ equality forward. We believe that LGBTQ+ inclusion positively impacts business results, and that including LGBTQ+ people at the most senior level of executive leadership builds business. We call this idea Return on Equality™.

Comprised of more than 80 global member firms and dedicated to cross-industry collaboration, Out Leadership is a certified B Corporation. Out Leadership convenes CEOs, business leaders and allies at exclusive invitation only events across 4 continents. Out Leadership also operates three talent initiatives: Quorum, which aims to increase LGBTQ+ representation on corporate boards; OutNEXT, the first global talent development program for emerging LGBTQ+ leaders; and OutWOMEN, connecting senior level LGBTQ+ women in business. 

 

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