Kathleen Sebelius joins Out Leadership’s Global Advisory Board

Out Leadership today announced that Kathleen Sebelius has joined its Global Advisory Board.

Sebelius served as the 21st Secretary of Health and Human Services, and was previously the Governor of Kansas.

On the occasion of her appointment, Sebelius has penned an op-ed detailing her commitment to working with American business to extend non-discrimination protections to LGBT people nationwide, either through the adoption of the Equality Act by Congress or through state-based action.

“I’m excited to partner with Out Leadership on its important work,” said Sebelius. “Throughout my career in public service, I have seen the tremendous positive impact that the united voice of the business community can have on policy, and in the lives of American citizens. Out Leadership’s deep engagement with many of the world’s most innovative companies uniquely situates it to further the campaign to ensure that all LGBT Americans are protected from discrimination at work, in housing, and in services.”

Out Leadership Founder and Principal Todd Sears said: “We are deeply honored by Secretary Sebelius’s decision to join our board. She has been a constant Ally to the LGBT community throughout her career in public service, and we look forward to working with her, particularly as our movement in the United States refocuses its efforts on the fight to expand protection from discrimination to LGBT people in every state in the nation.”

Sebelius joins 8 other influential LGBT and Ally global leaders who sit on Out Leadership’s Global Advisory Board and CEO Council, including:

  • Lloyd Blankfein, CEO and Chairman, Goldman Sachs
  • Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY Global Limited
  • Lord John Browne, Managing Partner, Riverstone Holdings, Former CEO, BP
  • Irene Dorner, Former President and CEO, HSBC USA
  • Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg Inc.
  • Ken Mehlman, Global Head of Public Affairs, KKR
  • Dr. Ashley Steel, Former Vice Chair, KPMG LLP
  • Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law

About Out Leadership

Out Leadership is a global LGBT business organization that partners with the world’s most influential companies to build business opportunities, cultivate talent, and drive LGBT equality forward. LGBT inclusion positively impacts business results, and including LGBT people at the most senior level of executive leadership powerfully and positively benefits business bottom lines. We call this idea Return on Equality™.

Comprised of 66 member firms from the financial services, technology, legal and insurance industries, and dedicated to cross-industry collaboration, Out Leadership is a certified B Corporation. Out Leadership operates two industry-specific business initiatives: Out on the Street and Out in Law, and two talent initiatives: Quorum, which aims to increase LGBT representation on corporate boards, and OutNEXT, the first global talent development program for emerging LGBT leaders.