LGBT+ women business leaders discuss how intersectional identities create management insights

More than one hundred LGBT+ women in business will gather at Bloomberg’s Global Headquarters in New York City for the OutWOMEN Breakfast held as the second session of the Out Leadership: U.S. 2018 LBGT+ Senior Summit, sponsored by Ropes & Gray.

OutWOMEN, a talent accelerator dedicated to convening and celebrating LGBT+ women in business, is sponsored in the United States by Bloomberg, Hogan Lovells, IBM, and Mastercard.

“As a gay woman, I’m keenly aware of the long road we are on toward full inclusion. While we have made a lot of progress, it is important that we do more to demonstrate our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, compassion and open-mindedness,” said Stacey FriedmanGeneral Counsel, JPMorgan Chase. “Organizations like OutWOMEN have a vital role to play in helping us to accomplish this, by creating space for LGBT+ women to learn from one another and build strong connections.”

“One of the simplest, most powerful things OutWOMEN does is bring together LGBT+ women business leaders who don’t know each other, but ought to, so we can all see what happens,” said Stephanie Sandberg, Managing Director, OutWOMEN “We work against the atomizing trends that make women and LGBT+ senior business leaders so rare, creating a special alchemy. The conversations occasioned by #MeToo have highlighted some of the challenges women who scale the corporate ladder face. We look forward to discussing some personal and organizational approaches our panelists have taken to navigate them.”

“Doing the right thing is simply good business,” said Cathy Bolz, Bloomberg’s Global Head of Benefits.  “It’s also very hard work. I believe today’s discussion will leave you full of optimism, but I also hope you go away charged with resolve and with the sense that there is a tremendous opportunity for you to create real, lasting change in your offices and communities.”

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