Australian investment bank Macquarie Group has joined Out Leadership, becoming the LGBT+ business organization’s first member company headquartered in Australia, the companies announced today.
The announcement caps a year of strong engagement in Australia for Out Leadership and its member companies, which convened at its inaugural Australian Summit in Sydney in May 2016 and at a VIP Reception on marriage equality in November of last year.
“As an organization that delivers important services to communities around the world, the diversity of our people has always been fundamental to our success,” said Nick O’Kane, Chairman of Macquarie’s Americas Diversity Council. “We established Pride@Macquarie to not just recognize our diversity but to empower us by embracing our differences and provide a platform for fully expressing our personal and professional experience, irrespective of sexual orientation.”
“We are proud to welcome Macquarie as a member of Out Leadership, as we work to deepen our engagement in the conversation around the business impact of LGBT+ inclusion in Australia,” said Todd Sears, Founder and Principal of Out Leadership. “By building connections between global and Australian business leaders, and engaging with strong partners in the region like Australian Marriage Equality and Pride in Diversity, we aim to help drive LGBT+ progress forward in Australia generally.”