Selisse Berry

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Selisse Berry is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Since 1996, Selisse has built the Global LGBT Workplace Equality movement by creating a network of multi-national companies and federal agencies to work toward LGBT education, empowerment, and visibility.

When Selisse founded Out & Equal, less than 4% of Fortune 500 companies had LGBT protections. Through her tireless and fervent efforts 96% of companies now protect their LGBT employees. In the past 20 years, Selisse’s work has impacted more than 40 million people in over 50 countries and she has brought the promise of equality to Fortune 1,000 companies and US Government Agencies. Selisse has been awarded with honors from universities, corporations, media institutions, and legislators around the world. Selisse is the editor of Out & Equal at Work and the namesake of the San Francisco Business Times Selisse Berry Legacy Leadership Award. In 2015, she opened Out & Equal’s first East Coast office in Washington DC, where she lives with her wife, Cynthia.

Selisse Berry - Founder & CEO

Play Video

Selisse is a frequent speaker on workplace equality. Topics include:

• LGBT Workplace Equality both in the U.S. and Abroad

• My History as an LGBT Person and the Story About How and Why Out & Equal Workplace Advocates Was Created

• LGBT Civil Rights

• The Importance of Community Engagement with LGBT People and Allies

• How Out & Equal Foresees the Future of LGBT People

• Global Leadership in LGBT Diversity & Inclusion

• Leadership in Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

• Unpacking Unconscious Bias for Leaders in the Workplace

• LGBT Recruitment and Executive Promotion

• LGBT Diversity & Inclusion Leadership in the Government Sector