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2021 Executive Forum

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The annual Out & Equal Executive Forum (ExFo) brings together global LGBTQ and ally senior executives and individual leaders from multi-national corporations and federal agencies. Combining professional development and in-depth exploration of the global landscape of LGBTQ workplace equality, participants also receive unique networking and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

EXFO Frequently asked questions 2021 ExFo recap


  • Learn to leverage your LGBTQ identity at work.
  • Identify what gets in your way as an LGBTQ or ally senior leader.
  • Explore how DEI is a business asset and can help drive cultures of belonging.
  • Better understand what it means to be a DEI change-agent and how you can change the culture in your organization.


  • LGBTQ Senior Executives: High-level LGBTQ executives charged with management and budget decisions for a significant business or function.
  • D&I Senior Executives: D&I executives charged with management and budget decisions for diversity and inclusion programs.
  • ERG Leaders: ERG executive sponsors and other ERG leaders who steer decisions at the national or international level.


Attendees may focus on one track or participate in sessions across all three. These workshop sessions will be interactive Zoom video meetings in order to facilitate interaction and dialogue.

  1. LGBTQ Leadership Track The three workshops under this track will explore key competencies for LGBTQ leaders: strategic vulnerability, power and influence, and leveraging your experiential knowledge for business strategy. Topics include corporate storytelling, board/community engagement, and leading teams.
  2. DEI Best Practices These workshops will explore cutting-edge topics around diversity, equity and inclusion work. Potential topics include: leading DEI initiatives after COVID/for remote workers; leveraging BRGS for maximum impact; latest work on trans/NB inclusion
  3. Intersectional Advocacy Intended for both LGBTQ and ally leaders and DEI practitioners, this track emphasizes empathy and connection as key leadership competencies. Workshops in this track underscore the need for intersectional approaches to DEI efforts and offer ways for participants to leverage their voices for inclusion. 
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Out & Equal is the global convener, thought leader and catalyst actively working to achieve workplaces of equality and belonging - supporting LGBTQ+ employees and leaders who thrive in their careers and lives and achieve greater impact on the world.