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Out & Equal exists to help LGBTQ people thrive at work, and to support organizations in creating better workplace culture where everyone feels like they belong. Both of those goals are supported by our new partnership with the Korn Ferry Foundation in support of the Leadership U for Humanity program.

LGBTQ people make good leaders. One study found that gay executives produced 35 to 60% higher levels of engagement, satisfaction, and morale compared to straight, male bosses. [1]

Investing in supporting LGBTQ leaders and in building strong leadership pipelines has a proven benefit, not just for individual employees but also for the engagement, job satisfaction, and morale of their teams – and ultimately for the strength of the entire organization.

Our partnership with the Korn Ferry Charitable Foundation is part of an effort to end underrepresentation in business leadership. We are thrilled to be the exclusive LGBTQ-focused partner organization working to step up representation of LGBTQ leaders in business. We are committed to making sure that the diversity that exists within the LGBTQ+ community is also present in this program and in leadership roles. We know that the LGBTQ community is not a monolith. Our diversity includes sexual orientation and gender identity. It also includes people of every race, ethnicity, nationality, creed, or ability. We must continue to expand the pipeline with a keen eye to the intersectional impact of diverse leaders.

Click here to download an overview of the program.

Meet our LUFH fellows

Maggie Wright

meet maggie

“Being an active member of the community to support inclusion is important to me so I can be that role model for others and advocate for meaningful change.”

Shaka Farr

Meet shaka

“You are capable of so much more than you realize.”

Shaun Amabile

meet shaun

“Make the investment in yourself!”

Taylor Rae Swensen

meet taylor

“Someone has to be the trailblazer.”

Priority will be given to individuals who are BIPOC, transgender, gender expansive, women, or who have another intersecting identity that is underrepresented among business leaders.

Applications are open to employees of Out & Equal partner organizations. Contact your partner liaison for more information.


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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.