At One Equal World, we often talk about the importance of visibility. From more women being accepted in athletics and STEM fields, to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals being genuinely represented on television and in film, it is vital that professional and social fields be inclusive of people of all kinds. Without visibility, workplaces, media, and public spaces won’t be safe and open to different kinds of identities; attaining visibility for marginalized people will help to create a more equal world.
Corporate finance is one field in which openly LGBT people have long been overlooked or just plain excluded from. There are few openly LGBT CEOs, corporate business owners, and other executive positions, which suggests that LGBT stigmatization pervades these high power industries.
One organization that seeks to change this is Out on the Street, a subdivision of Out Leadership that champions diversity in business. Created by Todd Sears, Out on the Street aims to promote a culture of inclusivity in major corporations, and operates under the knowledge that diversity in executive leadership is the key to successfully growing a business.
Out Leadership, the umbrella organization that created Out on the Street, is committed to developing innovative initiatives to leverage opportunities for LGBT people and beyond. “Out on the Street is the first global LGBT leadership organization for the financial industry, by the financial industry,” its mission statement explains. This business-driven division of Out Leadership is acutely focused on increasing opportunities and safety for LGBTs in corporate business, and is making strides towards improving visibility for LGBT people in business.
Learn more about how Out on the Street is creating visibility for LGBT people in business by visiting our full profile of the influential organization.
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