To all our employees, clients, friends, and family members who belong to and are allies of the LGBTQ+ community globally: We celebrate you. Together, we are shaping a better world where every individual can proudly be their true self. At Egon Zehnder, we embrace difference as one of our core values and are deeply passionate about helping individuals and organizations unlock their potential to grow and thrive.
While we have much to celebrate this Pride Month, the work to support and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community continues all year long. In the last couple of years, we made important strides toward that by establishing a partnership with Out Leadership to promote LGBTQ+ representation at senior levels of businesses and by creating ez+, a global network to celebrate, support, empower and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community within Egon Zehnder. In 2022, we also earned, for the second consecutive year, the “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” accreditation by the Human Rights Campaign.
As Egon Zehnder continues to push ourselves further in this journey, we reassure all our LGBTQ+ members and allies of our strongest commitment to keep working for representation and inclusion across the board. Happy Pride!
In Conversation with Julia Hoggett and Pippa Dale
Egon Zehnder consultant Charlie Beasley sat down with London Stock Exchange CEO Julia Hoggett and Director of SparkLive Pippa Dale to discuss how coming out has impacted their careers, how LGBTQ+ leaders can become powerful role models, and how organizations should approach DEI.
“We talk endlessly about finding your voice in the meeting place, being able to structure yourself, and that is something LQBTQ people really face.”
London Stock Exchange CEO Julia Hoggett and Director of SparkLive Pippa Dale share how coming out has shaped their careers, from coming out to inspiring others. Read more
“How can I be seen as a role model for a lot of these young women? I realized my job was to start talking about my experience in a way that first was quite uncomfortable.”
Julia Hoggett and Pippa Dale of the London Stock Exchange discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ role models in senior leadership positions. Read more
“Diversity and inclusion is about being honest and having difficult conversations, acknowledging where organizations haven’t gotten things right.”
Julia Hoggett and Pippa Dale of the London Stock Exchange on why the DEI agenda should be part of the day job, not a side gig. Read more
LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Boardroom
Out Leadership, with support from Egon Zehnder, recently hosted the OutQuorum Summit. The event convened senior executives, corporate secretaries, existing Board members, and senior business leaders for discussions covering the state of LGBTQ+ diversity in the Boardroom, progress to date, and the challenges ahead. Watch below for discussion highlights.
“A lot of these conversations stem from more human-centric leadership, but it’s yet to convert into boards proactively seeking LGBTQ+ candidates.”
Out Leadership Founder and CEO Todd Sears and Egon Zehnder Chair Jill Ader discuss how company boards can leverage a growing level of awareness and regulation around LGBTQ+ inclusion to create meaningful change. Read more
“Companies should be asking if they are doing enough about LGBTQ+ inclusion. If we unlock our human and collective potential, then businesses grow.”
Todd Sears and Jill Ader underscore why leadership advisory firms need set the example on DEI and LGBTQ+ inclusion by embedding them into their work. Read more
“Retention is about being inclusive, it’s about unlocking human potential. This is a moment in time we need to capitalize on that momentum.”
Looking ahead to the future, Todd Sears and Jill Ader talk about why they believe that LGBTQ+ board diversity will be a requirement for companies to operate. Read more
“Big companies can move the needle on LGBTQ+ leadership by placing specificity, discussing, and pushing the community forward.”
Egon Zehnder Consultant Lisa Blais makes the case for more specificity around LGBTQ+ disclosure and provides advice to those seeking their first board seat. Read more
“You are a good candidate regardless of being LGBTQ+. As more companies file disclosures, it’s important to reflect that diversity on the board.”
In the past decade, the placement of LGBTQ+ leaders nearly doubled in the boardroom, says Lisa Blais. At the same time, boards have yet to include it as a metric for board diversity. Read more
For Egon Zehnder consultants Charlie Beasley and Satyajeet Thakur, a diverse executive pipeline is there. Now, there needs to be institutional momentum to boost their participation in the boardroom. Read more
We at Egon Zehnder passionately believe that diverse and inclusive leaders are able to create a better world where individuals and organizations not only… Read more
The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad. Read more
We are absolutely thrilled to announce our partnership with Out Leadership, aimed at promoting LGBTQ+ representation at senior levels of business. Read more