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PRIDE 2021

LGBTQ+ at Egon Zehnder

A message from Egon Zehnder chairwoman Jill Ader

During this year’s Pride month, our Firm is reflecting on the difference a year can make. While we’ve had a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion, a group of passionate colleagues helped us realize our efforts to support, celebrate and advocate for LGBTQ+ community were not visible enough and were more ad hoc than comprehensive. We reflected on these shortcomings and then pledged to do better – for our candidates, our clients and for our own people.

Egon Zehnder committed to be more focused on and supportive of driving LGBTQ+ diversity and representation across the leadership spectrum, partnering with our clients to create more diverse candidate slates, opening up their understanding of LGBTQ+ diversity and experience and advising them on building and fostering inclusive cultures and psychological safety. We are also encouraging leaders to view their LGBTQ+ experience as an asset, empowering them to be their full selves both professionally and personally. This heightened authenticity enriches leaders’ abilities to tap into their full potential and encourages their team members to be more open, creating an unmatched bond of trust.

In the last year, we partnered with Out Leadership to promote LGBTQ+ representation at senior levels of businesses and worked together to include LGBTQ+ data in our Global Board Diversity Tracker for the first time. We launched ez+, a global LGBTQ+ and allies network to celebrate, support, empower and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community within Egon Zehnder and held ongoing inclusivity sessions and gatherings  across the Firm.  We were also accredited by the Human Rights Campaign as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” and are using the learnings from that process to push ourselves even further.

Many of the companies we work with are on similar diversity journeys. Each of us is at a different point, and we can support and inspire each other along the way. What we learned is that much can happen in a short amount of time when you are intentional about the change you want to see.

Our deepest gratitude to our colleagues who tirelessly encourage us to create a better world, where diverse and inclusive leaders not only grow; they thrive. Happy Pride!

Jill Ader and the proud leaders of ez+


Celebrating Pride Month at Egon Zehnder


This Pride Month, we are featuring the voices of prominent LGBTQ+ leaders. In our conversations, they share their stories of coming out at work, experiences as an LGBTQ+ professional, actions for organizations to improve their DE&I representation, as well as advice for LGBTQ+ individuals on navigating the professional world.

Below you can find the full conversations with these inspiring LGBTQ+ leaders.

LGBTQ+ Voices

  • CEO and Chair of Dow Inc.

    Jim Fitterling

    Fitterling shares his experience of coming out and how he promotes a diverse and inclusive corporate culture.

  • Board Member and Former Global Vice Chair, Public Policy at EY

    Beth Brooke

    At Out Leadership’s inaugural Quorum Summit in February 2021, Brooke joined Egon Zehnder Chairwoman Jill Ader to discuss how the conversation around inclusion has changed in recent years.

  • Board Member and Chair, Former CEO of Lloyd's London

    Dame Inga Beale

    Beale shares the importance of creating a safe environment to discuss sexual orientation openly.

  • EVP-President of Wine and Spirits Division at Constellation Brands

    Robert Hanson

    Hanson explains how Constellation Brands gave him the opportunity to grow and why potential can be more important than a lengthy CV.

  • Recently appointed Board Member to New York Times

    Beth Brooke

    As part of Out Leadership’s global virtual Pride event, Out Leadership Founder Todd Sears is joined by Lisa Blais, who leads the US Board Practice for Egon Zehnder, and pioneering LGBTQ+ leader and Board Director Beth Brooke, who was newly named to the New York Times Board.

LGBTQ+ at Egon Zehnder

Egon Zehnder and Out Leadership Announce Partnership

Egon Zehnder and Out Leadership Announce Partnership

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are absolutely thrilled to announce our partnership with Out Leadership, aimed at promoting LGBTQ+ representation at senior levels of business. Read more

Featured Insights on LGBTQ+ Diversity and Inclusion

I’m a Great Leader Because I’m LGBTQ+…Not in Spite of It

I’m a Great Leader Because I’m LGBTQ+…Not in Spite of It

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

As global leadership advisors, we see first-hand that the coming out experience is a transformative leadership moment. Whether you come out early in life… Read more

Coming Out Together: Creating CEO Allyship for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Coming Out Together: Creating CEO Allyship for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By connecting with their LGBTQ+ colleagues—by speaking up, listening, and learning—CEOs have the means to enact real and lasting change, and ultimately unleash the… Read more

2020 Global Board Diversity Tracker

2020 Global Board Diversity Tracker

For the past 16 years, Egon Zehnder has tracked gender and international diversity on boards around the world. This year, our 2020 report expands… Read more

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