Out to Succeed


Broad research into the experiences and expectations of LGBT+ workers had previously been conducted, however little information is available specifically around early-career LGBT+ professionals.


In partnership with PwC, Out Leadership undertook a research project aimed at exploring the experiences and expectations of early-career, high-potential LGBT+ professionals. 

Drawing on cohorts from Out Leadership’s OutNEXT LGBT+ leadership develop program, we surveyed emerging leaders who had been identified by their companies as high-performing and high-potential around important aspects of their career including their comfort in being out in the workplace, mentorship and sponsorship, willingness to relocate, and importance of LGBT+ inclusive policies and workplace cultures.

The responses to this survey revealed gaps between what LGBT+ professionals and companies view as important in their careers. In particular, respectively 97% and 99% of LGBT+ respondents viewed LGBT+ inclusive policies and reputation as a fair and equal employer as important to making an organization attractive, while only 39% and 57% of companies felt the same.


Insights from this research were distilled in the report Out to Succeed: Realizing the Full Potential of LGBT+ Talent and launched to an audience of senior executives in May 2018. The report has also been made available online.


Wes Werbeck
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Since 2011, Out Leadership has engaged more than 300 CEOs on five continents in conversations about the business impact of LGBT+ equality, and I have seen first-hand the power CEOS have to drive inclusion within their companies, in their communities, and around the world. The engagement of the global C-Suite has truly benefited the progress of LGBT+ equality, and CEOs will continue to play a critical role in our movement. 

Todd Sears
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