LGBTQ+ people represent less than 0.7% of seats on Fortune 500 Boards

It’s time for change!

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Read our Inaugural 2023 Board Monitor Report on LGBTQ+ Board Diversity.

Formed in 2022 by Fabrice Houdart, the Association of LGBTQ+ Corporate Directors is the first and only organization of its kind to provide services, support and networking on behalf of LGBTQ+ existing and aspiring Board Members. The Association’s Members include top-tier LGBTQ+ professionals with the skills and expertise to make a difference in the Boardroom.

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Meet our growing community

Atticus Tysen

Nordstrom January 2023

Vanessa Pagueros

LivePerson January 2023

Patrick O’Keefe

Sun Country Airlines May 2022

Dwight McBride

Con Edison January 2021

Serge Dumont

East West Bank May 2022

Maggie Lower

Grindr May 2022

Marty Chavez

Alphabet July 2022

Mark Stephanz

RIMAR Capital September 2022

Cathy Halligan

JELD-WEN September 2022

Jay Herrati

Vimeo December 2021

Mary Beth Henson

Ares Capital Corporation March 2022

Beth Ford

Starbucks February 2023

David Hedley

Sanmina December 2022

Our estimate is that nearly 99% of Fortune 1000 corporate boards do not have the benefit of an LGBTQ+ perspective. Our Coalition is filling this gap.

Fabrice Houdart Executive Director

In their words

Including the perspectives of underrepresented groups in leadership roles will result in more innovation, improved productivity, and better economic outcomes.

David Chiu Assembly Member, California

There are many studies that indicate that having a more diverse board … improves the financial performance of a company.

Adena Friedman NASDAQ CEO

It’s time corporate boardrooms mirror the rich diversity of our country.

US Sen. Bob Menendez Member of the Senate Banking and Housing Committee

In diversity there is strength.

Maya Angelou

The biggest problem is that people had not spent enough energy focusing on finding people who could be great candidates for boards.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III President of the University of Maryland

Companies with more diversity on their boards are less likely to be subject to costly public governance controversies such as bribery, fraud, or shareholder battles.

Ariel Investments

Diversity of the board is an important element of giving investors confidence in the future sustainability of the company.

Adena Friedman NASDAQ CEO

Now that we know diverse boards perform better financially, they have a fiduciary responsibility to diversify.

Stephanie Lampkin CEO of Blendoor

It's important for employees, important for management teams and important for even customers in some cases to see that there is broad representation at the most senior levels of an organization.

Elizabeth “Busy” Burr Board Member Rite-Aid

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What we do

The Association of LGBTQ+ Corporate Directors leads this effort and work with partner organizations to:

  • Identify and track the ample pool of experienced top-tier LGBTQ+ leaders with Board service potential;
  • Develop educational opportunities for existing and aspiring LGBTQ+ Board members;
  • Create the networks and contacts with board influencers to help companies connect with LGBQ+ director candidates;
  • Give visibility to existing and top-tier aspiring LGBTQ+ board members;
  • Use the collective voice of its members to reach out to companies, institutional investors and the regulator to advance LGBTQ+ Board representation;
  • Develop metrics to monitor and report on progress.