Minority Corporate Counsel Association Names Out Leadership Founder Todd G. Sears Recipient of 2015 Paula L. Ettelbrick Award

May 21, 2015

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Washington, D.C. – The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) has named Todd G. Sears, Founder and Principal of Out Leadership, a recognized LGBT global strategic advising firm, as the 2015 recipient of the esteemed Paula L. Ettelbrick Award. Sears will receive the award at the MCCA Creating Pathways to Diversity Conference Opening Plenary on Monday, June 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, in Washington, D.C.

Out Leadership works at the intersection of LGBT and business, developing initiatives that build business opportunity, cultivate talent, and drive LGBT equality forward around the world. Out Leadership’s initiatives include Out on the Street, Out in Law, OutNEXT and Quorum.

“Todd’s lifelong innovation and insight on inclusion has allowed for many major companies to benefit from diversity,” said MCCA President and CEO Joseph K. West. “I believe Todd is very much deserving of this recognition”.

“I thank MCCA for this tremendous honor,” said Sears. “I had the privilege to personally know Paula Ettelbrick, and I learned a great deal from her work and her example.  I am personally very moved to accept this award, while noting that there’s still a tremendous amount of work to be done to achieve true LGBT equality around the world.”

Before founding Out Leadership, Sears was an investment banker and wealth manager. He created the first national team of financial advisors on Wall Street focused on the LGBT community at Merrill Lynch, before moving into diversity leadership at that firm and then at Credit Suisse. At Out Leadership, Todd works closely with the C-suite leadership of some of the world’s most influential companies to build business opportunity through diversity innovation.


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