2023 Out Leadership OutNEXT Global Summit


Citi Global Headquarters in New York City was the location for the 2023 Out Leadership OutNEXT  Global Summit September 27 and 28, co-sponsored by RBC Capital Markets. To quote their website: "Out Leadership is the global LGBTQ+ business platform CEOs and multinational companies trust to generate Return on Equality®." Hundreds of young professionals from eleven countries came to the summit that consisted of two days of panel discussions, fireside chats, lunches and cocktail receptions for LGBTQ+ leaders in business, finance, law, and the arts.

Mila Jam
Recording artist and Senior Advisor for Global Transgender Initiatives for Out Leadership Mila Jam emceed, and Out Leadership CEO Todd Sears  welcomed the participants. Our own Nina Kennedy  served as a panelist for the opening session titled "Using Your Identity to Build a Meaningful Career." Other panels included "Mentorship & Sponsorship," "Advocacy & Impact," "Building a Personal Brand Leadership," and "How Driven Leaders Can Find Balance."

Nina Kennedy speaking during the "Using Your Identity to Build a Meaningful Career" panel

Celebrity guests included Ali Krieger, "two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time World Cup Champion, Captain of NY/NJ Gotham FC, Activist, & Mother." Trans activists, mentors, & parents Hannah & Jake Graf were also present for a Fireside Chat. (Coincidentally, Hannah & Jake Graf shared a page with Nina Kennedy in London's Diva Magazine when their books were launched.)

Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride - who is running for Congress, and if elected would be the only transgender member of Congress - was a participant in the Advocacy & Impact panel discussion, along with Brian Sims and Jeffrey TrachtmanDr. Cindi Love, Executive Director of Out for Undergrad (O4U), gave a moving presentation, and Stacey Stevenson, CEO of Family Equality, presented a talk titled "A Vision for the Future of LGBTQ+ Equality."

A closing reception was hosted by ReedSmith where results of the survey Out to Succeed 2.0 were launched.


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