Todd Sears is the Founder and Principal of Out Leadership, a certified B Corp and strategic advisory firm dedicated to extending equality and access to opportunity for LGBT people worldwide. As the first truly global LGBT business organization, Out Leadership connects leaders across the world’s most influential industries to create business opportunities, cultivate talent, and drive LGBT equality forward.
In 2011, Sears launched Out on the Street with support from 6 of the world’s top financial institutions. Since then, Out Leadership has grown to include 66 of the world’s most influential businesses as members, and leads four additional global initiatives: Out in Law; OutNEXT, the first global leadership development program for emerging LGBT leaders; Quorum, which seeks to increase the representation of openly LGBT directors on corporate boards; and OutWOMEN, which connects senior LGBT women in business.
Todd began his career as an investment banker before moving to Merrill Lynch to become a Financial Advisor, where he created the first team of financial advisors on Wall Street to focus on the LGBT community and brought $1.5 billion of new assets to the firm. Todd then moved into diversity leadership, pioneering equality initiatives first at Merrill Lynch and then at Credit Suisse.
Sears serves on the non-profit boards of the Williams Institute of UCLA, The Palette Fund, the Global Equality Fund of the United States Department of State and Lambda Legal; he was the founding chair of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which he ran for 10 years. He is a graduate of Duke University.