Elizabeth Birch has bridged the corporate, media and civil rights worlds like few others. For nearly two decades, Elizabeth has been one of the most influential leaders of the civil rights community. With passion and an engaging style, she shares her incredible experiences as a civil rights activist, corporate executive and policy expert, to bring a fresh perspective and practical solutions to complicated issues.
From 1995 to 2004, she served as the President and Executive Director of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization. Credited with bringing LGBT issues into the living rooms of America in a new and creative way, Elizabeth helped open doors and change viewpoints, helping more Americans better understand gay lives and civil rights. Prior to joining HRC, Elizabeth was the worldwide director of litigation and HR counsel for Apple, Inc. and general counsel to Claris Corp., Apple’s software subsidiary.
Currently, she is President and CEO of The Elizabeth Birch Company, a media, communications and strategic change company. Elizabeth is frequently invited to speak to corporate and university audiences throughout the nation. Elizabeth brings her unique perspective and experience to organizations and Fortune 500 companies, helping them to transform their workforces, organizational culture and markets. From non-discrimination and domestic partner benefits policies to employee development and marketing strategy, Elizabeth Birch harnesses her passion to implement transformative solutions for her clients.
Elizabeth is now General Partner of True Blue Inclusion, a global diversity, inclusion and cultural integration firm.