Since the beginning of the year, I have been quietly building my new company, Elizabeth Birch Company/Global Out. In this new venture, I focus much more deeply on LGBT corporate work, both here in the U.S. and globally.
The recent Supreme Court decision striking down Section 3 of DOMA is a monumental game-changer and every company needs to understand the post DOMA (Section 3) world. The Windsor decision not only impacts LGBT lives (with another wonderful step toward equality), but there are many implications for company policies in a wide variety of areas. We are very focused on ensuring our clients are post DOMA-ready.
And, by dismissing the Prop 8 case, the Court also made California the 13th state to implement civil marriage for gay couples (again). Simply put, we are living in extraordinarily dynamic times with policies and laws that affect LGBT employees and their families shifting almost daily.
By working with executive teams, ERG executive sponsors, middle management and other key leaders, I feel I have cracked the code in a fresh way -- and have gained new insights into how to help shift corporate culture to higher and more positive ground for LGBT talent. By extension, teams are growing stronger -- and innovative and creative solutions flow more readily.
I have also developed a new playbook for allies -- new messages and ways to lend valuable support to LGBT family, friends and employees.
Finally, I am particularly excited about my speech offerings. For example, in one, Innovation on Fire: The Power of Out in the Workplace, the purpose is to better ground LGBT employees (and those who manage them) this unique and powerful moment of history in which we live. I invite each LGBT person to embrace the insights and skills they have gained growing up gay. While there are societal challenges, there are also great gifts to be gained and leveraged by living an open, honest and authentic life -- gifts that can enhance any workplace setting.
Here are some recent testimonials about this work:
"The afternoon’s organizers at McDonalds struck gold when scheduling Elizabeth Birch, as she was a lively and engaging speaker, with an insatiable passion for the diversity & inclusion journey. It was perfectly clear that she understands the importance of inviting the changing faces of today’s workforce to the table as she underscored the importance of making all people feel comfortable to be who they are in the workplace."
– William Kapfer, VP, LGBT Marketing, Walter Isaacson
"I led the diversity debate within a major global / U. S. company for 15 years from 1991 to 2006. That journey included the key GLBT debates of our generation. Domestic Partner Benefits, college recruiting, advertising, employee groups, inclusion in employee surveys, and inclusion in the personnel resource system as a group. It was then, and is now, my practice to speak to Elizabeth when engaging in these debates -- on strategy and the associated communications plans following approval. Elizabeth is an asset, not just with the emotion driven troops, but in the private discussions with senior executives. With the troops, she is the impassioned civil rights leader. And with the senior executives, she is the corporate attorney -- intellectually honest, and effective in both roles in framing the issues with precise, hardnosed discussion."
– Ted Childs, Vice President, Global Workforce Diversity, IBM, Retired; Principal, Ted Childs LLC
"Elizabeth's visionary, inspiring and incisive speech at the Parks GLBT People at Work Forum made us feel very proud of what we are doing to make the workplace in Italy more inclusive. Elizabeth made it possible for us to savor for a moment what it will be like when we get there. The simplicity of her wonderfully contagious words made a lasting effect on all of us - both LGBT participants and our straight allies. We at Parks are delighted that Elizabeth could share with us her immense experience and are grateful for her encouragement and support."
– Igor Suran, Deputy Director, Parks - Liberi e Uguali
I want to be able to be of service to clients that I have served in the past. You have first dibs on engaging consulting services. We will follow up to assess your needs for the balance of the year and into 2014. Note: There will also be global offerings starting in 2014.
Global Out U.S. Offerings and Products
Hot Topics and Trends
- Impact of DOMA Repeal: Are you Post DOMA-Ready?
- This briefing is available as a webinar or onsite, and covers the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Windsor and steps companies must take to be Post-DOMA ready.
- Keynote Addresses
- Our Time: This Extraordinary Moment in LGBT History
- Innovation on Fire: The Power of Out in the Workplace
- LGBT Allies: The Playbook for Effective Support
- Panel Discussions
- High impact sessions featuring a company's own employees as they share their stories and perspectives. Also available: facilitated panels and interviews with leading political, media, entertainment and/or sports figures.
Coaching and Roundtable Offerings
- Executive Roundtable Discussions
- A Safe Space to Explore LGBT Issues - These sessions have brought about breakthrough understanding, as Executives are provided with an opportunity to ask anything that confuses or troubles them. Given my background as a lawyer, corporate executive and LGBT advocate, they feel very comfortable opening up and working through the issues.
- Executive Coaching
- For Executives who are the Lead for LGBT ERGs or Executive, Manager or Supervisor in need of extra support to be a great manager of LGBT talent.
- Middle Management Training
- For true LGBT climate change to take hold, it is essential that Middle Management buyin and attach to the larger vision. These sessions have proven critical to true change.
Organizational Assessments & Analytics
- Basic Assessment & Analytics
- Global Out's Basic Assessment provides important insight into the road ahead for any company. It includes our view of best practices, public policy postions, community positioning (marketing and sponsorships), and ERG workplan development.
- Premium Assessment & Analytics
- In addition to everything provided in the Basic Assessment, Global Out's Premium Assessment features a climate and environmental analysis -- includes a self assessment on coming out and analytical tools focused on the LGBT experience.
Global Offerings in 2014:
- "Expanding LGBT policies to Global Operations"
- EBCO/Global Out will be facilitating workshops in the following countries in 2014:
More information on these exciting new offerings will be sent soon.
Because you are a preferred client and friend, I am reaching out to you early. Time is limited so please let us know how we might meet your needs and support your efforts for the balance of the year and in 2014.
And on that note, I'd like to introduce to you, Phil Attey, our VP, Business Development and Operations. Phil will be following up with you on logistics around your future support and scheduling needs. If you have any questions, please contact him at Phil@ElizabethBirchCompany.com. And, you can reach me with any comments or inquiries at Elizabeth@ElizabethBirchCompany.com.