Stanford University Graduate School of Business in the USA have announced that they will be running a ‘Boot Camp’ for future gay business leaders.
The weeklong boot camp will take place in July and is open to midcareer leaders who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and will be called the Stanford LGBT Executive Leadership Program.
The course will address issues like coming out at work alongside personal leadership assessments and management training from the program’s directors, professor Sarah Soule and lecturer Thomas Wurster.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Drs. Soule and Wurster canvassed executives and human-resources managers, who said they wanted executive-training offerings for gay managers.
Companies will be able to nominate employees, while individuals will also be able to apply for a position in the program with a price tag of $12,000. Currently, Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, is the only openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
“We’re at an inflection point. Companies are moving quickly to build out diversity in their leadership teams, but we’ve seen relatively few senior executives who are LGBT and out,” Dr. Wurster said.
In the UK, the country’s leading LGBT Executives are recognised annually in the Out At Work & Telegraph Top 50 List, which was topped this year by Anthony Watson Chief Executive Officer of Uphold Inc. The List is compiled via public nominations and aim to celebrate LGBT executives making a difference in the workplace, regardless of seniority.