I spoke with Brown to find out what entrepreneurs at growing businesses can do to encourage workplace inclusion from the start, how to drive more diverse talent into the hiring pipeline, ways leadership can encourage LGBTQ employees to find their voice at work and other techniques for fostering inclusion in business.
Setting up an inclusion program can help your employees feel comfortable to be their full selves at work, while cultivating diversity at your company. In past roles, I’ve experienced what it is like to be in the closet at work and without a doubt it made me feel uncomfortable, stifling my growth as a professional.
The right to marry a same sex partner in the U.S. is a fantastic development, but there are many more challenges ahead. You’re out in your personal life, but not at work and unfortunately this is commonplace as a leader in the business world.