11 Inspiring Quotes From LGBTQ Executives For A New Generation

&l;p&g;Leadership comes in many forms. In the past, leadership within the LGBTQ community was in risking coming out, protesting and political activism. More recently, it&a;rsquo;s sharing our stories with students on college campuses, in the media and in the boardroom.

&l;img class=&q;dam-image getty wp-image-519764198 size-large&q; src=&q;https://specials-images.forbesimg.com/dam/imageserve/519764198/960×0.jpg?fit=scale&q; alt=&q;&q; data-height=&q;664&q; data-width=&q;960&q;&g; 11 Inspiring Quotes from LGBTQ Executives for a New Generation (photo of Martine Rothblatt by Andre Chung for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Much of the progress for LGBTQ equality being made is because businesses see the value in having a diverse and engaged workforce. Business, such as Amazon, JP Morgan and The Gap understand that when employees feel safe enough to be themselves, then both their bottom line improves and their customers are happier. Employees who don&a;rsquo;t have to waste energy hiding parts of themselves have more energy to produce better work.

The good news is that we are seeing more business leaders coming out and identifying themselves as LGBTQ. Their courage and leadership send the message that we have the opportunities, we have the choice to become the next generation of business leaders, LGBTQ business leaders.

Below are 11 quotes from today&a;rsquo;s LGBTQ business leaders for tomorrow&a;rsquo;s LGBTQ business leaders. They show the attitude many have adopted and has allowed them to rise above perceived and real discrimination.

&l;strong&g;1. Gigi Chao&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Executive Vice Chairman of Cheuk Nang Holdings – &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;http://domaingang.com/domain-news/gigi-chao-quotes-as-the-com-reels-in-potential-suitors/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Whether it&a;rsquo;s my fault or not, the best way to resolve an issue, is to take responsibility for it.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

As Chao alludes, it takes time and energy to place blame. Why waste that energy? Rather focus on the solution and you&a;rsquo;ll shine as a leader.

&l;strong&g;2.&a;nbsp;JR Badian&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Former Vice-President, Digital Marketing and Social Media, MasterCard as a guest on the &l;em&g;Queer Money&l;/em&g;&a;trade; podcast said, &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;https://debtfreeguys.com/retraining-your-brain/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Your beliefs drive your perceptions, they drive your behaviors, and most of that is happening at the non-conscious level.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

Our beliefs are at the center of everything we do. If we believe we can become the success that we want, we&a;rsquo;ll develop the actions and habits to bring about that success.

&l;strong&g;3.&a;nbsp;Alan Joyce&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; CEO of Qantas Airlines &a;ndash; &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/qantas-chief-alan-joyce-no-success-without-risks/news-story/e566b527f211b29bd00e1a5cbd662641&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;You cannot get the full potential of people in your business if people have to hide who they are. And cannot contribute to the organization because they are scared of the impact it will have on their career progression.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

Joyce is echoing the sentiment of our mentor, Jay Allen. Don&a;rsquo;t waste your energy hiding parts of yourself. Either be yourself where you are or find the place where you can be yourself. Then, you&a;rsquo;ll prosper.

&l;strong&g;4.&a;nbsp;Jay Allen&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Former Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Charles Schwab &a;amp; Co. Allen was, also, Schwab&a;rsquo;s Pride Employee Resource Group&a;rsquo;s (ERG) Executive Sponsor &a;ndash; &a;ldquo;I&a;rsquo;m not a victim. &l;a href=&q;https://debtfreeguys.com/coming-out-at-work/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;&a;nbsp;I&a;rsquo;m not going to stay and work someplace where is a problem.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

Being a victim and being victimized are two very different things. By latching onto events that have hurt us, we&a;rsquo;re dropping an anchor that prevents us from moving on and thriving. It&a;rsquo;s not easy, but we can use the experiences of our past, both good and bad, to make the world a better place.

&l;strong&g;5.&a;nbsp;Martine Rothblatt&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Co-CEO of the United Therapeutics Corp. &a;ndash; &q;If you want to be an entrepreneur, you will succeed if you never give up. &a;rdquo;

Harvey Milk was successful because he believed he would be. He understood that he couldn&a;rsquo;t give up. If we want to lead, we must be patient and never stop pursuing our dreams.

&l;strong&g;6.&a;nbsp;Jonathan Mildenhall&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Executives and Chief Marketing Officer at Airbnb &a;ndash; &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;http://sayquotable.com/quotes/quote-about-if-you-dont-have-room-to-fail-you-dont-have-r-image.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;If you don&a;rsquo;t have room to fail, you don&a;rsquo;t have room to grow.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

Failure is a learning opportunity and not a monkey that rides our backs for the rest of our lives. Success is not a straight line. Enjoy the ride and make room for failure and learn from it.


&l;strong&g;7.&a;nbsp;Josh Stoffregen&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Vice-President, Head of Global Communications at Prudential, said as a &l;em&g;Queer Money&l;/em&g;&a;trade; guest, &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;https://debtfreeguys.com/prudentials-lgbt-financial-experience-survey/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;You want to be able to see yourself in the situation, and historically advertisements around retirement have been the Adirondack chairs, or yachts, or the grey-haired folks walking on the beach&a;mdash;and that&a;rsquo;s not what everyone looks like, and that&a;rsquo;s not what everyone&a;rsquo;s retirement looks like.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

Ask yourself, &a;ldquo;Am I represented in the marketing of my financial advisor or brokerage firm?&a;rdquo; If you aren&a;rsquo;t, work with those who have you and your family in their advertising.

&l;strong&g;8.&a;nbsp;Inga Beale&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Chief Executive at Lloyd&a;rsquo;s of London on being number one on the list of Top 100 LGBTQ Executives, &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/23/inga-beale-use-words-people-uncomfortable-with-lesbian-gay-lloyds&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;It&a;rsquo;s not about me. It&a;rsquo;s about what you do for other people. For me, it&a;rsquo;s so important because you need these role models.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo; Speaking between meetings at the World Economic Forum in Davos, she continued &a;ldquo;It&a;rsquo;s about giving people confidence,&a;rdquo; she says.

Beale&a;rsquo;s words ring true for many today. Without role models in media, on the streets and in our lives, many of us today might not have the opportunities to be out and to thrive.

&l;strong&g;9.&a;nbsp;Shamina Singh&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and President Barack Obama&a;rsquo;s nominee for the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service. When speaking at first LGBTQ discussion held at the World Economic Forum in Davos, &q;&l;a href=&q;https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/jon-miller/davos-lgbt_b_9052304.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;To innovate, and to do anything successfully in business, you need to have people of different backgrounds, and people who think differently when they are looking at the same situation you are, with a different set of eyes.&l;/a&g;&q;

Different is good. We want people to accept our differences. Let&a;rsquo;s do the same in return.

&l;strong&g;10.&a;nbsp;Sean Howell&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; Co-Founder of Hornet Networks, a queer social media platform with over 25 million monthly users, said as a &l;em&g;Queer Money&l;/em&g;&a;trade; guest, &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;https://debtfreeguys.com/pink-dollar/&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;Economic inequality is not just a lack of money, it&a;rsquo;s an inability to realize one&a;rsquo;s full potential in life, and I think brands have a long way to help us move our community forward.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

The power of the pink dollar is important not just in how we spend it but how we shape the dialog of the country and, indeed, the world. Brands that support us via LGBTQ inclusion in their ads help shape that dialog. Let&a;rsquo;s reward them.

&l;strong&g;11.&a;nbsp;Tim Cook&l;/strong&g; &a;ndash; CEO of Apple &a;ndash; &a;ldquo;&l;a href=&q;https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/t/timcook453191.html&q; target=&q;_blank&q; rel=&q;noopener noreferrer&q; target=&q;_blank&q;&g;You can only do so many things great, and you should cast aside everything else.&l;/a&g;&a;rdquo;

Some of us are activists on the streets and in the halls of politics, and some of us are activists in the boardroom. If you have a keen mind for business, then stay out of the streets and halls of politics and impact business as an LGBTQ leader. Others will thank and follow you.

With every relay race, there&a;rsquo;s the opportunity to shine as an individual and as a team. Every day there&a;rsquo;s the opportunity for us to take the baton from another LGBTQ leader and shine for ourselves and our community. Will you be the next LGBTQ business leader?&l;/p&g;

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