Out & Equal Workplace Advocates founder and longtime CEO Selisse Berry announced this week that she’s stepping down after more than 20 years with the San Francisco-based nonprofit.
Since Berry founded the organization in 1996, it has worked to ensure LGBT rights for workers at corporations around the world.
Berry will leave her post in August, but she’ll remain with Out & Equal in an advisory role, the organization said in a news release Wednesday (March 15).
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to create and lead this incredibly important organization,” Berry stated. “In partnership with hundreds of the world’s largest multi-national corporations we have achieved more for LGBT workplace equality than I ever dreamed possible 20 years ago.”
Out & Equal board co-chair and GE General Manager said, “When Selisse began her work in 1996, only four percent of Fortune 500 companies included sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies. Today, 92 percent of them have inclusive policies. Selisse’s work transformed the landscape and showed what is possible when determination, collaboration, and vision come together.”
The nonprofit has launched an executive search for Berry’s replacement.