ExFo offers an immersive experience in which participants gain a deep understanding of cutting-edge practices and knowledge to address the most pressing challenges and opportunities in LGBTQ+ workforce inclusion and belonging. Participants are organized into learning cohorts to foster concentrated problem solving and relationship-building. ExFo is a transformative professional development experience that moves leaders beyond lectures and typical network sessions to collaborate and problem solve within cohorts.The LGBTQ+ community and its allies face unparalleled challenges –from a lack of legal equality to a dramatically shifting corporate landscape on all things DEIB and advocacy. Sustainable change requires more than case studies and best practices: it requires leaders to grow their own self-awareness, emotional intelligence and communication skills. ExFo brings a diverse set of subject matter experts to facilitate one-of-a-kind professional development and skills-based sessions.

ExFo is designed to place participants in learning sessions and in networking groups that most closely align with your organizational level, role/function, and professional interest. Participants will be asked for career information and preferred cohorts during registration to help ensure a quality learning experience.

LGBTQ+ Senior Executive Cohort

Who attends: LGBTQ executives charged with management and budget decisions for a significant businessunitor function. They also have direct access to a CEO separated by no more than two levels

Join this cohort if you’re interested in honing your authentic leadership style, exploring inclusive communications practices for C-suite leaders, and collaborating with other senior leaders toget hands-on experiences with realistic case studies of current challenges.

DEIB Senior Leaders Cohort

Who Attends: Leaders charged with management and budget decisions for a DEIB-related business or function. These leaders have worked in DEIB for at least five years. They also have direct access to a CEO separated by no more than two levels.  

Join this cohort if you’re interested in: maximizing your impact and influence within your organization; reconciling diverse stakeholder interests; learning new best practices for LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion with an emphasis on emerging challenges; and building a robust network of fellow DEIB leaders.  

DEIB Practitioners Cohort

Who attends: DEIB managers charged with operationalizing your organization’s DEIB budget, plans, and metrics.  

Join this cohort if you’re interested in: learning the nuts and bolts of current best practices such as LGBTQ+ self-ID; essentials of corporate advocacy, generational differences and insights; enhancing individual strategies of resilience as practitioners in these challenging times; and collaborating with peers on new strategies for success and impact.  


Resource Group Leaders Cohort  

Who attends: Resource group leaders who steer decisions at the national or international level for their employee or business resource group.  

Join this cohort if you’re interested in: identifying your spheres of influence to increase your impact; maximizing executive sponsorship and internal advocacy; developing strategic programs and annual plans; and entering a global network of similarly situated leaders

Ascending Executives Cohort

Who attends: LGBTQ+ professionals with at least ten years of career experience, management experience, resource group leadership (or significant participation) and/or identified as high-potential by their organization.  

Join this cohort if you’re interested in: cultivating your LGBTQ+ leadership profile; identifying and expanding your sphere of influence; career strategy planning; storytelling to drive change; and expanding your network of LGBTQ+ leaders.  

Next Gen Leaders Cohort

Who attends: High-potential LGBTQ+ employees in the first 5-10 years of their careers. 

Join this cohort if you’re interested in: identifying your leadership style; learning to leverage your unique story to influence change; developing advocacy skills and engaging in career trajectory planning. 




Out & Equal’s annual Momentum Gala is a celebratory evening to close out Executive Forum. Join us for a night of drinks and dinner, remarks and entertainment! The Momentum Gala is included with each attendee’s Executive Forum registration. Additional details are coming soon! If you have any questions, please contact .

2023 Executive Forum Agenda