We are #prOWd to celebrate 2019 Pride Month!
Oliver Wyman aspires to be a workplace that is as inclusive as possible, allowing our colleagues to be their full selves each and every day. Because of this, we want to recognize how important Pride Month is for our colleagues, clients, friends, and family, in particular as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
As this event is considered by many to be the beginning of the modern LGBT+ movement, this month Oliver Wyman looks to honor the journey that GLOW, our colleagues, and others have taken to improve the lives of LGBT+ people. Follow #prOWd to celebrate with us and learn about our many GLOW members, various events, volunteer projects, and more.
Click on the images below to learn more about the history of GLOW and the experiences of our Oliver Wyman colleagues:
International Trans Day of Visibility 2019
On March 31 we recognize International Trans Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate transgender and gender non-binary people, and to raise awareness of the discrimination these individuals continue to face. Over the past decade, transgender individuals have gained increasing recognition in our everyday society thanks to the tireless efforts of people like Laverne Cox, Jacob Tobia, and transgender advocacy organizations like GATE. However, transgender people continue to face a number of challenges, including lack of legal protection, poverty, barriers to healthcare, and violence.
At the end of 2018, Oliver Wyman signed the Business Statement for Transgender Equality, a commitment to protect the rights of transgender individuals in the workplace and in our communities. Oliver Wyman also supports the UN LGBTI Standards for Business, and GLOW has developed a number of resources to support our trans colleagues.
National Coming Out Day 2018
GLOW celebrates each anniversary of National Coming Out Day, which is observed internationally as a vehicle to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and to celebrate coming out. Many colleagues wear purple in the office as a sign of support and solidarity for LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies, and others have added to the dialogue of coming out within the workplace by sharing their personal stories. This year we are participating in the It Gets Better Project, which inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better. Thank you to our colleagues who shared these experiences:
I was most nervous about coming out to my dad. He just hugged me, told me he loved me no matter what, and that’s all I needed.
From the age of about 7, I knew I was different. I always felt quite alone. Now I’m married and looking to adopt. My family and friends could not be more supportive.
I was really angry as a child because I was always trying to hide something. When I came out everything got better. I was able to have a deeper relationship with my family.
More About GLOW
Fostering a culture of authenticity
People are at their best when they can be themselves. That’s why our LGBT+ and Allies network, GLOW, supports inclusion and diversity initiatives and advocates for the unique needs of Oliver Wyman’s LGBT+ and ally colleagues all around the globe.Cultivating a flourishing culture of inclusion
Through the work of our members, GLOW serves to champion more inclusive experiences for all Oliver Wyman colleagues, because when we feel included we flourish. To that end, GLOW members, both LGBT+ and allies, work to:
- Attract, retain and develop our LGBT+ talent pipeline
- Champion an open and inclusive culture where all colleagues – including LGBT+ colleagues – feel safe bringing their full selves to work
- Improve our colleagues' ability to connect across difference
- Develop inclusive leaders who recognize the value of intentionally inclusive teams
- Help the firm maximize the business benefits of LGBT+ inclusion
Making a global impact, one office at a time
GLOW’s diverse member base consists of LGBT and ally colleagues across all roles, levels, and geographies working together to foster the full inclusion of all Oliver Wyman colleagues.
For more information please email GLOW@oliverwyman.com
Pushing the firm forwardGLOW works to foster greater inclusion through its programs, initiatives, events and partnerships:
Oliver Wyman leadership has been extremely supportive of GLOW and its endeavors. The flagship Reverse Mentoring program was aimed at securing senior leadership engagement and cultural transformation around LGBT topics in the workplace through small group sharing. The Reverse Mentoring program was delivered to Oliver Wyman’s Global Leadership Team and triggered dynamic transformations among the group that led to a profound cultural shift and commitment to inclusion by OW leaders.
Subsequently, the program has also been rolled out to Practice Group Management Committees and Support Professional Leadership teams and has become part of the training curriculum for all Principals. GLOW presented on the effectiveness of Reverse Mentoring as a tool for leadership engagement at previous Out&Equal Workplace Summits.
GLOW hosts a Diversity Forum discussion series. Themes such as “Bringing Your Whole Self to Work” provide an opportunity for participating OW employees and GLOW members to discuss openness in the workplace. While some of the content is focused specifically on “coming out in the workplace,” the series also draws connections between the LGBT workplace experience and that of other consultants with similar personal attributes that they are unsure whether, or how, to share in the workplace. These discussions, occurring in offices throughout the globe, also introduce a global perspective on such a critical issue.
GLOW celebrates each anniversary of National Coming Out Day, which is observed internationally as a vehicle to raise awareness of the LGBT community and to celebrate coming out. Many colleagues wear purple in the office as a sign of support and solidarity for LGBT colleagues and allies. Many added to the dialogue of coming out within the workplace by sharing coming out stories on the OW intranet. We’ve also created a “Coming Out Toolkit” utilized globally.
Serving the communities in which we work
Ankur Bajaj spent three and a half months participating in a nonprofit fellowship at Australian Marriage Equality, an campaign that led the national movement to legalize marriage equality in Australia, and had the opportunity to take his boyfriend along for the journey. Learn more.
PROUT AT WORK is a German foundation dedicated to ensuring equal opportunities for LGBT*IQ people within the work environment. In the wake of a changing political sentiment and legal framework around LGBT*IQ in Germany and the EU, the organization aims to be a think tank, advisor and shaper of change within the work environment. Over a six-week period, Oliver Wyman supported PROUT AT WORK in developing a strategic outline until 2023 as well as initial implementation guidelines. Learn more.
The Boston office’s annual holiday charity auction sponsored Fenway health, a clinic focusing on the LGBT community. In addition, the office supports Community Servings which delivers meals to the chronically ill, including patients with HIV/AIDs.
GLOW works with the Ali Forney Center, which shelters and supports homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth. In addition, we partner with Safe Horizon on their Streetwork program, which provides shelter, counseling, and other services to homeless youth in NYC. As LGBTQ youth are disproportionately impacted by homelessness, a large portion of Streetwork clients identify as LGBTQ.
OW at the Ali Forney gala
Driving social impact through partnerships
Oliver Wyman is part of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions program, which is Britain's good practice employers' forum on sexual orientation. We know that people perform better when they can be themselves. Being a member of the Diversity Champions programme provides Oliver Wyman with one-to-one advice from Stonewall's Workplace team and the opportunity to network with high profile employers who are all committed to workplace diversity. Our partnership with Stonewall can contribute to making our workplace the best it can be. For everyone.
Oliver Wyman is proud to join our sister companies, Guy Carpenter, Marsh, and Mercer in partnership with the Human Rights campaign in their effort to make GLBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace a reality.
Our members and supporters proudly represented our parent company, MMC, at the Out&Equal Summit. The annual summit gathers employees and experts from around the world to share strategies and best practices to create workplace equality, inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Peter Walsh, Oliver Wyman’s MTE Managing Partner, described the Summit as “an incredibly enriching and eye-opening experience.” At previous summits, together with Mercer and our pro-bono partnership with Freedom to Marry and Out&Equal, Oliver Wyman released the report: “The Cost of Inconsistency: Quantifying the Economic Burden to American Business from the Patchwork Quilt of Marriage Laws”.