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Friday, February 18, 2011

Six Wall Street Firms Plan LGBT Summit


“Out on the Street,” planned for March 30 at Deutsche Bank at 60 Wall Street, will be the first-ever LGBT leadership summit sponsored by top Manhattan financial firms.

The gathering, which will bring together senior executives from Deutsche, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley, will focus on two issues –– Wall Street as a career choice for LGBT professionals and ways for companies to leverage LGBT diversity to strengthen new business development.

According to organizers of the event, 48 percent of LGBT professionals are still in the closet at work.

Among the speakers at the summit with be Deutsche Bank CEO Seth Waugh, Mitch Cox, head of wealth management at Barclays, Bonnie Howard, chief auditor at Citigroup, R. Martin Chavez, a partner at Goldman, and Linda Riefler, head of global equity and fixed income research at Morgan Stanley.

Others making presentations at the summit include Kevin Jennings, an assistant secretary of education in the Obama administration, Dr. Brad Sears, president of the Williams Institute, a UCLA Law School think tank that works on legal issues related to sexual orientation, Sylvia Ann-Hewlett, president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, and author Brian McNaught, an LGBT leadership expert.

For more information on the summit, contact Jonathan Saw at


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