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CEB Pride: Making Progress, Making an Impact

16 June, 2015

Warren Thune

Group President / CEBer since 2004

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) in the US, and is the time around the world that communities recognize the contributions of the LGBT community.

This is also is a good moment for me to look back at the first eight months of progress of our LGBT affinity group, CEB Pride. I’m proud to say our team has accomplished a number of key milestones including:

The formation of CEB Pride and the progress the team has been making, and will continue to make, will have a large impact on CEB. CEB is a talent-driven business, we will win and lose based on the talent we have – from Sales and Service to Product, and everything in between. By being known as having an open and accepting environment, we will continue to attract and retain the very best talent from the broadest talent pool available.

According to the Williams Institute, LGBT talent makes up nearly 7% of the workforce, and we know from our Talent Measurement research that even a 1% advantage in attracting and retaining talent, compounded year after year, is a game changer for a company. If CEB can be the employer of choice for 7% of the workforce, we win.

Add in all the people that want to be a part of a culture that supports diversity and inclusion, and we are looking at more than just 7% of the workforce. In fact, I’m learning that it is likely much more than 7% of CEB’s workforce.  At our February 2015 kickoff session, I was pleased to hear that roughly half the attendees were allies.

While some of those allies were there specifically to support CEB’s LGBT community, some were there because they were new to the firm and simply thought it would be a good way to meet people and make new friends.  For someone (me) who was alive (barely) for the Stonewall Riots (LGBT Pride month commemorates the anniversary of those riots) I was so pleased to hear allies say they came to the CEB Pride meeting just to make friends – that is not the environment I grew up in, but it is the environment we are lucky to have at CEB.

There is still much work to do, inside and outside of CEB, and that is why CEB Pride is so important. I’m honored to work with the group and looking forward to what we can accomplish in the months and years ahead.

Warren Thune, Corporate Champion for CEB Pride

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