Just look at us this month: the cast of rich kids on HBO, the obsession with the drab offsprings of a kleptocratic Royal family, the divorces of not one but two ultra-rich couples, season 3 of “Succession”, the space travels of two megalomaniac billionaires and the Instagram tarmac shots of influencers heading to summer weekends in Portugal.
We need a great hashtag, something more impactful than #eattherich. And we need to use it to collectively frown upon every unnecessary display of wealth.
Besides the fact that extreme wealth is gross, perception of inequalities, more than inequalities themselves, are fueling instability…
Looking back at Out Leadership’s past 12 months of advocacy
The LGBTQ+ world has its own fiscal year from Pride to Pride. Here are some highlights of our work at the intersection of business and the movement.
Quorum. We championed LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Board Diversity section of H.R.1187 — Corporate Governance Improvement and Investor Protection Act, a governance Bill which passed the house in June 2021. We supported the NASDAQ SEC proposal which would mandate diverse Board members including on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. We finalized partnership with Equilar and Eghon Zehnder and strengthened…
A rather blunt summary of my exile
Not all years hold identical value. There are some that one waits out: childhood in unhappy families, adolescence in suburbia I am told and that last year Anthony Hopkins just felt the need to spell out for the world. There are others that must be spent under the influence: all of your twenties for sure, some of your thirties maybe. But your forties are too valuable to waste because you are simply running out of years.
Ode to the bravery of those who struggle
On Mental Health Awareness Week [10 to 16 May 2021]
Those who get out of bed because they were told they have to. Those who valiantly argue with themselves to get dressed. Those who hover above the bathroom sink undecided about brushing their teeth. Those who expertly convince their mind it will be worth it. Those who don’t manage to. Those who consider returning to bed. Those who return to bed — fully dressed. Those who have had several arguments with people that are not there by 8 a.m. Those that have…
Is happiness a political question?
Any politician that does not have the environment at the center of his political platform in 2021 is “ubuesque”, and not fit for office.
The question of happiness would probably qualify at this point too. When a sizeable segment of the population reports a similar problem which interferes with the functioning of society, it leaves the personal sphere, and in this case the medical one, to enter the political one.
Yet, politicians almost never list mental health well-being or the ability to cope as part of their focus — with maybe an exception for Marianne…
I slept poorly last night. Not asleep but not really awake: ruminating in a daze for what felt like hours. I gradually convinced myself I had long haul Covid. 100% convinced. I computed the facts: low energy, shoulder aches and difficulties concentrating (even on Schitt’s Creek or the New York Magazine approval matrix which says it all). In my insomnia, it finally all made sense: I must have caught the virus months ago, not noticed it and now long-haul Covid is slowly incapacitating me. I woke up depressed trying to put on a cheerful attitude for the boys.
On January 15, 2020 last year I joined Out Leadership after 20 years of public service. As 2020 (finally) comes to an end, I take stock of progress and achievements. While the pandemic derailed many of our plans, thanks to the agility of Out Leadership team, I was able to accomplish some of my goals in bridging the LGBTQ+ experience and the corporate world. I also had the great pleasure to spend more time with my 7 year old sons as most of it happened from my home while the twins were out of school. Here are some 2020 highlights:
I read news last night that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s children had withdrawn from their DC school after administrators raised concerns about their adherence to Covid19 precautions.
With more than 244,000 Americans dead and rising from the novel coronavirus, health experts continue to plead for people to adhere to their guidelines and yet most American continue to claim their freedom not to. This personal freedom argument is even championed by President Trump (and his family) generally refusing to wear a mask, despite the authorities’ recommendations which resulted in the above-mentioned decision.
I read a few of the candidates’ tweets as soon as I woke up today because one has to distract oneself on such an anxiety-ridden morning. They were exactly what you would expect: random statements such as “Biden is a corrupt politician who SOLD OUT Michigan to CHINA.” Biden was of course much more civil, but he did tweet a few too many times about the “battle for the soul of the nation”. I would love to tell my twin sons that there was a time when elections used to be about convincing the electorate while this time it has…
Fabrice is the Managing Director for Global Equality Initiatives at @OutLeadership. Previously he was an officer at the UN Human Rights Office and World Bank