GALA is A.T. Kearney’s global network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and allies. The group focuses on recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptionally talented people. As part of the firm’s ongoing recruiting at schools, GALA sponsors and participates in diversity events to build relationships with LGBT students in MBA and bachelor’s degree programs. By working with firm leaders and human resources to develop policies and programs, GALA also helps create and support a work environment that allows professionals to be themselves, feel appreciated in the workplace, and develop and advance their careers.
GALA members include consultants at all levels, in various industry and service practices as well as management services employees. In addition to LGBT employees, it also includes allies who support the network in developing an even more diverse and inclusive workplace. The work of this network has resulted in A.T. Kearney being recognized in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.
"I strongly believe in and support LGBT workplace equality. It is, like all of our diversity networks, an important vehicle to promote awareness and inclusion, helping to ensure that we have a strong and vibrant culture that we can all be part of—and proud of." —John Kurtz, partner and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion
What We Do
GALA has worked with, and continues working with, firm leaders and human resources to develop policies and programs to help create and support an environment that allows professionals to be themselves. These policies help to ensure equality by taking a stand against any form of discrimination, as well as by providing benefits to LGBT employees and their families. Specifically, A.T. Kearney has a firm-wide non-discrimination policy based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and health care benefits are offered to the spouses, domestic partners, and families of LGBT employees.
A.T. Kearney celebrates its LGBT diversity in communications with all firm employees through the Diverse Times Newsletter, by presenting in North American offices for Pride Month, and by sending out firm-wide wide communications to mark Pride Month and National Coming Out Day.
GALA's activities are focused on membership, people development, and community & business development. These activities help enrich our current and future members and ensure that we positively impact the world around us in line with our Vision 2020. The following examples highlight some of our recent activities.
- We sponsor and recruit at major LGBT career fairs, including the MILK Career Fair in Berlin, the Reaching Out MBA Conference in the United States, and the Diversity Careers Show in London
- We conduct targeted recruiting at top-tier business schools across the world, in collaboration with their LGBT networks.
- Annual All-Hands Meeting in the Americas and EMEA regions, with recent meetings held in Chicago and Berlin
- Networking events with LGBT networks of other consulting firms
- GALA leads for each North American office to serve as a point of contact and liaison with GALA
- Regular calls open to all GALA members to discuss current initiatives and workplace climate
- Confidential resources for employees who are not "out" at work, who have questions about the impact of sexual orientation in the work place, or who are just interested in learning more about GALA
Community and Business Development
- Pro-bono consulting at SAGE, the United States' largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults
- Pro-bono consulting at LSVD, the largest and most influential non-governmental LGBT civil rights organization in Germany. LSVD works in Germany and internationally to campaign for LGBT rights and provide support to LGBT individuals
A.T. Kearney honors the people who fight every day for a more inclusive society by participating in the 2017 New York City Pride March. But for each step forward, we are reminded there is still a long way to go.