LGBT at Work

When Apple CEO Tim Cook announced to the world that he is gay, many declared that the "lavender ceiling" had finally been cracked. But, though Cook's decision represented a significant step forward, progress toward the goal of workplace inclusiveness remains uneven.

DAVOS – When Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last year that he is gay, I was inundated by emails and telephone messages from executives around the world. As an “out” executive at Ernst & Young (EY), everyone seemed to want to know what I thought this meant for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion on a global scale. Apple, after all, resides in fifth place on the Fortune 500 list of the world’s largest companies. Was this the end of the “lavender ceiling”?