LGBT+ Leadership
Increase your impact with authenticity

Europe’s first academic programme for LGBT+ talents

in this blended 4-day full time programme designed for LGBT+ talents, you will explore and develop your personal leadership profile, practice design thinking and grow a powerful network to push your career to the next level.

Meet LGBTIQ+ talent from diverse backgrounds across the globe to reflect on the unique challenges LGBTIQ+ individuals experience in the workplace.

During four immersive days, you will work together to understand developmental networks, role models and LGBT+ prototypes, learn how to build communities, and ultimately understand your own identity in leadership within teams.

We encourage the participants of our LGBT+ Leadership programme to think about how they can broaden the type of behaviours they use at work to enable them to become very effective change leaders in their organisations.

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Alfes, Organisation & Human Resource Management, LinkedIn

I loved the amazingly curated programme that helped us become better leaders and grow our network by bringing together so many interesting people. I’m still applying the learned techniques around design thinking, storytelling and negotiation in my everyday life.

Johannes Donath, Head Office Marketing at adidas, LinkedIn

Benefits for


Help develop your own LGBT Leadership change signature


Empower you as change leaders within your organisation


Identify actionable insights that drive LGBT+ inclusion in your organisation


Explore and reflect on how your LGBT+ identity can impact your personal leadership experience


Enhance your network and inspire your community


Network with LGBT+ Leaders and benefit from your peers’ advice


Benefits for

  • Positive effects on diversity, talent development & talent retention
  • Improve your LGBT+ talent pipeline with future role models
  • Support the implementation of an inclusive culture which unfolds individual potential
  • Employer branding: more visibility and credibility as a strong D+I involved employer

Programme Highlights

  • Sessions on understanding your identity in leadership and teams
  • Focus session on negotiating LGBT+ identity impact on leadership
  • Design Thinking Workshop on Role Models and LGBT+ Prototypes
  • Telling your story with impact and peer feedback
  • Workshop on building leadership presence
  • Sessions on branding your LGBT+ leadership signature
  • Community networking with LGBT+ talents and allies
  • Mentoring online sessions to reflect on best practice and learnings.


Programme Director

Dr. Stephan Schmuck, Programme Director of the Certificate LGBT+ Leadership - ESCP Business School

Dr. Stephan Schmuck

Academic Programme Director

Prof. Dr. Kerstin Alfes, Professor for Organisation and Human Resource Management at ESCP Berlin Academic Director of the Full-Time MBA, Academic Director of the LGBT+ Leadership programme, ESCP

Kerstin Alfes

Professor for Organisation and Human Resource Management at ESCP Berlin Campus
Academic Director of the Full-Time MBA

HSBC Italy | LGBT+ Leadership Scholarship

HSBC LogoHSBC Italy dedicates two scholarships per year to Italian students of the first European academic programme devoted to LGBT+ talent from ESCP Business School. To apply for the scholarship, the following prerequisites need to be fulfilled:

  1. Italian citizenship & residency in Italy
  2. Between 3-5 years of professional experience
  3. English Language Level: B2-C1

To apply for the scholarship, please submit an application for the programme and also fill out this form. The deadline for applications is 31st March 2024. The decision on the scholarship award will be shared by 15th April 2024. Please note that the scholarship covers only the cost of the programme, travel and accommodation costs must be covered privately. 

Upcoming Webinar
LGBT+ Leadership

Wednesday, 28 February 2024
12.30 p.m.
(CET - GMT+1)

Stephan Schmuck, ESCP Business School


Programme Director

Mayar Gupta, CEO of Career Accelerator


Past participant
and CEO of Career Accelerator

Details & Registration

The rainbow flag painted on a street

Navigating the Workplace
LGBTIQ+ Leadership

Webinar Recording

Watch here


Current or aspiring LGBT+ leaders, project managers and entrepreneurs.

Fees - €3,950

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