This post was written by Jin Bae, global business director at Thomson Reuters

Out in Law, the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) initiative for senior leaders in the legal profession, held its second annual summit at New York Law School on April 20, 2015. New York Law School hosted the day-long event, along with Greenberg Traurig, LLP. Over 200 senior leaders from law firms, financial services firms, and corporations attended.

Thomson Reuters is a global partner of Out in Law and Jim Smith, president and CEO of Thomson Reuters, along with Richard Rosenbaum, CEO of Greenberg Traurig, participated in a “CEO Fireside Chat” where they shared examples of how their firms engage in, and promote LGBT equality. Smith and Rosenbaum shared their views on why promoting diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly important business values to multi-national firms and crucial to recruiting and maintaining the best talent. Smith believes that every company in the world competes for the best talent and that a firm’s culture is the glue to an employee’s loyalty. He felt that every employee has the right to come to work and be able to simply be themselves.

The event also explored the topics of marriage equality, equality and attorney-client relationships, and opportunities and challenges of a State’s Attorney General role in LGBT equality.