Leading the Way by Example
One of City National’s longest-running Colleague Resource Groups, the LGBTQ Alliance has had a profound impact on our company’s culture since its 2011 inception.
One distinguishing characteristic about this CRG is that from its launch, members were focused outwardly on the community, organizing wealth-building seminars and workshops for same-sex couples, partnering with nonprofits such as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and providing general financial educational programming.
One of the group’s significant contributions came in 2014, when the LGBTQ Alliance invited a professional from the Los Angeles LGBT Center to lead an internal seminar on coming out to colleagues and clients. This seminar helped individuals feel more comfortable about being a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Since those early days, the LGBTQ Alliance has been regularly involved in ongoing causes and events, while emphasizing PRIDE Month. The Alliance organizes internal and external events, holds fundraisers for nonprofits, hosts guest speakers and produces a quarterly newsletter.
The Alliance has continued its efforts in education and awareness, advising on the impacts of legislation. The LGBTQ Alliance has in turn sponsored and volunteered at many activations, such as Drag Queen Bingo, a popular event through which the Alliance helps to raise funds for a number of causes, including a prom clothing giveaway for young people who cannot afford attire, shoes and accessories.
In 2022, the Network collaborated closely with the Latino Community Network to sponsor and organize an event for the Calavera LGBTQ Festival.