The foundation

PROUT AT WORK-Foundation


Albert Kehrer

“I know from personal experience what it feels like to be able to develop your full potential in the workplace. Too many people still do not have the confidence to be themselves. My contribution as the CEO of PROUT AT WORK is to work precisely on this with companies and organizations, in order to come closer to the goal of a non-discriminatory and inclusive working environment.”

Jean-Luc Vey

“For me, it is important that everyone discovers their potential and finds their place in the world of work, regardless of the sexual orientation and_or gender identity. In recent years, there have been many achievements in this area, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done and many challenges to overcome. That’s why I’m committed to help LGBT*IQ in the workplace.“


Donna von Hösslin

“For me, working for LGBT*IQ equal opportunities means standing up for an open-minded workplace that is characterized by acceptance for all people. It is important to me, that everyone can come to work as the person he_she is.”

Christian Boß

“Working for LGBT*IQ equal opportunities is a matter close to my heart. Through my work, I want to make LGBT*IQ topics more visible, by drawing attention to existing inequalities. In the best case, it stimulates reflection and rethinking of existing views and structures and thus promote honest and sustainable change in the world of work.”

Enea Cocco
Working Student

“Luckily, many people are already talking about queer issues with great openness, and many straight people are now showing themselves appreciative and accepting – that’s something. Nevertheless, the concerns of LGBT*IQ have not yet become part of invisible normality and it is important to me to make a practical contribution in solidarity.”

Frauke Becker
Working Student

“Work that improves equal opportunities for LGBT*IQ just makes sense. Since I feel privileged in many ways, I see it not only as a personal concern to work for more equal opportunities and against discrimination. For me, it also means taking responsibility, contributing to a better society and actively change.”

Sandra Stadler
Federal Voluntary Service

“LGBT*IQ is not just a word which can one slide into a drawer and then no longer have to deal with it. Unfortunately, some people are still not aware of how important diversity is for our society and especially in the workplace. I want to make a contribution to get this message across to people and to support LGBT*IQ.”

Philipp Rossi
Federal Voluntary Service

“The fact that inclusion and equal opportunities for LGBT*IQ in the workplace are extremely important for people belonging to this group, should not be a question to discuss and definitely be encouraged. However, it is still often unknown that employers and colleagues benefit from open-minded employees and their potential. With my work, I would like to contribute, among other things, to more companies becoming aware of this fact and actively and sustainably promote the inclusion of LGBT*IQ in the workplace. “

advisory board

Benjamin Brake
Director Government and Regulatory Affairs


“For me, it is a matter of course to stand up for LGBT*IQ in the workplace.”

Andrea Euenheim
Chief Human Resources Officer


“LGBT+ diversity is a matter close to my heart, both professionally and personally!”

Aletta Gräfin von Hardenberg

Charta der Vielfalt

“Diversity is the capital of our economy and society and must be promoted – LGBT*IQ plays a central role here.”

Dennis Heurer

White & Case

“I am committed to PROUT AT WORK, because the professional environment plays a central role these days and more diversity can only enrich the world of work.”

Sabine Klenz
Deutsche Telekom

Stephan Meier
Steuerung Geschäftsbereich Personal und Organisation, Top Management
Audi AG

Gerhard Müller
Head of Workforce Analytics


“I want a trusting and open working environment – and it’s worth fighting for it.”

Susanne Nezmeskal-Berggötz
Deutsche Post AG

Anna Olchváry
Head of Learning & Development


“It is important to me, that everyone in the company feels welcome and valued and that nobody is disadvantaged.”

Claudia Peiser

Christine Rauh

Jörg Schmidt


“At AXA, we see diversity among employees as an enriching and creative resource and thus a success factor for our company.”

Sofia Strabis
Leitung Diversity & Inclusion Management


“As the inclusion officer at Commerzbank AG and Head of Diversity & Inclusion Management, I believe that the inclusion of all people, with their individual skills and potential, is an essential goal of corporate culture. Everyone belongs to it & there is no “label” for people. The aim of our diversity strategy is to think about all aspects of diversity & inclusion management globally and to anchor them in people so that diversity can be experienced as an integral part of our DNA.”

Heidi Stock

Nina Strassner

Matthias Stupp

Barbara Thiel
Head of Diversity & Inclusion


“I advocate for LGBT*IQ in the workplace, because it is my goal that in the very near future it will no longer need special mention.”

Matthias Weber
Chairman of the Board

Völkinger Kreis

“We have a slogan close to our hearts: ‘100% the same, even at work!’. The cooperation between Völklinger Kreis and PROUT AT WORK serves this goal!”

Kornelia Wenz
Wirtschaftsweiber e.V.

“Equal opportunities are important to me, because these opportunities for people with a different sexual orientation are still unevenly distributed and discrimination continues to exist in companies.”

founding companies


©Jens Schadendorf

Jens Schadendorf
SCHADENDORF Books, Communications & Change, Author/Speaker, independent researcher at the Chair of Business Ethics, Technical University of  Munich (Topic: Global LGBT D&I/CSR/Business Ethics)

Jörg Litwinschuh-Barthel

PROUT AT WORK memberships

Bundesverband der Stiftungen

The Federal Association of German Foundations provides one with regular information on current topics in the foundation sector and represents their interests to the public, politics and administration.


With its information overview of the 10 different foundations that are currently working with them, Regenbogenstiftungen offers more visibility and transparency for the LGBT*IQ community.


ILGA is a global organization that supports LGBT*IQ networks, in order to create a safe and equal togetherness.

PROUT AT WORK Partnerships

Charta der Vielfalt

The Charta der Vielfalt promotes the recognition, appreciation and inclusion of diversity in the world of work.


FidAR advocates for more women in supervisory boards and management positions.

Safe Space Alliance

The Safe Space Alliance is a non-profit organization that helps people from the LGBT*IQ community to identify safe spaces worldwide.