Lanaya Irvin


Lanaya is a global business executive and thought leader in workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion. She spent more than a decade at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where she led strategic initiatives in global equities, managed client relationships, and led multinational teams. Most recently, Lanaya was head of business development for theSkimm—a millennial-focused news media company with 7 million daily subscribers.

Lanaya has extensive diversity leadership experience in corporate and nonprofit organizations. Since 2013, she has co chaired the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Advisory Council. She also sits on the board of directors for the New York City Anti-Violence Project, a nonprofit that provides counseling and advocacy services to survivors of LGBTQ hate violence. At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, she served as a co-chair of LEAD, a 35,000-member employee network dedicated to growing, attracting, and retaining female talent. She also was a founding executive member of OPEN Finance, a consortium of LGBTQ leaders advancing inclusion across Wall Street. In 2015, she mobilized more than 30 financial services firms to sign onto a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in support of federal marriage equality.

Lanaya is a frequent speaker on authenticity, race, gender, LGBTQ inclusion, and inclusive leadership in the workplace. Her thought leadership has been featured in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Business Insider, Forbes, Marketplace, and CNBC. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California and holds an MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business.