Lanaya Irvin

Chief Executive Officer

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 OutRight Action International, an LGBTQ advocacy organization with permanent presence at the UN. 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. She was named to the 2020 HERoes Women Role Model Executives list which showcases leaders who are driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace. In 2021, she was named to the Yahoo Finance top 100 OUTstanding LGBT+ Executives list.

Lanaya is a sought-after speaker for wide-ranging audiences on authenticity, race, gender, LGBTQ inclusion, and inclusive leadership in the workplace. Her thought leadership has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, The New York Times, Newsweek, Business Insider, Forbes, Marketplace, Bloomberg Businessweek, 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.