Jim Fielding about Making It as a Queer Executive at Disney, a video interview

Jim Fielding has held several top corporate roles, including President of Disney Stores Worldwide. He’s also the author of a new book, “All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically.”  This is a recent live discussion with him released by Adi Ignatius, the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Business Review.

According to Yahoo Finance, there are only four openly gay CEOs atop Fortune 500 companies. That’s up from zero in 2014, when Apple’s Tim Cook came out. But it represents less than 1% of the cohort, well below the 7% rate of Americans in general who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Is there a glass ceiling for gay executives? And if so, are some queer bosses still opting to stay in the closet to avoid damaging their careers? To try to answer those questions, we invited Jim Fielding, an openly gay entertainment industry executive, to be a guest on The New World of Work. Fielding has thought a lot about these questions and has decided to share his own story and perspective in a just-published book, All Pride No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically. He was president of Disney Store Worldwide; president of consumer products and innovation at 20th Century Fox; global head for consumer products and retail development at Dreamworks Animation; and CEO of the Clare’s Stores chain. He currently serves as president of Archer Gray’s Co-Lab division, focusing on building businesses via venture investments. But despite that impressive resume, it hasn’t always been easy. In the interview, Jim talked about the bullying he endured as a young man, the years he spent living a closeted double life, and on how he ultimately developed the confidence he needed to be his authentic self at work.

It is an excellent interview, just hit play and enjoy.

Realised and published by Harvard Business Review.

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