This July, Out for Australia announced that Emily Scott would be its new CEO. We sat down with Emily to find out what motivates and drives her to take on this new and exciting role.

Q. Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m a 26 year old queer woman (she/her pronouns) who grew up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and currently lives in Newtown. I graduated with a double degree in Science and Laws from the University of Sydney and currently work as a management consultant at Nous Group where I’ve worked on a variety of projects from developing a reputational strategy for a bank to a five year strategy for Australia’s HIV peak body.

I’m also a waterpolo player, a terrible cook, an 80’s & jazz & dance music fanatic, and a lover of Darren Criss (yes, Glee). I’m an energetic person who likes to bring people together, and values drive and passion but not taking oneself too seriously.

Q. How did you first become involved in Out for Australia?

Despite working for a diverse and inclusive workplace with the support of strong ally mentors, there was no senior LGBTIQ women in my Sydney office. I couldn’t ‘see’ myself when I came to work. Through Out for Australia’s mentoring program, I was able to be matched with Michelle Starr, an experienced management consultant and LGBTIQ woman. Having a mentor in the same industry that I could also identify with has had an incredible effect on my confidence and early career success.

Q. How did your journey with Out for Australia lead to being CEO?

A year ago I took on the role as National Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Out for Australia. One of my favourite experiences in this role was co-hosting the event “Unleashing the power of mentoring with LGBTIQ women” with Baker Mckenzie and Pride in Diversity that had a turnout of 200+ LGBTIQ women.This event re-emphasised to me just how important and in demand mentoring is for our community.

I applied for the role of CEO as I wanted to help every LGBTIQ Australian experience what I have been so fortunate to have - an inclusive workplace, the support of a mentor, a strong connection to our community, and the opportunity to be ones true and authentic self.

Q. How will your experience in the National Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator role shape your approach as CEO?

As CEO, I will continue to have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. This means recognising that different people within our LGBTIQ community face different challenges, and addressing these through targeted events and diverse mentors.

It also means standing together as one, unified, inclusive LGBTIQ community, by educating ourselves on experiences different to our own, and opening doors for each other when we are in a position to do so.

Q. What are the top three things you want to focus on for the rest of the year?

I want to first focus on getting the basics right. This means:

  1. Sharpening Mentorloop, our mentoring platform, to ensure we are effectively matching mentees with suitable mentors and providing the necessary support for the relationship to succeed.

  2. Improving the diversity of our role models and mentors, to ensure our students and young professionals are able to ‘see’ themselves and feel connected to our community.

  3. Empowering our dedicated volunteers, with opportunities for professional development, connection and most importantly, direct impact to the community