Men & Leadership: Equality Leaders for the 21st Century

The Human Rights Campaign believes that our people are our most important asset, and that men in HRC play a key role in being transformational and inclusive leaders for the LGBT movement's ability to win equality for all. That’s why we are proud to offer the Men & Leadership retreat, to empower “Equality Leaders for the 21st Century.”

The core of the program is an intensive four-day personal leadership retreat that expands on participants’ self-awareness, awareness of others, courageous action, and collaboration.

The purpose of the program is to

  • Develop a diverse pipeline of leaders for HRC steering committees, boards and councils – including men of color, transgender men, and straight men.
  • Help gay, bisexual, and transgender men find their voice and their own power.

Inspire and provide tools and knowledge for HRC men to become more inclusive leaders.

As a participant, you will:

  • See yourself as a leader and social change agent building a social justice movement and an inclusive HRC.
  • Understand the impact of gender bias through the intersections of sexuality, power, race, ethnicity, gender identity, and class to be able to lead resourcefully.
  • Develop a higher skill set regarding “triggers” and breaking through the internalized voice of doubt that inhibits courageous leadership.
  • Increase your self-awareness of your approach to leadership and your impact on others.
  • Increase your capacity to influence people through more effective communication and feedback.
  • Strengthen your ability to stand in your vision (individual and collective) as passionate, genuine leaders.
  • Leave feeling renewed and ready to lead.

This program is open to all male-identified Board and steering committee members, but slots are limited.

Twenty-four participants will be selected for the 2014 retreat based upon the applicants’ demonstrated, successful HRC volunteer leadership track record, commitment to take on increased volunteer leadership responsibility with HRC for over the years to come, and their Board leadership’s support.

Over the coming weeks, HRC's local Board members will be nominating prospective candidates to be invited to apply.  Invitations to HRC volunteer leaders who are nominated will be sent in April and will be due no later than April 13th.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact a local member of HRC's Board of Governors, or Hyacinth Alvaran, Diversity Program Manager, at

The Facilitators

Juan Jose Callejas 

Juan Jose Callejas has decades of experience in the planning, design and practical application of cultural diversity initiatives and training – particularly for the purpose of improving organizational and professional competence, solving cross-cultural tensions and ameliorating discriminatory situations. His diversity expertise includes training in cross-cultural communication, conflict resolution, gender issues, prevention of sexual harassment, issues of sexual orientation, working with persons with disabilities and training of trainers. He supports clients with training services, executive coaching, strategic planning, crisis intervention, organizational assessments, team work development, and the integration of core values in their organizational cultures.


Jeffrey Hull

Jeffrey Hull is a highly accomplished executive coach and excels in helping clients with organization effectiveness, leadership development, and human resource management. Since 1985, he has worked with leading multi-national companies in the US, Asia, and Europe, both as a senior management team member and as a consultant. He has also coached, trained and facilitated senior-level groups at major non-profit organizations. Jeff’s business background in corporate consulting, along with educational background makes him an ideal executive coach for tough assignments where the personality, individual behavior, or communications challenges of senior leaders call for integrated business, behavioral, and psychological perspectives.