"To me, the most amazing stories of the day came from straight allies, who are often overlooked in the struggle for LGBT inclusion," Sears said. "Several senior straight allies shared stories of gay children, gay siblings and how important this topic is to them as well on a personal level.
"How to better include and leverage their passion and energy was truly a great takeaway and something we will explore in discussions to come."
One such ally at the conference was an executive at Morgan Stanley who shared about the recent experience of having her 15-year-old daughter come "out" to her.
After learning that, she acknowledged, she had initiated "awkward conversations" with gay colleagues to try to learn how to become a better mother to her daughter.
Not only did she want her daughter to be true to herself but, she said, "we need our LGBT leaders to be authentic leaders."