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We activiate an inclusive and equitable business environment; provide training and resources to fuel economic growth; and drive meaningful community connections and impact across greater Syracuse.


OUT Syracuse, was created by Michael Sgro in 2018, as a way to build more awareness of what was happening across our community. It is a community initiative under the umbrella of community programs by Michael Sgro, LLC.

We focus on economic empowerment, training business leaders, inspiring entrepreneurship and developing skills for the entire Syracuse LGBTQ community seeking equity and excellence.

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Michael Sgro, CPBC
Founder & Managing Partner


OUT Syracuse launched a citywide LGBTQ Employee Resource Group. It is open to all LGBTQ employees of businesses and organizations in the Syracuse area that do not have their own ERG.


LGBTQ ERG members are encouraged to ask their companies to sponsor their professional membership for year-long opportunities. The membership includes six online professional development training modules, three in-person social/wellness opportunities, two community service projects and a mentor.


Business leaders should consider offering this opportunity for your LGBTQ team members as meaningful professional development.



We promote locally owned LGBTQ business and LGBTQ friendly business by providing a comprehensive and searchable directory for the community. The directory is for those community members who want to patron businesses that are inclusive and invested in the LGBTQ community. The membership helps maintain/promote the directory and offset the cost of our LGBTQ coaching and training. $300. first year fee with renewal rate of $175. 



Membership opportunities are designed to empower the local LGBTQ community with training, networking and fellowship.  


Lateisha Green Scholarship

OUT Syracuse will award a complete professional coaching program from Michael Sgro Leadership Coaching to an LGBTQ person in honor of Lateisha Green, who was murdered in 2008.

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