At P&G, we acknowledge that inspiring the leaders of tomorrow to continue driving the changes we envision for our world requires our leaders of today must take deliberate and continued action toward achieving our goals. That’s why we honor our bold and courageous leaders for upholding the commitments we have made both internally and externally to drive the industry in setting a higher standard and delivering a bigger impact.
Today, we celebrate one of our most fearless and dedicated leaders who works tirelessly in the name of LGBTQ+ visibility, equality and inclusion. Brent Miller, P&G’s Senior Director of Global LGBTQ+ Equality, was presented the Jack Watters Corporate Advocate Award at the 2022 SAGE Awards & Gala.
For more than 40 years, SAGE has worked diligently on behalf of elder members of the LGBTQ+ community to ensure that they age with respect and dignity, and like P&G, build equality and equitable access. Inspired by the ground swell of LGBTQ+ visibilty brought on by the Stonewall uprising and the emerging LGBTQ+ civil rights movement in the 60s and 70s, a group of activists initiated a network of support for LGBTQ+ elders that continues to grow, in the same way that P&G leverages it’s momentum as a global leader in equality and inclusion to amplify the stories that matter and inspire initiatives that motivate. SAGE is more than just an organization it’s a movement of loving, caring activists dedicated to providing advocacy, services and support to often underserved members of the LGBTQ+ community.
SAGE is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of older LGBTQ+ people, including those living with and at risk for HIV. The organization’s mission aligns with P&G’s intention to fuel healthy dialogue and to create opportunities that lead to understanding, action and impact. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBTQ+ older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBTQ+ life in later years making it a Force for Growth and a Force for Good.
The Jack Watters Corporate Advocate Award recognizes distinguished individuals in the corporate sector who embody what the former vice president for external medical affairs at Pfizer stood for and who exemplify SAGE’s highest values: leadership, vision, compassion, generosity and outstanding dedication to improving the lives of LGBTQ+ older adults and driving transformational change in the LGBTQ+ community at large.
We recognize Brent’s work as a leader in using the voice of brands and companies to drive the authentic and accurate portrayal of the LGBTQ+ community, including his work at P&G, which includes:
- Co-founding “Can’t Cancel Pride,” our annual benefit concert in partnership with iHeart Radio, which has raised more than $12 million for the LGBTQ+ community’s most vulnerable populations to date and celebrates visibility and inclusion for all.
- Executive producing the Emmy-nominated and Oscar short-listed 2021 documentary Coded: The Hidden Love of J.C. Leyendecker and award-winning short films documenting the LGBTQ+ experience inside the workplace – The Words Matter, Out of the Shadows and They Will See You.
- Developing breakthrough LGBTQ+ campaigns, including Head & Shoulders’ “Shoulders of Greatness” with LGBTQ+ Olympian Gus Kenworthy – the first TV commercial to feature the Pride flag – Pantene’s “BeautifuLGBTQ+,” and most recently P&G’s “The Pause.”
To learn more about Brent Miller work leading P&G in championing LGBTQ+ visibility, equality, and inclusion, visit https://us.pg.com/lgbtq-visibility/.