H.L. Ray is an experienced entrepreneur, intrapreneur, and investor with a passion for equality and elevating humanity in business. Founder and CEO of the HL3 Collective, Ray’s work spans from venture-backed companies, Fortune 500 companies, to coaching leaders and innovators. With over 17 years of global experience building organizations, businesses, brands, and teams.
Ray served as VP of Marketing for the US team at Samsung when the company broke into and maintained its position as a Top 5 of Interbrand’s Best Global Brands. Out of this experience, Ray created the Inside-Out methodology, which focuses on alignment between human purpose and business performance. The methodology creates inspired and empowered teams through an inclusive and mindful leadership approach while still achieving exceptional results.
Ray’s leadership methodology has been featured in Forbes and he has been included as part of Yahoo! Finance's Top 100 LGBTQ+ Execs. Ray sits on the boards of Making Gay History and Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative. He is also an investor and advisor at Gaingels, which is not only one of the largest investing syndicates in the world, but also seeks to represent, elevate and resource the LGBTQ+ community, its allies and a diverse group of investors.
H.L. holds an International MBA from the #1 ranked Moore School of Business at The University of South Carolina; as well as certifications in Professional Coaching, Mindfulness and Diversity & Inclusion. He speaks English and Spanish; has lived, worked, studied in Mexico, Honduras, Spain, Chile and China; and is currently based in New York City.