“People at work are like my family. It helps to know that I’m accepted for who I am by people at work.” – Cheryl, MassMutual.
“The true value in being authentic at work is having a better workforce.” – Mark, MassMutual
Hear Cheryl, Mark and other MassMutual LGBT employees tell their stories about being out, and supported, at work.
A big thank you to TD for allowing us to share this video on the Get Your Story Out site! This video discusses a successful diversity strategy, and the importance of creating an environment where people can be themselves at work.
Submit a video for the “Get Your Story Out” site and you’ll be entered to win registration for one at the 2012 Workplace Summit (valued at $1150).
At Out & Equal, we know that the telling of one’s personal story is one of the most powerful ways we can communicate, make personal connections, and create change. And, we know that coming out, and being out, as LGBT in the workplace can be daunting, and that everyone has a different experience.
We invite you to submit a video to the Get Your Story Out project—and just by doing so, you will be entered to win registration for one for the 2012 Out & Equal Workplace Summit (This year’s Workplace Summit takes place in Baltimore, Oct 29-Nov 1). All video submissions will be entered into a pool, and a winner will be chosen randomly.
Bill Kirst is a change management consultant for IBM and an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He came out on September 21, 2011, the first day Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed. In this video he talks about IBM’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) and diversity training, and his experience at the 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Dallas.
Dayle Roberts shares her experience of coming out at Northrop Grumman, where she has worked for 32 years. She discusses being part of PFLAG, her company’s Employee Resource Group (ERG), and the changing attitudes about coming out at work.
I have worked at for Kawneer/Alcoa since 2001; celebrating ten years last June. I have seen a major change in the culture at Kawneer, and Kawneer has seen a major change in me. I have not changed who I am, but I have changed how I am perceived. When I first started here, society saw me as a lesbian woman and my co-workers saw me as a single mother of one. I am a transsexual male who has transitioned in the workplace.
This video series was introduced at the 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in Dallas, Texas, sharing the important message about being out at work.