At Broadgate, part of Trinnovo Group, we have been shining a spotlight on the inspirational LGBTQIA+ leaders in our community, highlighting their thoughts on the importance of Pride, what it means to them and how we can do more to empower this community in the workplace.
We have been sharing some of their impactful answers on our social channels throughout June, but want to take the message beyond simply highlighting the importance of Pride, but also share the stories and sharing the insights of our network of inspirational leaders, enabling our community to learn how we can do more to act as allies and advocates for our LGBTQIA+ community.
Sam Smith is a Global Workforce Expert, passionate about connecting talent to work. Sam is curious about how technology can enhance a human’s performance, excited about automation for good and bringing out the best in people.
What does Pride mean to you?
It’s an opportunity of recognition for many in what feels, for a period of time a wider and safer place for people across the LGBTQIA+ communities to be seen and heard. Pride is also a benchmark, or weathervane that gives communities an opportunity to see progress and to continue to lower barriers.
What makes you feel empowered in the workplace?
Organisations are doing so much to ensure resources have voices, a great example of that are internal resource groups and a better focus on DE&I that goes beyond the traditional subjects of gender and race. By giving those voices, by normalising the marginalised empowerment becomes prevalent.
How can colleagues be allies in the workplace?
Listening is a critical factor of successful allyship. To be an Ally is to take responsibility and to listen is to then be able, as an ally to impart what you have learned from the point of view of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. Colleagues can present allyship in so many ways. Acknowledgement, getting pronouns correct, correcting those that fail to respect pronouns or specifics is really important because again it begins to normalise.
To be a fully inclusive organisation, with the resource groups and focus on LGBTQIA+ employees as part of the workforce, not a DE&A statistic is about seeing people. Giving the community the opportunity to be and to be seen is critical. To be valued and verified.
Advice to your younger self:
Make a clear choice about how you want to turn up to every situation. How you want to be perceived. Be prepared and know who your people are. Don’t be surprised if your people change!
At Trinnovo Group as part of our Pride campaign, we are raising money for Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI), a non-profit member-driven organisation that was founded in 2006. TENI has a vision for a world where all people, regardless of gender identity or expression, enjoy full acceptance, equality, and human rights.
Please feel free to donate to the cause here.