Featured Spotlight on our Inspirational LGBTQIA+ Leaders - Steve Demeter

Spotlight on our Inspirational LGBTQIA+ Leaders - Steve Demeter

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.

Steve Demeter is in Senior Engineering Management at Google, he was in fact the AppStore’s very first rags-to-riches story. His award-winning Trism launched to the top of the charts the day the AppStore launched. Since then, he has appeared on MSNBC, The New York Times, BBC, and CNN, among others. He has guest lectured at Stanford, and has been recognized as one of Business Insider's Most Influential LGBTQ+ people in tech. He currently holds a position in Senior Engineering Management at Google, and volunteers on their Pride leadership committee.

What does pride mean to you?

Being able to take the punches for who you are, only to get back up again and dust yourself off, moving forward stronger because of it.

What makes you feel empowered in the workplace?

As a gay man who's out at work, in publications, and on the speaking circuit, it's empowering knowing there are people like us who have made it this far as professionals and knowing that the generations after us can feel an umbrella over their heads because of it.

What can businesses do to empower the LGBTQIA+ community?

Fund resource groups according to demographics rather than newsworthiness and trend-ability.

Who is your role model, and why?

I don't know about lifelong role models, but I did shout a big ol "go gurl" recently for Kelly McGillis (Top Gun CoStar) when asked why she was not asked to return for the sequel: "I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about. I’d much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age, as opposed to placing a value on, you know, all that other stuff.”

Advice to your younger self?

Follow your dreams, apply your creams.

 

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.

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