To this day, I still end up in situations where I don’t feel comfortable being myself for fear of being marginalised. But you have to take that first small step. For me, it was actually joining the GLAD diversity and inclusion network at Dow, and step by step, this organisation has made a personal and professional impact that I’ll never be able to repay.
The GLAD network serves LGBT and ally employees here. We undertake specific actions that aspire to achieve true and full inclusion both inside and outside of our company’s walls. I have the privilege of leading this global organisation, working with a fantastic team to set and implement a strategy that sets Dow apart as an employer of choice for not only LGBT citizens and our allies, but for any minority person that is marginalised simply for who they are. What could me more critical to a company than to have all their employees committed and contributing at full potential?
We’ve been very active in public policy over the past few years. We’re not a direct-to-end user company, and without consumer advertising, we need to use our resources and influence in other impactful and relevant ways. That’s where the public policy piece comes in. We’ve weighed in on nearly every major piece of proposed LGBT legislation in the US this year, and that sends a very clear message to both our current and prospective employees: we support you both inside and outside of Dow’s walls.