By Autumn Anderson, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager
Every June, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated to promote equal rights, dignity and respect for all people.
At Sodexo, chapters of our employee business resource group PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) across the U.S. plan their annual PRIDE Provides events to benefit local LGBT communities.
Last year, I had the opportunity to join in the fun with my local chapter, selling raffle tickets to Chicago House Birdhouse Auction, attendees where I met Sodexo District Manager Gerald Lemmer (left) and Regional VP Joseph Cuticelli (right).
And while I wasn’t able to be there this year, I did catch up with Gerald to find out more about the 2015 event in Chicago and learn more about his experiences with Sodexo’s PRIDE group.
AA: What is your role within Sodexo’s PRIDE employee business resource group, and why did you initially become involved?
GL: I am the National Co-Communications Chair, and I got involved because I’ve seen the great things that Sodexo has accomplished with our diversity and inclusion efforts and wanted to be a part of that journey.
AA: Tell me more about this year’s PRIDE Provides event in Chicago.
GL: Members from the Illinois chapter volunteered to assist and act as ambassadors for the Human Rights Campaign during the Chicago Pride Festival by answering questions, greeting attendees, recruiting new members and handing out information.
AA: Why should other employees consider joining an employee business group like PRIDE?
GL: Employee groups like PRIDE offer the opportunity to network with Sodexo employees, as well as others in the community, while learning and educating them about our diversity and inclusive initiatives.
AA: How does Sodexo create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBT employees?
GL: Sodexo provides education and builds awareness by having conversations on how to create an accepting work environment. If you’re true to yourself at Sodexo, many opportunities will come your way.
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