How Emily and Paul are Inspiring Advocacy and Inclusion at Nestlé IT
Meet Emily, Expert IT Business Systems, and Paul, Lead Agile Coach—Co-Champions of the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Nestlé IT.
In the pursuit of creating an inclusive and supportive culture, Co-Champions of the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG), Emily and Paul, play a vital role in driving change. Their efforts have inspired unity and celebration within the communities where our people live and work. We’ll explore how Emily and Paul support the LGBTQ+ ERG at Nestlé IT, focusing on the events, partnerships, and empowerment initiatives they spearhead.
Our Co-Champions understand the importance of fostering a sense of community and celebration of diversity within our culture. Drawing inspiration from their colleagues at Nestlé Purina in St. Louis, who participate in annual events such as the St. Louis Pride Parade, Emily and Paul encourage Nestlé IT employees to actively support community initiatives. By organizing volunteer opportunities and attendance at events, our Co-Champions act as a catalyst to build bridges between teams and strengthen the collective support for the LGBTQ+ community.
The LGBTQ+ ERG at Nestlé IT thrives on the power of knowledge and shared experiences. Both Emily and Paul play a pivotal role in hosting internal and external speakers who are allies or members of the LGBTQ+ community. These engaging sessions provide educational insights, foster understanding, and create a safe space for open dialogue. Additionally, by inviting speakers from external events, Emily and Paul ensure Nestlé IT remains connected to the broader LGBTQ+ community and benefits from their expertise. They also attend conferences to foster connections and share best practices with their industry professionals. By participating in external events, our Co-Champions bring valuable insights and experiences back to Nestlé IT, enriching our internal events and initiatives.
Partnerships with other ERGs within Nestlé IT are vital in amplifying the impact of their initiatives. By partnering with them, the LGBTQ+ ERG harnesses the unique strengths and support of each group. The continuous collaboration between ERGs allows for diverse perspectives and helps create a more inclusive environment for all.
Emily's empowerment within the LGBTQ+ ERG is fostered by supportive leadership, particularly from Betsy, Director, Diversity Equity & Inclusion. Betsy's unwavering belief in the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion is reflected in her mentorship and the allocation of a dedicated budget. This financial support not only demonstrates the organization's commitment to diversity but also provides Emily and Paul the freedom to explore innovative ideas and knock down barriers. The commitment to inclusivity shown by Emily, Paul, Betsy, and other employees exemplifies the transformative power of individual and group advocacy. Through engaging events, strategic partnerships, mentorship initiatives, and supportive leadership, an environment where LGBTQ+ employees feel valued, celebrated, and empowered continues to be cultivated at Nestlé IT.
As we celebrate the dedication and the progress made by our Co-Champions, it is essential to recognize the torch each individual carries for others within the LGBTQ+ community. By sharing their own stories and advocating for increased representation, Emily and Paul pave the way for more individuals to step forward and empower their communities. Together, we will continue to foster a workplace where everyone feels accepted, supported, and encouraged to carry the torch of inclusivity and equality.