June is Pride Month, and Dell Nashville continues to show that dedicated to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees are able to be their whole, authentic selves. They have really shown themselves to be a model of how to be a corporate ally. And, in that mode, the organization kicked off the month with a special training, Dell Technologies ALLY Power Hour, devoted to empowering its employees to be better allies to the LGBT+ community. The training included an interactive session to create awareness of bias and how to use one’s voice in support of inclusive, diverse communities.
Nashville’s Mayor David Briley provided welcoming remarks at the session, which was open to employees at Dell’s 1,750-employee Nashville campus. Mayor Briley shared his perspective on why being an ally to the LGBT+ community is important and recent initiatives he’s led to create equal opportunity. Dan Frailich, site project manager, and Jackie Light, co-lead of Nashville’s PRIDE Employee Resource Group, co-led the training.
“Dell coming to Nashville in 1999 was part of the positive change that set our city in a new direction,” Briley said. “I’ve been proud to take important steps recently to create equal access and opportunity, including by signing an executive order toward greater equity for LGBT-owned businesses. As Mayor, it’s important to me that the decisions we make for Nashville reflect the people who live here. That’s why 20% of my senior team has direct experience and perspective on LGBTQ+ issues. How you identify or who you love shouldn’t affect your success or your ability to call Nashville home.”
“Now that I’m in a leadership role, I want to make sure I’m treating everyone with respect and to ensure that Dell remains a comfortable place for all to work,” said Tricia Abernathy, a sales coach at Dell, about why the training was important.
Henry Pile, sales manager for Global Commercial Channels at Dell, also reflected on why it’s important for all, from leadership on down, to improve awareness and become better allies: “I’m here because I support this fantastic community of people, including my friends and coworkers. Being an ally and being inclusive is about promoting thoughts and ideas that improve teams, businesses and our customer experience, but also our larger community. This is about creating a more equal Nashville.”
Trainings such as this demonstrate a growing awareness among major employers in Nashville are being more proactive in training employees in inclusion. Dell has devoted a lot of energy to fostering an inclusive workplace. The company has championed diversity and inclusion since opening their doors in the city 20 years ago in 1999. They’ve taken an active role in the community, partnering with the LGBT Chamber and other community partners. Last year, Dell received the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s “Corporate Diversity” award for inclusion practices and won the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Year in 2019 at the Greater Nashville Technology Council Awards.
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