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Inspired BlogDinner With Friends: PRIDE

Our goal is to listen, engage, and activate voices across Red Ventures to ensure that all identity groups and perspectives are represented in our work.

In our new video series, “Dinner With Friends,” we’re inviting RVers to share candid conversations, listen to understand, and connect as a community.

In this episode, join a group of RVers who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community as they celebrate and discuss PRIDE – in life and at work.

Watch more of this series on YouTube!

Notes from the table:

Ruth: “This was the first time (ever) that I sat down with a group of people like me and had a conversation about our experiences as someone part of the LGBTQ+ community. I can not tell you how meaningful this was. Iโ€™m so grateful that this conversation is part of a much larger one happening at WORK. I’m so grateful for this space.”

Nathan: This experience allowed me to really think about how being a part of the LGBTQ+ community has shaped my life from youth to where I am now, and ultimately my future. It also gave me a look into both the lives and the experiences of coworkers to grow my understanding of the different facets of the LGBTQ+ community. I am so thankful for this (and future) opportunities to grow myself and others!

Jahuie: “I am more than ever connected to a group of colleagues who bared their souls about their LGBTQ+ journeys. Our voices can now be amplified to help others understand our community from multiple unique perspectives. I am proud to work for a company who believes in, supports, and celebrates diverse voices.”

Tyler: “Being able to be in the company of colleagues that are so bravely authentic was astounding. It was eye-opening to hear how my personal experience intersected with my team members experiences. I am so thankful to have had to opportunity to have a conversation, with amazing people, where we had the unique opportunity to amplify our visibility.”

Lisa: “This was a surreal conversation to have in the workplace. Never in my life did I imagine I’d have the chance to talk about my life as an LGBTQ+ person and have it shown to all my coworkers. Red Ventures has made me feel seen, valued, and respected for who I really am.  This was a special experience with really special teammates and friends.”

THANK YOU to all of our Dinner Guests for participating, sharing, and being great people to work with!

Want to learn more about our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Red Ventures? View our 2021-2022 Annual Progress Report, here.

About the Author:
Kelly McMurtrie | Principal Creative Producer
Kelly McMurtrie

Kelly is a Principal Creative Producer on the Red Ventures Corporate Communications team and the secret voice behind our website content, video content, and social media. She is currently writing about herself in the third person.

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