Pride Month at Gartner
As June 1st marked the starting of Pride Month, Gartner associates across the globe have come out in force to show their support and celebrate members of the LGBTQ community. Pride at Gartner is one of several employee resource groups, specifically promoting a positive and inclusive work environment for all of our associates worldwide, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. As Pride Month comes to an end, we are taking a lookback at how our Gartner associates have celebrated, across our global offices!
Pride in Portland, OR
Gartner associates in our Portland, OR office were able to give back to their local LGBTQ community by participating in a month-long goods donation drive to support New Avenues for Youth (NAFY), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and intervention of LGBTQ youth homelessness.
“As many as 40% of homeless youth in the United States identity as LGBTQ, and that inspired us to partner with New Avenues For Youth,” says Stephanie Arendt, Content Director at Evanta, a Gartner company. “Growing up LGBTQ, I know how important it is to have support and a network. Being a part of the Pride team and fundraiser event is my way to ‘gay it forward’.”
Malea O’Neill, a Gartner Portfolio Manager and chairperson of the Pride group of Evanta, describes the ongoing efforts throughout the office as just a starting point for developing more LGBTQ-friendly events. “As an out, gay woman in leadership, I couldn’t be more proud of my company, my accepting team, my direct leadership team, and my own partner Kim. I look forward to continuing the outreach, awareness and overall growth within our PDX Pride group.” By partnering with organizations like NAFY, associates in our Portland office were able to help make a difference in the lives of Oregon’s LGBTQ youth.
On June 8th Gartner associates gathered in the Historic Congressional Cemetery to participate in the sixth annual DC Front Runners Pride Run. DC Front Runners is a running, walking and social club for LBGTQ people and their friends in the Washington, DC metropolitan areas. With over 1,500 active participants, the 5K run serves as the kickoff event for Capital Pride weekend. Proceeds from the run benefit local LGBT non-profit efforts which include Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship, The Wanda Alston Foundation, Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center, and SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders).
Our associates also enjoyed attending the Washington Nationals annual Night OUT at the Nationals on June 5th, where all ticket proceeds helped fund Team DC’s Student Athlete Scholarships, which are awarded to local college-bound LGBTQ student-athletes.
Pride in Fort Myers, FL
Over 30 Gartner associates from our various business units in our Fort Myers office volunteered to support Naples Pride on June 2nd. The festival, which served as an inclusive space to promote education about the LGBTQ community and their allies, helped to raise over $50,000 for the LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide emergency support for members of Southwest Florida’s LGBTQ community experiencing homelessness or other obstacles.
The festival was a great way to foster associate collaboration among different business units, as they all came together to support the same cause. On June 14th the same group also held a networking Happy Hour event with over 100 Gartner associates in attendance. The event served as an opportunity for LGBTQ associates and their allies to network professionally but also promote the importance of an inclusive and safe working space, through an educational trivia round on LGBTQ topics.
Pride in Chicago, IL
Garner associates from our Chicago office had the opportunity to volunteer at Teen Living Programs (TLP), a nonprofit organization that has supported and strengthened Chicago’s most vulnerable young people for over 40 years. Our associates were able to volunteer at a youth shelter in Bronzeville, a neighborhood in the southern part of Chicago, helping to cook and decorate the space for a Pride themed celebration.
As our associates finished up their work, they all left feeling overcome with emotion. “On the trek home, a feeling of gratitude came over me for the group of people that took time out of their evening to give back and make a positive impact to the LGBTQ community. I look forward to the future volunteer events with Teen Living Program and eager to introduce more people to such a great organization,” says Matt Degrand, a Gartner Deal Hub associate.
Pride in San Francisco, CA
In our San Francisco office, our Mosaic at Gartner, an Employee Resource Group representing racial and ethnic diversity, team hosted a discussion on Pride, Gender, and Identity. They discussed challenges people within the LGBTQ community face and how we might make the workplace and our individual behaviors more inclusive. The session was also educational for those not familiar with various terms used in the LGBTQ world. Having different Employee Resource Groups collaborate reinforces elements of intersectionality.
Pride in Sydney, Australia
Our Gartner associates in Sydney had a lot to celebrate this year! The Australian Marriage Equality bill was passed in November, legalizing same sex marriage throughout the nation. The Gartner office celebrated this during Mardi Gras in March, where associates could celebrate together with food, drinks and fun activities!
As we grow, here at Gartner, our associates are at the heart of our success. Gartner has been recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality with a top score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index. We will continue to embrace diversity, inclusion and engagement as an opportunity to get better, stronger, and faster— year after year.
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