I was first introduced to Publicis Sapient (PS) over 13 years ago when a friend invited me to join a sailing trip and I met someone who worked there. While chatting, I mentioned I was looking to transition into consulting, since I had studied business and management. As he told me about PS, what stood out was the focus on culture, people, and being proud of your work at the end of the day. He invited me to apply, and a few weeks later, after an interactive interview process, I joined PS in Washington, DC. I am now a senior product manager in Munich, Germany, where I specialize in business requirements for large digital transformation projects. I am also a global co-lead for PRIDE, our business resource group that focuses on diversity and inclusion initiatives for the PS community.
During my first year at PS, a few colleagues and I talked about how we sometimes felt insecure being our full selves while at a client’s office. We felt comfortable being open when we were at PS, however. Discovering that we had similar experiences, we started forming a community for LGBTQ+ people and allies at PS to come together. This turned into the formation of PRIDE, our LGBTQ+ business resource group. Anyone at PS is welcome to participate in PRIDE, whether LGBTQ+ or an ally. People get involved because they want to see PS continue to make our workplace as safe and inclusive as possible for people of all backgrounds. We also want to push the boundaries of workplace diversity and inclusion for all employers in our respective locations. Some of our teammates need to know that they have a safe place to go because they live in regions or countries where being LGBTQ+ is unsafe or they face discrimination in their communities.