And I actually started in the San Francisco office, and I remember one of the first pieces of creative that I came across, it was a print ad for recruiting and it said, ‘Who you are from five to nine is who we want from nine to five.’ And I thought that was just so profound. From an organization, I felt supported from day one, and I was really proud to be part of Schwab.
How do I feel included or seen at Schwab? You know, I just feel comfortable being myself.
Here at Schwab, I’ve never had to hide who I am.
I feel like I live the same outside of the office as I do internally, which is this is who I am, and this is all the important pieces that make up my life.
Growing up, I was made to feel different because of the way I think. And I knew that anyone who feels different needs to know that they are accepted and celebrated.
The conversation of inclusion with transgender people is a growing conversation, but at Schwab, they allow me to be included in that conversation, and this has helped to create progress for us all.
The culture here at Schwab, I think, has been one of the most welcoming and authentic cultures that I’ve been a part of in my career, both in professionally and, you know, externally. I feel like we truly care for each other.
Having a diversity and inclusion initiative, having 100% rating on HRC, those are really important things. I feel like our company stands up for us, they’re an ally. And I think in this environment it’s really important that they do that. You know, we need representation, we need allies, not just ourselves. I think Schwab does a great job of that. Really, it’s just an amazing place to work. And I always say it’s about the relationships, it’s about the culture at Schwab. We do hard work and we do it together.
Pride means I can express myself.
Pride, to me, means be able to come to work and just work as yourself, and not have to really worry about fear of making a wrong comment or leading someone the wrong way, just coming to work as yourself.
Pride means being able to be comfortable with one’s self and represent that outwardly to others.
Pride means not having to hide who I am in the workplace and really being celebrated for my differences and bringing that diversity to the teams that I work with.
Pride, to me, is everyone getting to live that joy and that experience of being who you are, sharing who you are, telling your story, and just feeling the warmth that that brings.
Allyship, to me, means that I know that people support me, not only the work that I’m doing in the office, but also who I am as a person, and allowing me to live authentically.
It makes me feel included. I can be free to express myself, and, hopefully, other people from my background, also, will come out and express themselves more openly.
Feeling normal and included is what we all need.
Yeah, we’re all people. We’re all the same, and we all have the same needs and wants and desires in life. I live my truth by just being myself.
I think it’s really just being yourself and being authentic.