Welcome to Pride Month! This June is all about celebrating the achievements and contributions to society from the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

June is a great month. Not only is the weather fantastic here in the Cleveland area, but it’s also Pride Month!

I’m extremely proud of how Hyland Pride Alliance (HPA), an LGBTQIA+ employee resource group, has grown in the last three years. Since January 2018, HPA has been open to all Hyland employees, offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy activities centered on LGBTQIA+ culture.

To date, we currently have 130 members. Throughout June 2021, we are looking to expand our membership globally. While we currently have two weekly meetings for U.S.-based members, this June we will be launching one weekly international meeting for members.

Our goal is to ultimately give our employees across the globe access to the important resources, contacts, and events available through HPA.

Part of the family

Pride Month 2021

Throughout this month, Hyland Pride Alliance plans to host activities and events each week for Hylanders and their families to help raise awareness and provide education about the group as well as the LGBTQIA+ community.

Follow #HylandLife all month long to hear from other members of HPA as they share what Pride and allyship mean to them.

We’re also participating in the Pride in the CLE Pride Ride on Saturday, June 5. Employees will drive through Lakewood and Ohio City with family members and each other celebrating PRIDE in Cleveland.

Here are a few other ways we’ve been building momentum since we created HPA:

  • In 2017, we partnered with Equality of Ohio and joined the Ohio Business Competes Coalition — a nonpartisan coalition of businesses committed to achieving nondiscrimination policies at the state level in order to attract the best talent
  • In 2018, we donated to the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project which focuses on LGBTQIA+ sheltering and rehabilitation
  • We have also partnered with various organizations to support the LGBTQIA+ community throughout the years, including: Plexus, Equality Ohio, Case Western’s Lambda Chapter, and MetroHealth
  • In 2019, we had monthly happy hours and events geared toward learning opportunities; we also became a formal sponsor of Plexus LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • In 2020, we had to shift toward a completely virtual approach to our events, so we provided Zoom meeting technology assistance to some partner organizations
  • In January 2021, we obtained a 75 rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI); this is a national benchmarking tool for organizations who are serious about measuring policies, practices, and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) employees
  • In March 2021, we held an International Trans Day of Visibility event with three Transgender panelists; this was a Veterans employee resource group and HPA collaboration event, as two of the panelists are also veterans.

Pride Month: Reflection and pride

I take immense pride in being the President of HPA. I’m in awe of the support we have from all levels of the organization. From Bill Priemer, president and CEO, to Debbie Connelly, senior vice president and chief people officer as well as HPA’s executive sponsor, I feel supported to do whatever it takes to continue growing the HPA community. We’re constantly innovating and evolving to match the expectations of our members.

I’m excited about being a leader for this employee resource group, as it means I can personally make a positive impact in the LGBTQIA+ community at Hyland — and in the greater community. I want new and existing employees to feel the way I did when I joined Hyland in 2008. It was the first time in my professional life when I felt accepted and comfortable being me.

I didn’t have to hide anymore.

I’m also honored to have Debbie Connelly as our executive sponsor. I’ve always felt like she’s looked out for me for my entire career here at Hyland. I will always think of her as family. Having her as a trusted executive I can meet with to discuss new ideas and evolve Hyland Pride Alliance has been extremely rewarding.

It’s important work. And you can see the results.

Hyland Pride Month logo

“I am privileged to receive this recognition and congratulate all honorees for their commitment to building diverse and engaging work cultures,” said Connelly when accepting the in inaugural Great Places to Work ® For All Leadership Award back in 2018. “We truly believe that treating all employees as family delivers a level of respect and value that empowers everyone and helps them provide the best service possible to our customers.”

This sort of commitment to everyone shows management cares for the well-being of our employees. All of us. The coming-out process never ends, but here at Hyland, I’ve rarely felt the need to do so.

Throughout the years, we’ve been able to do great things internally at Hyland, but I’m excited for the next couple of months, as we ramp up our collaboration with HR and our executive team to ensure the best possible environment for LGBTQIA+ employees.

Our goal is a rating of 100 on the HRC CEI and year-over-year to maintain it. Once again, HPA is open to all employees, so we hope to see you at our next member meeting.

I also hope to see everyone else out in the community throughout the month of June — and beyond!

Rebecca Scina

Rebecca Scina has been a Hylander since 2008. In her current role as a cloud delivery manager for the Customer Success Team, she manages new high-profile hosted customer engagements, existing... read more about: Rebecca Scina

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