by Rachel Butler at EK Agency in Cincinnati, OH
I was connected to Elisa Stampf through InsureWomen. I saw Elisa’s pride flag on her LinkedIn profile, I immediately thought it was admirable of her for being bold and unafraid, especially in the typically conservative world of insurance. I clicked to find out more about Elisa’s company and thought what they were doing was really cool, so I messaged her.
Soon after Elisa and I connected for a web meeting and I was drawn to her mission of making the world a better place. During our conversation, I was reminded of my own story.
While working at a different agency in 2001, which was the time of the Cincinnati riots – I had racial slurs directed at my family by co-workers. This isn’t something I bring up often as I don’t like to live in the past, and I believe in moving forward. As humans, we can all strive to move forward and be better.
I signed the pledge because I want to be a safe-haven. I want to be inclusive, welcoming, take action when needed, and hold people and organizations accountable when inequalities occur. I want to be part of making our world more knowledgeable, loving, and accepting!