Ensure no one leaves their magic in the car

Ideas for individuals and organizations that want to be better allies to members of the LGBTQ+ community

At the CU Pride Leadership Conference on Wednesday, Tammy Schultz said she’s determined to be an ally to LGBTQ+ community members and people from other diverse backgrounds because she needs every one of her employees to feel comfortable bringing their “magic” to work.

President/preplanning solutions for CUESolutions provider TruStage (formerly CUNA Mutual Group), Madison Wisconsin, Schultz said it wasn’t so long ago that she heard a panelist talk about how when they got to work, they left their “magic” in the car.

“And I had this moment where … a sadness came over me,” she said. “I just can’t imagine having our employees feel like they need to leave what they think makes them who they are in the car because they don’t know how someone will … react to them. … It’s really important to make sure we’re advocating for everybody, because listen, as a leader, I need that magic every day. I need that magic to show up, and I don’t want anybody leaving it in the car.”

Schultz said another reason she’s an ally goes back to the quote from Martin Luther King Jr., “Silence is betrayal.” “And so, sitting back and saying nothing when [I] see something that’s not right is really hard for me to do,” she said.


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