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Celebrating Pride Month: Spotlight

Sonali Sitaram
Author: Sonali Sitaram
Date: June 2, 2022
Tags: Diversity, Inclusion, Our Team, Pride, Spotlight

Our Amergis Healthcare Staffing team strives to create an environment where everyone feels welcomed and respected. Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) board emphasizes our core values, which are:

Each month, our D&I board chooses a team member who exemplifies Amergis’s core values. In recognition of Pride Month, we recognize Amanda Talbot, who is a Regional Field Manager and has been with Amergis for nine years. If you’re interested in learning more about how Amergis supports our team members, reach out to us online.

Q & A with Amanda

What does Pride mean to you? How do you demonstrate your support for the LGBTQIA+ community?

Pride to me is a celebration of love in all forms with no judgment or rules. I support the community by being proud of who I am and who I love. I don’t hide any part of myself to make others feel more comfortable.

How has being a part of the LGBTQIA+ community benefitted you in a position of leadership?

I feel like I have benefitted immensely in a position of leadership by representing inclusivity. When people see someone like me in a role similar to mine, it shows that it’s perfectly normal to be who you are. I don’t fit the so-called mold of what some people feel a woman in corporate America should look like, but none of that matters because my hard work and dedication got me to the next level.

What do you do to build an effective and inclusive team?

I base my hires on knowledge, motivation, drive and humility rather than what society deems appropriate for corporate America. Having people from all walks of life and backgrounds is beneficial to everyone on the team. I push my team and my managers to learn about each other and what makes their people tick to be effective and impactful. This ultimately leads to success for themselves, their managers and the company. I find that when people feel comfortable being themselves, they will outperform any metric you can give them.

What advice would you give an existing or new LGBTQIA+ about coming out at Amergis?

Be who you are and let your work speak for itself. Every other part of you is just a beautiful bonus your team gets to learn from and embrace. I have been here for nine years and some of my closest friends I have met here at [Amergis]. We are a family.

How can allies support their LGBTQIA+ team members?

Allies can always support the LGBTQIA+ community by educating themselves and others to promote normality. We are all people and love is love, so stand up for those in your life and show pride, love and knowledge. Knowledge is power in any arena.

Explore More About Amergis Healthcare Staffing’s Company Culture

At Amergis, we are committed to creating safe spaces that allow every voice to be heard. We aim to help shape our culture through improvement and innovation, including gaining information through feedback loops, annual surveys, data analysis and creative program development. Find out more about how Amergis ensures that all team members feel empowered and uplifted by reaching out to us online.

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