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Kristina Kishbaugh
  • Guardian Life Insurance Company

Having a voluntary campaign to help share about pronouns and their helpfulness. Not only with LGBTQ inclusion, but also general every day. The name Pat could be short of Patricia or Patrick, pronouns would help in this case. When we pitched this we worked to show inclusion beyond LGBTQ, and how it helps for folks in different countries to connect. Helping folks see that this was a larger base for inclusion helped with buy-in. Also, I always recommend voluntary as you don’t know a person’s journey, and forcing them could make them either out themselves or put them in an uncomfortable spot. Not everyone’s journey with pronouns has been easy. Several HR systems can capture pronouns, and tools like MS Teams can also share pronouns based on contact data in the HR system. This is super helpful on calls with folks.

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