Global Diversity & Inclusion Award

Recently my employer honored sixteen individuals and two small teams with the Global Diversity & Inclusion Award, which is a big deal in our company. Unfortunately, it also caught the attention of the Transportation Security Administration, and cast suspicion on a bunch of travelers at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport today.

To be fair, this does look pretty lethal:

Apparently when disassembled into its two components and put in its handy travel box, it appears pretty sinister under an X-ray machine. Well regardless, it was a lovely memento of a wonderful recognition.

As background: each year the company recognizes teammates who make significant contributions in the fields of diversity and inclusion. These are typically through volunteer activities out in the community and/or through our Associate Affinity Groups, also known as employee resource groups. And last night, at a reception and dinner in Charlotte, winners received their awards in front of their managers and top executives from around the company.

My award was a team recognition, awarded to four leaders from the LGBT Pride team. As delighted as I was to receive this award, it was made even more special by virtue of receiving it along with close friends and colleagues. I really can’t say enough about how proud I am to work with such a dedicated, talented, and wonderful group of people.

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