Gia credits ERGs with offering many employees another support system in the workplace. Aramark currently has 11 unique ERGs for diverse communities and an employee ally network to help create a more inclusive workplace. Aramark’s Ally Network offers employees an additional resource for all to learn how best to serve and support their colleagues, community members, and loved ones. These networks and groups have become an important aspect of employee life at Aramark, which has been recognized for achievement in DEI and received awards for LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality and Disability Inclusion.
“I think they help you feel part of the company – that you have resources when you need them. This is the first company I’ve been at where I’ve had anything like that. When Aramark includes resource groups for all kinds of minorities, it gives you a place to plug in and know that you’re going to have a support system. I can only speak from the trans perspective, but there are times where I will fall apart, and it’s good to know that I have a resource group and that support there.”
While on a personal journey and encouraging LGBTQ+ education and awareness, Gia has also found success in her professional journey. As an Accounting Lead Assistant, she has found that she excels in research, testing third-party systems used for daily accounting reports, and finding solutions that help others.
“I’ve found that once I start helping others, I really enjoy doing it. I take a lot of pride in being the best at a task, and I think I demonstrate that when field users continually come back to me with more questions and what they need help with. Those questions and being helpful keeps me motivated in my career.”
Balancing her personal life and professional careers has been challenging at times, but Gia has found her time with Aramark to be valuable. Her passion for sharing with others, whether it’s accounting solutions or telling her personal struggles to help educate her peers, has allowed her the room to embrace her identity.
“The most rewarding part is that I’ve been encouraged to be myself. My managers have encouraged me and helped me find how I can make myself useful. I’ve found that if I can help people understand systems a little bit better, then it’s more satisfying for me. I’ve been encouraged to continue to help people learn what to do. I’ve been encouraged to be a Scottish, prideful, trans woman. Aramark accepts me for exactly who I am.”
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Aramark Coming Out Stories Volume 1: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/780734/
Aramark Coming Out Stories Volume 2: https://online.flippingbook.com/view/852741762/