‘A safe space to chat and lean on each other’
Green and RTX PRIDE Chair Brian Kilhoffer are working to maintain a healthy work environment for the company’s LGBTQ+ community and all employees. The group, for example, has created an internal online forum that has enabled members to share stories and concerns, connect with one another, ask for support and identify issues to raise to senior leaders.
“Everyone has embraced each other, shared stories with each other and created a safe space to chat and lean on each other,” said Kilhoffer, a materials manager at Pratt & Whitney, an RTX business. “We’ve had real discussions, emotional discussions. We truly have created a safe space for everyone, including our allies.”
“It’s our belief and our commitment to make an environment where people should not fear speaking up and to actually make this a better workforce,” he said.
The group also engages its community through in-person and virtual member events, including keynote speakers, lunch-and-learns, family get-togethers and career development opportunities for resume building or connecting with mentors.
“I want to encourage people to share their stories,” said Kilhoffer. “Don’t hold it in. Let’s have a safe place for people to come to.”
RTX PRIDE is also focused on ensuring access to benefits, including legal services and healthcare for families. The group also worked with the company’s human resources and legal teams on a new adoption reimbursement benefit.
“It’s a really good example of the company’s ability to listen and understand and take decisive action quickly to address a concern,” Green said of the adoption benefit.