EXPRESSing Pride at Express Scripts
March 12, 2019 | Express Scripts
Adam H. is a senior communications manager on the Corporate Communications team at Express Scripts working to shift the online conversation and reputation of Express Scripts in a way that highlights our healthcare thought leadership and innovation. A few interesting facts about Adam: he previously spent a year driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile , he was once a handler for the Burger King “King”, and once threw an exclusive penthouse party for a Jim Beam product launch.
Given my position in communications at a company as large as Express Scripts, I often wear many hats. However, one of my most rewarding “hats” is my involvement with EXPRESSions – Express Scripts’ Employee Resource Group (ERG) dedicated to supporting the workforce, informing the business and advocating in the community to advance LGBTQ+ equality.
Before I joined Express Scripts, I wasn’t necessarily looking for an ERG. Hearing about EXPRESSions on my first day in New Employee Orientation was both a surprise and a relief: a surprise because I didn’t know that groups like this existed, and a relief because I had been craving a community like this for a long time. I was looking for a community of LGBTQ+ peers in a professional setting that I could connect with.
Before Express Scripts, I was often the only member of the LGBTQ+ community that I knew of at work. And, if there were more of us, we weren’t organized in a way to acknowledge and discuss professional challenges or situations we might be experiencing, like:
- How do I come out at work?
- Should I come out at work?
- How do I foster allies?
- How do I not become the token gay perspective?
Since joining EXPRESSions, I’ve noticed it’s had a profound impact on the way I bring myself to work on a day-to-day basis. There is something empowering about working for an organization that will accept you and allow you to unapologetically be yourself.
While EXPRESSions has certainly had an impact on how I conduct myself at work, it’s also benefitted me from a professional and career growth standpoint. I’ve met a lot of employees across a wide range of departments that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. My involvement has allowed me to not only answer questions at work that I normally wouldn’t have been able to, but also identify subject matter experts that could help answer the questions I couldn’t. ERGs, I have found, are undoubtedly a wonderful way to network at an organization.
Of all the EXPRESSions-sponsored events I participate in, one of my favorites is walking in the many pride parades that take place across the country in June for National Pride Month. One can find Pride in many different things but, in June, I find pride in myself as a member of the LGBTQ+ community; pride in EXPRESSions and the many employee volunteers who make that month a success; and pride in Express Scripts for being a champion for LGBTQ+ people.
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