The pandemic also affected interaction for those of us engaged in the firm’s business resource groups. I’m an ally and the communications chair in the Diverse Abilities BRG. Since our members couldn’t gather in person, we knew it would be important to find ways to keep them connected. We stepped up communications and launched a newsletter as the pandemic hit. I’m the newsletter editor, which perfectly fits my passion for educating myself and others about “diverse abilities,” our term for how people meet their disability challenges. I knew little about these challenges when, soon after I came to Grant Thornton, I attended a BRG event. A panel of fellow employees discussed stories of either their disability or their caregiving. I heard a lot that was new to me, especially about invisible disabilities such as mental challenges. I was hooked and became more involved. Even though I don’t have a disability and haven’t been a caregiver, I was welcomed as an ally. Like all our BRGs, it’s open to everyone, including allies like me. I feel honored to drive greater awareness and education about something central in many people’s lives.
I count this contribution, alongside my work, as making my mark at Grant Thornton. I’m always learning, constantly trying to one-up myself and taking pride in what I accomplish.
One of the people on the BRG panel has had a huge impact on my awareness and involvement in the BRG; you can learn more about Laura Isaacs in her story.