By Jose Luis Martin Egido
I joined IBM as a student for an internship program in 2013 as a Junior IT Specialist. My first intention was to learn as much as I could about IBM, and these were not high expectations since I was only just starting my professional career. Either way, I wanted to strongly contribute to IBM’s growth by putting my best efforts into what I was hired to do.
As an IT Specialist, I needed lots of training since I was still studying. Nevertheless, I had broad experience in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) topics for many years, and I was already aware about the D&I projects at IBM. Consequently, I decided to join the D&I group I felt I could contribute the most to – the LGBT Constituency (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people). When I joined EAGLE (Employee Alliance for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Empowerment), the group was small and not many people were involved. I could have enrolled at EAGLE and allowed someone else to consolidate the group. However I realized I would be able to improve, help and collaborate proactively.
I started recruiting to make the group grow in order to achieve our full potential. Afterwards, with some people by my side to help me carry out new ideas and projects, I began to think about new horizons for EAGLE in Spain.
In that way, we all came up with a big idea for our group. All over the world, EAGLE groups at IBM have been participating in their corresponding local LGBT pride demonstrations, something that had never been done before in the history of IBM Spain.
We took advantage of the growing quantity of new members that recently joined our group to make this possible, and after gathering all the required approvals, we managed to officially participate.
This event was not thought as an isolated gathering, but as a tradition that we could establish on a yearly basis. We definitely succeeded in creating a long-lasting team, and one year after the first pride event, the second happened. This way, our team will proudly continue to take part in this event (as well as we do in other events and activities), and we will keep on growing as much as we can during the forthcoming years.
This story reflects that no matter your lack of experience, your age or your role within IBM, you are always able to develop your full potential and soundly contribute to IBM’s growth. At IBM, there is a place for advocacy even in the workplace and support for everyone who wants to collaborate in the diversified groups that exists within IBM.
IBM is indeed a great place to work and a great place to be. Come join us.
Jose Luis Martin Egido is an IT Specialist with IBM Spain.
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