JM: How did you find out the LGBTQIA+ community was in need of additional jobseeker support?
RF: Last year I was on a speaker’s panel at my alma mater, Dickinson College and I very openly shared about my own journey as a lesbian and how my experience in the workplace has been a very open, inclusive and supportive one. Attendees were asking questions like, “How do I come out in a job interview?” or “Should I come out in a job interview,” and “How do I know if the company I’m applying for is inclusive?”
I realized there was a strong need to help the LGBTQIA+ community as they pursued employment, and I also saw the opportunity to help employers think about how to improve workplace inclusion.
The idea really cemented itself when I heard about a grant opportunity being offered from the State of Pennsylvania. We were fortunate to partner with the Montgomery and Delaware County Workforce Boards to submit for this opportunity. We feel very proud that our executive directors care about diversity, equity and inclusion and were eager to support this community through this grant.