Celebrating Pride Month: Meet Laura, Merchandising Planner
In celebration of Pride Month, we're thrilled to introduce Laura, Merchandising Planner and passionate ally to the LGBTQ+ community!
According to Webster's Dictionary, an "ally" is one that is associated with another as a helper; a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity, or struggle.
What is your job title? And what do you love most about your job?
I'm a Merchandise Planner for the Fresh departments at Market District.
What I love most about my job is helping departments be successful by working with Team Members within the stores.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I think my proudest accomplishment would be my family and the life my husband and I have created for our children and grandchildren. We want them all to feel that no matter what happens in their lives they can always come home.
What does Pride Month mean to you? How do you celebrate Pride Month?
I am a PROUD parent. My son is my inspiration. I believe that no one should be judged, ridiculed or punished for who they love in their lifetime. My son is my hero, and I love him for the amazing person he has become. He has grown up to be a strong, gay man who isn’t afraid to get out there and proudly live a lifestyle that some people refuse to embrace.
We have so much hate in the world today with recent focus on multiple hate groups in the media, celebrating a community that focuses on love and respect makes me proud to be part of this community - even in a small way.
I love to participate in the parade, which is filled with so much love and acceptance. We don’t necessarily celebrate only during Pride month either. Our family celebrates LGBTQ+ pride year-round through support and love of our son and his husband.
How do you promote inclusion and diversity in your professional and personal life?
I promote inclusion and diversity by treating everyone equally, both personally and professionally. I truly believe that we should be respecting everyone, regardless of our differences.
What are some interesting hobbies or talents that most people may not know about you?
I love to cook and host large events for our friends and family. I fully catered my son’s wedding myself, and truly have a passion for food.