At Trane Technologies, celebration days and months are the ideal time
to reflect on the progress we’ve made in cultivating an inclusive work
culture. They also give us the chance to reaffirm our commitments to
advancing diversity and inclusion. Our journey
as a top diverse employer continues daily and
celebrations like Pride month provide the perfect opportunity to honor
diversity and advance inclusion.
As we observe LGBTQ Pride Month, we reflect on “how far we’ve
come as a society, and how far we still have to go,” said Christin
Anniannis, director of health & safety at Trane Technologies
and co-chair of PRIDE, our employee resource group (ERG) for LGBTQ
people and their allies.
Trane Technologies’ PRIDE employee resource group (ERG) provides
support to LGBTQ people, raises awareness around the struggles in the
LGBTQ community, and engages employees through education and celebration.
“The ERG also shows how allies play an important role in helping
everyone feel safe at work,” she added. “Only a relatively small
percentage of the general population is LGBTQ, so we need allies
willing to align with us and help advocate for equal rights and fair treatment.”
“We’re fostering an inclusive environment, where employees can bring
their authentic selves to work,” said Denise Rodgers, sales
administrator and regional inclusion network leader in our Commercial
HVAC office in Austin, Texas, and co-chair of PRIDE. “This is why we celebrate.”
Changing the inclusion landscape
When Denise first joined our company in 2016, she’d heard about
Trane Technologies’ eight employee resource groups that reflect the
diversity of our workforce around the globe. The groups function at
the enterprise level with local chapters in Trane Technologies
locations around the world.
“However, in the Texas and North Louisiana region, we didn’t have
any local ERG chapters at the time,” she said. “Inclusion wasn’t a big
topic of discussion. I reached out to my Human Resources manager to
see how I could help. Local leaders knew they needed ERGs but didn’t
know how to get started.”
So Denise took the bull by the horns, with her leaders’ support, and
began changing the inclusion landscape in her region. She joined PRIDE
at the enterprise level, landed a spot on the steering committee and
started the Texas and North Louisiana chapter of PRIDE. Her role
shifted from solely sales administration to also include leading
inclusion networks in the region. Denise has since launched 25 more
ERG chapters in the region and has become co-chair of PRIDE.