Having Courageous Conversations during Pride Month…and beyond! 

By Martha Delehanty

As we continue to celebrate Pride Month at Commvault, we recently hosted our Pride Month Courageous Conversation – a global event for all Vaulters, featuring special guest Michelle Mama.

A bit of background on Michelle – she is an internationally renowned television and film director and producer! She is well-known for her critically acclaimed television series Shine True – a docu-series celebrating the Trans and gender non-conforming community by helping them overcome dysphoria and getting them to a place where they can freely and finally present the way they feel. Currently, Michelle is the executive producer for Canada’s Drag Race and is a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community.

During our event, Michelle shared her experiences throughout her personal and professional life as she navigated a career in the entertainment industry. It was incredibly inspiring to hear Michelle’s perspective on the intersectionality of being a person of color, a woman, and a member of the LGBTQ+ community and how all her experiences have shaped who she is today. What really stood out to me is Michelle’s passion for empowering others to be their best selves and to break the glass ceiling…whatever that ceiling may be for each of us! Here are a few takeaways from our conversation I want to share:  

  • Be an active ally – Show your support and allyship by being conscious and intentional and take active steps to show you care on an ongoing basis. We need to actively learn, listen, and drive change together!
  • Create a space for open, honest conversation – Always be aware of others and the fact that we all have different experiences. And a lot of us, particularly women, have been taught by society to be more passive, to have less of a voice. Creating a space for others to share what they think ensures that those around you feel comfortable, supported, and empowered to have important conversations.
  • Be a mentor and find a mentor – Mentorship can have such an incredible impact, and as Michelle shared, “it just takes one person to see you and see the potential in you.” To me, mentorship is a two-way street – it’s crucial to not only have a mentor, but to be a mentor. And another great tip from Michelle – a mentor doesn’t have to just be someone who is farther along in their career than you – finding a mentor that is younger than you helps give you a perspective that’s just as important.

I was so proud to join our Vaulter community as we celebrated Pride Month with Michelle. Being active allies, creating opportunities for open conversations, and embracing mentorship are all things we’re empowering our Vaulters to do every day at Commvault!

Our Courageous Conversations are a core component of our DE&I strategy and allow us to connect and inspire each other. Any conversation, whether it’s big or small, can make a difference. Always remember – you need to have the conversation, to change the conversation.

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