Spirit Day matters to me … and to Kellogg
By Bryan Tolinski, Supply Chain Analyst
My true passion is being able to make a positive change in someone’s life. With my free time, I want to help others. When I joined Kellogg and learned about our eight Business/Employee Resource Groups, or B/ERGs, that help create communities within the organization while also serving the communities where we work and live, I thought, “This is my company!”
I’ve been a member of our K Pride & Allies B/ERG since I joined the company three years ago. I’ve always been an ally for my friends who identify as LGBTQ+. In fact, I try to stick up for anyone facing prejudice and discrimination, and the work this B/ERG does continues to amaze me. That’s one of the reasons 2021 marks the second year I’ve volunteered to lead Kellogg Company’s annual Spirit Day activities.
Since 2010, Kellogg has supported GLAAD’s Spirit Day, held each October during National Bullying Prevention Month. On this day, everyone is encouraged to go purple on social media and wear purple to stand against bullying and support LGBTQ+ youth. This year, we’ve donated $5,000 and are encouraging everyone to take the #SpiritDayPledge against bullying.
We’ve also planned a number of activities to engage our employees in honoring Spirit Day. We’re partnering with our members in Kellogg Latin America to host a trans-youth conference event with Tania Morale, an advocate for trans children and teenagers’ rights. She also is the proud mother of a trans teenager. Additionally, we’re also hosting a virtual learning session with PFLAG, a national organization dedicated to uniting parents, families and allies with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
Speaking up about the importance of LGBTQ+ rights help to ensure that our employees who identify as members of this community know they are valued within the Kellogg family. This support also sparks needed conversations and greater understanding with employees and consumers.
My favorite part about Spirit Day is everyone coming together for a common goal. Please join me in advocating for LGBTQ+ inclusion.
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