Roche and Guinn on Authenticity in the Workplace
Taking part in the recent Lead Your Way: Diversity Networking and Career Conference, McKinney Chief People Officer Sue Roche and Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chandra Guinn lent their perspective on authenticity in the workplace, focusing on diversity and ways McKinney empowers and supports its employees.
“Our mission at McKinney is to unleash the untapped potential in our world and our people,” said Roche. “And since we are voices for our clients, diversity is critical as we are messengers and creators for how they present themselves in the marketplace. I came to the business to be myself and speak my truth. I don’t have to check who I am at the door.”
And Guinn talked about action McKinney employees took in their quest for authenticity: “We have an employee resource group, Chroma. One of the many things they do is create programming for all employees of the agency to engage and interact with. While the group itself is made of employees of color, the discussions they lead elevate diversity company-wide. It is peer-to-peer learning and that is its strength.”
Guinn also provided her take on the importance of values syncing with opportunity for students heading into the workforce. “As much as you want to make sure your values align with the company you’re considering, you really need to take the time to know yourself,” Guinn said. “There are many tools online that can help you learn more about yourself. Understand that money is not a sole motivator. Once you do this, look everywhere, talk to as many people as you can, look to alumni to help you — search high and low to find insights to see if it’s the kind of place where you want to be.”
The inaugural “Lead Your Way” conference was sponsored by Appalachian State University, North Carolina Central University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and UNC-Greensboro.