“I grew up in a very open-minded family”, Jodi Rosenblum explains, “But if someone was queer, it wasn’t viewed as a negative, but also not necessarily celebrated.” For Jodi, Pride Month is an important reminder for people to do more than just accept or tolerate others, but to celebrate the beauty of people living as themselves every day of the year.
Jodi is Nuxeo’s Field Marketing Manager, where she manages events, webinars, and other lead generation activities that support the sales team. The COVID-19 pandemic was especially hard on her as she pivoted to virtual spaces, including running Nuxeo’s global user conference online. But it also brought new opportunities, like leading Nuxeo’s DEI book club. Jodi’s love of people and skills facilitating events made her a natural at engaging people in conversation, and she was excited for the opportunity to learn more about her colleagues and strategies for helping people feel more included. She was pleasantly surprised by how open her colleagues were about deeply personal experiences, to the point the group decided not to record their meetings anymore, and says the conversations helped her better understand the impact that her coworkers’ unique experiences have had on them.
Sometimes the tough subjects can create the strongest connections… I think it’s important for us to empathize that, even though today we have a lot of accepting people, more than it was 10 or 20 years ago– we still have a long way to go.”
Jodi wants to see more representation in corporate and government leadership positions to advance progress, but is excited to see organizations showing their support for the LGBTQIA2+ community during Pride month. For Jodi, these are markers of societal shifts that are reflected at the individual level as well: “If I told my parents now: ‘I met someone I really like’, regardless of gender I think my mom would say ‘Good for you!’. My parents are so much more accepting; the world is moving!”