As he became more involved with the ERG, Sebastian realized he had
the opportunity to help build and grow the NovoEqual community within
his research site, connecting to the network at the larger U.S.-based
and global headquarters.
“The goal is to connect and expand our communities at the different
sites across the US, not only within the NovoEqual groups, but across
other ERGs. Our Hispanic and Latin American group is hosting a Pride
event soon, focusing on Latinx members within the LGBQT2+ community.
It’s that kind of alliance that I love – I get to learn about other
communities and celebrate my own.”
When it comes to the successful expansion of NovoEqual to Novo
Nordisk sites across the US, Sebastian credits the growth to all the
allies, community members and leadership teams across NovoEqual.
“We actually just launched our first ever employee resource group at
our Clayton, NC site,” he shares.
From providing LGBTQ2+ community resources to inspiring dialogue
around creating equality, Novo Nordisk’s NovoEqual groups strive to
create a culture where employees feel they can bring their full and
authentic selves to work every day. “It’s incredibly scary to put
yourself out there. People in the LGBTQ2+ community have to come out
to different people every day. Even if someone isn’t comfortable or
quite ready to come out, they can still join NovoEqual as an ally to
learn from others, and find support privately. Allies are such an
important part of our community,” Sebastian said.
“Our company is a strong ally for our LGBTQ2+ community, and
embraces opportunities to learn and grow. As the world changes, we are
taking steps to evolve with it.”
"By supporting and maximizing the potential of our employee
resource groups, we all benefit and see first-hand the value of
bringing in a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds,” he shares.
“I’m simply a small piece of the puzzle to the great work we are doing.”