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What Pride means to me with Jarlath Doherty

At Collibra, we are always open, direct and kind. This is one of our core values and a foundational tenet of being a Collibrian. When it comes to Pride, this value takes on a deeper meaning. It is about being more than just kind. It is about being inclusive and celebrating diversity throughout the company. So in honor of Pride Month, we sat down with our Chief People Officer, Jarlath Doherty to discuss what Pride means to him: 

Why do you think it is important to recognize Pride Month?

Pride Month is a time to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community and embrace diversity and intersectionality. While we should always celebrate our differences despite the month, Pride Month holds a space for us all to amplify the unique stories of the LGBTQIA+ community and reflect on the challenges that we, as a community, have faced and still face today. In the wake of Roe v. Wade, it is crucial to remember that the rights this community fought for should never be taken for granted. For Pride Month we can celebrate our progress, break down systemic barriers, and unite us all as human beings.

Pride Parade in Inishowen. June 2022

What does Pride mean to you? 

This year’s Pride is especially important to me because my hometown in Ireland held its first ever Pride celebration. When I was growing up, there was never any visible LGBTQIA+ representation. Even though I went to the biggest secondary school in Ireland with thousands of students who were all unique in their own way, we never had conversations about identity. Looking back, there were students all around me who could have been better supported.. Sadly, some of those individuals are not here today to experience the progress that has been made. 

Malin Head. Ireland. April 2022

When I think about my time growing up in the Irish countryside, I realize that there were so many people struggling with their identity, many of whom were targeted because of their differences. It is critical that we all take a stand against bullying and promote psychological safety for the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration of Pride in my home town in Ireland provides a great opportunity for LGBTQIA+ families and individuals to be visible in large numbers, which helps remove the fear and stigma that has plagued the community for so long. 

Malin Head. Ireland. April 2022

How has Collibra’s Pride Community impacted your experience as a Collibrian?

We have numerous Employee Resource Groups, we call them Equity & Impact Communities, dedicated to creating an inclusive culture and Collibra Pride is one of them. The community was created by employees to foster a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment where people of all gender identities and sexual orientations can grow and succeed within Collibra while being their authentic selves. We achieve this through a mix of social, educational, support, and advocacy efforts, and we encourage participation from both LGBTQIA+ people and allies. 

As a LGBTQIA+ leader in tech, what goals do you have for supporting this community?

As the Chief People Officer at Collibra and as a member of the community, I want to be a role model for others. I want to share my story to help others know that they are not alone. I will continue to work to ensure we have a wide range of talent at Collibra and that this diverse talent feels safe, comfortable, and welcomed the second they become a Collibrian.

All are welcome,

Jarlath

Learn more about our Equity & Impact efforts and life at Collibra.

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