In my 19-year career at Enterprise, I chose to look at my dyslexia not as a hidden disability, but as different way of approaching problems. I credit this belief as the reason to my success: I started out washing cars, and I’m now the Head of Risk for my area.
I attended the Stonewall Conference recently to see how our diversity initiatives compared to other companies’. I realised that we already do a great job at providing an inclusive environment for LGBT+ employees, but we can do more.
If I mentioned the name Harvey Milk or Barbara Gittings, would you know who they are? Both were huge Game Changers for LGBT rights and helped to change perceptions and laws for future generations. I’m proud to be a Game Changer within Enterprise, and I want to make sure every new LGBT employee feels comfortable at work.
Disclosing my disability when I applied for my placement year with Enterprise meant that I could get the adjustments I needed. Dyslexia can be difficult to deal with but I refuse to let it define me or hold me back. My determination and the support I’ve received so far has enabled me to be successful in my internship.
Last year we offered our employees 16,233 opportunities to progress in their career, thanks to our unique promote-from-within culture. More importantly, we constantly work hard to make sure that our opportunities are available to everyone, irrespective of their background, colour, religion or sexual orientation.