Sara’s Story: Bringing Your Whole Self to Work

When we say, “Bring your whole self to work,” we mean it. It’s not just a catchphrase – it’s ingrained in our culture.  


For us, Pride Month is a time set aside to celebrate our LGBTQ associates as they embrace the freedom to be themselves while also recognizing the allies that support and accept them. 


Sara Dicks, a club manager in Buford, Georgia, shares just how important it is to be able to bring your whole self to work every day.

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Q: You told us that you have an interesting story on how you came out to your fellow associates.

A: Coming out at work wasn’t something I planned. It just kind of happened. In fact, I was out to my club before my own family. I felt accepted here. Plus, I needed to do my part to foster a safe work environment for others.

 

Q: Did you have any qualms about sharing your sexuality at work?

A: I never wanted to get where I was going just because I “checked a box.” Sam’s Club has rewarded me for my hard work, while celebrating my differences.

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Q: Why is it important for people to feel like they can be themselves at work? And how does this affect your leadership style.

A: Having your voice heard and validated can make or break your team. When I was afforded the opportunity to become a club manager, I made a commitment to my team and myself to be present, listen and learn, teach and train, and value differences.

 

Q: Walmart/Sam’s Club has been very public about its commitment to the LGBTQ community and the Black Lives Matter movement. What does it mean for you as an associate to see your company stand up for what’s right?

A: I couldn’t be prouder to work for a company that doesn’t hide its position. As leaders, we are taking a stance to be on the right side of history. We have a long way to go but this is a great start.

 

Click here to learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

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