As we close out the year, our community groups are looking back at what we’ve done in the last 12 months. Not only are we reflecting on the last calendar year, but what has happened as a result of the global pandemic. Last year we learned about connection, community, and belongingness. This year we were challenged to be adaptable, responsive, and resilient while maintaining our core foundation. LogicMonitor has been steadfast in our efforts to foster safe spaces for all, and this year we pushed ourselves to understand what this means for everyone and how we can better facilitate meaningful events in our new hybrid working world.
Sustainable Events With Greater Impact
Going into 2021 we had two main goals: get more global and be sustainable to ensure the longevity of our initiatives. We are proud to say that we have achieved those goals. In all of our global locations, we have started partnering with local organizations to give back with time and money. In India, there is a women’s committee with its own Slack channel. They hold regular gatherings with their main focus being International Women’s Day. Additionally, we held over 30 company-wide events, intentionally less than last year, in an effort to create a more sustainable cadence and prevent burnout. As the pandemic continued to rage and variants set us back with in-person events, we took a closer look at what events we were holding and why- allowing us to prioritize fewer events with greater impacts.
In addition to our community group town halls and social events, we held a workshop series called ‘Uncovering and Understanding Unconscious Bias’ with Dr. Chela White-Ramsey as well as an anti-Asian hate workshop, facilitated by Mỹ Tâm, for allies and identifying community members. One of the highly valuable benefits of our anti-Asian hate session was the honest feedback we received from our facilitator which allowed us to address our own blind spots.
Commitment to Belongingness
This was a year of growth in uncertainty, surviving in chaos, and being OK with not thriving every single day. Our commitment to belongingness continued to flourish and was deeply solidified with the addition of our executive sponsors. All of our community groups and supporting initiatives have a C-suite member (some have two!) to support, guide, and advocate for our marginalized communities. It’s an addition that has given our efforts a boost of new energy and a level of validity both internally and externally.
As we enter into 2022, we are excited for the potential of some in-person events while also settling into our forever hybrid working world. We have strengthened the metaphorical house we’ve built and we will never stop adding on. It was another fulfilling year and one that we wouldn’t change because of the headway we’ve made and the lessons we’ve learned. The work will never end, but we are pleased to look back at how far we’ve come while planning for where we are going to go next.