For years, Holocaust survivor Betty Gold has traveled around the country telling her story about the horrific events she witnessed as a child. Typically her audiences are composed of school children, youth groups and other younger members of society, but earlier this week The InfoCision Diversity Council gave our employees the opportunity to hear Betty’s amazing story.

Along with other members of InfoCision’s diversity council and employees throughout the company, I personally heard Betty speak about the importance of diversity tolerance as she told her life-story as a person of Jewish heritage growing up in the Ukraine during the Nazi invasions of the 1940’s. I must say hearing her story was truly amazing. To hear the tragic events she witnessed and what she had to do to survive was not only astonishing, but inspiring as well.

Our diversity council is made up of employees who lead, monitor and advocate the strategic diversity management process within InfoCision. This group and its members help our company encourage proactive diversity initiatives and empower others to inspire change throughout the company by making events like our time with Betty possible.

My personal experience

Hearing Betty speak really made me think about how important diversity tolerance is in our lives. This idea of diversity is one that is personally very near and dear to my heart. For those of you who do not know, my wife and I have two daughters that we adopted from China.

When I think about diversity, I cannot help but think about my own family where we have many races represented through adoption in our sibling families…African American, Asian, Caucasian…all different races blended together! These differences have never mattered to us, rather we celebrate them! The bottom line is that we accept and – above all else – love each other.

I think this concept is extremely important in the workplace as well. Here at InfoCision we are one big family with the same overall goal: to be successful for our clients. For that to happen, we all have to work with and respect each other to the fullest extent. Part of being able to do this is having an understanding of the unique backgrounds and the many different experiences we have all encountered.  We have a very diverse team here at InfoCision, and by working together and embracing the things that make us truly individuals, we have and will continue to achieve great things.