Though many more easily consider June the month for celebration among the LGBTQ+ community, in fact, there is also reason to celebrate more than just Halloween in October. This month is also LGBTQ History Month, which means we are in the middle of a 31-day opportunity to honor the achievements and influence of this community on the world.
Recognized annually as a federal holiday on June 19th, Juneteenth represents an important day deeply rooted in American history. On behalf of SchellmanPRISM, we ask that you take a moment to celebrate this holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
As concerns regarding the prevalence of bullying among children and teenagers continue to increase, this month represents an appropriate time to rally together against harassment among young people—including and especially those within the LGBTQ+ community.
As the bringer of every New Year, January is often considered a fresh start, a time for renewal. We definitely need it physically, as the residual effects of our NYE celebrations slowly wear off, but we often need it mentally as well. That’s where the popular tradition of resolutions comes in.
Every year, millions of people donate to nonprofit organizations with the hope of making a positive impact in their local and greater communities. These statistics speak for themselves:
As I reflect back on 2020—a year filled with challenges and heartbreak for so many—I am reminded of all my own silver linings from during that time. In January 2020, I earned the title of “Manager” at Schellman and soon after in June, I became the first manager at the company to become a mother. With Schellman’s new maternity policy in place, I was able to take 12 weeks of leave as I juggled the challenges of caring for a newborn and recovering from childbirth, all in the midst of a global pandemic. Schellman‘s policy allows new mothers the flexibility of taking staggered leave throughout the year or all once – I chose the latter and dedicated my time to establishing a new routine and bonding with my daughter, Kaylee. Without the added stress of work, I experienced the joys and new challenges of parenting while acclimating to life with a newborn—it was an invaluable time for me, filled with experiences I will forever cherish.
Having officially been a DC dweller for just over one month now, my new city has already far surpassed my expectations, but even before heading north, I knew DC would be great for our family of two. It also helps that I am fortunate to have a supportive team at Schellman & Company that has allowed me to continue working from a different location, which made the transition as easy as it could be.