Through Lucie Fraissé
Evoke in a positive way the theme of LGBT + in the world of work, this is the task to which the association The Other Circle is attached each year by rewarding LGBT + role models (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people).
In the “allies” category
Marcella Hoffman, Head of Transformation and Services at Airbus, is one of the five laureates of Toulouse of the 2021 ceremony, which took place on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. “I was distinguished as a leading ally of the LGBT community,” explains the manager. Throughout the year, I give my time and I commit to their side. “
Airbus is one of the French companies to have signed the LGBT + engagement charter and many actions in place internally, in particular via the Pride @ airbus network, a group that brings together LGBT + employees and allies, from the Airbus group and its subcontractors. Marcella Hoffman was honored for her actions in this group.
“I am involved by conviction and for several years,” explains the young woman. The trigger was when the daughter of a very good friend made her transition when she was fifteen. I know very well the difficulties she went through. “
Coming out, the ally of good performance?
By getting involved in the various Pride @ airbus events – she was notably present at the Pride Village on the association’s stand on Saturday, October 9, 2021 – Marcella Hoffman means stop taboos.
“I use my role as a manager to say: ‘it’s ok, at Airbus we welcome all kinds of diversity.” We want people to feel free to be themselves.
A freedom that even promotes good company performance according to Marcella Hoffman’s analysis. “We realized that people put a lot of energy into not gendering the person they spent the weekend with when they chatted with their colleagues at the coffee machine on Monday morning, noted the young manager. When they feel free to be who they are, that they don’t waste their energy trying to hide their sexual identity, they unleash their full potential and perform better. “
Four other laureates
Marcella Hoffman takes her role as an LGBT + ally leader very seriously and hopes to be able to step up actions in the months to come. While recognizing that coming out is quite easy in a company like Airbus, where diversity is part of DNA. The group was founded by four countries, there is a vast mix of cultures and nationality among the employees. It is a company open to inclusion and diversity. “
Four other Toulouse residents were rewarded alongside Marcella Hoffman, during this ceremony under the high patronage of Emmanuel Macron. Pascale emery, Director of Operations at DSI, was awarded in the “LGBT + Leader” category. Lea Dumont (Som Ligeron); Mika Pagnat (La Poste) and Jean Sakiroff (Toulouse town hall) were distinguished in the “LGBT + leaders” category.
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