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Celebrating Pride Month: Spotlight on Cara Colotti

Happy Pride to our Accordion community. This year, we’re proud to spotlight Cara Colotti, a Boston-based Analyst in our Strategic Finance Practice.

To Cara, Pride Month is a time to celebrate the progress and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community—and the individuals who are part of it. She also sees it as a time for allies to show their support. Below, Cara breaks down her experience as a queer person in the workplace—and the importance of having a supportive professional community behind her:

Tell us about a time in your career when an individual workplace leader has stepped up to support you.

Cara Colotti

Before Accordion, I worked at a company where the Treasurer was the head of the Pride Employee Resource Group; he was the first example I’d seen of someone in leadership stepping up for the community. As an ally, he prioritized the group to the point where it didn’t matter to him if there was another meeting or a deadline due—he made sure everyone knew that he was there, and that our mental well-being was his number one concern. And you could feel it; he was emotionally invested, empathetic, and a good listener. It was incredibly impactful for all of us. ”

Cara Colotti
Analyst, Strategic Finance, Accordion
Cara Colotti

What is the impact of having an ally like that in the workplace?

Cara Colotti

I think a common misconception about the queer experience in general is that coming out is a one-time thing; the reality is that coming out is a lifelong journey for a queer person. Every time you move, start a new job, or meet someone new, you’re evaluating whether you’re in a safe space to be your authentic self. When I started my professional career, I was in an environment where I didn’t feel comfortable divulging details about my personal life; going to work for three years without mentioning that I have a partner I live with at home was not a fun position to be in. So having someone, especially in a leadership position, who shows their support for the community makes a huge difference in ensuring a queer person feels welcome. ”

Cara Colotti
Analyst, Strategic Finance, Accordion
Cara Colotti

How can allies show their support in a meaningful way?

Cara Colotti

Small gestures make a big impact. It could be liking or sharing a Pride-related post on LinkedIn, using inclusive language by sharing your pronouns, talking about your 'partner' instead of naming a specific gender, etc. In the queer community, we’re always looking for 'easter eggs' to tell us whether we feel safe enough to share our authentic selves—and those small signals of support don’t go unnoticed. ”

Cara Colotti
Analyst, Strategic Finance, Accordion
Cara Colotti

And why is it important to be your “authentic self” at work?

Cara Colotti

It’s motivating and freeing when you’re able to focus your undivided attention on the work you’re doing. If you’re showing up to a workplace environment where you’re basically under emotional distress—constantly trying to either hold back details about yourself or evaluate whether a situation is safe for you—you’re not able to give your all to your job because your energy is being sucked up elsewhere. When you’re free from that burden, you’re able to be the best working version of yourself. ”

Cara Colotti
Analyst, Strategic Finance, Accordion
Cara Colotti

How do you think Accordion fosters a culture of psychological safety?

Cara Colotti

For me, it’s the mentality of the Accordion culture as a whole. This is going to sound cheesy, but our core values—challenge convention, partner with authenticity, coach and be coached, etc. —they’re music to my ears as a queer person. When it comes down to it, each of our values in some way translates to supporting and uplifting one another, encouraging authenticity, standing up for our beliefs, and continuously learning about one another and our diverse communities. For me, it makes working at Accordion feel like both a safe and an enriching experience.”

Cara Colotti
Analyst, Strategic Finance, Accordion
Cara Colotti

Are there any individuals at Accordion that you feel has made a particularly strong impact on your experience here?

Cara Colotti

I have to give a shoutout to the Boston Office, but specifically to my manager Erica Thurm. She’s been a huge support and advocate for me. But above all, she encourages me to go and change something if I think it needs changing. From the beginning, she made it clear to me that Accordion makes space for people to speak up and get involved. Knowing I have the ability to make an impact here is empowering, and it’s even more empowering knowing she has my back.”

Cara Colotti
Analyst, Strategic Finance, Accordion
Cara Colotti

What do you hope to get out of participating in this spotlight?

Cara Colotti

I hope that by sharing my story and my experience, I can be a safe space for someone who needs it. Nobody will know they can come to me if I don’t make that known. So here I am making it known—to do what I can to make the working environment as good as it can be for my fellow Accordionites.”

Cara Colotti
Analyst, Strategic Finance, Accordion
Cara Colotti

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