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Reflecting on Siemens Belonging Day

Published: Wednesday April 17, 2024

Championing Inclusivity with Alycia Anderson

Belonging Day at Siemens was more than just an event—it was a celebration of inclusivity, empowerment, and the power of community.

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As Alycia Anderson took the virtual stage to address Siemens’ employees based globally lead by their international team in Germany, the importance of fostering a sense of belonging resonated deeply, and she delivered her keynote, Getting to the Heart of Disabling Ableism in the Workplace.

alycia appearing virtually at siemens belonging day event for their global teams

Nichelle Grant (Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Siemens USA), has been instrumental in driving the disability inclusion conversation at Siemens, and she opened the door to this transformative engagement by having Alycia speak last year for Siemens during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. Her commitment to creating a workplace where every individual feels supported, valued, and heard laid the foundation for a meaningful discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

belonging day april sixteenth alycia anderson spoke for siemens delivering her getting to the heart of disabling ableism in the workplace keynote

Alycia’s return to Siemens for Belonging Day marked a significant milestone in the ongoing partnership between The Alycia Anderson Company and Siemens. It was a testament to the shared values of both parties and a reaffirmation of their dedication to driving positive change within the organization.

In her address to Team Siemens, Alycia expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to once again collaborate with the company. She emphasized the importance of creating spaces where every individual feels a sense of belonging, where their voices are heard, and their contributions are valued.

The partnership between Alycia Anderson and Siemens exemplifies the power of collaboration in advancing DEI initiatives. By joining forces with organizations like the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Alycia, along with Ben Greene and Ann Fairchild, demonstrated a collective commitment to building a more inclusive workplace culture.

Alycia’s message echoed the sentiments shared by those at Siemens, who believe that a sense of belonging is crucial not only in the workplace but also in our private lives and society at large. When individuals feel supported and accepted, they are empowered to be their best selves, driving innovation, creativity, and productivity.

alycia delivering her keynote virtually to siemens global teams

Belonging Day served as a platform for learning, growth, and reflection. It provided an opportunity for Siemens employees to gain insights into the DEI initiatives driving inclusivity and belonging within the organization. Through engaging discussions and thought-provoking presentations, participants were encouraged to play an active role in fostering a culture of belonging at Siemens and beyond.

alycia sitting in her wheelchair holding a globe and her laptop with the siemens logo on the screen

In expressing her gratitude for the partnership with Siemens, Alycia highlighted the significance of being invited back to share space with the team. It was a testament to the strong bonds of partnership and friendship that have been forged through collaborative efforts to promote inclusivity and diversity.

In closing, Belonging Day at Siemens was a powerful reminder of the transformative impact of DEI initiatives. By championing inclusivity and belonging, organizations like Siemens are not only creating more equitable workplaces but also driving positive change in society. With continued dedication and collaboration, we can build a future where every individual feels valued, respected, and empowered to thrive.