Terry Spina-Clossen is a Senior Portfolio Lease Analyst based in St. Louis. He joined Cushman & Wakefield about one year ago. Terry is a native to St. Louis with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He enjoy reading, writing, drawing and traveling in his free time, and is an avid lover of comedy and horror movies.
Why is diversity important in the workplace?
I find diversity is important in the workplace because it helps to bring a sense of unity and acceptance to those around you. Having a diverse workplace helps to immerse one another into ideals, experiences and interactions in those you may not normally have. Working with a diverse group of people helps to bring about awareness of all sorts, whether good or bad, and having a diverse workplace is essential in the rapidly evolving world we live in today. To acknowledge that in the past employment was, or could have been, closed minded and discriminatory to groups of minorities, is a reality, however, what sets a company aside from that is taking the steps in the right direction to be more inclusive and to treat everyone of equal opportunity.
How can the workplace best support LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies?
The best way for a workplace to support LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies is to participate in community initiatives and roles that honor workplaces for their involvement in equal opportunity inside and out of the workplace. By taking part in Gay Pride Month, Black History Month, International Women’s Day, etc. it is a display of the core values and beliefs of said company. Coming from previous employment history where I was discriminated against in the workplace for being homosexual, I can first-hand say it’s important to know you feel like your company accepts you for who you are and their cores and values run deep in their vision. While it’s not a crime to be unlike the “norm,” it is easy to feel like an outsider and not accepted when a workplace doesn’t acknowledge or value your way of life. Additionally, having been employed by previous companies where I wasn’t treated fairly because of my sexuality really made it stressful to go into work and to want to do a good job while there. When you come into the workplace, you should feel welcomed and like you belong, not like you have to be defensive and on your guard. Cushman & Wakefield has done an amazing job in supporting me as a person and a coworker.
What does it mean to be an ally at work, besides joining UNITY?
I personally feel the best way to be an ally at work is be a good person to those at work who are nothing like you. An ally, to me, is a coworker who treats me the same way as they treat someone else – honorably, respectfully and doesn’t let me being who I am impact our work. I also think an ally would be someone who would be proactive in wanting to see acceptance and fair treatment in the workplace, who would volunteer to be a part of fundraisers for Pride, be an advocate for Cushman & Wakefield being a recognized supporter and going above and beyond for the cause like they would for the American Heart Association, Ronald McDonald House, etc.