At Movable Ink, our vibrant culture is a big part of what makes us unique. In honor of Pride Month, we are spotlighting members from our LGBTQ+ employee resource group, Inklusive. The goal of Inklusive is to inspire, engage, and inform LGBTQ+ individuals and allies while working to create a space where LGBTQ+ individuals can share their stories with their peers and allies and feel even more at home at Movable Ink.
In honor of Pride Month, we’re spotlighting Inkers who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. In this post, you’ll meet Ricki Mayer, Senior Account Executive at Movable Ink.
What is your name?
What is your title?
Senior Account Executive
What office are you located in?
How long have you been at Movable Ink?
1 yr & 4 months
What department are you in?
What do you do at Movable Ink? What makes you excited about your role?
Being a part of the sales team at Movable Ink I get to talk to brands from every space and help them achieve their goals by creating relevant experiences that resonate with their customers. What makes me excited about my role is that I truly believe in the value Movable Ink brings and I’m happy to see the excitement that comes when our clients start to see results.
In a few sentences describe the highlight of your time working at Movable Ink.
Everything! Working at Movable Ink has been such a refreshing experience. Prior to MI, I had grown accustom to navigating uncomfortable work environments as being one of the only young GAY females in a very white male dominated culture. My first day at Movable Ink I remember telling one of my coworkers that my partner had encouraged me to make the big move to Movable Ink and instead of getting a shocked look or question, “you’re gay?”, I received an almost unfazed response telling me how happy they were that I joined the Movable Ink team.
Can you share some professional milestones that we can celebrate that are related to your experience as a professional in the LGBTQ+ community?
In 2016 and 2017, I was awarded top global sales achiever, but it was not the award itself that I valued most, but the obstacles I had to overcome in a male dominated space.
In a few sentences, can you tell us about Inklusive and your role in it?
Inklusive is an internal Movable Ink group for LGBTQ+ individuals plus our allies. Being a member of Inklusive, I work with the other members to build awareness around LGBTQ+ experiences in professional environments.
What does Inklusive mean to you as a resource at Movable Ink?
Inklusive to me is a safe place. It’s a place not only to provide acceptance and assurance but celebrates who I am at my core.
Pride looks very different in 2020. How are you celebrating?
It doesn’t matter where you are, Pride is a celebration to remember where we started and how far we’ve come.
What are you excited about for 2020 as it relates to Movable Ink?
MI’s vision and plan for 2020! We are continually advocating and listening to our customers’s needs, so we have some cool things planned! 🙂
What advice do you have for others in the LGBTQ+ community working in or looking to break into Mar-Tech?
It’s similar to what I would advise to anyone looking to break into the Mar-tech or even the tech space overall. It’s about resilience and persistence, but also not being afraid to ask for guidance, referrals, or leveraging your network. Look for a company that you genuinely align with their core values and be creative in your approach. Your passion will shine through!
Are you involved in other LGBTQ+ non profits, organizations, or volunteer based organizations that you would like to highlight?
- Out in Tech which is a great not-for-profit organization that unites the LGBTQ+ tech community by throwing events for individuals in the community to connect and share knowledge.
- Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is another great organization that’s put together individuals in the LGBTQ+ women, non-binary, trans, and gender nonconforming community and well as our allies.
- Larkin Street Youth – It’s estimated that 40% of homeless youth identify themselves as LGBTQ+. Larkin Street Youth Services provides housing, education and employment training, and health and wellness supports to help these youth.