Pilot Co. is letting its employees lead when it comes to recognizing each other across a diverse spectrum of backgrounds and experiences.
It started with a veterans business resource group (BRG) that began organically in the company years ago, says Angie Cody, director of inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness. “We’re leaning in and being a part of the veteran community across local and national organizations,” says Cody. The group creates an environment that is welcoming and where veterans can feel seen and heard, she says.
Recently, more BRGs have risen at Pilot representing different groups of employees, says Jamie Landis, vice president of team member experience. These include Emerging Leaders for Millennial and Gen Z team members, Women of Pilot, Pride of Pilot (PoP) and BRIDGE (Building Relationships in Diverse Group Environments). BRIDGE is a multicultural group, says Landis, which Pilot expects to branch out into multiple groups as it matures.
The business resource groups offer development, team building, networking and mentorship, and support recruiting and retention efforts.
“They are team-member-led and team-member-governed,” says Landis. “At the end of the day, it is how we bring together our diversity and inclusion strategy.”