“I was taught from an early age to respect and support others…”

By Ellen Cooke

Tim Rondeau has a goal. To use his skills and compassion to help others – through his job as strategic communications business partner in RI, as a leader in our PrideUSA employee resource group (ERG), as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (where he was named Big Brother of the Year) and as co-chair of this year’s AIDS Walk in Providence.

We recognized him as a Hometown Hero at a recent Pawtucket Red Sox game for his community volunteerism in the state he’s called home since 2014 (after going to college there 2004-2008). And, Tim competed for – and won – the distinction of being named Mr. Gay Rhode Island, a leadership role that gives him a platform to influence more changes in the future for LGBTQ individuals.

My main goal is to lift up marginalized people within the LGBTQ community who aren’t necessarily heard by mainstream society,” says Tim. “I’m a private person by nature, but I’m sacrificing a little bit of that side of me for the greater good.”

Tim says he was “taught by my dad and mom at a young age that we all have to support each other. They were always selfless individuals who cared a lot about me and instilled in me the right way to treat people.”

And he says the support he gets here – and the way the company has embraced inclusion and diversity and our ERGs – makes everything come together:

“When you look around and see everyone from senior executives to colleagues celebrating Pride Month together, you know this is a great place to work. You just don’t see that at every company.”

Tim encourages everyone to take part in our ERGs as “they highlight and support employees who have different backgrounds and varied perspectives to share.”

Summing it up, his theory is that: “We have a duty to support each other ‘cause we’re all in this crazy life together.”

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Heather Romero

Very inspiring story. Congratulations Tim on all your accolades and, more importantly, on your selfless work for the LGBTQ community and the greater RI community. I’m proud to have you as a colleague in this month of #NGPride.

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