On Thursday, June 23rd, I attended the Pride in Every Color event held in the MillerKnoll Chicago showroom.
This was the 7th year that MillerKnoll has hosted this event. It was a great night that celebrated diversity and community. 350 people filled up the showroom making this a wonderful opportunity to network and connect.
As the evening went on, there were three speakers that gave speeches, Jim Huberty, Ed O’Neil, and Gerardo Rodriguez. Jim Huberty, chair of Out and equal Chicago land Citywide Pride, called this event “one of the best networking events that the city holds". He also shared that they are going to be hosting a Midwest learning series August 10th, where they are looking to get together a strong panel of allies and encouraged people to get in touch with him if they are interested in participating.
With the recent Orland tragedy, Ed O’Neil, MillerKnoll’s Regional Sales Director, led everyone into a round of joyous applause in lieu of a moment of silence for everyone who attended this pride event and for others who attended events across the world. As everyone applauded the energy in the room was one of such connectedness. Key note speaker, Gerardo Rodriguez, executive director of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois spoke about the importance of inclusiveness and being active within corporate and small business settings. He also touched on the recent Orlando tragedy saying, “Now is a time to become more engaged". Gerard encouraged people to make sure that, “We have a profound voice and value within our settings". Gerard also mentioned a Gala coming up in November and noted there would be other events in the future, and encouraged people to come out and show their support.
Once the speakers wrapped up, there was a fun raffle where four lucky people got to walk away with some great prizes that had signature MillerKnoll designs; two throw pillows, a blanket and an iconic picnic poster. I was lucky to have been able to participate and look forward to attending more events in the future. I encourage others to get out and get involved as well.
- Laura Jacobson