Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wondering About Diversity

By Ce Xiong, Actuary
Recently I watched the movie Wonder. It’s an inspiring and heart-warming movie, based on R.J. Palacio's award-winning novel of the same name.

It centers on Auggie Pullman, a young boy with a genetic facial difference. As an ordinary kid with an extraordinary appearance, Auggie meets both cruel bullies and good friends as he attends school for the first time.

As I left the cinema, I found myself thinking that “Wonder" truly can happen when we choose kindness over cruelty; when we appreciate everyone for who they are, and embrace their differences.

While the movie centers around a young boy’s school experience, the central tenets and message are just as applicable to the adult world, too. We are all different from some perspectives. We look different, we come from different regions or countries, with different cultures and beliefs. However, we all share common needs: we all want to be understood, respected, appreciated, and valued.

As I considered this, I started deeply appreciating CUNA Mutual Group’s continued commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I feel so fortunate to work for a company actively working to create a culture of belonging and understanding – both for our employees and our diverse customers.

Imagine a workplace where everyone is treated respectfully, the voice of everyone is heard, opportunity for growth is available to everyone, ideas are freely shared, teams are more productive, the company attracts more talent and serves more diverse customers. How wonderful it would be!

Every big vision starts with a few little steps, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here at CUNA Mutual Group. We know there’s a journey ahead of us, but we’re heading in the right direction. And, I’m excited to see how much we’ll learn and grow on this path.