Do You Really Belong at Your Organization? - State and Federal Communications

July 25, 2023  •  

Do You Really Belong at Your Organization?

At last month’s Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) 2023 Annual Conference, there were a number of great sessions focused on, among other topics, issues related Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI). As part of the conversation, a number of speakers acknowledged the expanded nature of DEI to include such aspects as Accessibility, Belonging and Justice.  As a result, references to “DEI” are becoming increasingly more broadened to “DEIABJ” or some variations thereof.  I would like to bring forth a highlight to the issue of Belonging…

According to, the definition of Belonging is referred to simply as “something that belongs”.  For purposes of this article, I would like to focus on Belonging as it relates to not something, but someone – as in, peoples’ desire to feel valued and respected within an organization, and confident that they are able to show up as their authentic selves, free from harassment or judgment.  In other words, do individuals feel like they “Belong” at their respective organizations, or do they feel like “imposters” of themselves – just “going through the motions” while secretly wishing that maybe the next day might bring different and better outcomes?

Fortunately, my tenure here at State and Federal Communications (8 years this past April) has provided me with opportunities for not only serving the best clients on issues related to Federal lobbying compliance, but also with opportunities for continued professional development – both invaluable to not only my professional career development, but also to my personal growth as well – I can truly say that I “Belong” here at State and Federal Communications!

As the company celebrates 30 years this month, I want to take this opportunity to say a big “THANK YOU” to President and CEO Elizabeth Bartz for not only giving me a great opportunity, but for also always pushing me to do and be better, and to not be afraid to “get out of my comfort zone” – looking forward to what’s on the horizon for the next 30!

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