In Celebration of PRIDE, we talk with Sunlighten employees about what this movement means to them

Sunlighten Celebrates LGBT PRIDE!

Happy Pride Month! At Sunlighten, we are committed to innovating wellness products & services that empower you to improve your quality of life. We are want to make a difference by making the world a healthier place. That is why we celebrate PRIDE month.  Our wellness community is all inclusive and we believe that being your best self begins with being your true self.


Sunlighten celebrates LGBT Pride

In our Overland Park, KS headquarters we are celebrate all kinds of diversity everyday.  During the month of June we have focused on celebrating LGBT Pride and the achievements that so many couples have fought for to allow equality for others. We began Pride month by creating a pride version of our Sunlighten Logo to share across our social channels.  Our rainbow-colored logo represents diversity of the LGBT community and has created a great impact in the community showing our support. Follow us @sunlightensaunas on Facebook & Instagram. We also displayed our support in our showroom where all saunas are illuminated with our chromotherapy, an option available in our saunas. It looks great and people love seeing all the color.  It just creates a fun and community feeling in the workplace!

We are always looking for ways to get our amazing & diverse staff involved and this opportunity was no different, Our team was vocal and excited to share their perspective on Pride, how this month’s celebration impacts the community and what it means to them. So we asked our Sunlighten employees to share about Pride and what this month means to them individually. We love to be able to provide and open and inviting work community at Sunlighten that allows our team to feel at home and in a place they can show their true colors. This is what our team had to say…

 

Aaron Zack, President & CEO
What does pride mean to you? 
Coming out in a world that generally does not support or accept you as a person takes enormous strength and confidence.  Strength / confidence comes in numbers, the more individuals who come out paves the way for a younger generation that is unsure and scared to feel accepted and will help change perceptions for future generations.  We are all equal.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
We believe in ALL colors.  It takes a multitude of colors to make this world a better place.  We all bring unique experiences to this world and when we work together as one we can achieve so much more.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you? STRENGTH

 

Adam Daicy, Marketing & Social Media
What does pride mean to you? 
Pride Month is a time to celebrate, embrace and love the differences between individuals in our community and organization. The more we see each other the more we love each other. I am so fortunate to have found my partner turned husband 14 years ago, we just celebrated our 6th anniversary!
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
Regardless of background, gender identity, race, sexual preferences or religious affiliation, we can all work in a supportive workplace changing the world together. I can speak openly about my lifestyle in the workplace without second guessing it. Sunlighten allows me to be my full & true self inside and outside of the office, showing my true colors everyday.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you? EQUALITY

 

Sarah Snow, Sauna Consultant
What does pride mean to you? 
Pride means understanding diversity & all it enables us to do together as a community. Understanding who you are individually, and believing in your impact.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
By understanding that each of us comes from a different background, with great insight, experience, and knowledge to help Sunlighten be the best and continue to grow.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you? INDIVIDUALITY

 


Stephen Janick, Customer Care

What does pride mean to you? 
To me pride means being proud of what you stand for, being comfortable with yourself, and loving yourself no matter how the rest of the world sees you.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
I love being able to come to work and know that i’m not going to be looked at differently, or treated differently because of my sexuality.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  CONFIDENCE

 

 

Brooke Basaldua, Content Marketing Manager
What does pride mean to you?
Being true to who you are and embracing the authenticity of others
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
When looking across the room, I see diversity. We do not believe in molding our associates into a company mindset. Our Company culture elevates individual’s strengths and passions.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you? HUMANITY

 

 


David Rodriguez, Sauna Consultant

What does pride mean to you? 
Pride means being proud of who you are and not having to hold back your true self. To me, PRIDE month is every day of the year. Everyone, whether you’re straight, or part of the LGBTQ community, should be proud of who they are, love yourself and shouldn’t be ashamed of being YOU!
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
I feel like Sunlighten is very open and welcoming to those of the LGBTQ community. I love seeing Sunlighten changing logos on social to rainbow in celebration of Pride month. I truly feel welcome here and not ashamed to be me.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  ACCEPTANCE

 

Sydney Weaver, Customer Care
What does pride mean to you? 
Pride to me is being able to be myself without fear, and being able to have the same rights as everyone else.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
I’ve been able to be myself and be open about my orientation as Sunlighten from day one without fear- which is a huge step for me. Huge thanks to Sunlighten for being such a welcoming and positive environment.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  FREEDOM

 

 

Tara Loughran, Sauna Consultant
What does pride mean to you? 
Celebrating Life and being proud for all that you stand for
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
It’s a judge free zone and everyone is so welcoming no matter your background.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  LOVE

 

 

 

Kris Saim-Gentry, Marketing Director
What does pride mean to you?
Pride is something extra special to me. It’s the feeling of knowing that I am my true self and I am living my best life. It’s the love I surround myself with and the life that my family has created together. It’s the knowledge that this life is something I worked hard and made sacrifices for and it’s the feelings of happiness and accomplishment that resonate around me as a result of those sacrifices.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
Sunlighten provides a work environment that encourages people to live loudly and boldly and to share their ideas and opinions openly. At Sunlighten, we want to make a difference and that is evident in our diverse workforce.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you? FAMILY

 


Joey Thomas, Medical/Commercial Business Manager

What does pride mean to you?
Open awareness & respect to others
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
Acceptance of family members & staff that are lgbt without judgement.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you? DIVERSITY

 

 

 

Sam Gegen, Sales Manager
What does pride mean to you?
Pride to me means having the ability to be yourself and do what makes you happy all while doing this in a prideful manner.  Having no shame in what you believe in and how you want to carry yourself – all of course in a respectful manner
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
The liberal and accepting atmosphere.  All is welcome as long as you align with Sunlighten’s vision and values
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  ACCEPTANCE

 

 

Alicia Botyrius, Business Development
What does pride mean to you?
It means having confidence and belief in your true self.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
I always feel like my opinions and ideas are listened to and acknowledged at Sunlighten. Everyone has a voice and is allowed to express their true feelings.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  SELFRESPECT

 

 

Randy Brown, COO
What does pride mean to you?
Following my moral compass in all circumstances because it’s the right thing to do and what leads to success in life
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
We have integrity and aren’t afraid of the truth, and we view the world as it is, not as we wish it to be which in turn supports unquestionably real than mislead or deceive others.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  CHARACTER

 

 

Casey Arter, Customer Care
What does pride mean to you?
It’s taking ownership in what you are and what you represent and not being afraid to stand behind it with your life.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
It is a very open environment and everyone is helpful and are there when you need them.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  FREE

 

 

 

Theresa Rose, Senior Staff Accountant 
What does pride mean to you?
It means to take pride in myself and who I am.
How does Sunlighten support you bringing your full self to work?
Sunlighten is not judgmental and is supportive no matter who you are.
One word that signifies PRIDE to you?  CONFIDENCE

 

 

 

 

Hearing our team speak so freely and openly about PRIDE and what it means to them is what we are about. Providing a global community inclusive for all and empowering them to live better, love more and be kind. All while making everyone, no matter what walk of life, feel special, hopeful, value, appreciated and connected to Sunlighten for life! That is us. This is how we celebrate each other and honor LGBT PRIDE!