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Pride at ZS

Making an impact with pride.

Pride@ZS is a network for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning) ZSers and allies that promotes diversity and inclusiveness at work and beyond through social events, awareness in our offices and community outreach.

The resource group aims to help the firm recruit, retain and develop LGBTQ ZSers by fostering a supportive and open work environment across the globe. Our welcoming community of LGBTQ ZSers and allies provides mentoring and professional development to Pride@ZS members.

ZSers in Pride@ZS network with each other in monthly meetings to strengthen and advance the growing community. They share ideas for events that can increase activity in local offices, ways to handle issues in the workplace and they identify opportunities for ZS to partner with local LGBTQ-minded nonprofits through ZS Cares.

The active group helps ZS reach out to LGBTQ candidates and welcomes new ZSers to the firm. Pride@ZS also raises awareness of LGBTQ workplace issues at the company and advises ZS leadership on how to make the workplace more inclusive for all ZSers through training, surveys, webinars and campaigns dedicated to LGBTQ causes.

Meet Pride@ZS

At ZS, LGBTQ community members and allies have the opportunity to build successful careers in consulting. Some of our ZSers share why they chose our inclusive firm as the place to advance their careers.

“Though my involvement in Pride@ZS, I have gotten to know many new ZSers—both community members and allies—around the world. It gives me great joy to see other ZSers come out when they realize that the environment is not just safe but supportive.” – Natalie, an Evanston-based principal.

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“I find that the ZS community at large is extremely supportive of the LGBTQ community. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve met anyone at ZS whom I wouldn’t consider an ally, and many of those allies are also active in Pride@ZS.” – Adam, a manager in ZS’s Philadelphia office

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“There’s really good connectivity between anyone at ZS, at any time,” CJ said. “The culture is that of people, which means you can reach out and have someone willing to help you at every point.” – CJ, a business operation associate in ZS’s New York City office

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“I would describe the LGBTQ community at ZS as a network stitched across offices, with centers of activity in larger offices. Our local Pride@ZS teams feed off the energy from their surrounding cities, and each one has its own unique community.” – Tanya, an associate principal at ZS in San Francisco

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  • Pride@ZS Shines During LGBTQ Pride Month By ZS

    At ZS, we celebrate our pride all year long. Throughout June, however, ZSers around the world united in full force in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month. And this year, ZSers had even more to celebrate after our firm was named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

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  • Why Being an Active Ally Is Important to Evanston Principal Kelly By ZS

    Throughout my 19-year career with ZS, I’ve worked in the Evanston office and have been focused on the med tech industry. I’ve held a variety of roles over the years, and at the core of each role is my passion for the people of our firm. I led the Evanston office for several years, acted as the client service lead for a large med tech client and currently serve on our Management Advisory Committee, just to name a few. When I reflect on my career, two accomplishments I’m particularly proud of are leading the formation of our Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) and serving on the advisory board for Pride@ZS, our inclusive LGBTQ and ally community.

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  • European Pride@ZS Leader Falko Considers Every ZSer to Be an Ally By ZS

    Since joining ZS in the Frankfurt office in 2013, my work has focused on supporting two major pharmaceutical clients with strategic customer management and commercial excellence. I also act as a thought leader for our European Key Account Management (KAM) capability group where I help clients develop their KAM programs.

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  • ZS Recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation By ZS

    ZS has achieved received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate practices related to workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. ZS proudly joins the ranks of over 560 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. Having participated in the survey or the first time, ZS is honored to be recognized for its efforts around inclusion and diversity.

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  • Warmth and Acceptance Inspired Evanston Principal Natalie to Sponsor Pride@ZS By ZS

    I started at ZS eight years ago.  At that time, I was recruited to build the user experience (UX) team in the software development group. Two years into my role, I made the case to build a UX team in our consulting business, which has been my primary focus since then. UX is both my work and my avocation, so I’m often reading, thinking and blogging about it outside of work.

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  • Ally Week Fosters Global Pride@ZS By ZS

    Global ZSers celebrated Ally Week from September 24 to 28, an annual event meant to foster awareness, inclusion and support of the LGBTQ community. While typically celebrated across schools and targeted towards youth, the spirit and intent of the week is widely applicable—including in the workplace. 

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  • San Francisco-based Associate Principal Tanya Says Local Pride@ZS Teams Feed Off Surrounding Cities’ Energy By ZS

    ZS has been my home since March, 2018. As an associate principal on the Patient and Consumer Health Team, leading our efforts across the western North America region, I spend most of my time at our San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. I’ve also had the pleasure of visiting our offices in New York, Princeton and Philadelphia, as our clients routinely convene on the East Coast for meetings.

    I’ve always firmly believed that if an organization wants people to bring their best selves to problem-solving and the creation of new capabilities, they need to embrace different points of view. During my time here, I’ve seen how ZS embraces hard-working individuals from different walks of life, including my own.

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  • ZSers Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with Love Walls, Open Dialogue and Office-Wide Festivities By ZS

    Throughout the month of June, in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, ZSers came together to work on a very special project. Natalie, an Evanston principal and leader within Pride@ZS, our LGBTQ and ally resource group, helped connect ZS offices around the world with The Love Wall Project—a massive multi-city initiative designed to spread messages of inclusivity and tolerance by confronting the traditional role walls play in our society.

    While walls can divide, restrict and exclude, a love wall does the opposite. It’s a platform for connection, free expression and inclusivity. ZSers contributed their unique interpretations of diversity, messages of tolerance and inspirational quotes. Together, the pieces composed a mosaic, creating a collective image of a global ZS community.

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  • Pride@ZS Empowers Manager Adam to Be His Whole Self at ZS By ZS

    Over the nine years I’ve been at ZS, my work has been focused in the healthcare market research and marketing space. While my client focus has shifted a bit over time, I’ve maintained an affinity for quantitative work in the pipeline space, helping clients identify the opportunity for novel drugs and think about how best to capture that opportunity through brand positioning, messaging strategy and marketing execution. 

    In addition to the work I do and the expertise I’ve developed, I also place an equal amount of value on the people I work with at ZS. With 22 offices on four continents, we’re a diverse group of individuals by nature. Over my time here, I’ve found that we do an amazing job of not only learning about each other, but celebrating what makes us unique. We truly appreciate that our differences make us stronger collectively.

    Our inclusive LGBTQ community—Pride@ZS—is one of the groups that adds to our firm’s collective diversity, and it’s one I’m happy to be part of. I’ve always described myself as “selectively out” at work. While being gay is a part of my identity, it doesn’t define me. I view it as one of many components that make me unique, like my upbringing, my values, my hobbies and my religion. While I’ve always been comfortable telling my ZS friends and teams about it, I’ve been a bit more reserved with other ZSers, making sure that they get to know me, as a person, first.

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  • Fun, Games and Progress in Frankfurt on International Women’s Day By ZS

    ZS’s Frankfurt office celebrated International Women’s Day with a program centered on this year’s theme of #PressforProgress.

    ZSers in Germany used the visions and missions of our Women’s Leadership Initiative and Pride@ZS resource groups as the basis of a role-playing game that aimed to foster a more inclusive environment for people of diverse backgrounds.

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