Rae, who joined WCG in January 2021, describes her job as “nerd translator.” “The business executives and the users tell me what they need our software to do, and then I translate that information to the developers and testers in a more technical dialect.”

She sees herself as a translator in her ERG role, too. For example, the ERG is working with Human Capital Management to make the language describing how to get an ADA accommodation more relatable. “It uses the language from the act itself, leaving individuals to interpret … how it relates to their disability or symptoms. We’re trying to help HCM reframe that language in a way that makes sense to someone who isn’t used to reading legalese.”

She has been a lifelong advocate for those with disabilities and impairments. “It’s important to me to help employees who may be disabled or caregiving for someone who has disabilities. Because I know how hard the struggle has been for me, both as a disabled person and a parent to a child with disabilities.”

She’s never told an employer about her disabilities. “I saw what happened to people who did that, and it often did not have a good outcome.” At WCG, that’s changing. “This is the first time in my career where I have felt I can tell people I have a disability at work. Although I haven’t officially declared it with HCM, I talk about it openly with my team and the people I interact at work. It’s enabling me to be a more authentic version of myself at work.”

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