Thinking back to my earliest age when I started to understand what different meant, what it looked like, and how it felt, one person comes to my mind: My mother.
She is not your usual mother, everything my father can do, she can do better. That encouraged me to act in the same manner. She never told me what to do—she showed me by leading the way. I will forever be grateful for my upbringing because it led me to where I am now, and to where I’m going.
My mother encouraged me to go work in Iran, when everyone said it's not good for a female to go there. I went and had the time of my life. She encouraged me to pursue a career in the mining industry even though everyone said it's not wise. Her life was never easy in a man’s world and a patriarchical country like Serbia (my home county). I want to make sure the coming generations can have equal opportunities and the same respect regardless of their differences.
Inclusion is not about avoiding diversity, difference, or being agreeable. It’s about creating a space of safety for you and others to be seen, heard, and accepted. Inclusion creates a space for differences to be heard in our relationships, family, community, at work, and in the world. That is what it means to me to be part of this amazing team. Imagine a world where we are all the same. No fun, right?!