Pride, Link Logistics’ LGBTQIA+ employee resource group, recently hosted a virtual event featuring CFO Matt Ostrower in conversation with James Barnes, also known as “The Trans Coach.” Barnes is a keynote speaker and transition expert who uses lessons from his own transition to deliver LGBTQIA+ education and help people and organizations increase their ability to navigate change. He and Ostrower discussed empathy, the importance of creating an environment where all individuals feel understood and empowered, and what we can do at Link Logistics to be allies to the LGBTQIA+ community.
“James is a fantastic person, and I enjoyed our conversation,” said Ostrower. “While society has made remarkable progress in its understanding of the LGBTQIA+ community over the past several years, there is still work to be done to ensure everyone gets the respect they deserve.”
Pride’s mission is to build an open and inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ employees and allies. Having conversations around identity and personal experience can foster understanding and empathy that helps approach complex ideas in our personal and professional lives. By welcoming differences, we seek to ensure every employee feels comfortable and confident bringing their whole, authentic self to work.
“Any time a company hosts me outside of Pride Month in June, it really gets me excited, because it shows they are committed to change,” said Barnes, who has previously spoken at organizations including Comcast, Lyft, Twilio and Zendesk. “I want to really alter how cultures are in the workplace, because when I started my transition eight years ago things were very different. Many companies were not as embracing of differences as they are today.”
About Link Logistics
Link Logistics is a leading national last-mile logistics real estate company designed to meet the needs of the modern supply chain. The Company, established in 2019 by Blackstone, operates the largest portfolio of logistics real estate assets located exclusively in the U.S. As of March 31, 2023, Link Logistics owns, has interests in, or has under development logistics facilities across key distribution markets in the U.S. that will represent a total of 545 million square feet when completed and serves more than 10,000 customers. Link Logistics has the scale, geographic footprint and logistics expertise, as well as a heightened focus on sustainability to drive value and deliver the properties customers want to be in while powering the supply chain of tomorrow. For more information regarding the Company, please visit www.linklogistics.com.