Jessica Leonard is a associate with Evolution Capital Companions in Cleveland. ((Credit score: Wetzler Studios))
CLEVELAND – An Ohio girl goes viral for shattering the company norms by proudly displaying off her tattoos in an organization headshot.
Jessica Leonard is a associate with Cleveland-based Evolution Capital Companions, a personal funding agency.
She not too long ago posed for a company photo in typical enterprise apparel with a suitcoat. She then requested the photographer to take photographs with out her suitcoat, which revealed her tattoo sleeves on each arms. She needed the second set of photographs to be for her LinkedIn web page.
When she requested permission, her boss stunned her and proposed utilizing the second photograph, with the tattoos, on the corporate’s web site.
“Our Founding Associate’s response to my textual content was ‘Let’s roll with the tattoos in each!! Loud and proud,’” Leonard instructed FOX Tv Stations. “I responded thanking him for permitting me to indicate up as I’m day by day, and his response was ‘I’d count on nothing much less from you.’”
Her LinkedIn post, displaying each photographs, went viral, garnering greater than 31,000 reactions and almost 2,500 feedback.
“I’m nonetheless having a troublesome time believing that my put up went viral,” she mentioned. “The best shock to me has been the overwhelming constructive response and the variety of feedback and private messages I’ve acquired from individuals who have been moved by the put up.”
“I’ve heard from a whole bunch of people that have skilled bias and judgment within the office for all the pieces from their race, weight, age, piercings, hair size, and hair coloration, and my message actually resonated with them. It’s been an inspiring expertise,” she continued.
Leonard mentioned her tattoos are illustrations of a few of the deepest elements of her coronary heart. Some signify the loss she skilled, together with her 4-year-old nephew who died from mind most cancers. Different tattoos mirror love, hope, household and friendship.
“The artwork on my pores and skin has been fairly therapeutic for me in some ways,” she mentioned.
Leonard mentioned she hopes to stop implicit bias within the office along with her put up. She mentioned she needed to let individuals know she felt nice about her freedom and acceptance within the office and that there are firm leaders who settle for you for who you might be.
Bias within the office has come below a microscope lately. A 2015 Pew Research Center survey discovered that about four-in-10 imagine increased requirements for girls and lack of readiness by firms to rent ladies for high positions are main causes that there aren’t extra ladies in high management roles in enterprise and politics. The 2007 Corporate Leavers Survey, performed by the Stage Enjoying Subject Institute, confirmed that every 12 months greater than 2 million professionals and managers voluntarily depart their jobs solely on account of unfairness, costing US employers $64 billion in turnover yearly.
In the meantime, Leonard mentioned she plans to get much more tattoos. She’s undecided what she desires to get however mentioned portraits of her two canines are on the high of her listing.
“I do put a variety of thought into the ‘what’ and ‘the place’ earlier than each session, although, so I’ll get my subsequent one when the time feels proper,” she mentioned.
This story was reported from Los Angeles.