At Syneos Health, we are continuously building the company we all want to work for and our customers want to work with. We firmly believe, when we bring people together with diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, identities, and perspectives we’re able to create a place where everyone feels like they belong. We stand with all who are seeking justice and equality, and our Total Self culture means everyone is empowered to authentically be themselves at work. Every day. 

One of the ways we bring our culture to life is with our Employee Resource Groups (ERG) – led by employees, for employees. We are actively working to build these resource groups internally and we invite you to follow our journey.

During Pride Month – we recognize all of our LGBTQIA+ employees for their passion and unique contributions. Our LGBTQIA+ ERG group put together some questions for us to learn more about their members’ stories and experiences!

Dani Lavieri

  • Pronouns: she/her
  • Location: Boston, MA
  • Hobbies: Does wedding planning count?! I love spending time outdoors, reading, trying new foods and drinks, gardening, and indoor cycling.

 

 

 

My name is Dani Lavieri, and I am a Patient Engagement Lead within the Clinical Division at Syneos Health. I work cross functionally on clinical studies to create and execute strategies to enroll patients in studies.

 

Little Known Fact: I was a competitive gymnast in my childhood-early teens, and my extreme flexibility landed me the nickname of ‘Gumby’!

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How do you identify yourself, and has that challenged you in the workplace?

I identify as gay/lesbian. In previous jobs, I have faced challenges embracing my full self in the workplace, but I haven’t faced any of that awkwardness or discomfort here at Syneos. The Patient Engagement team is truly an all-affirming family.

 

What’s the best advice you ever received?

My dad used to tell me, “If you want something done, ask someone who’s busy.” In my role, I am constantly juggling multiple projects and deliverables, so sometimes I’m that ‘someone busy’ but it’s also taught me how to seek out good help and partner with team members in a meaningful way to get the job done.

 

What are your aspirations in Syneos Health having a LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group (ERG)?  What do you hope this ERG accomplishes?

I hope this ERG helps further weave LGBTQIA+ diversity into the bigger conversations we have as an organization – in how we serve our clients, how we partner together internally, and how we support patients.

 

What is the one thing today a work colleague can do today to help support an inclusive work environment?

Add your pronouns to your email signature! I’ve received a surprising number of compliments on my email signature pronouns, from both clients and internal team members. I think that this is an easy thing anyone can do to help further the message that we are an open and accepting workplace.

 

It’s World Pride Month.  What does Pride mean to you?

I think most people think of Pride as parades and events that celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community, and I used to think that way, too. I’ve never been someone who strongly connected with those public celebrations, but I’ve recently realized that just because I’m not out marching in a rainbow tutu, it doesn’t mean I’m not Proud. For me, Pride has given me the gift of feeling free and open to be completely myself – with friends, family, coworkers, and clients. I celebrate my pride every day in my relationship, and I’m excited for an extra-special celebration when I marry my fiancée this July. It’s crazy to think that marrying the person I love, something I think most of us take for granted, wouldn’t have been possible less than 10 years ago. I think that shows just how far we’ve come as a society in acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals, but is also an important reminder of how much this community has had to fight for the same treatment and rights that are given without second thought to others, simply because of who we are attracted to.

Andrew Rigefsky

  • Pronouns: they/them
  • Location: Just outside Philadelphia, PA
  • Hobbies: I’ve picked up working with chainmail and cooking during the pandemic.  I’m a gaymer – board or video!

 

 

 

My name is Andrew Rigefsky.  I’m relatively new to Syneos Health, having joined the company in July 2020.  I’m an Operational Manager in Syneos Health’s Engagement Center, a division that manages contact and sales centers for clients mainly in the United States.  I represent the client at times when the client is unable to represent themselves, and do it proudly

 

Little Known Fact: I used to dance ballet when I was young, which is surprising when I mention I’m extremely klutzy!

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How do you identify yourself, and has that challenged you in the workplace?

How I identify myself has changed a lot over time.  At first, I identified as a gay man, because that’s what was most visible to me at the time.  As my understanding of gender, romantic, and sexual identities has grown, it didn’t make sense to me the concept of having to be in this binary, this-or-that box, and didn’t feel like the idea of a “gay man” identified with me.  Today, I consider myself a male-presenting, non-binary individual with romantic/sexual identities towards others that are male-presenting.  I know, that’s a mouthful and doesn’t have a nice letter that you can add to an acronym, but I think we’re much more complicated as human beings than simply narrowing down to a letter. I’ve been very fortunate to work in environments and work for clients where I’ve never had to hide exactly who I was, and to me, that fosters growth and innovation both on an individual and on a company level.  There have been close-minded people that I’ve had to work with, but there was always a way to find common ground with each other.

 

What’s the best advice you ever received?

A former manager once taught me that you have to be your own cheerleader in life, and you can’t just rely on other people to make noise about your accomplishments and hard work.  I never liked to talk in a positive manner about the work that I do, because I always found that to be bragging – but it’s not.  If you don’t stand up for yourself and make it clear to others the role you play with the work you do, you can’t expect them to look for you when an opportunity arises.

 

What are your aspirations in Syneos Health having a LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group (ERG)?  What do you hope this ERG accomplishes?

I hope, through this ERG, we can show Syneos Health that the work we do is important not just during PRIDE month but every other month out of the year.  I hope that opportunities to obtain sponsorship for conferences like Out & Equal here in the US become a relatively straightforward process, that they consider sponsorship of some of these conferences to be a worthwhile investment, and that Syneos Health becomes a highly visible and attractive place to work for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

What is the one thing today a work colleague can do today to help support an inclusive work environment?

You may have seen individuals at Syneos Health define what their pronouns are in their email signature.  Even if you’re not a member of the LGBTQIA+ community (and maybe especially if you’re not a member of the community), defining what your personal pronoun preferences are in your signature gives visibility to others and makes them feel comfortable putting them in their email signatures too.

 

It’s World Pride Month.  What does Pride mean to you?

PRIDE to me is a celebration of just how far we’ve come in our society with regards to LGBTQIA+ rights, a reminder that those rights are not guaranteed, and an assurance to others that we will continue to fight for the rights we do have and more.  We lose by staying silent and allowing others to dictate for us what we can and cannot have, and PRIDE is anything but silent.  The movement didn’t end with same-sex marriage, nor did it end with protections at the workplace; we’ve still got a lot more to do.

Andreas Reinbolz

  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • Hobbies: Playing the Cello

 

 

 

My name is Andreas Reinbolz. I have the privilege to lead an amazing integrated communications team out of Munich, Germany and internationally work on some of the most interesting brands in healthcare.

 

Little Known Fact: [I was] the Manager of an amusement park for 6 months early in my career.

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How do you identify yourself, and has that challenged you in the workplace?

I’m just trying to be the authentic myself and being a gay man is one part of that. Despite some friction this causes very few times, whenever I have been less than that, that’s when the real challenges started.

 

What’s the best advice you ever received?

Live your life as you are. If you are trying to be someone else, no one is going to be you.

 

What are your aspirations in Syneos Health having a LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group (ERG)?  What do you hope this ERG accomplishes?

It is important to nurture a safe and inspiring community for those who might feel alone. But even more important is to provide a voice and guidance to continuously evolve the company (and with it, a little bit, the world).

 

What is the one thing today a work colleague can do today to help support an inclusive work environment?

Do not assume your version of happiness, pleasure, family, and fulfillment in life is the same for everyone. It is a lot more colorful than you think.

 

It’s World Pride Month.  What does Pride mean to you?

Pride for me means two things: It’s a statement of visibility, and a demand for equality. But personally, it is also an amazing experience of community.