Employee Spotlight: Ruby Tidwell

Jun 25, 2018 | | 228 |

Employee Spotlight: Ruby Tidwell

by CDK Global

This week, we talked to Ruby Tidwell from our Portland, Oregon office! She’s a software engineer II on the Credit & Compliance team, as well as a member of the Pit Crew and Pride BRG. Since she started with CDK Global two years ago, she says it’s been important for her to be able to bring her whole self to work each day. Ruby told us, “I do my best to bring advocacy, inclusion, representation, and compassion to work each day in the hopes of increasing all of these things in my office location and in CDK as a whole,” – we love that!

In honor of Pride, I’d love to know how/if you’re celebrating throughout the month.

I will absolutely be celebrating Pride this month (and every other month)!

At work, I was honored to help the Portland Pit Crew host a Pride Celebration, where we featured some LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer) history, commonly used terminology, and tips for being an effective Ally. The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive; these events are so important for raising awareness, maintaining visibility, and promoting equality within our company and beyond. I encourage anyone with questions about the LGBTQ+ community to reach out to the Pride BRG or find resources online (the Human Rights Campaign, GLSEN, GLAAD, PLFAG, and It Gets Better Project are great places to start).

For members of the LGBTQ+ community, having Pride in one’s self is both a personal and a public act nothing short of revolutionary. To take Pride in who we are — in spite of a constant barrage of subtle and overt messages telling us that we are wrong — is a formidable and ever-present challenge, as well as one of the greatest sources of inner peace and societal transformation. Pride says, “I will be myself without hiding or feeling shame. I will live my truth, and I rejoice in doing so.”

It was Pride that taught us that we are not alone. It was Pride that united the community. It was Pride that moved us into public awareness. And it was Pride that began and continues to turn the tide of societal attitudes and legislation closer to justice, compassion, and inclusivity for everyone. Pride month is a time for reflecting on and celebrating the progress that has been made, and a time for acknowledging the huge amount of work that still needs to be done before LGBTQ+ individuals truly receive equal treatment in the world. Indeed, Pride has saved lives and continues to change the world for the better. I’m very proud to be a member of the Pride BRG, and to work for a company that recognizes how vital this BRG is.

To all of our LGBTQ+ employees, allies, and allies-still-in-the-making: Happy Pride!

Do you have a hobby, and if so what is it? How long have you been doing/collecting/participating in the hobby?

Since I moved to the U.S. Mainland from the Big Island of Hawai’i six years ago, one of my main hobbies has been enjoying live music and performances. Concert venues and theaters are some of my happy places. I keep a list of all of the concerts, ballets, operas, and musicals I’ve seen — now more than 50 in total!

What’s your favorite thing about working at CDK?

My favorite part of working at CDK is, hands down, my coworkers. From working through the most frustrating coding challenges to celebrations and end of the day board games, the people I work with are intensely skilled at what they do, and just as importantly, great team members. Since day one, I’m so grateful that I ‘ve continued to learn, grow, and laugh alongside them.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Literally, my cat wakes me up.
Metaphorically, sharing in connection — whether it’s with family, coworkers, friends, or strangers. For me, it’s all about courageously and vulnerably showing up in your truth, being unafraid to show people who you are and what you believe in, and, hopefully, making the world a little brighter and a little more loving along the way. Where I come from, we call that the Aloha spirit.

Thanks for being this week’s employee spotlight, Ruby! It was great getting to learn more about you and what you do at CDK Global. We’re glad to have you on our team in Portland. Be on the lookout for next week’s spotlight: Carlo Grasso.