Life at Nutanix

Pride Month Year Round

Highlighting our Qutants Community

By Raven Willis

Pride Month Year Round

June 27, 2023 | min

Qutants Community

Qutants is more than just a name—it represents a uniquely spirited collective dedicated to empowering its members, fostering connection and personal growth.

Formed in 2017 as an LGBTQIA+ community slack channel, our Qutants LIFE group, also known as an Employee Resource Group, has since flourished into a thriving global network. Just picture a kaleidoscope of over 156 talented individuals across the globe, united by their shared identity as a Qutant.

But what exactly is a Qutant? Here at Nutanix, we occasionally refer to each other internally as Nutants. Qutants are extraordinary employees who proudly identify as members or allies of the LGBTQIA+ community. From engaging learning opportunities to heartfelt acts of giving back, Qutants global community is on a mission to create positive change both within our company and beyond. 

Meet Victor Gomez (He/Him), Order Management Manager, Qutants Co-lead

As a Qutants Co-lead, my goal is to be able to get Qutants to have a presence worldwide. We look forward to building a bigger community to support us, especially during the hard times that our community has been going through and we need to stand together as we are each other’s support system. Fun fact, I accepted myself during a Pride parade to ‘I’m Coming Out’ by Diana Ross!

Victor Gomez (He/Him)
Order Management Manager, Qutants Co-lead

Increasing Awareness & Inclusivity

Rallying together, the Qutant employee community helps sponsor and drive awareness of the LGBTQIA+ community within the company and our industry. This frequently includes educational opportunities through global discussions, panels, and training. Previously Qutants have hosted Safe Zone Trainings and discussions featuring guest speakers like advocate, Amber Briggle and Ph.D. candidate, Lazarus Letcher.

This is from the Safe Zone training in our Mexico City Office. Safe Zone trainings provide information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression designed to make the Nutanix community a safer and more inclusive place. 

These community initiatives open authentic conversations on LGBTQIA+ issues such as coming out at work and supporting queer or transgender children, friends, and coworkers.

Safe Zone training
Marty Filipowski

It remains important to be visible and participate in activities and discussions relevant to our community. Qutants, help with this

Marty Filipowski (he/him)
Director of Public Relations (APJ), Qutants Member

Global Connection and Celebration

Through vibrant social events and engaging group meetings, our Qutants Pride transcends geographical boundaries, fostering a global sense of inclusion and empowerment. Beyond Pride Month, the Qutants group regularly brings employees together to celebrate events year-round, including World Pride Day, Transgender Day of Visibility, International Pronouns Day, and more.

In-person celebration
In-person celebration group photo

In-person celebrations in several global offices, including Bangalore, Sydney, Mexico City, Durham, and San Jose.

In-person celebration
In-person celebration group photo

Represents Nutanix at year-round local Pride events in San Jose, Chile, Mexico City, and Sydney.

Meet Chris Wyckoff (he/him), Field Marketing Manager, Qutants Pride Month Leader

I'm on the Pride planning and activity committee in Qutants. My interest in joining and participating in the group stems from wanting more involvement with the LGBTQIA+ community overall. Having access to a community through work is a bonus. I want to help the Qutants group grow to welcome other members of the community and allies, because I am sure there are more out there than we know. We have a great opportunity to help inform colleagues about issues the LGBTQIA+ community faces around the globe.

Chris Wyckoff (he/him)
Field Marketing Manager, Qutants Pride Month Leader

Supporting the Community

Company donations

Qutant members are always sharing their hearts by giving back to local and worldwide LGBTQIA+ communities throughout the year. These opportunities include initiatives like inclusive office bathrooms, volunteering, sponsoring LGBTQIA+ career fairs and conventions, and researching organizations for company donations. 

Here are just a few of the organizations Nutanix employees are supporting through our internal .heart donation program for 2023 Pride Month:

  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation (US): Seeking to fundamentally change the way LGBTQ+ people are treated and working to change policies, practices, hearts, and minds.
  • Yaaj Transformando Tu Vida, A.C. (Mexico): A group committed to promoting, defending, and guaranteeing the sexual, reproductive, and human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community, all from a gender and youth approach.
  • RAAHI (India): Raahi is a Karnataka-based organisation that works on the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Kaleidoscope Diversity Trust (UK): Funding, fighting for, and empowering those upholding the human rights of LGBTQIA+ people to effect meaningful and lasting change in the lives of LGBTQIA+ people everywhere.
Sarah Lalani, Sr. Progam Manager of Organizational Culture, Qutants Outreach and Marketing Leader

The Qutants community is a beacon of light that provides a safe space for LGBTQIA+ employees and empowers allies to take action. I'm so proud to be a part of the Qutants leadership team and to have the opportunity to advocate for equity. I've met some incredible people through Qutants and they are a big part of what makes Nutanix such a special place to work.

Sarah Lalani (she/her)
Sr. Program Manager of Organizational Culture, Qutants Outreach Leader

Although Pride Month is a celebration of all the LGBTQIA+ community has achieved, it is also a commemoration of historical injustices and the ongoing campaign for rights. Thanks to the Qutants LIFE Group for continuing to teach, discuss, and make #LifeAtNutanix a place where every employee can feel comfortable being themselves! If you're ready to join our vibrant team, take a peek at our open job roles here.

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