No matter where you are, communication is power. And for Skyla Marvin, what you do with that power can change perceptions and strengthen lives.
"If you need help, ask for it," said Skyla Marvin, a member specialty manager at a Sam’s Club in Colorado. "There is a lot of power in talking to people and having open communication. It can open a lot of doors if you take that step to open the first door with communication."
Skyla is transgender. Before coming to Sam’s Club, she worked for another retailer, but was told by a colleague she should come to Sam’s Club because she would be happier and feel more included. That’s when the first door opened, but she knew she needed to be authentic. So, a little while after starting with Sam’s Club, she did just that.
"I wanted to take control of my career here and I did that by being authentic to myself," she explained about the day she came out to her coworkers. "When I went into the club the next day, my club manager stopped me and said he was proud of me and gave me a fist bump. Nobody had told me they were proud of me for coming out, until then. It was a touching moment for me."