Typically, what defines us is not always what people see on the surface. And when you peel back the layers to Vicki Smith’s life, you’ll first find a doting mother.
Vicki and her partner, Janet, have been together for almost 30 years. They have two children: Sam who is 16, adopted from Guatemala, and Mattie who is 15, adopted from Nepal.
“They’re great,” Vicki said gushing. “I would say hands down the best thing I’ve ever done in my whole life is being a parent. I would do it over again a hundred times.”
On the surface, Vicki is gay, and her children are adopted. For Vicki, however, that’s not what defines her. It’s just more layers to who she is.
Her family is just like any other family. When you peel back the layer that is her professional career, you find someone who’s an advocate for being your authentic self. Vicki, Vice President and General Counsel for Sam’s Club, credits the leaders she’s had during her 21-year career between Walmart and Sam’s who have always been supportive of her.
She never felt like she stood out, like she wasn’t valued, or that she was somehow at a disadvantage because of who she is.
“I would say, when I first started, I wasn’t running around telling everyone ‘hey I’m gay and I have a girlfriend,’” Vicki said. “But I do think that a lot of people knew as they got to know me. I never tried to hide it.”
Vicki has had supervisors that have always made her feel supported. Unfortunately, this may not be everyone’s experience.