‘Meet the Board’ – Glenda Childress

Glenda is EQUAL!’s Treasurer and former Co-President, as well as the Columbus, OH Chapter representative. Get to know her, as part of our ‘Meet the Board’ series!

What country is on the top of your list to visit?

I have traveled so much for work that I feel that I have been to all of my top countries. However, I would LOVE to return to Greece, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Austria, Australia, Switzerland, and Ireland. I don’t know if I will make any of those trips, but it is so fun to remember the great things I saw and was able to do there.

What sport do you practice?

For over 30 years I have ridden Dressage – this is an equine sport that you’ll find in the Olympics, however, you won’t find me there. I enjoy Dressage because no matter how much I train, I learn something new everyday. I own several horses and my greatest riding partner is named September. He was imported from Germany to the states and I love him dearly.

What job or task do you believe you have had your greatest impact at ALU?

During my years as Director in mobility, I had a large team at three locations and I feel that those were my years of greatest impact. Being able to work with a highly motivated and generally very happy team was rewarding for me personally. Being open, honest, approachable and clear in my expectations seemed to have a very positive impact with my department.

What is the decisive factor that triggered your involvement in EQUAL!?

I started many years ago with the founding organization LEAGUE. I got involved with the then struggling organization as people were trying to obtain corporate recognition. It angered me how co-workers and corporate were responding as LGBT folks were trying to organize. I was at a great point in my career, was promotable, very well thought of, and I decided that I could risk being public about my support and challenging upper management. This was one of the best decisions of my life – and – career.

Which movies made you cry/laugh the most?

Although I saw these many years ago, I can still remember laughing so loudly at Ghostbusters that people were turning their heads and looking at me my date. And as for crying, The Color Purple had me and a friend sobbing. And we couldn’t stop. His partner got up and moved away from us.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks Glenda for your extensive support all those many years !

    As for the list of countries, i’m shocked to read you dream of going back to Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, and not the country which neighbors them all and is the most beautiful and diverse country to visit… there is probably a typo in your answer 🙂

  2. After all these years I’ve learned things about you I hadn’t known.

    I couldn’t agree more that becoming involved in LEAGUE all those years ago was one of the best things I’ve ever done at work. I believe the work we did then was ground breaking for the movement. Because of out voices the decision makers began to hear the message.

    I’m still influenced by what I learned in the Lesbian Visibility Workshop at our first conference in 1992.

    Thanks so much for the work you’ve done and leadership you’ve provided then and throughout the years.

    xoxox

    tlt

  3. Terry – I still feel awful about the visibility workshops. I think we were so mean to the men. But, I guess it was a sign of the times.

    I’m glad we are all one big happy group now.

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