October 5, 2020
Get to Know Christin Anniannis, and Why She Shows Up
Christin Aniannis’ passion is helping people, and she lives her passion every day as Director of Health & Safety at Trane Technologies and co-chair of PRIDE, our employee resource group for people who identify as LGBTQ and their allies. She says membership in PRIDE gave her the safe space to bring her authentic self to work, and now she strives to make work life better – for everyone.
Why are Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) important?
ERGs provide a platform for people to learn about different cultures and unrepresented groups. I’ve learned a ton since joining our ERGs. I try to attend as many events as possible, and I always come away with a better understanding of others. The ERGs are so important to Trane Technologies’ diverse and inclusive culture.
PRIDE, our ERG for people who identify as LGBTQ and their allies, creates a safe space for people to bring their authentic selves to work. We’re growing our network of allies, people who don’t necessarily identify as LGBTQ, but are really championing a typically underrepresented population. Being involved has been a really powerful experience.
What impact do you want to have at work?
I want to help people feel welcome and make sure they go home in the same condition they arrived in. I also want to make work life better for the next generation, whether it’s through eliminating potential safety hazards or helping create a more inclusive culture.
Why do you show up every day?
As a health and safety professional and an ERG leader, my work is for our people. I’m a people-centered person. I show up for that frontline assembly worker, that service technician, the people who are turning wrenches for us. Because I really want them to feel welcome here and be safe here. I want to provide the support they need to excel.
I also show up for my family, and I want to set a good example for my kids. Doing meaningful work and helping others is at the heart of who I am, and I want my kids to see this. They are a big reason I decided be more visible at work—I have a responsibility to make life better for the next generation, and I’m doing this in the health and safety field and through our PRIDE ERG.
Who are your role models?
My parents, Sam and Cathy. My dad has passed, but they have both been extremely hard-working and always supported both me and my sister in whatever we wanted to do. My dad was a biology teacher for more than 30 years and a baseball coach. He was so popular among his former students that we couldn’t go anywhere without someone stopping him to talk. He was the first in his family to get a college degree.
My mom is also hard-working and never stopped learning – she earned her Ph.D. five years ago. I don’t remember a time when she wasn’t working on another degree or milestone. My sister and I were both very active in sports, and my parents never missed an event or game!
Tell us about your family:
My wife Tonia and I have been together since 2001 and we have two children, Josephina and Stefan, both four years old. Our pregnancies overlapped for about eight weeks; Tonia had our daughter first, and then I had our son seven months later. It’s been a roller coaster ride! The kids are amazing and still so innocent. They are my biggest job and my greatest accomplishment.
What is your favorite advice to give?
I encourage people to be more understanding of others. You might not know what someone else is going through, so I try to give people the benefit of the doubt. There’s so much going on in the world—just being understanding can help everyone.
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