“Quality work is genderless,” says Annayah Jean (AJ) Fernandez Rivera. “Do not limit yourself to society’s opinion of who you are.”
And when AJ says it, you know it’s the truth based on a lived experience.
Twenty years ago, when Accenture recruited her out of college, AJ asked, “What is the level of discrimination in the company? Is there a place for people like me?”
She still remembers the interviewer’s answer: “The company isn’t bothered about who you are, but, rather, on what you can contribute.”
It was the best answer she could have hoped for, and it’s an answer she shares far and wide.
You see, AJ is no ordinary woman. AJ is an out and proud transgender woman. It took years for her to publicly announce this part of her, but she’s determined to make it easier for others.