Posted by: outandequal | July 11, 2011

Congratulations to the John Deere Rainbow Group

Pat Baillie

Pat Baillie, Associate Director of Training & Professional Development

by Pat Baillie | I wanted to send this note of congratulations to the John Deere Rainbow Employee Resource Group (ERG) as they celebrate their first meeting.

I met the driving force behind John Deere’s LGBT employee diversity work right after I arrived at Out & Equal. Don Harvey is an ally with passion and a huge drive to make a difference.  He has attended conferences, taken Out & Equal courses and made steady progress in changing the climate and building support from management and HR at John Deere.

We always think about the work in major urban centers with large LGBT populations, but this great work happening in Moline, Illinois takes someone who is committed to change and willing to stand alone until others join. Thanks Don, for all your work, and I am excited to hear more about the John Deere Rainbow group.

If your organization is just getting started with an ERG or a Diversity Council, be sure to connect with Stephen Gould, Associate Director of NETWORKS! here at Out & Equal at



  1. Indeed, a kudos to Don and the good people at John Deere! Don is also the newest member of the Out & Equal ERG Registry, a global, online community of leaders of LGBTA employee resource groups. For more info and to join, go to

  2. Great work Don! People like you make a big difference in all of our lives!


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