By Virgie Tovar
Speaking to Sirius Bonner gave me a window into the way that she has an eye for solutions and forward movement. When asked if there had been other plus size women she looked to for professional leadership, however, she admitted the answer was no. I could relate deeply. We rarely see women of size in these positions. This fact points to a more significant workplace problem: fatphobia. Bonner shares her insights and suggestions for change:
Virgie Tovar: Sirius, what do you do?
Sirius Bonner: I am the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.
I ensure that we provide a welcoming environment for all of our patients and staff with an eye toward culturally competent care, reducing healthcare disparities in our region, and helping to support the reproductive justice movement.
Tovar: Who’s your boss crush and why?
Bonner: Is it terrible that I don’t have one? Having never seen myself reflected in leadership positions, I never really had any role models. Perhaps celebrities like Oprah or fictional characters like Queen Latifah’s character Kadija on ‘Living Single’, but that’s a stretch.
I find myself connecting with people outside the business world, like artists and writers. Like Octavia Butler, Lindy West, Click here to read entire article