Women’s History Month is a time to celebrate the contributions women have made to our history, culture and society. Room & Board recognizes and applauds the cisgender and transgender women around us, whether they are customers, staff members, manufacturing partners or those making an impact in the communities where we live and work.
Supporting Women in the Workplace
Building respectful relationships is at the core of what we do. And that extends to empowering women in the workplace. We strive to be a great employer and support the women we employ physically, emotionally and financially. Room & Board was honored to be recognized as a Best Workplace for Women by Great Place to Work in 2018.
We want to make Room & Board a great place to work for everyone. Because paid family leave helps women remain in the workforce, we provide four weeks of paid parental leave. Birth mothers receive an additional six to eight weeks of paid disability. In addition, we foster work-life balance with flexible personal time that provides paid time away from work when you need it.
Room & Board’s Director of Human Resources Nancy Greatrix Manley has been in an executive leadership role at Room & Board for nearly three decades. She is a member of our Advisory Board and sees the impact the women of Room & Board make. As a mother of three, she’s grateful to balance a rewarding career at Room & Board with her life at home.
“We want women to feel supported at every point in their career here,” says Greatrix Manley. “You can’t find your life’s work if you’re not encouraged to live a full life. Our goal is to make Room & Board an inclusive and comfortable workplace for everyone.”
Denver Visual Associate Sarah Baumbach appreciates Room & Board’s emphasis on inclusion and equity. “As a cisgender person who identifies as a women, I have found the work environment at Room & Board to be something I am deeply proud of,” says Sarah. “I have not only felt supported through the logistics of life’s unexpected challenges, but also on a human level.”
Hannah Roca, a Customer Support Associate in Los Angeles, shares the feeling of support. Says Hannah: “I feel joy every time I come to work. The team really looks out for us and it definitely feels like a big family!”
Working with Women-led Manufacturers and Craftspeople
More than 90% of our furniture is manufactured within the United States. We’re proud to work with many women-led companies and artisans across the country.
Galbraith & Paul is a Philadelphia textile studio co-owned by Liz Galbraith. For nearly 20 years, we’ve collaborated with Liz and her textile artists to create hand-block printed pillows and table runners you can only find at Room & Board.
Lauren VanScoy’s Essence One self care products are made to harness the power of aromatherapy to improve your mood and wellbeing. In addition, Lauren is also working to bring awareness to mental health by donating to Bring Change to Mind, which supports students with mental illness. That’s self care we can all feel good about.
Finally, our tile-topped Doro end table is made in partnership with Mercury Mosaics. Founder and owner Mercedes Austin and her team hand-cut and hand-paint each ceramic tile. Our end table collaboration brings handcrafted beauty to any room. They also create stunning kitchen backsplashes and bathroom shower designs.
Women Who Lead the Way at our Community Partner Organizations
We believe we can make a difference together. Room & Board’s Community Partnership Program gives back to organizations that strengthen homes and families, nonprofits dedicated to equity and inclusion, and organizations that support our commitment to sustainability.
As we celebrate the women of Room & Board, we also recognize our community partner organizations. We’re proud to say that many of these organizations – including CommonBond Communities, L.A. Family Housing, The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, UrbanSprouts and YouthCare – are led by women.