Sep. 2 2020

This month, we highlight Dallas Hutchinson, an HR and benefits analyst in the firm’s Greenville office, and committee member of Belong @ MGC.

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Dallas Hutchinson graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Master’s in Health Administration. “During my time in grad school, I completed different internships – one happened to be in HR within a healthcare setting and that eventually led to my first job,” she says.

Today, as an HR and benefits analyst at MGC, Dallas’ role is to assist with the firm’s benefits and wellness program, along with other employee initiatives. “My mother has played a significant role in shaping the person that I have become and the direction my career has gone,” she adds. “She has always encouraged me to be open to change and to people who were different from me. I think that has allowed me to embrace experiences and gain valuable knowledge from people with a variety of backgrounds that I have encountered throughout the years.”

Dallas also serves as a committee member of Belong @ MGC, and works on identifying opportunities to create a more diverse and inclusive work environment. “Our goal for this initiative is for it to be the driving force that fosters a workplace that supports differences in perspectives and promotes inclusivity,” she adds. “We want employees to feel like they belong and we want our clients to feel like they are working with a team that genuinely understands their needs – and that they are more easily able to connect with.”

Belong @ MGC was formed in early 2019, and is supported by attorneys and firm administration alike. “This is a win for everyone,” says Dallas. “This initiative has the potential to move us towards having a workforce that is more creative, engaged and overall more efficient; within a diverse workforce you have a lot of different perspectives that can lead to innovative ideas. It also creates more empathy, as individuals see things in a manner to which they may not be accustomed to. I think that pushes us to be overall better and more well-rounded individuals.”

WHAT’S DALLAS CURRENTLY READING?

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, which is a fictional story based in Shaker Heights, Ohio.