LGBTQ rights have been hard-fought victories by people unafraid to put themselves and their identities forward. Jess Coppla, Senior Advisor in the Enterprise Career MAPS Retail Program, is one of those remarkable individuals who has worked hard to make inclusion the norm.
“I started as a front store cashier in high school,” Jess says. “I moved to Pharmacy, ended up pursuing my MBA in health care, applied for an internship and I’ve been on this track for four years.”
At 32, Jess has been with CVS her entire professional life, and she’s proud of it. “When I started working, I had long hair, I dressed feminine — one day I showed up with my hair chopped off wearing a shirt and tie. Everyone was so supportive and embracing. I want that experience, that feeling of belonging, to be what everyone experiences.”