How Link’s co-founder was warned being gay would hinder his career

Diverse group of business people (man, woman, gay, transgender, lesbian, asian, caucasian, african american, lgbtq) with rainbow flag on hand combine together as teamwork in office
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Erik Johnson, active underwriter at MIC Global Syndicate 5183, on the prejudice he faced as a gay man entering the insurance industry and how he ignored warnings pushing for inclusion could hinder his career to co-found Link.

I came to insurance in an unusual way.

After training at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and then two contract dancer roles with the professional company, I suffered a career-ending injury.


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