My ability to always find common and middle ground with others has been a huge asset to my career. However, one of my most influential mentors taught me that when it comes to moral issues such as hate--regardless of whether it is based on someone's race, religion, sex, or sexual preference--there is no common and middle ground.
Last weekend's events in Charlottesville are a perfect example of hate. It resonated with me at a core level. Simply stated, I wouldn't have achieved the success I have if it were not for the barrier-breaking opportunities white men and women, Jewish men and women, homosexual men and women offered me. It is because of how they opened doors for me that I have committed my life to opening doors for others and standing up for the rights of everyone.
Each one of us will face a time which--regardless of how much you want to--there is no common or middle ground. It is a matter of right and wrong. We are now in one of those times. I'm standing on the side of right.