Across our country, people from all walks of life are speaking out about the terrible and racist demonstrations that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend – and the tragic violence that ensued. There are many emotions – anger, sadness, fear, futility and more.

I’ve felt those emotions. The American Family Insurance community has. I’m sure you have, too.

Though most of our employees and agents are hundreds of miles from Virginia, the pain of this event is felt around the country. As a company, we feel it, too.

Recent racially-charged events do not deter American Family Insurance’s goal to work together – and accelerate inclusion.

But we’re also talking about this issue as a company – today – and every day. And as American Family Insurance CEO, I want to reinforce that we are fully committed to a diverse and inclusive environment for our people. All people.

What does that mean? It’s how we live our values every day for our customers and ourselves.

We practice ethical behavior every day. We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind every single day. I find even more comfort and pride in the work of our LGBTA, multicultural, veterans’ and women’s business resource groups – and all our employees and agents – who help us build this inclusive culture at our company.

This week, our managers will be getting together for an annual leadership event. A major emphasis of our time together will be on culture and the benefits a diverse and inclusive environment have on our customers and on us.

While the events in Charlottesville are troubling, I’m convinced – together – we can make a positive difference – inside our company and in our communities.