Mar 9, 2021
February 2021 was Black History Month, a movement that is not and should not be confined to one month of the calendar year. Despite the best intentions of many companies to promise change in the workplace for the better, Black History Month's message can easily get lost regardless of the many corporations pledging to make a positive change in their industries. In the last year, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained worldwide coverage helping to pull focus on Black history and the Black contribution to American society. With the whole world watching, it is more important than ever for corporations to stay true to their word when they say they are doing all they can to create fairer opportunities for all.
In today's episode, we want to keep the conversation of Black History & Culture going beyond a month of celebration to stay intentional with the essential and ongoing change across our society. We discuss the ways business can tangibly support Black culture, minority employees, and minority suppliers. We explain why it's important to recognize the differences each person can bring to your business and why the fashion to 'not see color' is unhelpful when you have a mix of cultures and backgrounds that you should try to understand and celebrate. We also look at the evolution of America and just how black people have been an integral part of the building of our nation, how they have been overlooked in the past for their contributions, and of course, why we celebrate the changes that have happened, are happening, and have yet to come.
"We as Corporate America have to be intentional: know why you're doing it, who you're talking to, why it's important to them, why their concerns should be important to you and what you can do to help bridge some of those divides." – Adam Moore
"We're going to celebrate the differences and the uniqueness's we all bring to the table." – Cloe Guidry-Reed
"What actually makes us stronger as friends and co-hosts is realizing those differences, celebrating them, and not being ashamed to talk about them." – Adam Moore
"If it's just one thing that corporations and individuals within corporations can do, it's just acknowledging that there ARE disparities." – Cloe Guidry-Reed
"The more you understand about another culture, the easier it is for everybody to get along and to understand and not have these barriers in place." - Adam Moore
"I'm hoping that it inspires others to have conversations with the other people that are in their lives - whether it be employees, other leadership, neighbors, friends, family, and think about what can we do to move the needle." – Cloe Guidry-Reed
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