Honoring Black History Month

The HBA is proud to showcase our Gender Parity Collaborative member companies hosting activities to recognize Black History Month. We celebrate their dedicated commitment to dismantling obstacles to parity and equity in the workplace. In sharing this roster of activities and events, the HBA is spotlighting opportunities that can serve as future best practices for the entire United Force for Change community.

Honoring Black History Month at Advanced Group
Advanced Group’s campaign “The Face of Black History at Advanced Group” launched in February and reinforces its commitment to diversity and inclusion in every part of the organization. The campaign reflects and showcases the Advanced Group priority that its workplace be inclusive by seeking talented, creative professional staff members from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and different perspectives.

The campaign, created and implemented by the diversity and inclusion committee and marketing team, features a collage of the faces, names and branch units of colleagues who identify as black to be shared internally and externally throughout the month of February.

Honoring Black History Month at Amgen
Recognition of Black History Month is critical to the success of Amgen because trust and respect are part of our core values. The Amgen Black Employee Network (ABEN) ERG group will offer a series of events under the theme: the black family – representation, identity and diversity. Over the course of the month, the ABEN Global Leadership Team and various ABEN chapters will host activities related to wellness, celebration of the art, education, community and member engagement. The Women Empowered to be Exceptional’s (WE2) Global Leadership team, in collaboration with the Amgen Black Employee Network’s (ABEN) Global Leadership Team, will host a live virtual event titled “The Paths to Progress: Impact of COVID-19” featuring a panel of black leaders.

Honoring Black History Month at Bristol Myers Squibb
Bristol Myers Squibb is hosting a series of events to highlight key messages of cultural awareness, understanding and sensitivity to our colleagues as we work together to help patients, colleagues and the community.

  • College to the C-Suite (A conversation on the journey in corporate America with colleagues at various levels of their career)
  • A conversation with Jane Elliott
  • Keynote with Ruby Bridges
  • Virtual movie screening the Ruby Bridges story
  • Virtual fundraising: 2:1 company match campaign with proceeds going to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Honoring Black History Month at GSK
GSK’s Mosaic Employee Resource Group (ERG) will be hosting two events in celebration of Black History Month.

  • The Black Experience in America – Where do we go From Here?
    • Speaker: J. Spencer Darden, director of diversity initiatives
    • 12 Feb 2021, via WebEx, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST
  • Implications of Racial Trauma
    • Speaker: Dr. Earl Turner, licensed psychologist and university professor
    • 17 Feb. 2021, via WebEx, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Honoring Black History Month at Lundbeck
Every week in February, Lundbeck will feature two to three employees and their unique stories covering what Black History Month means to them and background on how they became the person they are today. These video recordings will be shared on the internal intranet portal.

Other activities include:

  • Inviting an external motivational speaker/business leader and/or author to raise awareness and to spread a unifying message about inclusiveness, business equity, healthcare and family  
  • Webinar panel discussion (physician, nurse, advocacy, patient) to discuss their current experience with racial inequality
  • Book Club

Honoring Black History Month at Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes Company
Medidata will host a celebration event featuring black history trivia, a reveal of the “support black-owned business” campaign and sharing of personal stories. As well as a family black history event to include: a STEM project, black inventions and adventure stories for the children at Medidata.

The company’s internal communications will suggest books, movies and a podcast list for allies. Along with wellness/self-care classes with topics such as, healthy eating, yoga and meditation and Caribbean dance. Medidata will host a movie discussion on “One Night in Miami” and will have two blog posts – the first will concentrate on rare diseases in underrepresented groups and the second will feature a BEAM (Black Employee at Medidata) member and spotlight his accomplishments.

Honoring Black History Month at W20
W20 kicked off Black History Month on 5 February by hosting a town hall panel discussion: “Racial Inequalities in Healthcare: Then, Now and Moving Forward.” Mary Seideman moderated the panel including Dr. Jessica Isom, Mary Stutts and Dr. Reed Tuckson.

Throughout the month, W20 will conduct a virtual “book club” featuring Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” and will host weekly social “spotlight series” highlighting prominent black scientists involved with COVID-19 vaccine development. Additionally, employees will reflect on the importance of Black History Month via a special video interview series.

Honoring Black History Month
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