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DBP Members Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019

By Lisa Fraser
October 7, 2019
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October recognizes how people with disabilities strengthen the workforce and deserve absolute inclusion in the workplace.

The movement to raise awareness began in 1945 with National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week and transformed into National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by 1988. The Americans with Disabilities Act came into effect in 1990 under President George H. W. Bush.

We asked our member organizations what they will be doing to acknowledge and celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month this year. Here is what they shared:


Fannie Mae

Our Abilities employee resource group (ERG) will host a series of events to recognize National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month.

The events and activities planned are arranged under the theme “Respect and Support.”

Here is a list of some of our planned events and activities:

Creating a StigmaFree Workplace
Freddie Mac has partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for their StigmaFree campaign to end the stigma associated with mental illness. Through powerful words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions. Together, we can encourage acceptance and understanding.

To help shine a spotlight on this topic, we will host a “Mental Health in the Workplace Panel Discussion” with representatives from senior leaders, HR and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Bright Horizon – Focus Topic
We’re hosting a discussion on housing and employment assistance for young adults with disabilities.

Learn & Serve: Credit Smart
We’re sharing the impact of Freddie Mac’s CreditSmart program, a financial literacy curriculum, in our communities. There will also be a community service component which will support Easter Seals.

Abilities Fair
We’re creating awareness of Freddie Mac resources and services to support mental health and well-being for our employees with an Abilities Fair.

Disability:IN Mentee Day
Disability:IN local area mentees and future rising leaders will join the Abilities ERG for a full day of mentorship, learning and leadership activities.

Various Inclusive Community Service Events and Walks
The Abilities ERG will participate in various community service events and walks throughout the month in collaboration with other employee resource groups and external organizations.


AbbVie

Here is a list of activities being planned at AbbVie for Hispanic Heritage Month:

  • ERG members and their families to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month when the Chicago Cubs host heritage night at Wrigley Field (September 15th)
  • Partnering with a local community college to feature an art exhibit showcasing Latino heritage/culture and provide salsa dancing lessons to employees
  • Volunteer event at Feed My Starving children, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting childhood hunger around the world
  • Multiple professional development workshops for employees featuring topics such as personal branding and financial acumen
  • On-site celebration at company headquarters featuring a keynote speaker who is an influential Latino leader within the healthcare industry

Allstate

Hispanic Heritage Month is for everyone, and PLAN encourages all employees to participate. Living in a multicultural society, Hispanic Heritage Month acknowledges the importance of diversity and the contributions of those that came before us. This month is used to recognize how the Latinx population has positively influenced and enriched our nation.

We have a myriad of Hispanic Heritage Month events taking place in our chapters across the county. Below is a list of our activities by state:

Arizona
Chandler

  • 9/5 – Salsa contest and Zumba Dance-Off.
  • 9/17 – Latin cuisine showcase food tasting event.

Yuma

  • 9/16 – Taco style potluck for the office.
  • 9/23 – Latin-inspired game day.
  • 10/1 – Craft day where participants will make a Zapotec-style rug on craft paper and a
    piñata.
  • 10/7 –Employees are encouraged to wear traditional clothing. The Kofa High School Folkloric Dance club will provide a Latin-inspired performance at the office.
  • 10/14 – Dessert day for employees and non-employees to sample churros with a variety of toppings.

Florida
Jacksonville

  • 9/16 – Salsa and Bachata Dance Class.
  • 9/17 – Taco Day.
  • 9/18 – Salsa and Bachata Dance Class.
  • 9/24 – Café con leche with pan dulce.
  • 10/1 – Empanadas Colombianas Day.
  • 10/8 – Batidas/milkshakes.
  • 10/15 – Fiesta: Pernil and Salads.

Illinois
Northbrook

  • 9/13 – Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off event with authentic treats and salsa
    instructors to provide employees with a dance lesson.
  • 9/20 – A local Zumba instructor will offer a Latin-inspired dance class on campus.
  • 10/5 – To support The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse efforts during Domestic Violence Awareness month, volunteer event with Mujeres Latinas en Accion, a Chicago- based organization that provides resources for survivors of domestic violence and financial abuse. During this time, volunteers will inform the community that Mujeres has
    a new location opening to serve even more individuals. Please contact, Diana Marquez ([email protected]ate.com), PLAN Community Relations director, if you or your
    members/friends/allies would like to volunteer.
  • 10/11 – Guest Speaker – Angel Gomez, diversity leadership consultant, Latinx Cultural Script.

Texas
Irving

  • 9/13 – Frida Kahlo look-alike contest.
  • 9/27 – Fundraiser for Mi Escuelita, an organization that provides educational services to children of low-income families.

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American Airlines

American Airlines

Friday, Sept. 27
AA’s Latin Diversity Network Fireside Chat Series Presents: Rick Elieson, AA Cargo President and LDN Executive Sponsor.

Wed Oct. 2
Enjoy the colorful display of Latin American culture with this special Ballet Folklorico performance on our campus. Presented by the Latin Diversity Network.

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Fireside Chat with Franco Tedeschi
Our leader in Chicago, Franco Tedeschi, will share about our growing operation at ORD and how Team ORD is positioned for success. Presented by the Latin Diversity Network.


Baxter

Our employee-led [email protected] group is focused year-round on supporting the retention, career development, and advancement of latinos at Baxter, as well as raising awareness of the unique healthcare needs of the Latino community.

In August, the group hosted a global event with a well-known author and diversity expert to discuss key aspects of leadership, including self-awareness and leveraging diversity as an asset.

In September, they are holding a number of events to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture – including a Culture Day showcasing food, music and history of countries where Baxter operates and a virtual, live senior leadership panel to discuss career advancement, open to global colleagues for an interactive experience.

The group also holds volunteer events where their members and colleagues can contribute to local and global support organizations.


Belk

Our Hispanic Heritage Month is kicking off with a Speaker, Carlos Salum. Please see below for more details:

Carlos Salum founded Salum International Resources, Inc. in 1993 to help people design their Leadership Performance Strategy, which allows them to operate in their Ideal Performance State and achieve outstanding results. He is a leadership performance strategist and external consultant to global organizations with headquarters in four continents with billions of dollars in revenue.

He also has executive experience in sports marketing, event management and software development companies with extensive international assignments in Europe. In addition to all of the above, he’s also: Studied Literature and Medicine at the National University of Buenos Aires; is a writer, radio and television commentator and producer, a produced playwright (London, Tampa, and Buenos Aires); Documentary film producer (International production – Argentina/USA).

Additional Upcoming Events:

  • Salsa Dance Classes on 9/25 in our Home Office Gym
  • Potluck for the Group
  • Closing with a band in the main area of our Home Office on 10/15

Booz Allen Hamilton

See below for the activities and events that are happening at Booz Allen in celebration of HHM—

The firm is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 and sent out a firm-wide email highlighting events and activities (hosted by the firm’s Latin American Network).

All employees are welcome and encouraged to attend these events and reflect on the traditions, history, and culture of Hispanic Americans.

WHAT: Café Con Leche – Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Event

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2019

WHERE: Rockville Office, One Preserve Parkway, Rockville, MD 20852

Please join the LAN for an opportunity to have a casual conversation with a Booz Allen leader to discuss challenges and lessons learned and to share ideas and concepts.


WHAT: The Warmth of Other Suns: A Visit to The Phillips Collection

WHEN: Thursday, September 19, 2019

WHERE: The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Join the Latin American Network and visit The Phillips Collection for a tour of “The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement” in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Through videos, paintings, and images, the exhibit explores real and imaginary geographies, reconstructing personal and collective tales of migration. Come tour 75 pieces by artists from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Syria, and more.


WHAT: Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Panel

WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2019

WHERE: 901 15th Street NW Washington DC 20005

This event aims to provide a platform for discussion on topics such as: leadership, identifying mentors, stretch and growth within the firm, and challenges that leaders face.


WHAT: Hispanic Heritage Month Happy Hour

WHEN: Thursday, October 17, 2019

WHERE: MXDC Cocina Mexicana, 666 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Join the Latin American Network and your Booz Allen colleagues for a happy hour at MXDC Cocina Mexicana in celebration of Hispanic Heritage.
Come network, chat, and celebrate all things Hispanic culture over delicious food and drinks.


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Brown-Forman Corporation

This year at Brown-Forman we’ll be celebrating during Hispanic Heritage Month the 10th year anniversary of COPA, our Hispanic/Latinx ERG.

As part of this year’s celebrations, our agenda will consist in the following:

  • For the first time ever, we’re bringing—in partnership with Hermes Music Foundation—an incredible exhibition of the Wixarika art (better known as Huichol art) from indigenous communities in Mexico.

The name of this exhibition is “Symphony of Colors: Heritage and Traditions of the Wixaricas.”

The exhibition, most recently exhibited in Paris, France will be available for Brown-Forman employees from September 17th to October 22nd.

We plan to have a kick-off event with a representative from Hermes Music Foundation to take us through a guided tour.

  • We will have three “Movie Lunches” where we will provide lunch and play documentaries from different cultures. The intention is to provoke some reflection and dialogue.
  • COPA is a proud sponsor of the Latin Music Awards KY that will take place on September 27th at the Mercury Ballroom in Louisville.

We’ll be giving away some tickets for our employees to attend.

  • Our closure event will consist of a panel where we’ll reflect about our Past, Present and Future.

Chevron

Below you will find an overview of our Somos Employee Network and the events that have been planned across the globe due to the dedication and passion of those members of the Employee Network.

Chevron has 12 Employee Networks with 38,448 memberships, 170 chapters in 20+ countries. Our Somos Employee Network has more than 3,000 members and is in 20+ sites around the world.

We will be holding celebrations at locations around the globe.

The Hispanic/Latino community makes up 16% percent of the Chevron workforce in the U.S. and has continued to grow.

The Somos Network focuses on ‘educating our Chevron workforce to understand the cultural diversity amongst the Latin American and Hispanic culture. More importantly, Somos serves as a conduit to develop future leaders and deliver business results with initiatives that contribute to the overall enterprise.’

Chevron Latin American & Hispanic Heritage – Global Calendar of Events

Guatemala – October 7th – Oratory Program

Honduras – September 18th – Folk dance of Honduras; October 21st – Vendete / sell yourself; October 23rd – 25th – Public Speaking Master Class

Venezuela/Caracas – September 17th – Know Your Latin Leaders; September 20th – MS Excel Training (every Friday in September); October 3rd – Petroindependiente + Deltana; October 4th – Latin & Hispanic Heritage Event

Buenos Aires – October 28th – November 1 – Public Speaking

El Salvador – October 14 – 18th – Public Speaking Master Class

Venezuela/PLC El Tigre – October 3rd – Latin & Hispanic Heritage Event

Maracaibo* – October 3rd – Latin & Hispanic Heritage Event

Canada – October 24th – Latin Cooking Class

Angola – October 3rd – Latin & Hispanic Heritage Event

Mexico – September 18th – Latin & Hispanic Heritage Event

Houston – September 17th – Cafecito Chat; September 21st -22nd – STEM Zone; October 10th – Hispanic Heritage Event

San Ramon – October 3rd – Building the LatinX Future – Success storie3s for the Next Generation

Pascagoula – September 18th – Latin & Hispanic Heritage Event; September 21st – Salsa Making competition, Family Fun Day

Midland – September 22nd – HHE Paint Event – Diego Rivera; October 9th – The future of LABU Argentina

Bakersfield – September 19th – Hispanic Heritage Event; October 3rd – Latin Dance Event

AMBU – Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Covington – October 15th – Hispanic Heritage Event

El Segundo – September 18th – Folk dance of Honduras


Chubb

Our Chubb Mosaic Business Roundtable, which is our ERG focused on multicultural employees, will be sharing stories of individual that have impacted our society and highlighting Latino/Hispanic employees who have made a positive impact on Chubb.

These stories and internal interviews will be shared on our intranet, so all employees can see the support for Hispanic Heritage Month.


Constellation Brands

¡SALUD! (Supporting and Attracting Latinos United for Diversity and Development) is Constellation Brands’ Hispanic/Latinx business resource group (BRG).

Part of ¡SALUD!’s vision is to promote cultural awareness and inclusion of the Hispanic/Latinx community by supporting and engaging its employees.

Constellation does this by putting on a host of events and activities throughout the year. These range from its annual Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) celebration, to happy hours, bar crawls, book club discussions, lunch-and-learns on various topics with leaders, and much more.

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated from September 15 through October 15 aligning with the Independence Days of Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Chile, and Belize.

The ¡SALUD! BRG invites all Constellation employees, regardless of background, tenure, title or geographic location, to participate in one or all of the Hispanic Heritage Month events planned!

¡SALUD! is excited to host the following HHM events, which will be held at several office locations:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Happy Hours: Week of September 23 – September 27

Join us for fun and games! Come learn how to play some traditional Hispanic games, win cool prizes, and enjoy food and drinks.

We will also reveal the name of our Agave Blonde Ale brewed in honor of ¡SALUD!

  • Constellation Hispanic Leaders Panel Thursday, October 10 at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/ 11 a.m. PT

This global virtual panel will feature Hispanic business leaders at Constellation discussing their journey and vision for the future.

  • ¡SALUD! Reads: Week of October 14 – October 18

We’ll be reading Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut by Jose M. Hernandez.
Born into a family of migrant workers, toiling in the fields by the age of six, Jose M. Hernàndez dreamed of traveling through the night skies on a rocket ship. Reaching for the Stars is the inspiring story of how he realized that dream, becoming the first Mexican-American astronaut. Hernàndez’s message of hard work, education, perseverance, of “reaching for the stars,” makes this a classic American autobiography.

We encourage all employees to join us in fostering an understanding and deeper appreciation for the enduring contributions of Latinos to our country.

About ¡SALUD!
¡SALUD! works to enhance professional development, empower its members to be leaders, and drive impactful change within Constellation Brands and the Hispanic/Latinx community.


CSAA

Here’s what CSAA Insurance Group is up to:
Our company’s Employee Resource Group that’s a LatinX inclusion group, ¡SOMOS! – meaning “we are” in Spanish – is sponsoring events at many of our larger offices.

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We plan to have a fiesta-themed event.

  • Decorations showing off the different flag colors of different Hispanic countries
  • Items on display that represent different Latin countries for employees to learn about the different forms of art and clothing
  • A sombrero decorating contest between the COS center and our CA Physical Damage Appraisers – employees will vote for their favorite sombrero; the first place winner will get a piñata filled with Mexican candies and pastries, and the second place winner will get a small goodie bag filled with candies
  • Activity and game stations for employees, including short games of Lotería – a traditional game of chance, similar to bingo, but using images on a deck of cards instead of numbered ping pong balls; a guessing game with Spanish words that they will have to match to the item to illustrate how some words have different meanings in different countries; and a make and take station where employees can make their own maraca – a traditional Caribbean and Latin percussion instrument
  • Flavored waters and Peruvian soda for employees to sample, along with a small taco for tasting
  • A slide show running with facts about Hispanic countries, while different genres of music play in the background

Glendale

Our newest ¡Somos! ERG in Glendale has planned:

  • 9/16: Performance from local dance team: Ballet Folkloricos
  • 9/30: Ancestry matching game and live performance by El Autentico Voces Mexicanas Mariachi’s
  • 10/7: Papel Picado – an introduction of Hispanic culture with a display of cultural decorative banners

Hamilton

We will be celebrating Spanish Heritage at the Hamilton office with many activities to engage employees.

  • 9/19: Informative session on the history of Hispanic Heritage month and the different ways it is celebrated
  • 9/27: Light snack of rice and beans, plantains, beans, chicken – and the opportunity for employees to enter a cook-off
  • 9/30: Coloring Spanish flags
  • 10/3: Spanish fruit displayed as a snack

Hamilton ¡Somos! is also partnering with the Women’s Professional Network to benefit a local Hispanic organization, Children’s Home Society of New Jersey.

Las Vegas

We hope to educate and bring awareness to the contributions that Latinos have made throughout history and maybe even inspire a few to research many more examples of these exceptional people.

  • Feature of an important Latino/a each week, highlighting their important contributions to the United States
  • Trivia contest for a chance to win a prize
  • Panel discussion, entitled The Many Faces of Immigration – panelists are AAA employees that will share their personal experiences with immigration and how it’s touched their lives
  • Food trucks on the day of the panel, plus on National Taco Day, October 4

Mt. Laurel

We are planning a fun month.

  • A display of the world map, will be available for employees to affix rhinestones in one of three colors: One for the Hispanic countries they have been to, another for where they are from, and lastly, where they would like to visit. We want to make the world “sparkle” at CSAA IG.
  • Desk drops every week with information on different Hispanic countries
  • A trivia contest for a random raffle
  • A Queso/Guac/Salsa cooking contest and with a prize to the maker of the fan favorite
  • Tacos for everyone on the day of the contest for sampling and voting

The highlight event will be a Quinceanera to celebrate an employee who is celebrating 15 years at the company! We will have a party with cake, gifts and a ceremony introducing her to the world as an “adult.”

Oklahoma City

  • Onsite Salsa Dance Class by one of our wellness instructors. Attendees will earn Vitality points!
  • Salsa-making contest for the building – and the winner gets a box of Hispanic goodies (a movie-themed basket that includes the movie Coco).
  • Glass display in the front lobby highlighting a certain Latin country each week
  • Word search contest for employees to compete for another basket of goodies
  • Hispanic Heritage Month wrap-up with sopapillas (fried pastry of Spanish heritage) for everyone!

Walnut Creek

Here is what ¡Somos! Walnut Creek has planned:

  • 9/18: Second Annual ¡Salsa con Salsa!, a salsa dip competition paired with a salsa dancing lesson
  • 9/27: Film screening of “Dolores” in partnership with Women’s Professional Network
  • 10/3: ¡Somos! Panel on LatinX experience in the US post El Paso, TX
  • 10/7 – 10/11: Food Fusion at Café 55 in partnership with other onsite Employee Resource Groups
  • 10/15: Immigration presentation by a UC Berkeley Law adjunct professor Kyra Lilien

In addition, ¡Somos! Walnut Creek is planning to honor victims of mass shootings and/or hate crimes who have died over the course of the last year by reading their names during a modest ceremony on Wednesday, October 9th.


Dell Technologies

We hope you are ready to join Latino Connection and Dell Technologies celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) this year. The planning team has scheduled a wide variety of events that recognize the significant role Latinos play in our history and culture—past, present and most definitely future.

HHM officially kicks-off on September 15 through October 15, so expect to see many communications coming your way through Inside Dell, blogs, videos and email.

We encourage you to get engaged, be an active participant, invite your colleagues to join the events and take time to celebrate the rich and diverse culture that makes up Dell Technologies.

  • HHM Photo Contest (all month, all sites)
    Showcase your best Hispanic Heritage Month photos for chance to have them spotlighted on social media and for a chance to win a prize! One winner will be chosen each week and recognized at our HHM Celebration events.
  • Latin Quarter World’s Fair (Sunday, Sept. 15, Boston’s Latin Quarter)
  • Volunteer at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Sunday, Sept. 15, Worcester, MA)
  • Talent Profile Training (Tuesday, Sept. 17, TX)
    Showcase your cumulative talents by learning how to fill your Talent Profile cards in Workday. Also learn some of the capabilities of the new tool such as Search.
  • Salsa Dance Classes (Tuesday, Sept. 17 and 24; Oct. 1 and 8, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, TX)
    RSVP for the Salsa Dancing Classes on Tuesdays during HHM and/or competition on 10/9.
  • Latinx Heritage Night (Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA)
    Welcome to a celebration of Latinx culture through creativity at the MFA.
  • Employee Resource Group Spotlight (6:00pm – 6:45pm, Mass.)
    ERG Spotlight: Latino Connection
  • Women in Leadership Power Panel (Wednesday, Sept. 25; TX)
    As part of celebrating Latino Heritage Month at Dell Round Rock, TX, we are excited to be hosting a power panel discussion with two of our honored distinguished leaders at Dell, Bruny Rios, SVP, Global Revenue Accounting and Carolyn Koehn, Vice President, Sales.
  • Latinos in Tech (Thursday, Sept. 26, TX)
    Oracle Latinos Alliance is excited to provide a night of cultural awareness and celebration as we unite for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Offering a local, Hispanic owned business vendor fair and a panel of extraordinary Hispanic executives, “Una Cultura; Our Impact” will showcase the importance of diversity in the workplace.

There will be free food and drinks accompanied by a live mariachi band from 5-6:30pm in the Oracle Lobby, followed by the panel at the Oracle Auditorium (W1078) Please mark your calendars, register, and get ready for an evening of live music, food and engaging speakers.

  • HHM Breakfast (Friday, Sept. 27, 7:00am – 9:30am, Boston Park Plaza Hotel)
    Join a wide array of people from the Commonwealth to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
  • ALPFA High School Mentor Day (Friday, Sept. 27, 9:00am – 12:00pm, TX)
    Dell introduction to local-area STEM high school students by providing tours and panel discussion on career opportunities
  • Documentary Screening (Mondays, Sept. 30 & Oct 7, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Mass.)
    Screening of the Latino List parts 1 and 2
  • Coffee with Executives (Tuesday, Oct. 1, 9:00 am – 10:00 pm, TX)
    Informal setting to discuss career development topics with seasoned Dell Executives. Our quest for this instance is Bruny Rios, SVP Accounting.
  • Lessons in Leadership + Fireside Chat with Justice Eva Guzman & CFO (Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2:30 – 4:00pm, TX)
    Join us for a lessons in leadership session led by Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman followed by a fireside chat alongside our CFO.
  • MARC Session (Monday, Oct. 7, 1:00 – 5:00pm, TX)
    Many Advocating Real Change (MARC) training challenging beliefs and status quo in the workplace on topics like bias, privileges and behaviors.

This class will cover ways to address unconscious biases and foster a more inclusive work culture.

  • HHM Celebration and Pig Roast (Wednesday Oct. 9, 11:00am – 3.30pm, TX)
    Final celebration including a variety of activities, such as a pig roast, salsa competition, non-profit organization showcase and more!
  • Guest Speaker: First Lady Cecilia Abbott (Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, TX)
    Join us in welcoming guest speaker, Cecilia Abbott, Texas First Lady as part of our Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.
  • Latino Heritage Month Celebration (Tuesday, Oct. 15, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Mass)
    Join us as we showcase Latino Heritage through food and dance. Craig Bernero, SVP Midrange Storage, will be our featured speaker.
  • MARC Session (Thursday, Oct. 17, 8:00 am – Noon, Mass.)
    Many Advocating Real Change (MARC) training challenging beliefs and status quo in the workplace on topics like bias, privileges and behaviors.

This class will cover ways to address unconscious biases and foster à more inclusive work culture.


Dow Jones

The following is how Dow Jones will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

We will officially launch our Latino employee led resource group, Mi [email protected] on Wednesday, September 18th.

We will host a panel of Mi Gente members who will have a candid discussion about their experience in corporate America, the importance of community, and what their hopes are for making Dow Jones an inclusive workplace.

Our launch continues on Tuesday, October 15th, where we will host a session from our Mi Gente Talk Series featuring Chairman of De La Vega Group and former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc, Ralph de la Vega and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Dr. Lisette Garcia.

Throughout the month we will hold “cafecitos” and lunch sessions promoting trivia events and movie viewings that will highlight the historical figures behind our hispanic heritage.

Additional Hispanic Heritage Month Events

  • Sept.17 Yo Soy Mi Gente Collage Unveiling
  • Sept.18 Mi [email protected] Official Launch
  • Sept.23 “Guess Where I am From”
  • Sept.24 Mi Gente Cafecito
  • Oct.3 “Latin History for Morons” Viewing Party
  • Oct.8 Mi Gente Trivia Night
  • Oct.11 Lunchtime Trivia
  • Oct.15 Mi [email protected] NY Launch

Dropbox

We’re proudly celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (which we’ve renamed “Latinx Heritage Month” within Dropbox). Here is some information on how we’re celebrating Latinx Heritage Month within Dropbox:

This year, our employee resource group [email protected] internally rebranded “Hispanic Heritage Month” to “Latinx Heritage Month” to be more inclusive and recognize the intersectional experience of being Latinx.

The theme chosen for the month is “Mejor Juntos/ Better Together” to celebrate and uplift all Latinx communities: Black, Indigenous, Undocumented, Immigrant, LGBTQ+, Women, and more.

We’re encouraging everyone to acknowledge the salient contributions and beauty that Latinx and Immigrant communities bring to this country, as well as the intersectional identities that make us better together.

Our offices across the US are celebrating with a full calendar of events, including speaker events (DropTalks), themed happy hours, performances, cooking classes, and giving back. Below are just some of the highlights from the full internal calendar:

San Francisco

Mission High Foundation Fundraiser – Mission High is one of our partner schools. We have bought tickets to their annual fundraising dinner, which will feature Mexican bites, drinks, and lots of inspiration courtesy of the incredible students, faculty and community of Mission High.

Latinx Giving Circle Pitch Night – the Latinx ERG and Dropbox for Good are partnering with the Latino Community Foundation (LCF) to pilot Dropbox’s first Latinx Giving Circle, where we’ll invite non-profits to pitch their idea for the opportunity to win grants Droptalk w/Dawn Valdez, Producer/Director of The Pushouts.

Austin

Family night w/performance by Bidi Bidi Banda Droptalk: Amefricanidade: Transnational Feminist Possibilities and Latin America | Droptalk: Bossa to Batidão – A tour of diaspora music for the last 50 years.

Seattle

LHM Happy Hour w/Flamenco performance Ceviche Class + Guacamole Making Class
NYCSpanish and Portuguese Language Practice Lunch
Latin Cocktail Making Class

Externally, we’ll be sharing a video, and spotlighting employees from our Latinx ERG.

Those will be live on our #LifeInsideDropbox social channels starting Sept 16, and continuing on through Oct 15.


Eaton Vance

Eaton Vance’s multicultural group, Mosaic is planning out our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. We will be hosting a Lunch and Learn with two Portfolio Managers here in Boston. One of whom identifies as Hispanic and the other who earned his PhD in Guatemala; both PMs bring a Global Perspective to EV that will be highlighted during our panel.

Next, we are hosting a Book Club with our office in DC. We are reading the House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea.


Estee Lauder

Our Hispanic Connections Employee Resource Group (HiC) is planning two events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month that we would like to share with you:

  • One internal event, to showcase our “Latina War Room” work and share the importance of our community for ELC (and how it has become a new corporate focus)
  • A second (and bigger) event in partnership with the Google LatinX ERG” with the focus on “Latin Pop Culture.”

We have seen that there is an increasing Latin influence in the American Pop culture, from music and art to fashion and we would love to explore this topic, and help inspire brands on activation opportunities.


Fifth Third Bank

Through National Hispanic Awareness Month, which begins Sept. 15, Fifth Third Bank will host and participate in a variety of events to celebrate the contributions of its Latino employees, customers and community.

Charlotte’s Latino Business Resource Group members will attend the Latin American Chamber Luncheon, hosted by the group that sponsors the HOLA Festival, the city’s largest Latin American festival. BRG members will staff a Fifth Third tent at the festival, and they will give away prizes and offer financial education information to attendees.

The group also will participate in the Latin Americans Working for Achievement Sabor Latino cooking demo and tasting event. LAWA is Charlotte’s first organization established to focus on Latino students. The organization provides Latino youth with the tools and resources to become self-sufficient, integrated, and contributing members of the community and workforce. In addition to the cooking event, the BRG will work with LAWA to host six financial education workshops for high school students who are applying for college.

Charlotte Latino BRG members will work with Latin American business resource groups from Duke Energy and El Camino Church to prepare the Latino professional community for employment opportunities. This will include resume preparation, interviewing tips and work qualifications for banking jobs.

Finally, BRG’s executive sponsor will speak at the El Grito Festival, which celebrates Mexican Independence Day. The group’s members also will participate in the day’s events.

The Northeast Ohio Multicultural BRG will host a Hispanic Heritage Month opening ceremony that will include recognition of the leaders of Cleveland’s Hispanic Community and of the city of Cleveland’s Hispanic employees. The group also will participate in the second annual Hispanic senior day, which blends a celebration of Hispanic heritage, culture, music and food with health screenings. The group also will participate in the Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Ceremony at Cleveland’s City Hall.

The Western Michigan’s BRG will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a celebration at the Bank’s cafeteria where they will have food, music, games and interactive educational displays and activities that focus on Latino culture.

The Cincinnati’s Latino BRG will host a networking event at a local sports stadium for its leaders and other local Latino leaders for Fiesta Rojos. The event will focus on working collaboratively and sharing business innovation tips.

As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the NFL on Sept. 15 recognized Paul Martini, senior vice president and director of national Private Bank operations, with the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award at the Cincinnati Bengals home opener. The league presents the award in each of its markets. As part of the celebration, Paul presented a $2,000 donation from the NFL and Nationwide to the Su Casa Hispanic Center. Its mission is self-sufficiency for immigrants coming to the United States for a better life.

During the month, members of the Latino and Young Professional BRGs will volunteer to serve families at the Ronald McDonald House. That facility serves families whose children are critically ill patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The group also will host a meeting at which its lead committee members will have the opportunity to talk about where they are from and why they are proud of their heritage. BRG members then will be invited to share information about events around town that celebrate Latino culture.

In addition, the group will participate in the Ohio Latino Student Summit at the University of Cincinnati. The BRG will lead a panel discussion and Q&A session about Latinos’ navigating their careers in corporate America.

Members from the Bank’s digital innovation team will have a table at the event where people will be able to test the Bank’s Dobot savings and Momentum college debt reduction apps.

The Bank’s leadership development program will have a resource table at the event. BRG members, along with members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will take part with United Way in National Hispanic Volunteer Day.

The group’s members will paint, do groundskeeping work and other activities at a local school. Finally, the group’s members are participating in the Latino night sponsored by Cincinnati’s Major League Soccer team.

The Eastern Michigan Latino BRG will sponsor a Mexican Kermes/Fiesta, which will be organized by the Association of Mexican Professionals in Michigan.

The group’s members will participate in the First Hispanic Festival, taking place in Ferndale, MI. The festival is organized by Centro Cultural Hispano.

Through this organization, the group launched a contest for kids ages 5-13 to make a 1-minute video and explain what it means for them to be Hispanic and to be living in Michigan.

In October, the group will be hosting the After Hours Hispanic Leadership Connect to bring the leaders and members of the various Hispanic organizations in Michigan together.

Fifth Third will be taking the lead on this event to help initiate the conversation between the groups and to create a plan to support each other’s activities, to foster cooperation and better identify the needs of the community.

And in November, the group will sponsor the Run for the Dead 5K. The event is organized by the Southwest Detroit Business Association and takes competitors through two historic cemeteries. It celebrates the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) that honors deceased relatives and loved ones.

In commemoration of the annual Día de los Muertos holiday, an ofrenda (altar) will be created by a local artist and on display, and a special memorial tribute and blessing will be held before the race begins.


FINRA

This year, FINRA rolled out a new campaign titled “I AM FINRA,” which defined four new values for the organization: Collaboration, Expertise, Responsibility and Innovation.

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the FINRA Latino Affinity Network (“FLAN”) plans to leverage the great energy surrounding this campaign and highlight one new value per week, throughout the month-long celebration.

Each week, the FLAN management committee team will answer two core questions for its members:

  • Where do we see this value in the organization?
  • How does this value measure up in the Hispanic community?

FLAN will feature the amazing work done by so many teams across the organization, including FINRA’s Investor Education department that places an emphasis on reaching the Spanish-speaking investing public, and FINRA’s Technology department who facilitates collaboration on a national level.

When it comes to reaching our communities, FLAN will use the national theme, “Hispanic Americans – A History of Serving Our Nation” to look for contributions that stem from merging two cultures. The management committee researched the history of things many Hispanics may perhaps take for granted, but are actually rooted in one of the core values.

For example, have you ever tried salsa dancing alone? If so, it probably was not as fun as dancing with a great partner. Salsa dancing is a wonderful example of collaboration across the Hispanic community.

Although, the origin of the dance traces back to several countries, including Cuba, many salseros actually credit New York City for creating the term “Salsa.”

Throughout the month, FLAN will also email its members short “selfie videos” made by various management committee members, where they discuss how they have successfully merged two cultures in the workplace.

The goal of the videos is to provide members with an opportunity to reflect on relatable obstacles and tips for overcoming similar challenges.

Lastly, as the closing event for Hispanic Heritage Month, FLAN will be hosting Yai Vargas, Founder & CEO of The Latinista. On October 15, employees are provided the opportunity to hear a presentation on personal branding.

The discussion topics will include:

  • Branding: Articulating Who You Are, Why You Do What You Do, Profile Optimization & The Value You Bring to Your Online & Offline Network
  • Thought Leadership: The Formula for Developing Your Storytelling Magic – Identifying 4 Core Pillars of How You Bring Value Based on Your Community’s Needs: When and What to Post
  • Building Community: Develop a Strategy That Allows You to Connect With Colleagues and Professionals for the Purpose of Bringing Value & Internal Mobility Opportunities.

Freddie Mac

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, our HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement) employee resource group will host a series of events to recognize the contributions, history, culture and vital presence of Hispanics and Latinos.

The events and activities planned are arranged under the theme “At Your Best” with the goal to educate and develop employees. Here is a list of some of our planned events and activities.

Executive Speaker Series III and Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Event
In this moderated discussion, Danny Gardner, SVP, Single-Family Affordable Lending and Access to Credit at Freddie Mac, discusses the borrower of the future and how Freddie Mac is meeting the needs of first-time and underserved homebuyers through responsible offerings, strong relationships and a relentless focus on providing Access to Credit.

Cultural Luncheon: Learn more about Chile
Employees are encouraged to bond over lunch and learn more about Chile including culture, demographics, history, geography, cuisine, etc.

Community Engagement Activity: Protiviti: i on Hunger
The HOLA, Abilities and InspirASIAN employee resource groups are teaming together to pack meals to be distributed in local communities and natural disaster areas.

Keynote Address: Unlock the Power of Cultural Intelligence
Liliana “Lili” Gil Valletta, former Johnson and Johnson Executive and Co-founder of CIEN+, will share more about how to unlock the power of cultural intelligence.


General Mills

Here are some of the ways that our Hispanic Employee Network group is celebrating cultural differences, building empathy, and driving awareness around Hispanic Heritage Month:

“Caras” Project— an initiative where we share stories of different GMI Latinx/Hispanic Network employees.

Employees will be encouraged to start dialogue and share personal, cultural background as a way of celebrating ethnicity, building community and awareness. We’ll ask employees to post/print a one-pager at their desk, etc. and we’ll highlight a few of employees to the greater network/company with a printed headshot and a powerful caption showcased at the MGO.

The plan is to also make this content digitally available for field teams. (Think Humans of NY style!)

Field Engagement & Community Events—Our field teams are using Hispanic Heritage month to fuel the momentum of our most recent “Backpacks for the Border” event to continue serving those in need in their local communities.

For example, the Eastern Business Center will be hosting a speed packing event during the Eastern Region meeting in the coming weeks. Jo’s done an excellent job in leading and arming our field teams with the right information and guidance for execution.

Allyship— Both “Caras” and field events are a way of building allyship by asking employees outside of the network to engage in the learning about the experience of others and serving.

At Headquarters

  • Art Gallery Tour—with the help of our curators, our committee has gathered a curated list of all artwork from Latinx artists at the MGO (attached). We’ll look into scheduling an in-person guided tour for Minneapolis based employees.
  • Headquarter Celebration—In October, we’ll be having an exchange takeover (our Internal weekly Happy Hour) to celebrate with Latin American food, and potentially a dance performance.

GIANT

GIANT is proudly supporting the community events such as Latin Music Fest in Lancaster on 9/7 and the LHACC Block Party in Harrisburg on 7/14.

In addition, internally GIANT will provide learning and experiential opportunities for our associates with a Salsa Dance demonstration and lesson by Fed Astaire studios, and a celebration event at the Support Center and Perishable Distribution Centers.

In our online Savory Magazine edition, we are featuring recipes from four geographic Hispanic regions. We will have an overall message for Hispanic Heritage Month and highlight a few of our associates throughout the month. Our corporate office cafeteria will feature special recipes weekly celebrating the Hispanic/Latin culture.

On a side note, GIANT’s VP Of Strategy, Manuel Haro will be featured in CPBJ’s September special edition.


HP

HP continues to make progress on our Belong, Innovate, Grow (BIG) strategy and become the destination of choice for underrepresented groups in technology.

One way we do this is by celebrating the diversity of our employees, customers, partners and community members. HP celebrates Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15 with a variety of exciting activities and initiatives including those below:

  • Webinar hosted in Palo Alto by our Hispanic Latino Impact Network Palo Alto and broadcast globally to all employees. We are excited to feature Aida Alvarez, HP Board of Directors member, successful businesswoman and advocate for the Hispanic Latinx community.
  • Virtual webinar hosted jointly by our Global Women’s Impact Network and our Global MultiCultural Impact Network. This webcast will be broadcast globally and features Martin Stier, Head of HR for HP’s Printing Business and Executive Sponsor of the Hispanic Latino Impact Network Palo Alto.
  • Webinar hosted by Catalyst featuring a panel of Hispanic Latinx leaders including HP’s Martin Stier, Head of HR for HP’s Printing Business and Executive Sponsor of the Hispanic Latino Impact Network Palo Alto.
  • Local events celebrating the Hispanic Latinx community (food, music, traditions, etc.) at HP sites throughout the US hosted by the local Hispanic Latino or MultiCultural Business Impact Networks.
  • Ongoing sponsorships/partnerships/events with organizations supporting the Hispanic Latinx community including HITEC, EMERGE HISD, and our St Mary’s and Cristo Rey intern programs.
  • Hispanic/Latinx menu items featured at HP cafeterias throughout the US during the month.
  • Communication on HP’s daily news web page about Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month and the value of diversity to HP. Showcase Hispanic Latinx leaders of HP during the month – including Hispanic Latinx leaders presenting their career journey, learnings and mentoring for those in attendance.

Jeblue

JetBlue’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme this year focuses on amplifying Hispanic voices.

Throughout the month, the JetBlue Equals team will be organizing events and sharing stories that spotlight different Hispanic voices – ranging from what it’s like to be a Hispanic pilot to the intersections of LBGTQ and Hispanic identity!

Hispanidad – In Our Own Voice will be held at our Orlando Support Center. This discussion will feature JetBlue leaders sharing what it means to identify as Hispanic, and how their identities have informed their professional journey and workplace experience.

Come Out A LA TERAZZA is a rooftop program sponsored jointly by our Pride and Hispanic Crewmember Resource Groups. It will be held at our Long Island City Support Center. As a lead-in to National Coming Out Day, this event will celebrate LGBTQ identity from the Hispanic perspective.

Finally, in addition to live programming, we’ve curated film, audio and literary content that will enable crew members to further access the diverse stories and perspectives encompassing the Hispanic experience.


JLL

Latino Empowerment Resource Network (LERN) Empowerment Video Challenge

This year for Hispanic Heritage Month(Sept. 15th – Oct. 15th), LERN would like to celebrate empowerment within JLL, which is why we are rebranding LERN as the Latino Empowerment Resource Network.

To help celebrate the month we are asking you: How has JLL empowered you to achieve your ambitions?

JLL is also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month across various locations:

  • Chicago

JLL’s Latino Employee Resource Network (LERN) proudly presents Beyond What We Wear: A Fashion Show Benefit Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: JLL Headquarters, 200 E. Randolph, 44th Fl., Chicago, IL

  • Dallas

Schools artwork/breakfast in office.

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

  • Oklahoma

Empowerment Roadshow

  • Atlanta

Museum mockup/ sharing facts and key topics about need of Spanish assistance- Latin culture. What do we import from LATAM. Salsa making contest. Food traditions.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • San Francisco
    Introduction of LERN chapter. Salsa event.

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

  • New York

JLL’s Latino Empowerment Resource Network (LERN), NY Chapter invites you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

This year’s celebration will be featuring a panel discussion with senior leaders around the theme Empowerment.

We are looking forward to having you joining us and be part of the discussion.

Date: Thursday October 10th 2019

Time: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: JLL NY Midtown Office, 330 Madison Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY

  • Arizona

Family picnic with other BRG’s (Vetnet, WBN, health champions).

Date: Saturday October 12th 2019


Medtronic

La Conexión (The Connection) is for members of the Hispanic Latino Network (HLN). This is a quarterly communication with a mix of member news and local employee resource group (ERG) updates — from you and for you.

This year, our ERGs and local sites held various events to build visibility around Hispanic Heritage Month.

Here are a few highlights:

Colorado
MLEAD in Colorado was one of the sponsors of La Fiesta — an annual event hosted by Intercambio Uniting Communities, a local organization which seeks to improve immigrant lives through education. The annual event helped raise funds to subsidize the cost of English classes for over 1,200 immigrant adults throughout Boulder County.

Connecticut
HLN in Connecticut hosted Chip N’ Salsa — a site-wide celebration attended by more than 300 employees which included food and free Salsa lessons. Volunteers cooked 32 dishes which represented 7 different countries in Latin America. See highlights here.

Northridge
HLN in Northridge hosted various events throughout the month which included an information session spotlighting Brazil followed by a mixer at a Brazilian restaurant. They also hosted a panel discussion on Hispanic/Latina women in leadership which can be viewed here.

Santa Ana
On Sep. 14, HLN in Santa Ana held a site-wide celebration to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with mariachi, food, crafts, and traditional Mexican games — lotería (lottery) and pirinola (a spinning top game).

In addition we have a Hispanic Latino Descent Signature event on Sept 25-27th.

We will bring 250 employees from across the US together in Miami to work of personal development and hear from our top leaders such as our CEO.


Merck

At Merck, we believe having a diverse workforce — comprised of people from different races, genders, ethnicities, cultures, ages, disabilities, religions, gender identities, gender expressions, and veteran status — is fundamental to our company’s success.

Our dedication to diversity and inclusion creates a competitive advantage for our people and for our customers and is accomplished in partnership with Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion (GD&I) Center of Excellence (CoE).

The CoE is a specialized team within Human Resources that strives to create a workplace where diversity and inclusion exist as a natural part of our day-to-day operations and decisions.

September

September is a busy month for Merck. Our Merck Hispanos Organization (MHO) is doing some great work to highlight and celebrate “Hispanic Heritage month.”

In addition, Merck is celebrating its fourth annual Global Diversity & Inclusion (GD&I) Experience month.

This month-long event is intended to celebrate different aspects of Diversity and Inclusion and highlight the employees and leaders who make our company so unique.

The signature event for this month is a live webcast presentation which takes place from Merck’s Upper Gwynedd Pennsylvania location and is streamed globally.

This year we were excited to challenge our locations around the world to stage “watch parties” in order to enable employees to come together to participate in the event and included, real-time on-line polling capabilities and questions to engage participants actively during the event.


Microsoft

Microsoft kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with members of our HOLA (Hispanic & Latinx Organization of Leaders in Action) employee resource group ringing the Nasdaq Closing Bell this week.

Our Hispanic/Latinx community is driving numerous events on our Redmond campus for employees and their families showcasing elements of our culture and educating our broader Microsoft community about the work of our ERG.

In addition, Microsoft is hosting award-winning indie filmmaker, author, and entrepreneur Denise Soler Cox as she discusses her project Eñye: A Voice for First Generation Latinos.

She will share insights into what it means to be “not Latin enough” for the Latinx community that grew up in the US. For more information about Microsoft’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit Microsoft.com/Latinx.


MIT Lincoln Lab

Hispanic Heritage Month Key Signature Event — hosted by the Hispanic Latino Network championing the technical achievements of a member of the Hispanic/Latinx community at MIT.

Format: Technical and speaker bio brief followed by a formal reception

Date/time: Oct 8, 2019, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Auditorium and outside auditorium lobby

Bio/Abstract: Natalia Guerrero works on the NASA TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) mission at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Natalia manages the MIT team responsible for identifying interesting potential exoplanets.

She is also the MIT-TESS Communications Lead and has spoken about TESS to various print, radio, and TV outlets. Natalia holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from MIT.


“We at nVent are very excited to celebrate our very first event as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Employee Resource Group and help our colleagues learn more about Hispanic cultures. We are working to create a safe platform to learn about the cultural diversity that already exists within the nVent network” — Co-Chair, Alexis Ricker.

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