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Powering the Future of Pride: T-Mobile Invests in Educational Equity for LGBTQ+ Youth

The Un-carrier announced it will give a combined $1.25 million to Human Rights Campaign Foundation and GLSEN initiatives

What’s the news: To celebrate Pride this year, T-Mobile is furthering its longstanding support of organizations that serve LGBTQ+ youth with a $1 million donation to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s new financial and digital literacy initiatives and a $250,000 donation to GLSEN’s efforts to make schools safer and more inclusive.

Why it matters: These initiatives will have critical — and potentially lifechanging — impacts. They provide educational resources to help LGBTQ+ youth who are 120% more likely than cisgender or heterosexual youth to experience homelessness, unstable housing or live in foster care and, as a result, are at higher risk of dropping out of school, facing unemployment and suffering from poverty later in life. They will also support inclusive school programming that connects with the over half of LGBTQ+ students who feel unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation or gender expression.

Who it’s for: LGBTQ+ youth who are shaping the future of their — and all of our — communities.

BELLEVUE, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today T-Mobile announced it is taking big steps to advance educational equity for LGBTQ+ youth. The Un-carrier announced a total donation of $1.25 million to initiatives developed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and GLSEN — $1 million to the HRC Foundation’s new financial and digital literacy initiatives and $250,000 to GLSEN’s efforts aimed at making schools safer and more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students.

“T-Mobile recognizes that giving LGBTQ+ youth access to these important HRC and GLSEN initiatives today means we are also empowering the generation that will shape the future of LGBTQ+ advocacy and be this community’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Mike Sievert, T-Mobile CEO. “We’re proud to partner with these two organizations because they share our belief that every single person has the right to feel safe, seen, heard, and prepared to achieve their ambitions — and are delivering quality programming that ensures it.”

Earlier this week, the HRC Foundation and T-Mobile announced a $1 million donation to support new financial and digital literacy initiatives for LGBTQ+ youth and those who have multiple marginalized identities — groups with higher risk of experiencing discrimination, poverty, homelessness and unemployment. The initiatives will provide educational resources on the basics of budgeting and financial management, as well as cyberbullying and internet safety. T-Mobile’s donation to this new programming is part of its Equity In Action Plan that advances diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of its business. A key piece of Equity In Action is supporting programs and organizations focused on digital literacy, job training and equitable access in the digital economy for disadvantaged and underrepresented communities.

“Creating programming centered around reducing risks of inequity is critical and expands our ability to more holistically serve the LGBTQ+ community,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President. “We thank T-Mobile for championing these causes and illustrating that in order to do the most good, we need everyone on board.”

T-Mobile also announced a new $250,000 donation to GLSEN’s efforts to make schools safer and more enriching for LGBTQ+ students. The funds will support GLSEN’s year-round initiatives and events that provide students in grades K through 12 with a safe, supportive and LGBTQ-inclusive education, including the Rainbow Library, Respect Awards 2021-2022, Day of Silence and Solidarity Week.

“We are extremely grateful to T-Mobile for this generous gift and unique partnership,” said Executive Director Melanie Willingham-Jaggers. “This extended support not only promotes inclusion and acceptance that drives real change, but it also helps us deliver on our mission to ensure LGBTQ+ youth are treated with respect in safe and affirming academic environments from coast to coast.”

T-Mobile supports the sexual orientation and gender identity of all customers and employees. The Un-carrier has maintained a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the last nine consecutive years. For more information about T-Mobile’s Pride celebrations and broader commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, visit the Pride 2021 homepage.

About T-Mobile

T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile. For more information please visit: http://www.t-mobile.com.

About The Human Rights Campaign Foundation

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice.

About GLSEN

GLSEN creates safe and affirming K-12 schools for all students. GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or expression. Each year, GLSEN programs and resources reach tens of thousands of K-12 schools across the United States, and its network of community-led chapters brings GLSEN’s expertise to local communities. For more information on GLSEN’s policy advocacy, student leadership initiatives, public education, research and educator training programs, please visit glsen.org.

Contacts

T-Mobile US, Inc.

MediaRelations@t-mobile.com

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Aryn Fields | aryn.fields@hrc.org

GLSEN

Ricky Carter | ricky.carter@glsen.org

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Hexion Joins Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act

Company to recognize LGBTQ associates and allies during Pride Month in June

COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Hexion–Hexion Inc., a leading producer of adhesives, coatings and composite resins, today announced that it has joined the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act.

This group of more than 400 leading U.S. employers supports federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections to LGBTQ people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law.

“At Hexion, we are committed to acknowledging the diversity of our associates, treating one another with dignity and respect, and creating an inclusive environment where all associates can show up as their authentic selves, positioned to do their best work,” said Craig Rogerson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to join the Business Coalition for the Equality Act, which is pursuing federal legislation that extends the same basic protections to LGBTQ people as are provided to other protected groups.”

In addition to joining the Business Coalition for the Equality Act, Hexion is recognizing its LGBTQ associates, and their allies, in a variety of ways during LGBTQ Month. This includes sponsoring and participating in the LGBTQ+ Summit, organized by the National Diversity Council.

About the Company

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. is a global leader in thermoset resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global adhesive, coatings, composites and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Additional information about Hexion Inc., its products and sustainability is available at www.hexion.com.

Contacts

John Kompa

614-225-2223

john.kompa@hexion.com

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Mastercard True Name® Feature Expands Across the Globe Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Communities Worldwide

Deployments with leading payments fintech Global Payments, as well as additional partners across Europe and North America help ensure cardholders worldwide can leverage their preferred name on their Mastercard cards

PURCHASE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As PRIDE month kicks off, Mastercard is proud to announce the expansion of its True Name® card feature across the globe as Global Payments, a leading provider of payment technology and software solutions, implements this feature for its TSYS issuer customers. In addition, Mastercard partners across Europe and North America will enable cardholders to leverage their chosen name on their card offerings, including bunq and Monzo as the first issuers to implement in Europe and expanded deployment in North America through BM Technologies, Inc. (BMTX) and Republic Bank & Trust Company.

For many people around the world, the identity printed on their cards does not reflect who they truly are. True Name from Mastercard has been designed to change that, enabling people to display their preferred name on their card. As Mastercard seeks to achieve ubiquity for True Name across all card offerings, the collaboration with Global Payments ensures deeper market penetration.

True Name Enablement Expands in Launch Market North America: True Name continues to expand within North America, the introductory market for the feature, as partners across the region commit to enabling True Name for their cardholders. New deployments in the region include BM Technologies, Inc. (BMTX) and community institution Republic Bank & Trust Company who join BMO Harris and Citi in enabling True Name for their cardholders.

“We are excited to partner with Mastercard’s initiative of fostering a more inclusive and diverse community by providing our issuers and their cardholders the opportunity to participate in the True Name program,” said Gaylon Jowers, Senior Executive Vice President, Global Payments and President, TSYS Issuer Solutions. “We have a longstanding record of providing innovative solutions that put people at the center of payments.”

“We are proud that Mastercard is partnering with BM Technologies (BMTX) on its True Name initiative, which will become part of our white label banking product offering,” stated Luvleen Sidhu, Chair, CEO and Founder of BM Technologies (BMTX). “Diversity and inclusion are fundamental components of our company and we hope our banking experience makes all of our customers feel empowered both individually and financially.”

True Name Achieves First Deployments Across Europe: True Name is expanding into the European market with the card feature being made available via challenger bank bunq in 30 markets across Europe. In addition, challenger bank Monzo becomes the first U.K. based issuer to partner with Mastercard on the True Name initiative, having enabled its customers to leverage their preferred name on their Monzo card and in the Monzo app since 2016.

“At bunq we believe in the freedom to live your life the way you want to,” said Ali Niknam, CEO and founder of bunq. “True Name helps ensure that everyone who chooses to bank with bunq is able to do just that, enabling the use of your chosen name on your bunq banking solutions. We’re thrilled to join Mastercard in this important initiative.”

“Inclusion is the foundation of what we stand for as a company, which is why we continue to call on the industry to join this effort and enable cardholders to leverage their chosen name because everyone deserves financial products that reflect their true identity,” said Cheryl Guerin, EVP of Marketing and Communications in North America for Mastercard.

True Name has no incremental compliance requirements above typical credit or debit card programs, making implementation with Mastercard simple. Accessibility and enablement are vitally important to the LGBTQIA+ community. Nearly one-third (32%) of individuals who have shown IDs with a name or gender that did not match their presentation reported negative experiences, such as being harassed, denied services, and/or attacked**.

For more information on global inclusion and diversity at Mastercard, click here.

* Source: James, S. E., Herman, J. L., Rankin, S., Keisling, M., Mottet, L., & Anafi, M. (2016). The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality.

About Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

Contacts

Sarah Ely, Mastercard
+1(914) 249-6714 | sarah.ely@mastercard.com

Margaret Williams, Mastercard
+1(914) 249-2926 | margaret.williams@mastercard.com

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Humana Names Carolyn Tandy Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leading health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) has named Carolyn Tandy to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. Tandy will be responsible for elevating and enhancing Humana’s inclusion and diversity efforts, through commitments and actions to remain an employer of choice among top diverse talent, as well as through initiatives to infuse cultural competency across the company and foster greater equity in the communities it serves. She will assume the role effective July 6, 2021.


“We are excited to welcome Carolyn to our team, and we’re confident that her vast experience in developing inclusion and diversity strategies will advance our own efforts at Humana,” said Bruce D. Broussard, Humana’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Whether ensuring our company’s culture promotes inclusion or aligning our business strategy so we engage and serve consumers in an inclusive way, this role helps shape every aspect of our business.”

Tandy joins Humana from Texas Roadhouse where she serves as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, leading the company’s national diversity and inclusion strategy for more than 70,000 employees across 58 markets. Her work to help mold the company’s culture-defining strategies, workforce development, minority and women’s business growth and community relations efforts has been instrumental in helping Texas Roadhouse earn recognition as a top employer for diversity and for women.

“I’ve long admired Humana’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, and the results and recognition that work has garnered,” said Tandy. “Humana has a strong foundation on which to build, and the opportunity to help take that progress to the next level – by making an impact both inside and outside of the company – is humbling and exciting.”

Prior to her role at Texas Roadhouse, Tandy served for more than 10 years as the Director of Congressman John Yarmuth’s District Office. She has also held roles as Director of African American Outreach for the Democratic National Committee and Senior Advisor, Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Tandy earned her BA degree at Gordon College and is a certified Diversity and Inclusion professional from Cornell University. She received her master’s degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.

About Humana

Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at humana.com, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
  • Calendar of events
  • Corporate Governance information

Contacts

Amy Smith

Investor Relations

Humana Inc.

502-580-2811

amysmith@humana.com

or

Kelley Murphy

Corporate Communications

Humana Inc.

502-224-1755

kmurphy26@humana.com

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Comcast Advances Economic Mobility and Racial Equity in Underserved Communities Through $10 Million Investment With Inclusiv

NEW YORK & PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Inclusiv and Comcast Corporation today announced that Comcast has committed to invest $10 million specifically aimed at building equity in credit unions led by and/or serving people of color through Inclusiv’s Racial Equity and Resilience Investment Fund (“the Fund”). Launched in 2020, the Fund leverages investments to increase lending to minority-owned businesses, homeowners, and consumers, providing access to capital and new financial opportunity to traditionally underserved and underbanked communities. As Inclusiv’s first corporate investment, Comcast’s commitment will enable local financial institutions to deploy at least $200 million in total capital in communities that need it the most and help ensure hardworking individuals have access to the capital needed to build and strengthen their financial lives.


This high-impact investment also paves the way for additional contributions from social impact investors, further growing the Fund’s impact and reach. The Racial Equity and Resilience Investment Fund builds upon the highly successful Inclusiv Resilience Grant Fund, which raised more than $1 million in grant funds for 59 minority-designated credit unions serving more than 200,000 members.

The unprecedented economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the long-standing racial wealth gap caused by generations of systemic racism in the United States. People and communities of color saw their income levels, ways to accumulate wealth, and entrepreneurial opportunities lag behind that of their white counterparts before and after the pandemic, disparities that became even more pronounced over the past year. Currently, the unemployment rate for Black workers is almost double that of white workers. Additionally, Black-owned small businesses have experienced the most significant decline among active small business owners nationwide, shutting their doors at more than twice the rate of white-owned businesses.

“Our partnership is driven by the simple – but powerful – idea that businesses can help change and improve lives,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation. “This investment reflects our commitment to advancing pathways to economic mobility and racial equity. We applaud Inclusiv’s leadership in removing barriers to financial opportunity and helping drive powerful returns that reach across entire communities.”

Community Development Credit Unions (CDCUs) and Minority-Designated Institutions (MDIs), which are locally owned financial institutions, have stepped in to meet essential needs in their communities. They helped unbanked consumers open accounts to receive stimulus checks safely, delivered low and no-cost emergency loans to meet basic household needs, provided forbearance on existing loans, and made at least $4 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans to small and micro businesses during the pandemic.

“Large-scale investments grow community-based financial institutions to fulfill their mission – helping people traditionally left out of the financial mainstream to access and use financial products to build credit, start and grow small businesses, and achieve the dream of homeownership,” said Cathie Mahon, President and CEO of Inclusiv. “Comcast’s investment enables these crucial front-line institutions to provide solutions to inequitable access to credit in communities of color. Inclusiv welcomes Comcast as a new investor, moving investment into action to build strong and diverse local economies.”

Community development and MDI credit unions can have significant impact on their communities if supported with the capital necessary to thrive. Secondary capital allows CDCUs and MDIs to do more of what they do best – extend credit and provide safe and affordable financial services to underserved individuals who may not otherwise have access to them. Inclusiv studies have shown that CDCUs that received these investments leveraged capital up to 60 times over 5 years – resulting in more loan deployment, more financial products and services offered, and more specialized lending.

About Inclusiv

At Inclusiv, we believe that true financial inclusion and empowerment is a fundamental right. We dedicate ourselves to closing the gaps and removing barriers to financial opportunities for people living in distressed and underserved communities. Inclusiv is a certified CDFI intermediary that transforms local progress into lasting national change. We provide capital, make connections, build capacity, develop innovative products and services and advocate for our member community development credit unions (CDCUs). Inclusiv members serve over 14 million residents of low-income urban, rural and reservation-based communities across the US and hold over $184 billion in community-controlled assets. Founded in 1974, Inclusiv is headquartered in New York, NY, with offices in Madison, WI and Atlanta, GA. For more information about Inclusiv visit us at Inclusiv.org and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. We are principally focused on broadband, aggregation, and streaming with over 56 million customer relationships across the United States and Europe. We deliver broadband, wireless, and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky brands; create, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, Peacock, NBC News, NBC Sports, Sky News, and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

Interested supporters with questions about the Inclusiv Racial Equity and Resilience Investment Fund can contact Cathi Kim, Director of Inclusiv/Capital, at ckim@inclusiv.org.

Contacts

Media Contacts:
Audrey Wang

Inclusiv

awang@inclusiv.org

Joelle Terry

Comcast Corporation

Joelle_terry@comcast.com

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We Open Tech Formed to Provide a Global Community to Security and Tech Professionals of Marginalized Genders

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$cash–We Open Tech (WOT) announces its formation to serve established professionals and emerging talent in security and tech who are of marginalized genders, including non-binary folks, women (trans and cis), trans men, and all other genders which have been systematically oppressed. WOT provides opportunities for mentoring relationships, professional development, career opportunities and support through its global online community and a growing roster of local chapters.

WOT is formed by respected security and tech leaders who have co-founded and served on the boards of member-focused communities such as WeAreHackerz and former board members of Women of Security (WoSEC). WOT offers members support from kindred spirits as they gather resources to enter, learn more and progress in their security and tech careers. Most importantly, WOT provides free resources and a safe space from the judgment and criticism often found throughout industries and living areas.

Chloé Messdaghi, We Open Tech Co-Founder, said: “We believe that every single person regardless of their gender and background should have access to obtain any position and title within security and tech. We are here to support and empower curious minds, and enable anyone in the tech or security space who wants to be authentically who they are and share their knowledge at any experience level, and to improve themselves.”

Maria Mora, We Open Tech Co-Founder, said: “As I learned more about other folks as well as myself, I noticed the lack of recognition or erasure of other marginalized groups. Raising awareness and acceptance of those outside the ‘traditional’ gender binary will get us to a better place for all.”

“Collaboration is key, “ they add. “It takes a village to increase awareness and acceptance. We will partner with various organizations in order to educate and raise awareness in the industry, as well as support folks in their careers.”

Global Community, Local Chapters:

“We have virtual global events, such as talks, conferences, and workshops. But we also acknowledge the need for local events. Our chapter events are virtual and in-person all around the world. Current local chapters include San Francisco, Seattle, Barcelona, Milwaukee, London and Vancouver.

“By starting a local chapter, you can help to break down barriers and build bridges for marginalized genders to thrive in security and tech,” said Chloé Messdaghi.

About We Open Tech:

We Open Tech is a global community born from a need for people of marginalized genders in or seeking to join security and tech. For more information, visit weopentech.org

Additional Resources:

Membership information: https://www.weopentech.org/join

For information on starting a local chapter in your area, contact WOT at info@weopentech.org

Contacts

Dan Chmielewski

Madison Alexander PR

Office: +1 714-832-8716

Mobile: +1 949-231-2965

dchm@madisonalexanderpr.com

Maureen MacGregor

Madison Alexander PR

(978) 473-1016

maureen@madisonalexanderpr.com

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Together We RISE, Marsh McLennan Launches a Fellowship Program for Black MBA Students

Innovative partnership with National Black MBA Association and Fisk University will fuse business lessons with a social justice curriculum

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people, today announced the launch of RISE, a global MBA fellowship program in partnership with the National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA) and Fisk University.

A first-of-its-kind program, RISE, which stands for racial inclusion and social equity, will provide second-year Black MBA candidates and graduates in the US, UK and Canada with an enriching curriculum of practical business knowledge and tools for advocating for social justice within a business environment. The program is being launched in celebration of Marsh McLennan’s 150th anniversary. The first cohort will begin their fellowship in September 2021, completing the program in May 2022.

“We’re committed to the principle of responsible capitalism and doing business in ways that generate a more just and compassionate world,” said Dan Glaser, President & CEO, Marsh McLennan. “RISE will help us form a more diverse, inclusive and vibrant Marsh McLennan and professional services industry.”

As part of RISE, Marsh McLennan’s Executive Committee will participate in an intensive social justice module at Fisk University. “Our leaders are committed to cultivating a culture in which different experiences and perspectives are valued and celebrated,” said Carmen Fernandez, Senior Vice President & Chief People Officer, Marsh McLennan. “The RISE executive module will immerse our leaders in a social justice agenda, helping them more fully embrace their roles as inclusive leaders.”

“Every successful business leader needs to understand the dynamics of risk, people and strategy issues. Increasingly they need to be fluent in the intersection of business and social justice as well,” said Nzinga Shaw, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Marsh McLennan. “Through RISE, we hope to foster a new generation of executives who will forge a leadership path in business and make our industries more equitable.”

The fellows will participate in an immersive social justice program through the John Lewis Center for Social Justice at Fisk University, one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and the oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee, followed by an eight-month paid fellowship incorporating thought-leadership and mentorship from Marsh McLennan executives and NBMBAA leaders. Upon completion of the program, the fellows will be expected to complete an assessment of their observations and how they envision their role in continuing to promote an agenda of social justice.

“Our young prospective members are among the sharpest business minds in the country, and any organization that invests in their success is sure to see an impressive return,” said Joe Handy, President and CEO of NBMBAA. “We are grateful to Marsh McLennan and Fisk University for their cooperation in making this program a reality, and excited to see the benefits it produces.”

“Black MBA candidates have a rich set of experiences to bring to the professional services sector,” said Vann Newkirk, Sr., President of Fisk University. “It will be exciting to see how these cohorts of fellows implement a social justice agenda within their careers and beyond. It is wonderful to see companies like Marsh McLennan taking a leadership role and partnering with Fisk University to address the next generation of diverse C-suite and executive leaders.”

Through its Leading the Change initiative, Marsh McLennan is helping its diverse talent thrive. The Company also recently committed $5 million to support select organizations that advocate for the Black community and doubled its match for colleague donations made to organizations working towards this cause.

Students interested in learning more or applying to the fellowship can visit http://mmc.com/rise for more information.

About Marsh McLennan

Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC) is the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people. The Company’s 76,000 colleagues advise clients in 130 countries. With annual revenue of $17 billion, Marsh McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment through four market-leading businesses. Marsh provides data-driven risk advisory services and insurance solutions to commercial and consumer clients. Guy Carpenter develops advanced risk, reinsurance and capital strategies that help clients grow profitably and pursue emerging opportunities. Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations redefine the world of work, reshape retirement and investment outcomes, and unlock health and wellbeing for a changing workforce. Oliver Wyman serves as a critical strategic, economic and brand advisor to private sector and governmental clients. For more information, visit mmc.com, follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter or subscribe to BRINK.

ABOUT NBMBAA®

NBMBAA® is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) member-based professional organization which leads in the creation of educational, wealth building and growth opportunities for black students, professionals and entrepreneurs. Representing more than 20,000 members, 40 professional and 33 Leaders of Tomorrow® chapters, and over 500 corporate, academic and non-profit partners, the Association is dedicated to developing alliances that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle. To learn more about NBMBAA, please go to: nbmbaa.org, follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About Fisk University

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private, liberal arts university located in Nashville, Tennessee. Consistently recognized for its brand of academic excellence, Fisk is ranked No. 6 on the Top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. Fisk ranked No. 1 in the nation among HBCUs for social mobility and No. 3 in the nation among small liberal arts colleges for research expenditures in the 2018 Washington Monthly rankings. Fisk University’s focus has always been on student success and outcomes. Fisk excels at preparing its highly motivated student body for prosperous professional careers and elite graduate schools. From the classroom to the boardroom, a Fisk education gives students the tools to turn their passions into careers and prepare them to make a difference in their own lives, communities, and around the world. To learn more about Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu.

Contacts

Amelia Woltering
Marsh McLennan
+1 347 703-5358
amelia.woltering@mmc.com

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Miami Beach Invites LGBTQ Travelers and Locals to Celebrate Pride Month

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., June 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Miami Beach, a city like no other place in the world, is also recognized as a top travel destination for LGBTQ travelers. Additionally, Miami Beach is home to organizations like the LGBTQ Visitor Center in Miami Beach and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, a testament to the city’s diversity, unity, and equality for all. Celebrating pride this month and throughout the year, Miami Beach is hosting an array of events, including the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Pride Bar Crawl, along with virtual networking events.

Miami Beach embraces all travelers with open arms,” said Steve Adkins, Chairman of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA). “Our city includes a large LGBTQ population, so we aim to provide safe and inclusive events, hotels, restaurants, and attractions that cater specifically to the LGBTQ community.”

For those traveling to Miami Beach to celebrate pride month, there are several must-see, must-do attractions, and events that are perfect picks for LGBTQ travelers, including:

  • “Faces of Pride” Virtual Panel Discussion: Working together to tackle social injustices affecting the LGBTQ+ community will kick off the month during a free Facebook Live discussion called “Faces of Pride.” Hosted by Miami Beach Pride, the live stream will take place on June 8th, and viewers are encouraged to add their voices to the conversation during the broadcast.
  • LGBTQ+ Chamber Cross Country Pride Event: The Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) invites the community to a night of virtual networking on June 15th via Zoom. This event will bring together allied business owners, employees, and fellow LGBTQ+ chambers from across the country. Spots are limited, and registration is currently open.
  • Pride Bar Crawl: Celebrate Pride Month on June 16th, starting at 7 p.m., by enjoying five free drinks at the top LGBTQ bars on South Beach, including Bar Gaythering, Axel Beach, Nathan’s Bar, PALACE, and Twist. Tickets are just $25, and participants will receive a free drink at each bar. Ticketholders will have the chance to enter a giveaway and win a grand prize valued at $1,200, which includes hotel stays, dinners, bar tabs, and VIP bottle service at destination bars.
  • Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and Festival: Miami Beach Pride returns September 10 – 19, 2021, and will feature a host of events, including Miss Miami Beach Pride Drag Queen Competition, Queer Art Pop-up Showcase, Pride Lights the Night, and more. The iconic festival and parade will also return at Lummus Park with the theme ‘one.’ A full COVID-19 Safety Plan will be in place and includes touchless transactions, increased tent sizes, open spaces, mandatory masks, temperature checks, and sanitizing stations to keep attendees safe.
  • AxelBeach Miami: This premier boutique hotel located in the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District is a top choice for gay travelers. Just steps away from the beach, travelers can enjoy a host of amenities, including the Sky Bar that overlooks Washington Avenue, the spa, and the Alibi Monkei Bar for tasty food and drinks. In addition, guests who book seven days in advance will receive complimentary breakfast throughout their stay.
  • PALACE South Beach: As a year-round LGBTQ-friendly destination, activities at this famed restaurant are a must-do for locals and travelers. Enjoy great food and spectacular entertainment like live drag shows and exclusive special guests.

“The LGBTQ community brings a vibrancy to Miami Beach that shines through in our arts, culture, and culinary scenes,” said Grisette Marcos, Executive Director, MBVCA. “Our pride month celebrations are second to none, and we’re inviting locals and visitors to head to Miami Beach for a celebration they won’t forget.”

For more information about LGBTQ events on Miami Beach, follow @ExperienceMiamiBeach on Facebook, Instagram, and @EMiamiBeach on Twitter, and download the Miami Beach App at http://www.miamibeachapi.com/app/.

Contact: Elisabeth Denil, Elisabeth.Denil@hkstrategies.com 

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Tie Up Your Hair, Not Your Identity: John FriedaⓇ Hair Care Aligns With GLSEN For Pride Month

CINCINNATI, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In support of Pride 2021, John FriedaHair Care has partnered with GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ youth. John Frieda Hair Care’s multi-faceted initiative, taking place throughout the month of June, will raise both money and awareness to benefit the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, which was established in 1990 and envisions a world in which every child learns to accept and respect all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and / or gender expression.

“We’re seizing this crucial moment to support GLSEN in its ever more important work,” said Sean Johnson, Brand Marketing, John Frieda. “Inclusivity is core to the John Frieda’s brand values, and we’re excited to help build awareness through dedicated Pride packaging with Teleties, high-impact retail and Amazon signage and a comprehensive social media campaign celebrating inclusivity and spotlighting our diverse brand fans.”

As part of this campaign, John Frieda is tapping members of the LGBTQ+ community, including actor, model, dancer, and activist Leyna Bloom, throughout the month to share their stories across the brand’s social media platforms. Leyna is the first transgendered woman of color to shoot for the iconic Sports Illustrated Swim Edition. She was also the first openly transgender woman of color to be the lead of a film at the Cannes Film Festival.

The program will also feature rainbow-emblazoned “Tie Up Your Hair, Not Your Identity” signage and content at Target and Amazon and exclusive John Frieda Hair Care Pride Teleties affixed to products will bear this verbiage:

John Frieda is a brand built on helping people find the power in who they are, and making the very most of it. While hair does not define one’s identity, we recognize hair can be an integral part of gender identity and gender expression. That’s why we’ve partnered with GLSEN, helping to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Together, we believe when you identify the things that make you, you, that’s true beauty,” said Sean Johnson, Brand Marketing, John Frieda.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled and honored that John Frieda has stepped up for us and the LGBTQ+ community in such a dynamic, pivotal way,” said Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, GLSEN’s Interim Executive Director. “More than at any other point in the year, Pride month is an opportunity to get the word out about GLSEN’s mission of creating safer school environments for LGBTQ+ youth around the country. When schools are safe for LGBTQ+ students, they are safe for all students. Having a globally recognized beauty powerhouse like John Frieda at our side, motivating all through its inspiring ‘Tie Up Your Hair, Not Your Identity’ campaign, brings the attention needed to help make our goal of promoting safety and inclusivity for LGBTQ+ reach a larger audience.” 

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ABOUT KAO USA

Kao USA Inc. is a leading manufacturer of premium beauty care brands that are recognized around the world for their innovation and quality. The Kao USA Inc. Consumer Products portfolio includes Ban® antiperspirants; Jergens® and Curél® hand and body lotions; Bioré® facial care; John Frieda® Frizz-Ease®, Luxurious Volume®, Sheer Blonde®, Brilliant Brunette®, Radiant Red®, Precision Foam Colour and Luminous Color Glaze® hair care. Founded in 1882, Kao USA Inc. is a member of the Kao Group of companies.

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Granite Construction Joins Nearly 2,000 CEOs in Unprecedented Commitment to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Companies Have Shared more than 1,400+ Actions That They Are Taking to Advance Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace Coalition Expands Reach and Impact into the Business Community

WATSONVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$GVA #BuildBetterTogether–Granite Construction has joined the growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. One of nearly 2,000 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Kyle Larkin is committing himself and Granite to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“By signing on to this commitment, Granite is putting our inclusion core value into practice and pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion,” stated Kyle Larkin, Granite President and CEO. The collective of nearly 2,000 signatories have already shared more than 1,400+ best known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

“Diversity and inclusion are challenging issues to navigate, but avoiding these issues is not the right answer,” said Granite VP of Inclusive Diversity Jorge Quezada. “We need to engage in constructive conversations about our differences. I am proud that Granite, by joining CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, is demonstrating a commitment to creating a work environment where all employees can openly share perspectives and address challenges.”

Organizations joining the pledge are taking a step towards effecting positive change. A diverse and inclusive workforce facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity. A study found that 85 percent of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation.

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.

Granite is one of largest diversified general contractors and construction materials producers in the United States. By joining together with other leading companies to tackle this critical societal issue, we hope to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplaces in the construction industry.

To learn more about the pledge, visit CEOAction.com. The website serves as a hub for information sharing, idea generation, and program development. With more than 1,400+ best known actions shared, companies that are not currently implementing the elements of the pledge can use it as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so. Learning from, and sharing, actions help companies drive greater engagement within their own programs, as well as mentor others on their journey.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 2,000 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and connect with us on Twitter: @CEOAction.

About Granite

Granite is America’s Infrastructure Company™. Incorporated since 1922, Granite (NYSE:GVA) is one of the largest diversified construction and construction materials companies in the United States as well as a full-suite provider in the transportation, water infrastructure, and mineral exploration markets. Granite’s Code of Conduct and strong Core Values guide the company and its employees to uphold the highest ethical standards. Granite is an industry leader in safety and an award-winning firm in quality and sustainability. For more information, visit graniteconstruction.com, and connect with Granite on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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