It was indeed a pleasure to be invited by Southwest Airlines to serve on their panel “A Community Conversation” at the 5th Annual B:Civic Summit. What an honor!
Based in Colorado, B:CIVIC is the only organization in the state focused on engaging professionals and business leaders in for-profit companies in making social impact. Their members are as passionate about giving back as they are about growing successful companies! B:CIVIC provides companies of all types and sizes the information, insight and network to learn more about how to be civic-minded while meeting business goals. Its mission is simple, “B: Civic elevates business for good.”
Of course, B:Civic and its mission is right up my ally as a social impact strategist!
Every year B:Civic hosts its B:Civic Summit. Designed to support Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals as they (re)define CSR for the next decade, the B:Civic Summit explores best practices, finds inspiration from peers, and features experts in the field who can guide the community as it continues to focus on the business of making an impact in communities.
This year Southwest Airlines hosted a session entitled “A Community Conversation.” Its purpose was to educate, inform, heal and ultimately challenge participants to expand their worldview. Moderated by Derek Hubbard, External Communications, Southwest Airlines, panelists included Sayu Bhojwani, Founder and President, New American Leaders; Savinay Chandrasekhar, CEO, Minds Matter Colorado; Lauren Guthrie, Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity, Americas, VF Corporation; and myself. We talked our personal experiences in dealing with racism, but more important, explored strategies and solutions for addressing systemic racism in our organizations and communities.
All of the panelists agreed, it takes all of us individually and collectively to do our part in ending systemic racism.