Today, Glassdoor is further honoring and celebrating their Black employees by celebrating Black History Month. Black History Month is an annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson. Other countries worldwide, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.
In partnership with our Black employee resource group BUILD (Blacks United in Leadership & Development), Glassdoor will facilitate several company-wide activities and events around the 2021 Black History Month theme of “Black Excellence.” Employees will come together to celebrate and learn about the diverse qualities that collectively embolden and strengthen the Black community. Black culture and thought are not monolithic: it is the unique stories and experiences of its people that define them. We asked some of Glassdoor’s Black employees their perspective on what “Black Excellence” means. Here’s what they had to say!
Along with their members, BUILD’s leadership team has contributed to putting together a repository of resources for employees to become acquainted with Black culture and support Black-owned businesses throughout Black History Month, along with the Celebrating Black Excellence: Women in Tech speaker series. Additionally, Glassdoor will launch the “Black Excellence” profile series to celebrate the BUILD employee resource group members.
“I am humbled and honored to have been asked to take on the role of Executive Sponsor for BUILD. Being an advocate and ally for our Black employees is extremely important to me and a responsibility I take very seriously. As the Executive Sponsor, I’m able to hear directly from our Black employees about areas we can focus on to prevent and dismantle any systemic racism in our process, policies, and procedures at Glassdoor. I have been thoroughly impressed with the impact this ERG has made in such a short period of time being in existence, and look forward to participating in all they have planned for Black History Month.” – Carina Cortez, Executive Sponsor for BUILD.
Stay tuned for our Black History month cultural celebrations!
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