Our Multicultural Network (MCN) promotes open dialogue to increase awareness and understanding of issues related to race, culture and ethnicity. The MCN supports employees though events and activities that provide an opportunity for impactful conversations, professional development and community outreach. Here’s some of our most powerful MCN events from the past year:
Last summer, the MCN held a virtual panel on race in the workplace. Moderated by Blair Younger, award-winning producer, and featuring Brandon Frame, Co-Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of The Black Man Can; Guy Griggs, Head of Industry-Finance at the New York Times; and Niels Heilmann, Portfolio Manager of Millennium Platform company Elion Investments, the event focused on what more can be done to improve diversity and address unconscious bias in the professional sphere. The discussion centered around issues facing minority communities and suggestions for combatting these obstacles as a firm and as individuals.
This past fall, MCN held a virtual event for Hispanic Heritage Month with two time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Sonia Nazario. During the event, Nazario took us through her personal journey as a Hispanic-Jew and the inspiration for her book, Enrique’s Journey. She led a discussion around the plight of migrants traveling to the United States and shared ways in which we all can become advocates for social justice and reform.
Over 100 employees participated in our event to hear the owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant discuss navigating the industry as an immigrant. The event kicked-off with a cocktail making demonstration by the restaurant’s Principal Bartender, and followed by a discussion that covered topics such as making the transition to a new country and adopting a new business strategy to support customers during a global pandemic.
To celebrate Black History Month, we presented in partnership with BlkArthouse “Bringing Black Art to the Forefront”, a panel discussion of Black artists, curators, gallery-owners, and thought-leaders on the history and importance of Black artists to our society. The panel was moderated by founder Tatiana Rice, who started BlkArthouse as a social enterprise dedicated to empowering Black artists.