Since 1976, the United States has dedicated the month of February to celebrate the essential role Black Americans have and continue to play in our country’s history. It’s also a time for our nation to reflect on the progress that still needs to be made in order to allow all individuals the same opportunities in life.
Not only is February a great opportunity to educate your workforce on the racial inequities that persist in the United States, it also opens the door for meaningful and progressive conversation between coworkers, managers, leadership teams and the community at large.
On-site or off-site, together or apart, if you're looking for some best practices for commemorating BHM in the workplace, you won't want to miss this special event! Our panelists will give some ideas for celebrating BHM, some things to avoid, and other tips/tricks for making Black History Month meaningful (and memorable) for all employees.
Aubree Broadwater is an Atlanta native and a proud alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aubree started her career at Salesforce in Recruiting and was an early leader in driving equality initiatives in our hiring practices. She is responsible for driving Salesforce's first global interviewer certification program which over 35,000 of employees have completed, and she oversees equality enablement programs related to hiring and various internal processes at scale. Prior to her current position, she helped build Salesforce's Career Milestones program focused on career sponsorship for Black, Indigenous, and Latinx talent. She serves as the President of BOLDforce Atlanta (Salesforce's Black Employee Resource Group) and is passionate about mobilizing Black voters in her local community.
Daxfurth Houston (Dax) is thrilled to be speaking at such a wonderful and inspiring event. At ClassPass, he is a founding member of its Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) Council and continues his work as an ERG Lead, helping develop strategies for ClassPass during its merger with Mindbody’s ERGs. He is a leader of the Black Employee Network and LGBTeammates ERGs at ClassPass Mindbody.
Dax has a BA in Creative Arts from San Jose State University and has had a successful career in musical theater. Since transitioning to information technology, he has worked as a market trainer for the Genius Bar at Apple Retail and as an IT Associate for Compass real estate company. Outside of work, Dax is an amateur endurance athlete. You can follow him on social media platforms at @daxfurth.
Oladotun “Ola” Idowu is the Entertainment Content Partner Manager on Twitter’s Global Content Partnerships team. Since joining Twitter, she has become a leader for Blackbirds, Twitter’s Black business resource group and has curated several events on the Real Estate and Workplace team. Before starting her career, Oladotun studied Public Relations at S.I Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. There she picked up publicity and marketing skills which she applies to her work today.
Additionally Ola has been committed to the idea that minority women should be offered the same opportunities as everyone else and has even been named the “fairy godmother of mentorship for Black women” by Popsugar. Ola is the Founder of Sisters In Media (SIM), an organization dedicated to uplifting women of color in media. The purpose of this organization is to increase the presence of women of color in media while making a valuable contribution to communities and society at large. Since starting the organization, Ola has partnered with several top media and tech companies including Black@ Facebook, A&E Networks, R29 Unbothered, NBA Dream In Color, NBCUniversal Black Employee Network, LinkedIn Black Inclusion Group, Pinterest, Dow Jones and more. Her priority in this work is to build professional and network events for diverse women so that they can advance their careers and she has so eloquently done the work.