Rona joined United Airlines in October 2019 as the leader of their supplier diversity program. In collaboration with United’s Global Community Engagement team, whose objectives include breaking down barriers and promoting inclusion, Rona is responsible for the development and implementation of business enterprise programs to meet diversity goals through advocacy, influence, training and analysis.
By Anthony Biggs I Special to the USA TODAY NETWORK
Following my years of service, I transitioned to an entry-level position in the telecommunications industry. Despite not having direct experience, the skills I learned in the military certainly helped get me where I am today. But I can tell you that it wasn’t always an easy transition. Veterans entering corporate America from the military need and deserve additional support to help them through.
Today, our company begins its recognition of National Veterans and Military Families Month. November is a special time at Comcast NBCUniversal when we celebrate our commitment to building an inclusive workplace for military community employees while also taking extra care to show our gratitude to military customers and communities.
This year has unleashed an onslaught of global challenges: natural disasters, economic volatility, social protests and a pandemic that has upended our way of life and illuminated longstanding inequities.
At the same time, as we begin to look to the future, we see some bright spots in terms of how companies are looking at the lessons from the past few months. Corporations have an opportunity to change the status quo, question decisions and start with a clean slate to develop more sustainable and equitable work policies, processes, products and investments.
Before he graduated from George Washington University (GWU) with a master’s degree in public health, Chris Khanoyan volunteered to work for the Livestrong Foundation by driving his own vehicle to provide transportation for patients affected by cancer. That was when the obstacles of being deaf truly hit him. As the driver with patients, he was unable to read lips or speak with them. He struggled to communicate and fully connect with the patients he transported to and from the hospital.
"Striving for gender parity is more than a business mandate, it serves as a steward of the company culture." Joe Simms, Vice President of Human Resources at Stanley Black & Decker, explains why he stands for #EqualEverywhere.