Franklin Templeton employees joined its Black Empowerment Network (BEN) business resource group (BRG) and specialist investment organizations for the firm’s first all-virtual Black History Month (BHM).
“This year’s BHM focus was the Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity, and we featured events that would educate others on these areas and, most importantly, be fun,” said Karen Lewis, VP, FT Technologies, and BEN Global Co-Lead. “We are very proud of our successful BHM this year and thank everyone for their engagement and support.”
In celebration of Black History Month, the rapper, actor, author and activist shared his insights and experiences to help promote diverse narratives and find deeper purpose.
“Gratitude is one of the things that can keep you positive. If you think about the things that you do have and just stay in that att … I was about to say ‘attitude,’ but I didn’t want to rhyme. But, to be honest, your gratitude will change your attitude!”
"Lifting as we climb, onward and upward we go, struggling and striving and hoping that the buds and blossoms of our desires will burst into glorious fruition ere long" - civil rights activist and journalist, Mary Church Terrell. This week’s featured associates embody the “lifting as we climb” spirit through their work in the community.
This week, we continue to partner with our African American Resource Group (AARG) to share the perspectives and experiences of associates in observance of Black History Month. The AARG encourages Black associates and their allies to “lift as we climb," educating themselves and uplifting the community around them.
“We must never forget our impact and influence on American culture and history. By pausing to celebrate various events throughout Black History Month, we are reminded of our strength, ingenuity, courage, and resilience. These values have inspired us to achieve greatness thus far and will continue to help us change the world.”
This month, our African American Resource Group (AARG) is spotlighting associates’ perspectives and experiences in observance of Black History Month, a month dedicated to learning about the Black community and its history and culture.