The Black Engagement Network is a resource group focused on supporting Black employees, and providing a platform for all employees to engage on the topics of race and justice.
If you are passionate about improving diversity and inclusion at Rewards Network and would like to join the Black Engagement Network, please contact us.
A hub of curated content to help employees learn more about the Black experience, diversity in the workplace, and racial justice.
A judgment-free zone where we can learn together and actively show support, encourage philanthropy, and bring forth real change.
Where voices will be heard to elevate the Black employee experience and be a catalyst for constructive conversations around diversity.
Create a diverse and inclusive company by driving awareness about equality and celebrating a culture that represents our uniqueness.
Treat others as you want to be treated
Listen and learn
Educate ourselves and others
Be transparent in every action
Make a difference
Lunch & Learn: Michelle Clark, United Way executive
Thursday, Sept. 10, 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. CT
Trivia Happy Hour Event
Thursday, Sept. 24, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT
Lunch & Learn: Introduction to BEN’s Education Series
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. CT
I believe that all humans are created equal. And if there is any group of people in our society that is at risk of being marginalized as a consequence to their humanity, then we as the people must work together to support that group and dismantle any prejudices.
The Black Engagement Network is a support group for Black employees who have been marginalized for centuries in our country. I want to be part of the people who change the narrative and advocate for their humanity which results in outcomes of equality.
The Black Engagement Network means bridging the gap, giving all employees representation and follow a path to inclusion. It acknowledges the cultural differences across teams, roles, and growth opportunities within Rewards Network, and is willing to be not only a voice but also an advocate for the sometimes unseen. As a web developer, this agenda is important to me because we need diversified perspectives when building the technology of tomorrow.
As a leader with more than two decades of experience working in corporate America, my personal mission has always been one of inclusivity, welcoming all. Diversity brings everyone a greater understanding of colleagues and peers, which in turn leads to thoughtfulness and compassion. Obviously, the world is not so simple.
Many agree with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that, “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” There is so much work to be done and there is no room for hate, racism, prejudice, or bigotry in our world. I am personally dedicated to locking arms with all of my brothers and sisters and moving forward to a world where all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
I believe it’s important to have a space for all employees to be able to have conversations about challenges that Black employees face and how people can be allies. These dialogues are the foundation of actionable steps towards equality, equity, and a more inclusive environment.
I look at joining the Black Engagement Network as an opportunity to get engaged. To be part of the solution. To help create a workplace culture that isn’t about talking points, but action. The ultimate goal being a more diverse and inclusive environment where everyone’s voice is heard.
I decided to be a part of the founding team of the Black Engagement Network because I no longer wanted to imagine how the world could be a better place “if only.” I decided to be the change I want to see. I want to leave this world a better place than I found it, and I believe the best way to do so is through love, education, and—most importantly—the willingness to change! I understand that this issue cannot be fixed by waving a wand or with the snap of a finger. However, my hope is to see this change occur if not in my lifetime, then in my son’s, and if not in his lifetime, then hopefully in his children’s lifetime!
Employee Spotlight: John Shahin (Vice President of Sales – Northeast)
John is “running” with his conviction that he can make a difference by participating in the “Locking Arms in Love Half Marathon” to raise money for his two favorite charities. If you’d like to support John, you can make a donation to The Equal Justice Initiative and/or CLASP.