The Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Anthony Foxx, stopped by Ingersoll Rand’s Davidson campus on Tuesday to celebrate Black History Month. Speaking to more than 200 employees, Foxx recounted his own family’s journey from slavery in rural North Carolina to freedom over five generations.
Now, with a highly-successful career in both the public and private sectors, and as Charlotte’s youngest and second African-American mayor, Foxx himself is proof of how far we’ve come as a society. “We have many more steps to go,” Foxx said, but the efforts of diverse companies like Ingersoll Rand are helping to increase cultural awareness and understanding, and are ultimately paving the way to stronger communities.
Cultural awareness and understanding impacts business results, too. Chairman and CEO Mike Lamach discussed how cultural awareness and understanding impacts business results in his opening comments.
“Given the pace of change in the world, the growth in emerging markets and the increasingly diverse needs and demands of our customers and business partners, it is imperative that we harness the talents and energies of our people by creating an environment that welcomes, supports and leverages their diversity….race, gender, experience and ways of thinking.”
The Davidson event was one of several activities around the company coordinated by the Ingersoll Rand Black Employee Network to commemorate Black History Month. Ingersoll Rand’s Black Employee Network (BEN) currently has nearly 300 members in four chapters across the U.S. (Davidson, North Carolina; Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and Augusta, Georgia) with more to come.
The purpose of the BEN is to make Ingersoll Rand a great place to work for employees of African descent through recruitment, development, retention and networking opportunities.