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Tag Archives: Diversity & Inclusion

A longer road (access required)

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Studies have shown that pandemic-related restrictions had more profound effects on establishments owned by Hispanics and African Americans, and many shut their doors at a higher rate than those with white owners. In addition, federal relief loans were slower or more difficult to get into the hands of minority business owners.

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Where to look (access required)

Natasha Bray, founder of New Jersey Black Businesses

In 2014 there was no localized repository for New Jersey-based Black businesses, so Natasha Bray founder of New Jersey Black Businesses, made her own. “I thought, if not me, then who? ... I knew that I was always intentional when I was supporting Black-owned businesses. I knew it was important for our community in terms of bridging the wealth gap and creating jobs for people and contributing to the local economy."

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AtlantiCare CEO Herndon signs diversity & inclusion action pledge (access required)

Members of AtlantiCare’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Council join President and CEO Lori Herndon as she signs the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion’s CEO Pledge. The pledge, signed by nearly 2,000 CEOs to date, outlines a specific set of actions CEOs will take to cultivate a trusting environment and support a more inclusive workplace and community. From left, Dr. Saraswathi Racherla, associate program director, Ambulatory Clinic; Sandra Garrett, assistant vice president, Women’s and Children’s Services; Christopher Scanzera, vice president and chief information officer; Donna Michael-Ziereis, vice president and general counsel; Felicia Banks, manager, Communications; Charisse Fizer, chief DE&I officer; Christian Ragland, manager, DE&I; Jenny Hernandez, consultant, Process Management; Desiree May, clinical director, Medical Surgical Services; Chloe Molinequx, coordinator, Customer Experience; Mary Ann Tait, assistant vice president, Human Resources; and Tracey Triniwell, administrative director, Women’s & Children’s Services.

“AtlantiCare has long been committed to preventing and addressing social inequities and disparities in health care,” says President and Chief Executive Officer Lori Herndon. “In 2020, we embraced the fact that we needed to do more. Spurred by nationwide social unrest, we recognized a powerful opportunity to re-evaluate our organizational culture and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I).”

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Support system (access required)

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Top of mind for most business leaders today is creating a diverse and inclusive workspace that is more than simply policies, but the creation of a safe place for employees that shows they – as well as their needs and perspectives – are respected. That’s not an easy task especially in light of recent current events coupled with a global pandemic.

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