Tag: Business

Be A Good Closer!

Don’t overthink it – I have a tendency to overthink things. This is not something I ever plan to do & I know that overthinking can sometimes result in indecision. But since I know that this is something I shouldn’t be doing, I am offering this piece of advice to my readers instead. There might be a lot of options, but quantity doesn’t equal quality. So don’t fret too much, trust your gut!

Be specific with your offer – know exactly what it is that you are offering. This will help you target the right customers, get prepared and really hone in on your specialty before presenting your offer. Also, know what it is that you  want to get out of the deal so that when you walk away, you walk away satisfied.

Don’t get distracted by the competition – whether it’s at work or in your personal life there will probably always be someone who is vying to get what you got. Don’t let that get you down & fall off track. Focus on you & what you can do to improve your situation without giving credence to what others may be doing. And don’t worry, your competition certainly isn’t allowing themselves to get distracted by you!

Get others on board – there’s nothing like having a fan club to help get motivated. Whether it’s your family or a group of friends, having someone to support you while you work to accomplish your dreams not only makes it easier but also more meaningful.

Finish what you start – anyone can start a task, but it takes dedication to see it through. So whether it’s big or small, work hard until you get the job done! Not only will it make you feel good, it’ll propel you to start (and finish!) other things.

 

African American CEO’s

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The “Fortune 500”  is a list of the 500 largest companies in the United States as compiled by Fortune magazine. Unfortunately, less than 1% of these companies are led by African American CEO’s. As a matter of fact, of all the CEO’s within the Fortune 500, there are fewer African Americans than any other minority group. This is really sad, considering we comprise nearly 14% of the U.S. population but less than 1% of positions of power in Corporate America.

Although there has thought to have been up to 15 African American CEO’s in the Fortune 500 since its inception, for this post I thought I’d concentrate on the few remaining African American CEO’s.

It is also worthy to not that there are currently no African American majority owned company in the Fortune 500. rankings.

Let’s take a look , shall we? –

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Rosalind Brewer worked for 22 years at Kimberly-Clark before becoming a regional vice president at Walmart in 2006. When she landed the job of Sam’s Club CEO in 2012, she became the first woman and first African-American to lead a Walmart (Fortune #1) division. Sam’s Club banks $58 billion in revenues and its 100,000 employees work in the warehouse club’s 648 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. To make up for competition from Costco and lagging sales to small businesses, she has introduced a suite of services including a private health insurance exchange and access to payroll systems and legal services through a Sam’s Club membership. She is also integrating the company’s digital offerings, introducing Club Pick-up, where members can order goods online and fetch them at the store the next day. She serves on the board of Lockheed Martin and she chairs the board of trustees for Spelman College, her alma mater.

CEO Merck

Kenneth C. Frazier has served Merck (Fortune #71) in various positions since joining in 1992 as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Astra Merck Group. In 2011, Frazier was promoted to CEO and chairman–making him the first African American to lead a major pharmaceutical company. Frazier is the son of a former sharecropper and janitor who instilled the belief that a person can be anything they want to be with hard work. Growing up in impoverished North Philadelphia, Frazier went on to earn degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Harvard Law School. He practiced law from 1978 until 1992 before transitioning to business after representing Merck as a partner in the litigation department of the firm Drinker Biddle & Reath.

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In 2001, Kenneth Chenault became CEO of American Express (Fortune #88) after holding several positions within the company since 1981, where he started in the merchandising department. He was named President of the Consumer Card Group in 1989, and in 1993 he became President of Travel Related Services (TRS), which encompassed all of American Express’ card and travel businesses in the United States. In 1995, he assumed additional responsibility for the company’s worldwide card and travel businesses and also was named Vice Chairman of American Express. Mr. Chenault became President and Chief Operating Officer in February 1997. He assumed his current responsibilities as CEO on January 1, 2001, and as Chairman on April 23 of that year.

Mr. Chenault serves on the boards of American Express and several other corporate and nonprofit organizations, including IBM, The Procter & Gamble Company, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He also is on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, The Business Council and the Business Roundtable and serves as Vice Chairman of each of these organizations.

A wide variety of civic, social service and community organizations have recognized Mr. Chenault for his public service leadership. He has received the Phoenix House Public Service Award, the Corporate Responsibility Award from the International Rescue Committee and the Wall Street Rising Leadership Award, among others. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Mr. Chenault holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in history from Bowdoin College, and he has received a number of honorary degrees from several universities.

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Roger Ferguson is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF (Fortune #92). Mr. Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Mr. Ferguson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of General Mills and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. and on the advisory board of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP.

He is Chairman of The Conference Board and a member of the Business-Higher Education Forum’s Executive Committee. He serves on the boards of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Group of Thirty.

Mr. Ferguson served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

Dr. Ferguson holds his B.A., J.D., and Ph.D, from Harvard University. He credits his parents — a schoolteacher and an Army veteran with a knack for investing — for his passion for finance, even as a child.

CEO Ursula

In May 2010, Ursula Burns became the first African American woman to become a CEO for a Fortune 500 company – Xerox Corporation (Fortune #143). During her tenure, she has helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Ursula joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and during her career she has held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. She was named president in 2007, chief executive officer in 2009 and chairman in 2010. Shortly after being named CEO in 2009, she spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history, the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.

Today, Xerox is the leader in diversified business process services with its Services business representing over 50 percent of the company’s total revenue. Its Document Technology business remains the market share leader in the industry and continues to grow in key areas including graphic communications. Ursula, who regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board director of the American Express Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Ford Foundation. In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Ursula to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and she was appointed chair of the President’s Export Council in 2015 after service as vice chair since 2010. She also provides leadership counsel to several other community, educational and non-profit organizations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the National Academy Foundation and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), among others.

Ursula holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.

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Marvin Ellison has nearly 30 years of experience in the retail industry. As the President & CEO of J.C Penney (Fortune #250) he has spent the last 12 years at Home Depot. As executive vice president of U.S. stores since August 2008, he has been the senior-most operations leader for Home Depot’s approximately 2,000 stores. Prior to that, he was president of the Northern Division, a role in which he had responsibility for the sales and operations of more than 700 stores in 21 states and led a team of more than 150,000 associates. Previously, he was senior vice president of global logistics, with oversight of all domestic distribution, transportation, store and appliance delivery, import distribution and international logistics throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China and more than 35 other countries. Before joining Home Depot, Mr. Ellison spent 15 years with Target in a variety of operational roles, including Corporate Director of Asset Protection.

Mr. Ellison serves on the board of directors of FedEx. He is actively involved in philanthropic efforts including inner-city school renovations, as well as mentoring programs aimed at developing inner-city youth. He earned a business administration degree in marketing from the University of Memphis and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

Carnival

Carnival‘s Arnold Donald is not a typical cruise line executive.  He’s not white; he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth; and he’s not arrogant.

He was born in New Orleans. His parents didn’t finish high school. They raised him and his three siblings in the Ninth Ward (which is now largely destroyed due to Hurricane Katrina).  He achieved great success in the segregated south due to his commitment to education, hard work and the confidence instilled in him by his parents and teachers at St. Augustine High School.

Mr. Donald has given back to New Orleans and has awarded over two dozen scholarships to his college and business school alma maters. He also donated funding to build a new wing at St. Augustine, named after his mother and father Warren and Hilda Donald. He’s now the top executive of Carnival, the largest cruise line in the world.

*While Carnival is the #1 cruise line in the world, it is not technically on the Fortune 500 list because it was incorporated outside of the United States.

44 Phrases That Will Keep You Stuck In The Past

Change doesn’t happen by magic but as a result of taking action. If you want to move ahead in your business, if you want to excel in your leadership, if you want to create a successful start-up, you need to make it happen.

Some of the greatest obstacles you may face lie within yourself. Think of the language you use, the things you say out loud and to yourself, and ask yourself whether it’s supporting or undermining the things you want to achieve.

1. It’s too ambitious. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Being ambitious is believing in yourself.

2.  It will take too long. Every success story takes time. Dreams become reality when intentions turn into daily actions, and it doesn’t happen overnight.

3.  What’s in it for me? Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others; unsuccessful people are always looking for a self-serving angle.

4. It’s not my job. If you want to be successful, if you want to be known as someone who solves problems and makes things happen, you have to make it your job whether it is or not.

5. I don’t know what to do. If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do things you’ve never done. Use your best judgment and forge ahead.

6. It goes against tradition. Success requires rebels, people who refuse to be limited by how things have been done in the past.

7.  It can’t be done. Don’t give in to negativity and limiting thought before you’ve even tried.

8. I tried it before and it didn’t work. What can you do differently this time?

9. I’ll do it later. Procrastination means you’re stealing precious time from yourself.

10. I don’t have consensus. The growth of knowledge depends on disagreement. Sometimes you have to make the jump alone.

11. I’ll get in trouble. Don’t let a little flak get in the way of success.

12. It’ll never fly. Forget all the reason’s it won’t fly, and work on a way to manifest some wings.

13.  I’m not in charge. You’re always in charge of your choices and priorities.

14. That’s someone else’s responsibility. Accept that you are the cause and the solution of your own success. That’s your responsibility.

15. I’m not qualified. Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you can accomplish.

16. I don’t have the staff. All you need is a few great people.

17. It’s not feasible. Believing it can’t be done is the first step in assuring that it won’t be done.

18. I’ve always done it this way. Let go of what you’ve done before. Innovate. Blaze a new trail.

19. No one asked me: Don’t wait on someone else to show leadership abilities and capabilities. Take the lead and run with it.

20. It will take too long. Unless something is coming along to make the need obsolete, there’s no such thing as taking too long. Usually this phrase is coded speech for “I don’t want to do it.”

21. It needs more thought. Don’t neglect to plan, but remember that the best way to get something done is to begin.

22. There’s no clear vision. Create your own vision and clarify it by looking within, past your fears.

23. It will never be signed off upstairs. Be persuasive. Learn how to bring upstairs downstairs and show them the view.

24. I don’t have the authority. Leadership is not wielding authority; it’s about empowering people.

25. Is it really worthwhile? Don’t you owe it to yourself to at least try to do something remarkable?

26. There’s too much red tape: The authority of those who lead is often an obstacle to those who want to excel. Be persistent. If there’s a mountain of red tape, make a way through it.

27. Let someone else deal with it. Accept responsibility for your actions and be accountable for your results. Take ownership of your ideas, your responsibilities, your mistakes–then you can take ownership of your success.

28.  I’m doing my best. When your best isn’t good enough, do better or find another way.

29. Why bother? Because it matters. Especially if you want to succeed.

30. It’s hopeless. There are no hopeless situations, only people who have grown hopeless about them.

31. We don’t have the budget. Work like you don’t have any budget, take risks like you don’t have a care in the world, and challenge yourself as you never have before.

32.  I don’t even know where to start. Pick up whatever is in front of you and do it. Get started. That’s step one.

33. It’s too radical. Nothing is too radical for a world that is radically changing.

34. I can always do it later. Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder.

35. Everything is a problem. Even when this is true, every problem has a solution. Get to work.

36. I don’t have the skills. If you have the ability to learn and you’re willing to work hard and resourcefully, you’ll get it done.

37. It’s too forward-thinking: Forward thinking is the intersection of creativity and innovation. Keep moving always.

38. I’m going to wait for guidance. The guidance you need is generally the guidance that tells you to trust your educated instincts.

39. I’m waiting for answers. Ask yourself if you are asking the right questions.

40. I need permission. Do you really? What’s the worst that could happen if you proceed?

41.  It’s too complicated. Put on your thinking cap and figure it out.

42. Why should I even try? Because if you don’t try, you’ll never know what’s possible.

43. I failed at this before. With what you learned in the first attempt, you’re much better situated to succeed now.

44. I don’t have the courage. Points for honesty–but now go find the courage. You have one life, one chance to make a mark on the world. Don’t look back and wish you’d done it.

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*Originally published on Inc.

You’re Awesome! Characteristics Of A Person Who Rocks

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I recently attended a symposium that focused on Black Business women & their efforts as small business owners. One of the speakers shared some encouraging words that can apply to men & women of any color and I’d like to share!

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You were born with all the talent you need – A lot of times we think it’s the lack of a fancy education or not having a big vocabulary that’s holding us back, when in fact, we already have everything we need in life to succeed. That’s right – you have a brain & a computer (obviously!) that allows you to gather the resources you need to make your dreams come true. So don’t worry about what you don’t have and use what you’ve already got – YOU!

You are a blessing to be a blessing to someone else. Don’t keep it to yourself – Don’t let all the talent you have go to waste. Once you discover what your gift is use it to help other people. What would this world be if Beethoven kept his musical genius to himself or if William Shakespeare never shared his writings with the world? Just know that you are not the only one who can benefit from what you have to offer.

Learn how to prioritize – Life can get crazy! With proper time management, you can work on the things that are most important to you. Know what to put first and what to put last. Everything in your world does not hold the same weight so as long as you stay true to what’s most important everything will be alright.

You can catch more bees with honey – There is no law against being kind. Treating other people with courtesy is the least we can do. From the janitor to the CEO everyone deserves the same amount of respect. Not to mention, you never know which “bee” might be able to help you when you need it.

Pretty is as pretty does – No explanation necessary!

Your attitude says something about you – No matter what is going on in your life, you should maintain a positive attitude. It can help you get further in life and get thru whatever trial you may be facing. Don’t forget that when you face adversity other people are watching you.

Forgive. Don’t hold grudges – One of the worst forms of stress is holding on to undue anger. So why do that? Let it go!

Your setbacks are a setup for a comeback – Whatever trials may come your way, there is always a valuable lesson to be learned. Be sure to use that lesson to help others & yourself. If you’re down, don’t stay down. Get back up & keep it pushin’!

Men, chivalry ain’t dead. Women, take time out for your man – Oftentimes we neglect those who are closest to us. Men treat your ladies with the utmost respect. Continue to be a gentleman. Women, don’t stop doing the things you were doing to get your man in the first place. Always continue to get to know each other.

You should be a lifelong learner – Never give up learning. There is always something new you can pick up. For example: if you know one language, try learning a second. If you can already cook, learn a new dish. Never stop learning; continue to gain new knowledge.

Mentor somebody else – Again, don’t be afraid to share what you know or what you have. Mentoring is one of the best things that you can do to help future generations make this world a better place.

 

Is there any advice you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you have a productive week. Remember there are only 4 more Wednesday’s left in this year!!

10 Techniques To Help You Change Your Life

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Making positive change is hard. Just how hard? So difficult that millions of Americans persist with terribly unhealthy behavior, facing ill health or serious financial difficulty as a result, rather than change their habits.

A challenge as difficult as changing your life for the better demands help and tools that are up to such a hard task–luckily, one Australian entrepreneur has a bumper crop of advice to offer. Nick Crocker is the founder of JoinSessions.com, a social fitness startup that helps people live healthier and more active lives that has been acquired by MyFitnessPal. In the process of starting this business, he’s had plenty of opportunities to learn what works when it comes to making positive change and what doesn’t.

At TEDx Darwin, he shared his personal struggles to improve his habits and his life, as well as the latest wisdom on how you can finally make those changes you’ve been promising yourself for years now. He boils it down to these 10 helpful techniques:

1. It’s easier to add a new behavior than stop an old one.

Cold turkey doesn’t work. Instead of trying to stop an old habit cold, if at all possible, try to arrange things to add a new, better behavior into the mix.

2. Make one change for a fixed time.

“Don’t overload your change muscle,” Crocker cautions those looking to make substantive changes. That means only making one adjustment at a time and shielding your brain from the terror of forever. Change for eternity is scary. Just tell yourself you’re aiming for six weeks instead. By that time, forever might sound more doable.

3. Take baby steps.

Stop setting yourself up to feel like a failure; swap out big goals for activities. So instead of saying, “I’m going to run a marathon,” go for, “I’m going to a run some distance–whatever I can manage–five times a week.” Phrase it the first way and you have months of not reaching your goal in front of you. Opt for the second and you’re gaining small victories from the start.

4. Create chains of success.

No. 4 follows directly on No. 3. Wins are self-reinforcing. The more you have, the less you’ll be inclined to mess up your streak. Crocker calls these “chains of success”–the longer they are, the harder they are to break.

5. Utilize triggers.

When you’re attempting to establish a behavior, your best bet is to link it to an already established habit. So if you want to get yourself to regularly floss your teeth, make brushing your teeth (which, it is hoped, you’ve already got down cold) the trigger–whenever you finish brushing, that’s the time to get out the floss.

6. Measure the change.

Sure, this can be a fancy app on your smartphone keeping track of your every step or calorie, but it can also be something as simple as an old-fashioned wall calendar with X’s through each day you’ve successfully made a change.

7. Never change alone.

“When you add someone else to the mix, you get encouragement, you get support, you get someone to pick you up when you’re down, and you get the added opportunity to pick someone else up when they’re down,” Crocker says. “Changing together makes it much easier.”

8. Don’t forget the sticks.

Science shows that we hate losing $100 about twice as much as we enjoy winning $100. Losing isn’t pleasant, but it is useful. Leverage this reality when you’re trying to make a tough change. Crocker used this wisdom on himself by giving a colleague five $50 bills. He told this colleague that if he ever noticed Crocker not tackling an unpleasant task that he had been avoiding between certain set hours, the colleague should burn one of the bills. Presto! Crocker never slacked off during those appointed times, despite his complete dislike of the job.

9. Change your environment.

You can do everything else on this list and you’ll still fail if you don’t take this bit of advice into account. Want to lose weight or make other positive changes in your life? Clear those cupboards of junk and spend less time with discouraging people.

10. Change takes patience.

Proper expectations are essential to making change. Don’t expect massive, instant improvement. It never works for anyone. All change is slow and incremental.

*Article originally published in Inc.

Support The Companies That Support Black History Month

I support those who support me. As we wrap up Black History Month, I wanted to take a moment to shout out the companies who have dedicated their resources to helping us celebrate the contributions of African Americans. Whether it is was a commercial, a landing page on their website or giving discounted purchases, I’d like to highlight some of those companies:

1.  McDonalds – Honoring the History Makers of Today and Tomorrow.

As one year fades, a new one gains momentum. There is no better time for African Americans to reflect on our culture’s achievements than during Black History Month. Traditionally, we do this by celebrating heroes of past decades. Here’s an idea; let’s build on that notion by also celebrating the history makers of today, tomorrow and beyond. McDonald’s supports this idea with the annual 365Black Awards.

Celebrating Black History Every Day – The McDonald’s 365Black Awards, launched in 2003, is an extension of the company’s 365Black platform which celebrates the pride, heritage, and achievements of African Americans year round, not just in February. And, at the 2013 365Black Awards show, the list of honorees was nothing short of inspirational.

365Black Award Honorees: History Makers of Today and Tomorrow – Gladys Knight. Dr. Steve Perry. Roland Parrish. Beverly Johnson. Kenny Williams. Leanna Archer and Charles Orgbon III. These history makers not only broke down barriers with their leadership and philanthropy, they left footprints in the sand for the history makers of tomorrow. Click below for full bios on each.

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2. Macy’s – Join our salute to ten decades of culture-defining African American style. Come Celebrate. Get Inspired. Feel Empowered. 

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3. American Airlines – BlackAtlas was created as a platform to bring together and share the unique cultural perspectives of the African-American community in a meaningful and relevant way. As a leading global airline, we strive to highlight the cultures and diverse communities from around the world, giving us a broader understanding of each other.During the month of February, American pays special tribute to Black History Month by featuring modern and historical iconic black films in our inflight entertainment selection. Films such as “12 Years a Slave,” “42” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” showcase strong messages of hope and perseverance that resonate deeply.

Celebrating Black Film

As American pays tribute to remarkable African-American films, we continue our tradition by supporting the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). We invite you to enter for a chance to win two (2) passes to the ABFF in New York City, June 19-22, 2014, with hotel accommodations provided by Marriott and airfare courtesy of American Airlines. Visit aa.com/iconicblackfilms to learn more.

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4. WEtv

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5. Verizon – Since the first Black History celebration more than 85 years ago, the observance of Black History has expanded from one week to a month and is a time where individuals celebrate the legacy and contributions of African Americans to society.

In recognition of the month-long celebration, Verizon Wireless is encouraging the public to build upon that legacy that others have paved as part of its Potential of Us program. The company announced that it will partner with actors Morris Chestnut, Lance Gross, Regina Hall and Keke Palmer to inspire the public to give back to the community and tap into their own potential to build stronger communities.

“I’m excited to be a part of Potential of Us because it’s something positive,” said Palmer. “The biggest thing I want to accomplish is to inspire people.”

Starting Feb. 1 and running through the month, the community can join Palmer, Chestnut, Gross and Hall to participate in a series of live challenges that include donating no-longer-used wireless phones and accessories to HopeLine from Verizon to benefit domestic violence victims and survivors; teaching an elder to use technology; meeting someone who inspires them; and participating in a healthy run/walk. Those who cannot take part in the live events can participate in online challenges that range from reading to a child to performing a random act of kindness.

Share how you are doing on the Potential of Us challenges by sending your photos via Twitter to @VZWnews or @VZWcameka using the hashtag #PotentialofUs.

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7. AT&T – AT&T is celebrating Black History Month by helping today’s dreamers make history happen. 

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8.Southwest – At Southwest Airlines, we value the meaningful relationships we have built in the communities we serve. The month of February is a great time for us to celebrate Black History, but for us, it’s not just a month-long celebration. Through relationships we develop with organizations throughout the country, we get to make a difference every day. Celebrate Black History Month by making a year of it. Get involved and make tomorrow fly today. If it matters to you, it matters to us.

9. AARP – Black Community: How To Live Your Best Life 

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Volunteers Are Worth More Than You Think

If you work for a company that has volunteers you should be grateful. These workers are saving your company a lot of money! According to IndependentSector.org, volunteers are worth $22.14 an hour. The current federal minimum wage is only $7.25 which means that volunteers are worth 3x’s the average minimum wage employee. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 64.3 million Americans (about 26.8% percent of the adult population) gave close to 8 billion hours of volunteer service that was worth $171 billion in 2011. That’s a whole lot of hours!

If you own a business or work in human resources, you should consider getting some volunteers to help you out. There’s nothing better than getting work done for FREE! Your volunteer can gain valuable experience while your business saves money. I am currently volunteering & enjoy every minute of it! It’s a way for me to give back while helping a worthy cause.

If you have the time, you should consider volunteering. You can learn a new craft or even make some new friends! If you want to help out others and add some worthwhile experience to your repertoire, volunteering is a good way to go. If you are interested, below are some links to help get you started –

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