Inside Aera
People of Aera, Community Mar 13, 2019

Aera celebrates Black History Month, focuses on embracing inclusion

Electrical Engineer Ashley Davis (left) and Engineering Associate Tiffany Smith (right) run Jeopardy during Aera’s Black History Month event.

For the past 34 years our nation has set aside the month of February to remember the accomplishments African Americans have made to our society. Aera is passionate about observing Black History Month because it values embracing inclusion.

Last month, Aera took time to celebrate by hosting an annual event, coordinated by the Aera Black Employee Network (ABEN). The theme was “Embracing Inclusion.” During the event, Aera employees participated in a competitive round of African American themed “Jeopardy” that both challenged and educated them on African American history through a fast-paced trivia game.

The activities were a valuable reminder that Aera is at its best when people of diverse backgrounds come to the table and are empowered to do great work.

“I love to tell people, ‘Come embrace inclusion and celebrate diversity,’” said ABEN Committee Chair Linda Mohammad. “Every year at this event, we enjoy engaging with all races and backgrounds to share black history.”

Since 2011, ABEN has worked hard to support diversity not only within Aera Energy, but within the community as well. Community leaders are often present to speak and show support. This year, City councilmember Andrae Gonzales joined the event.

Embracing inclusion is more than just the theme of this year’s event. It’s one of Aera’s core values and part of how we do business.

The Aera Black Employee Network (ABEN) and Aera’s President and CEO Christina Sistrunk (fourth from left) celebrate Black History Month at Aera’s recent event focused on “embracing inclusion.”

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