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As we approach Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it is important to celebrate the incredible work of organizations like the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. This organization has a powerful vision to see black women and girls live in a world where socioeconomic inequity does not exist. Today, Ferguson is proud to announced that it has extended its community partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women to continue working toward this goal and furthering their mission.
For over 40 years, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women advocates for gender equity and is committed to developing black women and girl leaders. Our relationship has fostered an in-depth understanding of the power of diverse perspectives. Ferguson believes that fostering a workplace inclusive of different ideas and backgrounds makes our company a more enjoyable place to work and helps us find success in the ever-changing business landscape.
“NCBW is excited to extend our partnership with Ferguson’s African American Business Group to increase talent development and skill building in preparation for success and its Women’s Business Group to encourage Women to explore business opportunities,” said President Elizabeth A. Jones. “NCBW will provide awareness to the communities we serve to share more information about Ferguson's excellent workforce readiness skills opportunities to help individuals meet and exceed their full potential.”
“We are excited to form a strategic partnership with the NCBW and align our shared values to continue the impactful work the organization is engaging in on behalf of black women and girls nationally,” said Cathy Williams, senior business diversity manager at Ferguson.
Building on past success, NCBW and Ferguson will team up to support underserved and underrepresented minorities through training and workshops focusing on NCBW’s core initiatives. Specific focus will be given to online leadership certification and seminar training programs for women in the community, NCBW members and NCBW100LEAD Academy candidates. The partnership also seeks to increase talent development and skill building within both organizations and collaborate on our shared work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
NCBW plays an active role in promoting women in leadership and works to help shape and define positions for women locally and globally. Last year, nearly 20,000 youth were served in NCBW's mentoring and STEM programs, and more than 175,000 individuals attended workshops, trainings and events. NCBW also awarded $800,000 in financial aid for students.
“We are committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion among our associates,” explained Melissa Hazelwood, director of social impact at Ferguson. “Collaborating with an organization with such an impressive record of service and leadership is an honor. We will support their efforts and look forward to leveraging their expertise and insight to promote greater inclusion, diversity and acceptance within Ferguson, constructing a workplace that reflects the communities we help build.”
Ferguson’s partnership with NCBW is part of its Ferguson Cares mission to strengthen the communities it serves. We prioritize the wellbeing our of associates and our neighbors and are committed to living in an inclusive and diverse community.
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