What areas/organizations do you target for giving and why?
Education and healthcare. Education is the neutralizer to racism. Lack of education also leads to poor health. Statistics have proven the correlation between education and health — minorities with higher education typically have access to healthcare due to improved employment opportunities. In addition, the more educated we become the more opportunities exist. Although racism is alive and well in America, “the best deterrent to racism is excellence.”
How do you get employees involved in giving and volunteering?
My staff is predominantly African American. Steel sharpens steel and men sharpen men. In order for the young middle school and high school students to aspire to engineering or business careers, [they have to] see those that look like them. I expect my people to lead by example. They must create the same opportunities they received. I expect them to pay it forward.