NEHRA’s 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Gala

 

Last night, KNF&T had the honor of sponsoring the Frank X. McCarthy Diversity Champion Award at NEHRA’s 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Awards Gala. The event is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the power of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and it truly was a night to remember.

It’s safe to say we were all in awe of the three young scholarship award recipients who, at such a young age, have done so much already to make their world a more inclusive place. We wish them luck and are looking forward to seeing them as change agents in the future.

Tufts Health Plan was the organizational winner of the Frank X. McCarthy Diversity Champion award, honored for their innovative diversity initiative. And Sandra Borders, Director of Diversity and Equal Opportunity for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, was honored with the Frank X. McCarthy Diversity Champion Individual Award. Sandra believes in focusing on the ability to leverage diversity to the advantage of our respective organizations and that we need more than pipelines of talent in entry-level positions… diversity should be reflected at every level of the organization.

KNF&T’s CEO, Beth Tucker, presented the award to Sandra. As a woman-owned business, recognizing and honoring those like Sandra who promote diversity is of particular importance to us. We believe that diverse and inclusive organizations are more successful, competitive, and innovative. When organizations embrace diversity and inclusion, it is a win for everyone.

 

The electricity in the air was only magnified when the night’s keynote speaker took the stage – Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. Among Dr. Dyson’s many accomplishments are receiving two NAACP Image Awards, being named one of the 150 most powerful African Americans by Ebony Magazine and, as Vanity Fair notes, he is “one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today.”

During his fireside chat, hosted by Jose C. Masso III, topics were covered ranging from the African American experience, what it means to say that “Black Lives Matter”, and how gender identity and race parallel each other (and much, much more). Needless to say, he is mesmerizing to listen to, he makes those around him really think about things that they might not have thought about before. But above all… he inspires hope.

We are certainly looking forward to next year’s event!