Throughout July, wpg’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee sponsored events to celebrate the diversity of colleagues and promote equity and inclusion throughout the organization. The following activities played a key role in making wpg’s first Celebrate DE&I Month a success.
Special Guest Speaker
On July 17, Lachandra B. Baker, founder and principal consultant at LBB Edutainment, joined wpg to speak on colleague engagement, communications, culture and DE&I initiatives. As an award-winning communicator and frequent TEDx speaker, Lachandra champions important issues impacting communities around the country, including voting rights, affordable housing and civic engagement. wpg colleagues learned about the Platinum Rule, which is “treat others as they want to be treated.”
As another way to encourage engaging conversations surrounding DE&I, wpg departments and property teams participated in group discussions focused on answering questions, such as “What does inclusiveness look like?” and “How can I help encourage inclusiveness?”
The wpg Book Club launched this summer to create meaningful ways for colleagues to connect. The first book up for discussion through Lunch and Learn meetings is Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces by Karen Catlin. This book aims to help colleagues understand and act on allyship and create a culture where everyone can thrive.
wpg would like to provide a special thank you to its DE&I Committee members: Amanda Bailey, Senior Vice President, Human Resources; Greg Fleser, Regional Vice President, Property Management; B Janecka, Regional Vice President, Property Management; Chunsta Miller, Director, Property Management Training and Development; Joel Boyd, General Manager, Town Center at Aurora; Randy Bowman, General Manager, Orange Park Mall; Matt Miller, General Manager, Jefferson Valley Mall; Kristy Genna, Regional Marketing Director; Meghann Rivera, General Manager, Irving Mall; Zina Redfearn, Manager, Specialty Leasing, Bowie Town Center; Natalie Opara, Operations Director, Leawood Town Center Plaza; Ana Botello, Manager, National Accounts, Specialty Leasing; Hana Ibrahim, Tech Services Analyst; Jenna Mink, Project Manager, Property Management; Kate Miller, Regional Marketing Director; Theo Opoku, Senior Lease Analyst; and Shannon Duffy, Manager, Mall Accounting.
Celebrate Diversity Equity and Inclusion Month is part of wpg’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive culture, and we are proud to have teams around the country participate.