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Colle McVoy 2020 Black History Month Celebration

To honor Black History Month, Colle McVoy and its Inclusion Council produced The State Of Black Business program, which centered around local and national entrepreneurs and the successes they championed despite prejudice or racial bias. Initiatives included a Black in Business panel event, beautifully designed, digital posters to grow awareness around empowering black entrepreneurs and posting weekly questions to inspire reflection on the implications of race, diversity and inclusion.

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Colle McVoy 2020 Black History Month Celebration

  1. 1. © 2020 Colle McVoy BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
  2. 2. THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS to spark conversations on race within the agency DIGITAL DISPLAY POSTERS featuring prominent black businesspeople © 2020 Colle McVoy
  3. 3. © 2020 Colle McVoy 4 BLACK IN BUSINESS PANEL EVENT © 2020 Colle McVoy
  4. 4. To celebrate Black History Month, Colle McVoy and its Inclusion Council presented the Black in Business panel discussion. Attendees listened, networked and learned about the stories and experiences of local business professionals from unique backgrounds. © 2020 Colle McVoy
  5. 5. © 2020 Colle McVoy 6 Being black in business means so much more than just having a job. It changes the narrative for black people – especially black men in our community. I didn’t see black in business growing up and now it’s important to me to be a role model for these kids in my community. —Travon Sellers digital marketing specialist, Hamline University
  6. 6. © 2020 Colle McVoy 7 Different perspectives will always produce better work. Especially if you’re able to challenge those different perspectives. —Amir Elabbady senior user experience consultant, Accenture © 2020 Colle McVoy
  7. 7. © 2020 Colle McVoy 8 Personal brands are about not hiding who you are. When people ask how you are, truly answer them. —Mohamed Yousif brand strategist, Sharp Creative © 2020 Colle McVoy
  8. 8. © 2020 Colle McVoy 9 Experience other cultures. All it takes is one bite of African food to get you in the door and you’ll be eating alongside people from all backgrounds at my restaurants. —Abdirahman Kahin CEO, founder and owner, Afro Deli
  9. 9. © 2020 Colle McVoy 10 (on micro-aggressions) Being in white spaces, we have to carry a lot of the burden and we’re often having to educate others. —Travon Sellers digital marketing specialist, Hamline University
  10. 10. © 2020 Colle McVoy 11 You think you as a person don’t have power, but you do. Because you speak, then you continue to speak, then we have the energy to change the world. —Mohamed Yousif brand strategist, Sharp Creative
  11. 11. © 2020 Colle McVoy 12 Get involved in the community. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today without the help of my community. Be a social entrepreneur. —Abdirahman Kahin CEO, founder and owner, Afro Deli © 2020 Colle McVoy
  12. 12. © 2020 Colle McVoy 13 You don’t know how many geniuses are out there and the only reason they aren’t known is because we haven’t given them a chance. —Amir Elabbady senior user experience consultant, Accenture © 2020 Colle McVoy
  13. 13. © 2020 Colle McVoy 14 (on fear of saying the wrong thing) Offend people. Because if they know your heart is good, you’ll have opened an opportunity to learn more. —Mohamed Yousif brand strategist, Sharp Creative
  14. 14. © 2020 Colle McVoy 15 OUR VOICES MONTH-LONG ACTIVATIONSTo celebrate through the month of February, thought-provoking questions and digital display posters were shared throughout the agency to spark critical thinking and conversations on race. © 2020 Colle McVoy
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  20. 20. © 2020 Colle McVoy 21 CM VOICES © 2020 Colle McVoy
  21. 21. © 2020 Colle McVoy 22 AMAZING & REFRESHING EXCELLENT PANEL FEELING INSPIRED VERY VALUABLE EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE WORK FRESH NEW IDEAS LOVED THE VISUALS AND DESIGN VALUABLE AND OPEN CONVERSATIONS LIKE THESE ARE SO IMPORTANT I WANT ANOTHER SAMBUSA, WHY’D I ONLY TAKE ONE? WE SHOULD OPEN THIS TO OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS! THE MOST IMPACTFUL BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION WE’VE HOSTED © 2020 Colle McVoy
  22. 22. © 2020 Colle McVoy 23 THANK YOUfrom Colle McVoy, its Inclusion Council and the Black History Month team © 2020 Colle McVoy

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