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AAERG Honoring Anita Russell February 2013


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AAERG Honoring Anita Russell February 2013

  1. 1. Honoring Anita RussellAfrican-American Employee ResourceGroup MeetingJanuary 23, 2013
  2. 2. Honoring Anita Russell2001 Employees establish the African-American Affinity Group (AAAG) as the first Bristol-Myers Squibb Employee Affinity group,and obtain Executive Sponsorship2003 AAAG By-Laws introduced2004 First AAAG Elections were held selecting Clint Allen as Chair, and Anita Russell as Vice ChairAAAG participates in National Hispanic MBA and National Society of Black Scientists and Engineers Conferences2005 AAAG begins annual participation in BMS Diversity Council quarterly meetings, and BMS Connections Mentoring ProgramAAAG begins annual BMS Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday2007 AAAG begins annual BMS Celebration of Black History Month2008 Anita Russell elected as Chair, and Brian Smith as Vice ChairAAAG begins annual participation in National Black MBA ConferenceAAAG-led “I Promise” Campaign raises nearly $20,000 in employee donations and sponsors a 5-member team to travelto the KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to implement a breast cancer awareness program.2009 AAAG adopts Tri-Chair leadership model with Arnell Davis, Wema Hoover and Anita Russell as Tri-Chairs2010 AAAG collaborates with diversity groups from Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and Tyco to sponsor AIDS Awareness Programhighlighted by Cheryl Lee Ralphs performance of “Sometimes I Cry” at Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ2010 BMS Diversity and Inclusion evolve Affinity Groups to Employee Resource Groups2011 AAERG Leadership transitions to Arnell Davis and Peter Jones as Co-Chairs
  3. 3. First Elected Leaders
  4. 4. Francis Cuss
  5. 5. Lamberto Andreotti
  6. 6. Congratulations!On Your RetirementAnita RussellWe are extremely grateful for your influential rolein establishing the African American Employee Resource Groupand for your 7 years of exemplary leadership.Your vision and passion have advanced ourdiversity and inclusion strategy and contributedenormously to our engagement objectives.Thank you for the exceptional dedicationand commitment throughout your 22 yearsof service to Bristol-Myers Squibb.February 2013