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Our culture values continuous learning, personal growth, and humility. Therefore, it has become a tradition that, each year, we poll our colleagues to ask for their latest reads to kick-start summer, a season when many of us seek time to reflect and recharge.
2020 is unfolding as a year of disruption and reflection sparked by the global pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and violence. This has led many of our colleagues to seek to gain more understanding and to want to do more. For example, some of us are increasing our knowledge and impact as “active allies and advocates.” We are starting now by learning more about the social constructs surrounding race, social inequity, disparities, and prejudice that have affected the African/Black heritage community.
As such, to inspire you to consider ways to support your families and colleagues, our Insurance Team is sharing a compilation of articles, books, videos, and podcasts that we have found particularly insightful in recent weeks. We invite you to read, listen, and initiate a conversation that leads to greater understanding and trust-based relationships across racial backgrounds. We each play a role to realize the promise of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) — not for tomorrow, but for today.
We wish you and your families a safe and joyful summer with ample time to refresh, reflect, and recharge.
Video — Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
by Emmanuel Acho
Book — How to Be an Antiracist
by Ibram X. Kendi
Book — Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
by Malcolm Gladwell
Book — A Nation Rising: Untold Tales from America’s Hidden History
by Kenneth C. Davis
Book & Movie — Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson
Suggested by: Courtney Madden, Relationship Manager
Book — A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League
by Ron Suskind
Suggested by: Christina Koutris, Insurance Client Analyst
Suggested by: Abigail Clare, Client Service Manager
Book — Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
by James Clear
Suggested by: Tim Antonelli, Insurance Multi-Asset Strategist
Suggested by: Andrew Paone, Relationship Manager
Suggested by: Marc Piccuirro, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager
— Nelson Mandela, 20 April 1964
Suggested by: Eric Tanaka, Director, Financial Reserves Management and Associate Director, Americas Institutional Group
Suggested by: Adrienne Frietsch, Client Analyst