Has there been a time when you felt that you couldn’t be yourself at work? A time when you felt that if you showed who you really were to people, they wouldn’t accept you? Well I have felt that way before, and I’ve heard from many others who have felt that way too. After some time, I am happy to say that I can be my authentic self at CDW. Throughout my career, I’ve learned that to build trusted relationships, people need to get to know the real you. When I started to open up and allow people to know who I am, I felt accepted and more comfortable in my environment. I realized, it’s ok to be different—that’s why it’s so important to celebrate diversity.
One of the ways we celebrate diversity at CDW is through our Business Resource Groups (BRGs). I am the Co-Chair of CDW’s Black Excellence Unlimited (BeU) BRG, which strives to create an environment where coworkers can confidently be themselves and be welcomed by others through coworker support and inclusion. BeU’s mission is to provide resources and development opportunities for CDW’s Black coworkers that enables them to achieve excellence and have a positive impact on our customers and community.
We want this group to be a reminder to everyone that it is ok to be your authentic self, both in and out of the workplace.
During Black History Month, BeU will host a variety of activities and events under the theme “The Excellence in You.” We want to create opportunities for our members that will help them bring out the excellence within as we celebrate the month’s significance and jumpstart 2019.
We’ll kick off the month with events that showcase some of CDW’s Black leaders as they share their journeys to excellence and career success. Events throughout the month will be centered around professional and personal development, networking and celebration of our mission. Our signature event, “The Journey to Excellence,” will provide coworkers with the opportunity to learn about Black History Month, hear from our keynote speaker, Marc Morial, President of National Urban League, and exposure to CDW’s leadership.
While BeU is hosting several events to make an impact on our coworkers, we’ll also be impacting our communities by hosting a month-long book drive at several of our CDW locations across the U.S. Our goal is to collect over 1,000 coworker-donated books that will be given to under privileged children.
The Black History Month activities and events will be a great start to our year and set the tone for a successful 2019 – a year to grow, to make new connections, celebrate success, and feel confident in being your authentic self. With everything we do, we strive to create a community within CDW and help coworkers perform at the highest level in their roles. I’m excited for the future of BeU – the opportunities it will offer CDW’s Black coworkers and the commitment to diversity and inclusion it represents for all CDW coworkers.
Don’t forget to BeU and be excellent today!
Get to know all of CDW’s Business Resource Groups and their missions here.
Qiana is a Sales Manager at CDW, supporting the development of new sellers through our Residency Program. Qiana is also the Co-Chair of CDW’s Business Resource Group, Black Excellence Unlimited (BeU).