February – Education is Power
Last month we celebrated Black History Month at Public Label with guest speaker Carey Mason. Carey is the owner / CEO of The Alternative Board, which provides coaching to business owners and CEOs. He is also a social justice speaker and activist.
In his conversation with us, Carey shared personal incidents and experiences that highlighted how diversity, equity, and inclusion had impacted him from his birth to current day. Spanning six decades, Carey’s stories described his journey as a child growing up in the “de-segregated” south to working as a senior executive for a Fortune 250 global business before launching his own diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting practice assisting businesses to change their culture. The magnitude of research that Carey’s family had developed to understand their deep roots was incredibly impactful to our employee base and inspired many to get digging into their past as well.
Carey’s presentation, while humorous by design, allowed for reflection and insightful learnings intended to invoke contemplation of similar experiences and challenge our willingness to make changes that better ourselves and by extension our local community.
The Public Label team regrouped the following day to reflect and share personal stories and histories of our own. Therefore continuing our education and focus on the people that make up this wonderful community of creative minds.