McKenna Management Statement on Racial Injustice
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Posted by: Pam McKenna
The past week in America we have witnessed peaceful protests fueled by centuries of structural inequality, racial violence, and pain. We are collectively mourning the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the countless lives lost to systematic racism in this country. We are asking ourselves, as individuals and as a company, how we will rise to meet this moment and support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)?
At McKenna Management, we are proud to support our clients’ thousands of diverse members in the United States and abroad. We have the privilege to plan conferences that are inclusive and safe for all attendees, and we take very seriously the work that needs to be done to ensure that all people are welcome in the associations we partner with. McKenna Management’s values of Professionalism, Partnerships, Strategic Thinking, and Quality Service cannot be accomplished without a strong commitment to justice, equality, and inclusion.
The following resources are available to staff, as well to any client leadership who are interested in participating:
· Exploring Anger, Frustration and Hopelessness: From COVID-19 to George Floyd-Date TBA
This program is being sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives. You are invited to participate with your colleagues in a discussion that thoughtfully examines a national heartache. From COVID-19 to the public deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, this virtual session will explore the impact of multiple pandemics and the challenges we all must acknowledge to better interact with and serve each other. We will discuss and learn coping strategies, effective communication and individual responsibilities. The virtual session will be led by Janet and Gary Smith, co-founders of Ivy Planning Group, a nationally renowned diversity, equity and inclusion consulting and training firm. www.ivyplanninggroup.com
· A Conversation on Racial Inequality- June 4 at 1 p.m. (CT) - RSVP
This program is being sponsored by Association Forum of Chicagoland. This weekend, we were shaken by the destruction our beautiful City of Chicago experienced. We strongly support freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. We advocate for human rights and equal opportunities for all. We know that positive and collective voices impact change. This Thursday, Association Forum will provide an opportunity for members to discuss ways in which we can stand in solidarity with our city on recovery and be part of the plan for reconciliation.
Additional resources and programs will be shared in the future as they become available.
We will work together to maintain a workplace that values equity for everyone.
Pamela H. McKenna, CAE
McKenna Management, Inc.