Black History Month is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of African-Americans. Here’s a list of African-American trailblazers who made major contributions to our society despite steep hurdles.
Even the most open-minded, well-intentioned people can fall victim to making snap judgments that aren’t aligned with their core values and beliefs. And those quick decisions, although not intended, could prevent others from getting a fair shake. That’s the main message behind the Check Your Blind Spots mobile tour.
With smartphones, iPad and laptops, many of us take for granted the ease of accessing the internet. But for LGBT youth who may be homeless or housing insecure due to familial homophobia, the Cyber Center at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center serves as a lifeline.
When Kristine Maciolek Small, director of Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Management, came to work at PPL in 2013 she chose not to identify as a person with a disability. Although she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002, it wasn’t until she got involved with PPL’s business resource group REACH, which supports individuals with disabilities in our workplace.
On June 12, FUSE, PPL’s employee-led business resource group, brought together nearly 50 PPL employees, leaders and members of the community for a lunch and learn to highlight what it means to be transgender. The event featured speaker Madeline Marquardt, owner and president of Ephektiv, Inc., who spoke about her personal journey as a transgender woman.
With May being Mental Health Awareness Month, PPL’s Susan Drabic reflects on how far her son has come with proper treatment and support from fellow PPL employees and the community.
Take a look through our memory book, recognizing some of the women of PPL who blazed new trails, shattered expectations and boldly stepped into new roles. Today and every day, we celebrate all of the women past and present who have contributed to the forward progress of PPL.
Obando-Derstine was once a shy and quiet girl – a native Colombian and Spanish speaker in a New Jersey school filled with English-speaking students. A teacher took Obando-Derstine under her wing in kindergarten, boosting the girl’s confidence and teaching her English. That teacher and other role models along the way laid the foundation for the leader Obando-Derstine would eventually become.
Kristin Leayman shared her story during the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s LGBT Business Summit on March 6 at Moravian College in Bethlehem. PPL was one of many companies to sponsor the event, which was designed partly to instruct employers how to provide more inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees.
PPL board member Rod Adkins recently shared his inspirational message with employees, urging them to forge a better future for the next generation. He served as the special guest speaker at a luncheon held by PPL’s employee-led African American Business Resource group.. The event was held in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month.