Tuesday, 20 September 2016 13:38

Lake Norman Corporations honored for inclusiveness at Diversity Luncheon

Corp Champ resizedEnsemble Health Partners in Huntersville, Novant Health – Huntersville Medical Center, and MSC Industrial Supply in Davidson were cited by the Chamber of Commerce for their efforts in Diversity at the Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Luncheon held at River Run Country Club Thursday, September 15th.

Doug Jones, Vice President of MSC Industrial Supply received the Corporate Champion of Diversity Award from Lake Norman Chamber Diversity Chair Chris Hailey and Chamber Board Chair Callan Bryan. (Pictured with Doug are Butch Kinsey and Kari Heerdt from MSC.) Since 2014, MSC has added 179 positions in the Davidson office, 60% filled by women and 27% by minorities. Nearly 60% of these women and 54% of the minorities filled executive, managerial, professional or technical roles. Approximately 10% are veterans and/or individuals with disabilities.

Their list of community involvement projects is just as impressive: Ada Jenkins Center, Mooresville Soup Kitchen, Safe Alliance, Second Harvest Food Bank, volunteer and financial support to the IGNITE center assisting adults on the autism spectrum and Time Out Youth – an organization supporting LGBT kids.

In 2016 alone, approximately 150 MSC associates contributed more than 800 hours of volunteer service, donated 185 lbs. of school supplies, 600 items of clothing, and 350 lbs. of food.

In their nomination letter to the chamber Ensemble Health Partners shared, “Ensemble is a company built around the concept of empowering individuals to meet their maximum professional potential and creating an environment conducive to our shared success. Ensemble believes professional potential is reached by individuals that feel included, have a respected voice to share their opinion, and are actively involved in building up the strengths of our of collective team. We also believe that sharing our success is rooted in extending our reach beyond our internal community to embrace our corporate social responsibility, by caring for our local communities. We invest in delivering the best to one another, our community, and clients, and feel that ‘the best’ we have to offer is achieved in embracing all the perspectives and dimensions we bring as individuals. Ensemble is individuals coming together to create a whole. The more diverse we are as individuals, the better ‘whole’ we create.”

Ensemble added, “We have been honored to donate $11,500 to March of Dimes, over $3000 to Make a Wish foundation, $3,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, $15,000 to the local initiative for Relay for Life, $4,500 to local charities including the Firefighter Burned Children’s Fund, Family Hospice and Palliative Care and funding for South Carolina Relief as well as donating over 200 toys to local children through Toys for Tots and providing School bags and supplies to those in need in our community. The most rewarding part of all of this, is that it has not detracted from the way we have been able to support one another in times of need, and amazing opportunity we’ve had to pick up our own team-members when we are down. We are also excited about some of our upcoming scheduled events such as Habitat for Humanity teams and Making Strides for Breast Cancer!”

Novant Health - Huntersville Medical Center, the 2015 Corporate Diversity Champion was recognized again this year as a finalist. According to Laurie Griswell, “Novant Health (NH) developed and hired a dedicated Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer position to educate NH team members. Since then, Novant Health has developed Business Resource Groups (BRGs) which are an important part of NH’s diversity and inclusion strategy. A BRG is a voluntary group of team members organized around an aspect of common identity such as age, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status. The groups work together to support each other, our business and diversity and inclusion strategies and constituency needs. The goal is to embed diversity and inclusion into the fabrics of everything we do because it is a part of everything we do.”Corp resized

Griswell continued, “The BRGs are comprised of team members across NH at all levels of responsibility. Membership is open to all team members. An example of some of the BRGs are the Latino BRG; Black/African American BRG; Women’s BRG; Generational BRG; LGBTQA BRG; Asian BRG, and Veterans BRG.”

Pictured as Corporate Champions of Diversity Finalists are: Diversity Chair Chris Hailey, Doug Jones and Kari Heerdt from MSC, Sean Hayes – Ensemble Health Partners, Butch Kinsey (MSC), Reesheda Murphy from Novant Health – Huntersville Medical Center, and Chamber Board Chair Callan Bryan.  Photos by John McHugh / Ocaid Photography

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