During Black History Month, Inspire celebrates the stories of our corporate and franchise team members, as well as franchisees as we reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping U.S. history. Today, we spoke with Daija Griffin, who is a talent advisor at Inspire. She is also a member of our Black Voices @ Inspire Business Resource Group, which is dedicated to advocating for diversity at all levels of our organization and cultivating an inclusive culture.
What drew you to leading the Black Voices @ Inspire BRG?
What drew me to leading this Business Resource Group was the opportunity to influence my own community in a way that will only make Inspire better simultaneously. I think it’s very important to have representation and a “safe place” for an underrepresented group entirely, which is what this BRG is for. Lastly, I am very passionate about growth and inclusivity. I think this BRG will encourage and motivate discomfort for all Inspire team members to grow out of their comfort zone and build an inclusive and inviting culture.
Why is being a member of this BRG important to you?
Being one of the leads/member is so rewarding. I am a part of something that is greater than just myself. This BRG is created to represent the African Americans of Inspire, so it’s an honor that I don’t take lightly.
What are your aspirations as a member of this BRG?
My aspiration for this BRG is to have solid processes in place and the BRG aligned accordingly so that we can expand the group in efforts to impact more Inspire team members, both support center and operations. The more members, the bigger the community!
What excites you about the future of the Black Voices @ Inspire BRG?
Wow, there is a lot I am excited about in regards to the Black Voices future. I am excited about the uncomfortable conversations we will be having to continue to expand everyone’s perception and gain better insight to be more inclusive and inviting. I am excited to see how this BRG helps develop and provide upward mobility opportunities for the African American’s at Inspire. Lastly, I am excited about the African American community that is gradually being built within the BRG. I am hoping our members can make great connections and utilize those connection to only expand their experience and opportunities in the workplace.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
It’s a very special month for me. It’s such a special time to reflect back on all the efforts my ancestors put in, learn more about their strengths and continue to carry their legacy. In February, I take intentional time to learn something new about African American history daily. I am lucky to have such strong ancestors so it’s crucial for me to take the time to learn so much about them all.
How are you celebrating Black History Month?
From a BRG perspective, we are posting Black History Month content daily on our LinkedIn page. We also have a couple of speakers lined up and a fun African American trivia/happy hour on the 25th. Personally, I am consistently educating myself because there is so much black excellence history, there is always new stuff to learn! I’ve watched different movies, documentaries, shows and most importantly I read a lot about our ancestors and how incredibly daring they all were to make change happen.
To learn more about the Black Voices @ Inspire BRG or to join the group, contact Daija Griffin.
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