How Roy is Working to Empower African American Employees

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At Staples, “inclusion” is a verb. It’s what we do to ensure our employees feel they can bring their authentic selves to work every day. We connect on the things we have in common. And celebrate our differences by working with respect and fairness towards one another. One group that embodies this mission is our employee-driven group, Mosaic. Mosaic promotes inclusion in the workplace and is dedicated to enriching the black communities in which we live and work.

In honor of Black History Month, we caught up with our Senior Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis and Mosaic committee chair, Roy, to gain insight on his career journey, advice for someone just starting out, and why he got involved with our inclusion and diversity groups. Here’s what he had to say:

Describe your career journey. What led you to Staples?

With over 13 years of experience, I spent most of my career in financial services with roles in a range of different areas, including insurance, consulting, and banking.  After gaining this experience, I wanted to transition to an e-commerce industry.  Given where Staples was on their journey, I wanted to be part of their transformation story and help achieve its mission to become a sustainable growth company. I also knew a few current employees who said the people who worked here were second to none, and after being here for 2 years, I couldn’t agree more.

What lessons can others draw from your experience? Do you have any advice for someone starting out?

Never stop asking questions.  Your professional and personal networks can be a great value to you and always be looking to expand it.  Find yourself a mentor and professional sponsor who can help provide a blueprint or at least help you connect the dots.

What’s your favorite aspect of #StaplesLife?

I love the shared workspaces.  They give this sense of innovation and vibrant energy.

What do you think it takes to be a good leader at Staples?

A good leader is one who can organically inspire and breed a sense of positivity to a common goal.  They must also be able to listen and provide feedback.

Why did you become involved with Mosaic, Roy?

Mosaic is just one of the Business Resource Groups I became involved with in order to build relationships across the company. I became a co-chair to help lead the retention efforts around black associates. I also hope to be an inspiration for some of our junior associates who don’t see many African Americans in management positions.

Can you tell us about any new initiatives or plans for Mosaic in 2020?

This year, we want to intentionally integrate ourselves in the onboarding experience. We hope to have more ethnically diverse events around the building, including a themed pub night, and we will continue our monthly lunch and learns that showcase different learnings from various functional areas.

How is Mosaic celebrating Black History Month?

We will be hosting several events throughout the month including trivia nights and special food spotlights. On top of this, we’re developing a video series where employees share their thoughts on what Black History Month means to them and how they get inspired.

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Diversity and inclusion are an important part of Staples’ culture. Through groups like Mosaic, we continue to break down barriers and provide a welcoming space and equal opportunities for all. Experience our culture of inclusion and join the team – view our available opportunities today.