African-American Forum Executives’ Trip to Africa
A GE team made up of leaders in GE’s African American Forum (AAF) recently traveled to Africa to meet with government officials and business leaders — and to visit healthcare facilities where GE has provided solutions that include healthcare equipment and support with water, energy, communications and infrastructure development.
The AAF delegation and GE staff in the picture above from left to right:
- Row 1: Deborah Elam (Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer), Ann Fudge (Board of Director), (President of Rwanda), James Cash (Board of Director) and Lazarus Angbazo (National Executive – West, East & Central Africa)
- Row 2: Frank Taylor (Vice President, Chief Security Officer), Raymond Burse (Vice President & General Counsel, C&I), Paula Madison (Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, NBC Universal), Michael Barber (Vice President – Healthymagination) and Christopher Akiwumi (Legal Counsel, Africa)
- Row 3: Steven Thorne (Vice President, Global Staffing) and Deo-Gratias Onyango (Commercial Development Manager, GE East Africa)
The African American Forum mission is to strengthen African American employees at GE through professional development, career management, and mentoring that will enable retention and growth. The forum also works to strengthen the bonds between GE and its local African American communities.
AAF activities expose individuals to business and functional leaders at many levels throughout all GE businesses and increase their potential for contributing to the success of GE. At the same time, the AAF exists to provide focused communication to the company’s management on the barriers to achieving a work force climate that values cultural diversity.
In addition to providing members with access to others of a similar background and the benefits of their experience at GE, the AAF has provided training in recruitment, orientation, development, exposure and promotion to thousands of employees throughout the country each year. This development furthers the AAF’s interest in fostering culturally diverse managers in the Executive Band and higher management ranks.
The AAF also works to strengthen bonds with African American communities through community programs such as holiday food drives, sponsoring/serving holiday dinners for the homeless, UNCF telethons, walk-a-thons, assistance to Habitat for Humanity projects, and numerous other projects in the neighborhoods where employees live and work. Community exposure supports recruitment through direct contact and demonstrates that GE values cultural diversity.
In future articles, we’ll delve into more detail on each region of Africa that the executive team visited.