Celebrating Black Historical past Month With a Concentrate on Well being and Wellness

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At WP Engine, we’re dedicated to fostering an organization tradition that displays our Core Values and is welcoming and inclusive for all. 

Our Worker Useful resource Teams are an integral a part of that effort. Not solely do they supply group and illustration to the numerous lived experiences of our workers, these teams work constantly to supply impactful and provoking programming that brings training and consciousness to all.

Whereas every of our ERGs is energetic all year long, Rise has a variety of actions deliberate all through February to have a good time and commemorate Black Historical past Month

Rise goals to supply a protected, inclusive surroundings for the development, advocacy, and training of BIPOC and allies by deliberately rising consciousness of the views and experiences of these at WP Engine and in our communities. 

All through the month of February, members of Rise, along with different WP Engine workers, will spearhead plenty of actions centered on Black Well being and Wellness,  together with restoration, restoration, and the promotion of wholesome habits.

From meditation classes and self-care initiatives to discussions round psychological well being, Rise members will lead actions every week that emphasize wellness as a holistic unification of thoughts, physique, and spirit.

To increase on this idea, we requested WP Engine leaders what involves thoughts after they hear the phrase “wellness,” and why they consider it’s necessary. Right here’s what they needed to say:

“I consider wellness is necessary as a result of bringing our greatest to work (and the world) and serving to others do the identical, requires that we first concentrate on our personal well-being.  We will’t successfully assist others if wellness will not be a precedence in our personal lives.”   

Keith Fafel – VP, Product

“I consider wellness is necessary as a result of when these dimensions are in concord then you definitely stay a joyful, purpose-driven life.  In concord could be very subjective and private!  It’s completely different for every of us; formed by the distinctive context of dwelling, doing life!”  

Enid Jimenez – Director, Engineering

“I consider wellness is necessary as a result of with out it, one can’t benefit from the moments in life each large and small, and each exercise turns into a chore. With out wellness, you possibly can’t be really current for your self, on your family members, and on your group.”

Ramadass Prabhakar – SVP International Engineering

“I consider wellness is necessary as a result of it impacts the standard of life I lead; happiness and pleasure I can derive from being round my family members, my work, my hobbies.”

Suchitra Hari – Director of Engineering

“I consider wellness is necessary as a result of it impacts our feelings and actions.”

Yangyang Hao – Director, Worker Expertise Operations • Individuals Ops & Rewards

“I consider wellness is necessary as a result of nothing is sustainable with out it. Wellness is the wanted stability in life that results in higher psychological and bodily well being.”

Lara Weinacht – Tradition & Engmt Program Supervisor, Lead • Individuals Ops & Rewards

“Wellness is necessary due to how a lot falls below that umbrella and the way interconnected that every one is.  Any a part of ‘wellness’ being defective can result in all the automotive ‘stalling.’ We’re all too accustomed to leaving the test engine mild on, whereas nonetheless driving down the freeway at 90 mph. And that mindset is harmful.”

Anand Reddy – Director, Expertise Acquisition

“I used to be so glad to listen to our leaders acknowledge the significance of wellbeing within the office,” mentioned Jennifer Parker, WP Engine Sr. Supervisor, Engineering and Rise Chapter Consultant.

“Once I hear the phrase wellness, I consider the holistic interconnectivity of thoughts, physique, and spirit.  Once I hear black well being and wellness, I consider the sacrifice, braveness, and development of our black well being and medical practitioners from the previous by means of the current day.” 

“Earlier than arriving at a spot the place they may nurture and thrive, these historic pioneers confronted some unimaginable challenges to succeed in their achievements {of professional} recognition.  In consequence, their efforts have shored up a rising variety of well being amenities and medical establishments to foster the notice of well being and wellness in black communities.” 

“Hats off to all of our brave black students, well being, and medical practitioners, thanks!!”

To search out out extra about Black Historical past Month, together with an important lineup of digital occasions happening all through February, go to The Affiliation for the Examine of African American Life and Historical past (ASALH) in addition to the entire hyperlinks listed under: 

Smithsonian Schooling – Black Historical past Month

Nationwide Park Service – African American Heritage

Nationwide Archives – African American Historical past Portal

Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities – African American Historical past and Tradition

Nationwide Park Service – African American Heritage

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — Particular Focus, Black Historical past Month

For extra details about WP Engine, our office tradition, and the completely different employee-led initiatives we assist year-round, go to our Careers Web page

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