Celebrating Black History Month with WP Engine Represents
At WP Engine, we’re committed to providing an inclusive environment where a diverse set of people can come together, be their authentic, whole selves and do their best work. This is made possible through our core values and our Open Doors pillar, which supports WP engine’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that are aligned with the company’s mission and values. One such ERG is Represents, a group that seeks to intentionally raise awareness of the perspectives and experiences of all racial and ethnic groups within the tech industry and increase the equality of opportunity.
To commemorate Black History Month, we invited members of our team to share their thoughts on black leaders, historical figures, and community members they admire, the challenges they’ve faced in their careers, and what Black History Month means to them.
Throughout the month of February, we’ll be featuring our employees through our social channels. Follow @wpengine on Instagram for more thoughts from the team.
Below, we speak to WP Engine’s Troy McHenry, Senior Manager of Technical Support; Brian Kenney, Manager, Sales Performance and Development; and Carmen Johnson, Customer Success Manager.
Are there any black leaders you admire, either in history or in current times? Why?
Carmen: Two people that have had the most profound impact on me to date are opera singer Marian Anderson and businesswoman/author/singer Carla Harris. I was drawn to Marian Anderson when I first discovered opera music at a very young age. As the first African American to perform both at the White House and The Metropolitan Opera, her story was one of my first realizations that regardless of your background or disadvantage, with hard work and relentless persistence, nothing and no one can limit you.
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