BaP is dedicated to the cultivation and empowerment of Black leaders at the firm and beyond – we are a community of allies and black professionals at Point B.
We're committed to fostering an environment that promotes empowerment celebrates cultural diversity and fosters an inclusive environment for Black professionals to be successful at Point B.
Our people and perspectives
BaP was founded to create a safe space for Black people to bring their entire selves to work. Personally, I felt a deep desire to make a change and disrupt the current status quo in America. Think back to the summer of 2020, there was a heaviness in the air and a renewed momentum towards equality. We, the founders of BaP, wanted to make sure that this momentum wasn't lost, but instead built upon – whether it be through helping our communities or making changes internally here at Point B.Allissa Latham, Senior Consultant & BRG Lead
I was inspired to lead BaP because I wanted to help create a safe space where I could fellowship with other people that identify with Black culture and understand the layered cultural nuisances.Jolina Harris, Consultant & BRG Lead
How we stay connected
We have general team meetings with allies every 3rd Thursday of the month from 4pm – 5pm EST. We also have the black professionals space that meets every 1st Thursday of the month from 4-5pm EST.
Holidays we celebrate together
Some important holidays in which the group connected with each other informally and in scheduled meetings (last year) includes:
- Juneteenth, PRIDE, Veterans Day, MLK Day, Black History Month, Women's History Month, Kwanzaa
Here's a look at some of the ways we've celebrated recent holidays:
On June 19, we celebrate Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, Freedom Day or Liberation Day. Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people knew of their liberation and were released – two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
In honor of Juneteenth, Blacks at Point B, created opportunities for education, reflection and celebration of this important holiday. Together, we renew our commitment to racial equity by showing up for each other, leaning into courageous conversations, pursuing understanding and elevating the rich history of our diverse communities.
February is Black History Month, which means celebrating and reflecting on a rich history of Black American culture, innovation and revolution.
2021 marked the first of many celebrations to come here at Point B. BaP team members came together to help Point B’ers celebrate Black History with virtual events like a competitive (and fun!) Trivia Night and A Night of Spoken Word, thought-provoking posts in our company-wide Microsoft Teams site, and collaboration with communities across the country.
Our gratitude to all who have joined in this month, and to all who continue celebration throughout the year.
A Point B founder shares thoughts on Black History Month
Black history is my mother's weary chestnut eyes, witness to a thousand atrocities that she'd never share--eyes that looked back at me with anxiety and unease each time I announced plans to hang with friends down the block or at the corner store. Would I return? Whole? She knew Black History is at the center of everything in America, or that it should be. Still, full of hope, my mother prayed for a world where merit and character were enough. I pray for that too.Jim Hodge