S.H.A.D.E.S and WWT ABLE Highlight Sickle Cell Disease for Black History Month and Rare Disease Day 2021
Employee Resource Groups at World Wide Technology are collaborating to raise awareness and strengthen allyship around disease, race and disability.
Chris Webber, a strategic engagement manager at WWT based in Oakland, Calif., recently detailed his experience with Sickle Cell Anemia. He talks about finding inspiration in his young neighbor Jazz, who has the disease, and the Aaron Ardoin Foundation, which was founded by WWT board member Priscilla Hill-Ardoin.
The Aaron Ardoin Foundation
Priscilla Hill-Ardoin has served on the World Wide Technology board since its inception, bringing along experience like being AT&T's first director of diversity. She is considered to be a pioneer and visionary among her peers. Priscilla’s intelligence, extensive business experience and acumen, and resilient nature embody every core value we embrace at WWT. Priscilla’s oldest son, Aaron, interned at WWT. In 2004, at the age of 23, Aaron passed away due to complications from Sickle Cell Anemia. Priscilla started and maintains the Aaron Ardoin Foundation for Sickle Cell Anemia to support research and education of the disease, as well to help those whose lives are impacted by the disease
Be an Ally
WWT's Employee Resource Groups are intended to strengthen our workforce by encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion. These groups help those in them better understand others through listening, learning and engaging. As we celebrate our employees’ unique contributions to our culture and business, we put them in a position to make a meaningful impact on our business and community.
Diversity is about the representation of different genders, races, nationalities, abilities and sexual orientations and identities. S.H.A.D.E.S. and WWT ABLE have come together to promote and celebrate these diversities and understand that people are not monolithic.