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Celebrating Juneteenth at IBX with associate resource group iLEAD

Pictured left to right: Kenyatta Donley, marketing manager; Matt Lynch, optimization manager; Wayne Harris, senior learning specialist at Independence University; Kanisha Parrish, learning manager at Independence University; and Tiffany Brooks, lead business systems analyst of Contact Center Solutions

Independence Blue Cross (IBX) hosted a Juneteenth observance session, “Constructing a Village for Your Whole Self,” which was facilitated by iLEAD (Inspiring, Lifting, and Empowering the African Diaspora) associate resource group (ARG). To celebrate this important day in history, iLEAD held a panel discussion that recalls Black History Month’s theme of “building a village.”

The event aimed to honor Juneteenth by promoting self-development and enhancing both professional and personal lives. The panel featured insights from Optimization Manager Matt Lynch; Marketing Manager Kenyatta Donley; Learning Manager at Independence University Kanisha Parrish; and Lead Business Systems Analyst of Contact Center Solutions Tiffany Brooks. The discussion was moderated by Senior Learning Specialist at Independence University Wayne Harris.

For those struggling to find a village, ally, or trusted guide in their workplace, Lynch offered this suggestion: “If you don’t have it, be it. If you don’t feel like you have professional support or mentorship, be one for somebody else that is truly in need.”

iLEAD champions the recruitment, retention, professional advancement and well-being of all associates representing the African Diaspora.

“Juneteenth for iLEAD is a day to honor the resilience, culture and achievements of African Americans. As an ARG, we can use this opportunity to educate our colleagues about this time in history in efforts to continue to promote cultural awareness,” said Brooks.

iLEAD reconnected the following day for a social at South Restaurant to continue building its village and celebrating Juneteenth. The group’s executive sponsors are Senior Vice President of Government Markets Kortney Cruz and Vice President of Customer Experience and Client Setup Nicole Gold.

IBX also embraced the spirit of Juneteenth in our community by supporting Philadelphia’s Juneteenth Parade and Festival — the nation’s largest annual Juneteenth celebration — and the Wawa Welcome America Juneteenth Block Party and Evening Conversation, which this year celebrates freedom through music and the impact of African American women in politics.

In addition, IBX changed the building lights at its Market Street headquarters to red, black, green, and yellow from June 17-19.