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February: Excellence in the Workplace Through Celebration

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Author: Monique Hudson, Global I&D Business Partner

Inclusion is one of Palo Alto Networks' core values and known as our P.U.L.S.E. (Psychological Safety, Understanding, Listen, Support, Elevate). P.U.L.S.E.  forms the narrative of our Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) endeavors, embodying the collective knowledge, programs and existing framework accessible to all employees for leveraging, understanding, acting upon and embracing. In the spirit of fostering diversity, inclusion and understanding in the workplace, we find ourselves at a unique intersection this February as we celebrate both Lunar New Year and Black History Month. It's an opportune time to reflect on the richness that comes from acknowledging and embracing the intersections of various cultural experiences.

 

Understanding Lunar New Year:

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is a vibrant and significant celebration in many Asian cultures. It marks the beginning of the lunar calendar and is a time for family gatherings, feasts and symbolic rituals. From dances to traditional clothing, the festivities vary across different communities, reflecting a rich tapestry of traditions.

At Palo Alto Networks, observing Lunar New Year is a powerful way to recognize the cultural diversity within our teams. Employees who celebrate this event often appreciate a workplace that acknowledges and respects their traditions. The collective guidance of our employee network groups InnovAsian (Asian employee network) and Aloha ‘Aina (Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders employee network) helps to educate others on how to join in to celebrate the Year of the Dragon through in-person and virtual events in which Lunar New Year customs create a sense of belonging for all employees.

 

Celebrating Black Excellence during Black History Month:

February is dedicated to commemorating Black History Month, honoring the achievements, contributions and challenges of the Black community. It is a time to reflect on the profound impact of Black individuals throughout history and acknowledge their pivotal role in shaping our world.

At Palo Alto Networks, the recognition of Black History Month presents a chance for both education and celebration. Our Black employee network group, Ujima, led by Mike Boswell, Shae Trautwein and Warren Dubose is observing Black History Month under the theme "Black Renaissance." The group has organized events showcasing visual art, music, cultural movements and the achievements of Black employees. Additionally, they will share educational resources and foster open discussions throughout February. This acknowledgment of the month's significance contributes to the creation of an inclusive environment that appreciates and respects the diverse experiences of all team members.

 

As we embrace the simultaneous celebrations of Lunar New Year and Black History Month, let us remember that diversity is not a singular experience but a tapestry woven from a multitude of unique threads. By acknowledging and appreciating the intersectionality of cultural observances, workplaces can become spaces where every individual feels a sense of pride in their heritage and a shared commitment to inclusivity. This February, let's celebrate not only the distinct cultural markers but also the beautiful mosaic they create when intersecting in the workplace.

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