By: Halima McWilliams, Director of HR Operations and Culture. Halima has over 20 years of experience in strategic HR and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) to aid organizations in crafting customized, practical and human-centered solutions that work. Halima is a certified HR practitioner and trusted business partner. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Capella University. Halima has worked in leadership roles in Fortune 500 organizations such as Raytheon and First Data and most recently “re-relocated” back to the DFW Metroplex after working as a Principal Consultant with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
MAKING OUR MARK
In 2013 when Corgan celebrated 75 years of service March 19th, we developed a company initiative known as Make Your Mark (MYM). Since its inception, Make Your Mark has become an integral part of Corgan’s organizational DNA and serves as a direct reflection of the firm’s values and commitment to being a positive community partner for numerous projects, people and initiatives in the communities in which we work, serve and play.
MYM is a month-long community service program that takes place each March where Corganites are encouraged to give their time, talent and treasure to causes they are passionate about with a major focus this year on arts and community preservation, education, health, veterans assistance, poverty intervention, homelessness, youth and violence intervention.
For the 2019 MYM campaign, Corganites supported their communities by participating in numerous diverse and creative initiatives across the nation. During MYM these volunteer experiences help to strengthen the community bonds for each of our offices and provide employees convenient avenues to give back to their communities. These efforts also help to shape our employee experience by contributing to reduced turnover, higher employee engagement and positive community reputations.
In Dallas, Corganites donated to Café Momentum, a non-profit restaurant which hires at-risk youth, trains students in each function of the restaurant business, while offering professional and life coaching, healthcare and counseling. Dallas Corganites also held donation drives for Dallas SPCA, the Boys & Girls Club and Genesis Women’s Shelter.
The office held a Carter Blood Drive with 37 participants who provided enough blood to help up to 96 patients! Others volunteered with Hunger Busters, a non-profit organization that prepares lunches for underprivileged children across Dallas. Some gave their time to the North Texas Food Bank or got down in the mud to provide farm work for Bonton Farms. Some served lunch at the Austin Street Homeless Shelter and others donated clothing and toiletries to the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.
At our Houston office, Corganites participated in a donation drive for the Star of Hope Mission, an organization that strives to meet the needs of the homeless community through career and personal development counseling, parenting classes, and more. Together the office chipped in to buy bars of soap, razors, etc. to build care packages for the Mission.
Down in Phoenix the teams donated brand new fleece blankets to Linus Blankets which disperses the blankets to local children’s hospitals across Arizona. The office also made paracord survival bracelets and wrote letters to overseas troops, veterans and first-responders with Operation Gratitude.
Our New York Corganites participated in the annual MS Climb to raise money for MS research. The office also held an event with Artware for Good at our office to design mosaic tiles which were donated to the Lady Savant Foundation. In addition, the office held a donation drive to purchase canned goods for the New York Food Bank.
In Los Angeles several individuals participated in the annual nationwide charity event Cycle for Survival which raises money for rare cancer research through a marathon cycle class. Our New York office also participated in New York’s Cycle for Survival event, raising $1,235. LA Corganites also planted trees with TreePeople in the Santa Monica mountains and prepared care packages for People Assisting the Homeless (PATH).
Out of Orlando, the entire office participated in a volunteer event with Fleet Farming in Audubon Park where they laid compost and mulch down for a pre-developed garden. Fleet Farming is a non-profit urban agriculture program in Orlando which develops community gardens on privately owned land that has been donated for the purpose of a garden. The owners of these plots then sell the produce that is grown to local markets and restaurants.
In Atlanta, a group donated time and design talents to the Lifecycle Building Center to source possible materials and furniture pieces for an office space, as well as developed a package for a client that included design ideas and a furniture plan. Lifecycle Building Center is a nonprofit that helps communities reclaim discarded building materials for reuse and provides education for the community surrounding sustainable construction practices.
2019’s MYM initiative involved 74% participation and Corgan employees gave over 480 hours of service to over 20 organizations. The annual program aids in supporting employees as they find common purposes and passions that matter most to them. This is especially significant as Corgan’s workforce is now comprised of over 70% millennials. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy fosters connections and guides our employees who are searching for ways to support community organizations.