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2U, Inc.

30+ Ways Companies Are Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Founded in 1989, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 and ends October 15. The four-week span over two calendar months may seem a bit odd, but it comes with good reason, as it covers independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, as well as key celebrations in Hispanic and Latin communities. Apart from commemorating major holidays and historic milestones, this month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans.

We asked some of our partner companies what they're doing to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at work this year, and we were inspired by the wide range of responses, from highlighting the impact that employees have in local communities to hosting fireside conversations on allyship to sharing performances and instruction of famous cultural dances. Not only are these companies honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, they're finding ways to spread positive change throughout the year. Here's what they're doing, in their own words:

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Automattic

How These Companies Encourage Employees to Take Time Off

While there is some merit to the phrase "work hard to play hard," the positive impact of time away from work only occurs if employees actually use their PTO.

Currently, over 50% of Americans leave unused vacation days on the table, which account for billions of dollars in forfeited benefits.

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PwC

Watch Our Virtual Event with PwC

PowerToFly kicked off October 2020 by presenting an inspiring and empowering event with the women leaders of PwC, a professional services firm powered by integrated and innovative digital tools. The event included a keynote address, panel discussion, and a live audience Q&A.

WATCH THE EVENT HERE

Speakers from PwC included:

  • Karrie Thiel, Director, People Technology Leader
  • Shannon Fyfe, Senior Manager, Technology Delivery Manager
  • Preeti Khadilkar, Manager, IT System Architecture
  • Stefanie Mueller, Manager, Product Marketing
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Quip

23 Ways Companies Are Supporting Working Parents

With "back to school" looking just a little different this year, we asked our partner companies what they're doing to make the transition as smooth as possible for parents.

Being a parent was hard already. Then came a pandemic that shuttered schools and childcare facilities and added "teacher" and "round-the-clock caretaker" to the list of things that American parents must be for their kids. And with many schools not planning to open for several more months (and many of the ones that have opened finding that they need to shut their doors again), it's looking like that will be the case for a while. Working parents will have to continue to juggle the wellbeing, education, and raising of their children while also doing their full-time jobs either remotely or in-person as essential workers.

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