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These Black-Owned Brands Deserve Your #SmallBusinessSaturday Support

Recently, as AfroTech previously reported, American Express and the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC) announced the expansion of ByBlack with the first national certification program exclusively for Black-ownership designation. And one of the most famous participants in the program is Issa Rae, who recently certified her Sienna Naturals through the program with the hopes of reaching more customers for her in-demand products. “We have only scratched the surface of the collective power of Black businesses, so I am excited to join AmEx and the USBC to shine a light on the opportunities ByBlack presents,” she said in a statement. “ByBlack is a powerful platform that connects Black business owners with new revenue streams and helps all of us find and shop at standout businesses. Together we can spread the word to support small Black businesses.” To qualify for the no-cost certification process, businesses must provide proof that their business is 51 percent Black-owned, and also...

American Express Names Glenda McNeal as the First Black Woman on its Executive Committee

Glenda McNeal is the first Black woman to join the Executive Committee at American Express. According to Black Enterprise , over the years the President of Strategic Partnerships has lent her expertise across sales and client management, business development, and marketing and strategy at the financial corporation. Also, McNeal has overseen the relationships of Amex’s largest partners, including Delta, Marriott, Hilton, PayPal, and Amazon. In her new seat, McNeal will help Amex face COVID-19 and other challenges of the global economy. Furthermore, the committee is now represented by seven women, a record number for the company, Patch reports . “Having Glenda’s expertise and experience on the Executive Committee will be a huge asset for us,” Chairman and CEO Stephen J. Squeri said . “We will benefit from their diverse perspectives as we navigate through the challenges we face and position our company to win going forward.” McNeal’s storied career spans three decades. She is a Dillard...

Niki McGloster

Jun 22, 2020

How American Express Sets the Industry Example for Inclusion and Diversity

The company employs and supports a diverse group of colleagues to reflect the wide range of customers served Inclusion and diversity are more than just marketing buzzwords. Genuine respect and inclusion for all cultures, ethnicities, and belief systems are critical for a harmonious, thriving workplace. When a company is serving a global customer base, these principles become even more essential. Named the 2019 company on the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Fortune, American Express knows the value of inclusion and diversity. The company understands that the best way to serve its wide range of customers across the world is to hire and engage meaningfully with colleagues from all walks of life. Amex supports inclusion and diversity through a variety of initiatives such as its wide range of colleague networks that foster inclusion, support colleagues and celebrate the diversity of the company’s workforce. Amex promotes the principles of fairness and respect for everyone on multiple...


Nov 12, 2019