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Black Woman Wins Over $360M From A Racial Discrimination And Retaliation Lawsuit Filed Against FedEx

One would assume working diligently at a job would lead to good favor. This wasn’t the case for Jennifer Harris.

Nov 17, 2022

FedEx Teams Up With HBCUs 'To Build A Pipeline Of Logistics And Supply Chain Professionals'

Innovative partnerships have been piling up already in 2022 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Today, FedEx has announced a new program designed “to build a pipeline of logistics and supply chain professionals.” CNBC reports that the company will be partnering with eight HBCUs for the program, which is an extension of its ongoing commitment that was established in 2021. “Our relationship with HBCUs began more than 20 years ago, and we are continuously working to develop initiatives and opportunities that create positive outcomes for students and faculty. The Student Ambassador Program is yet another way we are continuing to invest in these historical institutions as we build a better future, together,” FedEx President and Chief Operating Officer Raj Subramaniam told CNBC.

Feb 1, 2022

FedEx Launches $1M Funded E-Commerce Learning Lab To Aid Diverse Businesses

FedEx has announced the launch of a brand-new initiative that’s helping small diverse businesses adapt to e-commerce models. An announcement from the company shares that the FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab — developed in collaboration with nonprofit organization Accion Opportunity Fund (AOF) — is a hands-on program that’s designed to help diverse small business owners create and/or expand their e-commerce operations to innovate their business models. The FedEx E-Commerce Learning Lab — which is funded by a $1 million grant — was created out of a desire to help support women and people of color entrepreneurs whose businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. As a result of the pandemic and social distancing rules, online shopping has become a wildly popular trend amongst consumers over the last year. However, many businesses were not equipped with a website or online shop to capitalize on this opportunity, especially Black, women and people of color-owned...

May 18, 2021

From Receptionist to CEO: Ramona Hood Appointed as FedEx's First Black CEO

Ramona Hood has been named president and CEO of FedEx Custom Critical, making her the first African American to hold the position in the company’s history. According to Commercial Appeal , Hood transitions into her role as CEO after serving as vice president of operations, strategy, and planning for FedEx Custom Critical. However, her initial position at FedEx was that of a receptionist. In 1991, as a 19-year-old single mother in search of a full-time job, Hood started her career at FedEx, previously known as Roberts Express. “I just wanted a schedule that would be consistent,” Hood told The Commercial Appeal. As CEO of the company, Hood wants to use technology to address customer’s shipment needs by “looking at things in ways we haven’t in the past.” Hood’s rise to the top was far from a fluke, but intentional on the part of the receptionist turned CEO. She explains her ability to climb the ladder was due to being “pretty intentional and purposeful with gaining experience” during...

Feb 28, 2020

FedEx Launches Small Business Grant Contest

FedEx announced the launch of its eighth Small Business Grant Contest on Tuesday. The 2020 FedEx Grant Contest will allocate its grand prize pool of $252,500 to 12 eligible business owners. “FedEx is invested in helping small businesses grow and prosper and our mission is to help these entrepreneurs shine,” said Scott Harkins, senior vice president of Customer Experience Marketing at FedEx in a  press release. The prize packages are as follows: One Grand Prize: $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services One Silver Prize: $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office services Ten Bronze Prizes: $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office services To enter contestants must submit a short bio, logo, photos that capture the essence of their company, a 1-minute video, and encourage fans to vote for their small business. The deadline to apply is March 2. Click here to view the official contest rules.

Jan 29, 2020