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mission of the ABLE Network is to promote the benefit of unique abilities and
contributions of associates, families and members impacted by disability through raising awareness, fostering respect and navigating barriers for Sears Holdings.
is an enterprise-wide network committed to recognizing, valuing and leveraging
the strengths and capabilities of associates with military experience in order
to enhance the culture, continued growth and success of Sears Holdings.
Asian Network is committed to developing an effective communication channel for
the growing community of Asians at Sears Holdings. The network’s goals are to encourage
professional development, recognition, mentoring and hiring of diverse
associates; provide resources to company leaders in order to improve every
day and achieve Sears Holdings' key business imperatives; and assist associates in
resolving any work-related issues or concerns.
African American Network is dedicated to building relationships with its
members and communities by suggesting relevant products, services and marketing
techniques that will enable us to gain the trust needed to develop lifetime
relationships with diverse members. It is the African American Network’s
mission to enhance member development, growth and involvement in company and
community, thus creating value for Sears Holdings.
LRG's mission is to develop current members
into future leaders and build relationships within our communities, all while
leveraging our knowledge and experiences to better understand our Hispanic
The WPN supports working parents by establishing a forum for discussion, disseminating information, and offering education and networking opportunities so that our associates can achieve balance between the roles of parent and employee.
EP Network provides associate development activities designed to engage and
introduce emerging professionals at Sears Holdings for networking,
developmental and service opportunities.
The PRIDE mission works to
create an open and inclusive work environment that respects and values gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender associates, customers and communities, allowing them to contribute
fully to the success of Sears Holdings.
I.N. Network consists of associates based at our call center locations and
strives to create an inclusive, transparent and fair place to work. The group
aims to promote equality and diversity for all individuals and encourage associates to be active in their communities, celebrate culture in the workplace,
and promote Sears Holdings as a diversity leader in the marketplace.
WiLD provides meaningful input to Sears
Holdings by channeling the unique attributes and perspectives of women. As target customers, women's voices and insights have the ability to add commercial
value to selecting and marketing our products. WiLD is a resource for recruiting,
retaining, mentoring and developing associates through network leadership
“We are extremely proud to receive a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the eleventh straight year. Our associates bring many different skills, backgrounds and experiences as they serve our members each day, and we embrace and encourage diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace” said Leena Munjal, SVP, Customer Experience and Integrated Retail. “We have many associate networks that reinforce these beliefs. It is part of the company’s DNA to have employees who truly represent our members and the communities we operate in, every single day.”
“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership. Sears Holdings not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values," said Deena Fidas, HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation provides research, advocacy and education for the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest civil rights organization. It works to achieve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality at home, at work and in the community. Sears Holdings is one of the 407 major U.S. businesses to attain a perfect CEI score and earn the Campaign's “Best Places to Work” distinction.
Additionally, SHC has developed The Safe Space Program, which is a way for associates to express their support for LGBT associates. To be a certified member of the Safe Space Program, associates must complete online training. Once associates complete The Safe Space Program training, they are provided a badge to display in their work space. The badge was created as a visible, nonthreatening way to show LGBT support and identify the space as a “safe space” for all associates. As LGBT allies, associates pledge to:
- Respect confidentiality
- Avoid assumptions and stereotyping
- Try using gender-neutral terms when talking about significant others, spouses and partners
- Educate themselves about issues facing the LGBT community
For the ninth year in a row, SHC participated in the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade with this year’s theme, “Welcome Home.”
As a company that represents a true cross section of America, Sears Holdings supports all of our members no matter who they are or who they love.
Two Sears Holdings associates were recognized by Diversity MBA at its 2015 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders Award Gala for their tremendous impact on leadership at SHC and their communities. Diversity MBA is a leadership and management organization that works with leaders to foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Those honored were chosen based on their position within their companies, their scope of responsibilities and civic achievements.
“These 100 movers and shakers were chosen in a highly selective process from all industries. We are pleased that these companies and organizations have taken a strategic leadership role in the workplace to recognize and promote these leaders for their achievements in the workplace and community,” said Pam McElvane, CEO and publisher.
“I’m passionate about my community and Ieading the Latino Resource Group as the chair at SHC. This role affords me the opportunity to focus the group’s efforts to serve as a resource that helps attract and retain Latino talent, improve the Latino community through engagement, and add value to marketplace stakeholders from a Latino perspective to better serve our members. It’s valuable to me to have the opportunity to speak to our members’ needs and provide what they are looking for each and every time they visit a store or shop online. I am both humbled and honored to receive the Diversity MBA Top 100 under 50 award. I will continue to provide my leadership to both SHC and the Associate Network Groups here at SHC.”
Project Manager, Retail Services
“It is an honor and a profound responsibility to represent SHC as an award recipient for the Diversity MBA Top 100 under 50. It is also an honor to chair SHC’s African American Network (AAN). In my role as senior director of technology, I am passionate about driving the strategy behind the solutions that drive our business. I also enjoy being a mentor to others and helping them find their voice. When you look at the future of diversity in America, it is important that people of diverse background are able to find their place in corporate America. Diversity is about so much more than the color of one’s skin or ethnicity. Diversity and inclusion are about ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table and that their viewpoints are taken into consideration and their voices are encouraged. As an award recipient and a leader, I will continue to drive these efforts at SHC and through my other philanthropic involvement.”
Latoya Connors Gray
Senior Director, Technology & Operations