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Diversity & Inclusion in Action

African American

Black History Month
Macy’s celebrated Black History Month in February 2017 by welcoming stars from a variety of fields including fine art, music, literature, the culinary arts, and spoken word. Black culture has electrified the pulse of American life for generations, from music and fashion to film, television and activism. For Macy’s in-store events, celebrity guests shared how creative self-expression and a strong connection to their heritage have shaped their careers. Grammy-nominated artist BJ The Chicago Kid, “Insecure” actor Jay Ellis, award-winning Macy’s Culinary Council Chef Marcus Samuelsson, and “The Read” podcast host Crissle West joined other emerging stars in conversations focused on the influence and impact of black culture on all facets of American life.
100 Black Men of America
Macy’s, Inc. is a proud supporter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (The 100) which serves as a voice of the African-American community. Our sponsorship dollars and associate involvement support The 100 both locally and nationally with scholarships, educational resources, economic empowerment, mentoring, and health and wellness initiatives.

I am both proud and grateful to have a longstanding partner like Macy’s supporting 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Macy’s continues to help The 100 positively change the life-trajectory of the disadvantaged, disenfranchised and marginalized youth and families we serve. Our mentee, K. Harris, expressed these same sentiments when he said, ‘My Mentor at The 100 saw something in me that I couldn’t see and because of him I am now achieving at levels even I never thought I could!’ This return on investment is one that will continue for generations to come. Thank you, Macy’s!” – Brian L. Pauling, President and CEO, 100 Black Men of America
New York Urban League – College Live
Macy’s, Inc. is a sponsor of the New York Urban League College Live Workshop, helping disadvantaged New Yorkers find ways to connect and gain access to equal opportunity in employment, education, and financial and technological literacy. Macy’s is proud to have impacted about 200 students through College Live.

We value Macy’s willingness to bring different aspects of its iconic brand to service our communities. Macy’s executives draw on their human resources experience to create workshops that prepare young people for college visits and Macy’s senior management has helped shape conversations on diversity. We are absolutely thrilled to have this partnership.” – Arva Rice, President and CEO, New York Urban League

Hispanic

Hispanic Heritage Month
Macy’s celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 with Telenovela star, Fashion/Beauty inspiration and entrepreneur Gaby Espino. Gaby delighted our guests with insights into her career, beauty advice and fashion tips creating in store excitement at select Macy’s stores nationwide. Guests in Macy’s Cerritos celebrated Mexican Independence Day with hosts Bricia and Paulina from Super Mamas. Customers enjoyed a fashion presentation, live performance from Kaylanie Barrera and a DIY activation where children created inspirational Spanish quotes. Customers at one of our Macy’s border stores were treated to the fancy footwork, striking skirt movements, and the history of the traditional dances of Mexico presented by the Gabriela Mendoza-Garcia Ballet Folklorico. In our Florida market, Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated with a Style Out Competition, hosted by Kany Garcia, followed by a meet and greet with fans.
LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc. (LNESC) – Emergency Scholarship Funds
The LNESC Emergency Scholarship Fund is a joint partnership between LNESC and Macy’s to provide financial resources to current college students in California, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio or Texas facing economic hardship and immediate monetary need that, if not met, could result in an inability to complete classes or a degree program. Funded by Macy’s, LNESC has awarded 51 emergency scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students facing economic hardship and immediate monetary need since 2015; totaling more than $25,000. Students must be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university; must have a grade point average of a 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale and facing extreme hardships. While, emergency scholarships are non-renewable, applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Award amounts vary based on need, with amounts ranging up to $500 per student.
Hispanic Scholarship Funds
In 2016 Macy’s donated $100,000 to provide scholarships to deserving and talented Hispanic students throughout the country, as well as to host support services and events for them and their families. Programs included a STEM Summit and College 101 workshop, a free and bilingual workshop where students and parents received valuable information about how to prepare, plan, and pay for a college education.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Macy’s is the official wardrobe sponsor of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Summer Congressional Internship Program and R2L Next Gen Internship Program, outfitting about 650 students to date as Signature Sponsor. To help the students dress for success during their six-weeks on Capitol Hill, Macy’s provided an in-kind contribution of $15,000 in Electronic Gift Cards, and an instore elevated experience with a MyStylist appointment, as well as 15% off Savings Pass to each one of the participants of the R2L NextGen program.

Asian Pacific American

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
In May 2017, Macy’s celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with renowned chef, Kristin Kish. Kish, the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 10, hosted in-store events highlighting the Asian food experience with special tastings. Kish also discussed the importance of her heritage and its specific influence on her culinary style. Cuisine is a vital element of Asian-Pacific culture and heritage and Macy’s was honored to welcome Kish to the Asian Pacific Heritage Month celebration.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Macy’s is honored to support high school scholars through a partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). The program benefits underserved students with a special focus on those who are the first in their families to attend college, as well as applicants with a strong emphasis on community service and leadership. For __ years, high school students from around the country have received funds from Macy’s to make their university studies a reality.

LGBTQ

Hetrick Martin Institute
Through its partnership with the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), Macy’s has helped to empower thousands of otherwise marginalized LGBTQ youth with the skills to succeed. In addition to significant clothing donations, Macy’s supports HMI’s highly successful academic enrichment programming, including test preparation, college counseling, scholarships and High School Equivalency preparation, as well as a full array of tutoring.

The importance of long-term commitment cannot be understated for a population that otherwise struggles with trust and reliability. Macy’s and HMI demonstrate the power of what a public/private partnership can accomplish. We know Macy’s … will never let down, and will always stand up for, LGBTQ youth.” – Thomas Krever, MPA Chief Executive Officer
The Trevor Project
Macy’s was the official Greenroom sponsor of the TrevorLIVE Gala NYC in 2016. The Trevor Project is a crisis intervention program to prevent suicide among LGBT youth, and our support through this sponsorship, through TrevorLIVE in Los Angeles and our national PRIDE Parade presence, aids in their efforts to raise awareness.

We’re thrilled by our ongoing partnership with Macy’s, a longtime supporter of The Trevor Project’s mission to end suicide among LGBTQ youth. The increased visibility that campaigns like this bring to The Trevor Project’s crisis intervention programs helps us reach and educate audiences and positively impact the lives of thousands of people who may not have heard about our organization otherwise.” – Steve Mendelsohn, The Trevor Project, Interim Executive Director
Human Rights Campaign
The company has been a longtime corporate sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). In addition to supporting annual galas and auctions, this April we hosted the HRC’s Workplace Equality Summit at our Cincinnati headquarters. Again this year, HRC awarded us a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC 2017 Corporate Equality Index, recognizing Macy’s as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.
PRIDE Parades
Through our Macy’s PRIDE + Joy initiative, we are a proud sponsor and active participant in annual PRIDE celebrations across the country, including 20 cities in 2017 and – for the first time – Puerto Rico. About 1,000 Macy’s volunteers took part in the parades with more than 400 marchers in New York City alone, including Macy’s, Inc. CEO Jeff Gennette and his family.

Holistic Inclusion

Macy’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
Macy’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) throughout the country each have a mission to empower a community whose collective understanding and commitment supports an inclusive company culture.

Aligned with the strategic direction of the company, ERGs are committed to providing a powerful platform of discussion for employees, and strive to:

  • Shape our workforce culture
  • Provide a safe and supportive environment
  • Exemplify Macy’s brand values
  • Accelerate innovation
  • Drive exceptional business results
  • Support Macy’s talent strategies
  • Participate in community outreach
New “Can We Talk Series?” Associates and Executives Discuss Newsworthy Diversity Issues
In June 2017, Macy’s, Inc. joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, which reflects the personal and professional pledge of more than 150 CEOs to making diversity and inclusion a priority in their companies. In announcing the news, CEO Jeff Gennette said, “I’m committed to continuing Macy’s role as an integral part of our local communities, which reflect all of the diversity of America.” As a part of this commitment, we expanded our successful “Can We Talk?” presentations and dialogues.

During the employee forums, launched in July 2016, senior management listened to ideas for what our company can do to contribute to the national dialogue and make Macy’s a better, more comfortable and more welcoming workplace for everyone. Since that time, conversations around the country have focused on areas including the African-American experience and being Muslim in America.

Youth

Ladders for Leader
For more than a decade, Macy’s has supported Ladders for Leaders, giving nearly 200 outstanding students the opportunity to work for our dynamic company. The deserving interns bring valuable insight and differing perspectives to the table, in support of our diverse and inclusive organization.

Ladders for Leaders coordinates paid professional summer internships for high school and college students with leading corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies in New York City. The program is an initiative of the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, supported by the NYC Center for Youth Employment and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.
Macy’s Soft Skills Workshops
Since 2014, Macy’s has impacted thousands of young people with this unique and multi-faceted enrichment program. This year, we enhanced our Soft Skills Workshop through a new curriculum called (B) Empowered that teaches concepts and practices of perception, ownership, accountability, and use of social media. This knowledge helps youth between the ages of 15 and 24 develop effective strategies to present themselves successfully. In 2016, we impacted approximately 6,000 individuals through programs such as this.

Women

PowHERful
For the last four years, Macy’s, Inc. has sponsored the Starfish Foundation PowHERful Summit, a gathering that inspires and motivates young minority women from low income families who are the first generation in their families to attend college. Our support has impacted more than 800 young women from the New York City area as well as Starfish scholars from across the country.

Macy’s work with the PowHERful Foundation has transformed the outlook of young women across this country, giving them the confidence and tools to step into job interviews and internships and even day-to-day life, looking and feeling their best. With Macy’s help, PowHERful has been able to teach some of the most important skillsets young women need to move into successful lives.” – Soledad O’Brien, Co-Founder, PowHERful Foundation
Black Enterprise Women of Power
Members of Macy’s diversity strategies team take Macy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion into the community, playing a role in events across the country, including the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in March 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. For 11 years, Macy’s has been a sponsor of this professional leadership conference designed for executive women of color.

Macy’s hosted a number of special events for the 1,000 businesswomen who attended, including (this is info from 2016 ... an executive-style coaching session, a “Be Your Own Brand” panel discussion featuring Sheila Coates, a Macy’s fashion show with the hottest trends, and a Macy’s Beauty Pavilion, which offered attendees an opportunity to enjoy a makeover or try on styles showcased in the fashion show.)