Honoring Black History Month

Each year in February, the U.S. observes Black History Month, which recognizes and celebrates the achievements and contributions of African Americans. We’re sharing a few resources and events you can attend to learn more about African American history, achievements, and resistance to oppression.

Background

Throughout the history of the U.S., contributions by African Americans have enriched our country and culture but were largely excluded from our nation’s story. To change this, Carter G. Woodson and Jesse E. Moorland created the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) with a goal to highlight these contributions and ensure they were not forgotten.

Eleven years later, Woodson and Moorland started Negro History Week, which was dedicated to increasing public awareness of the contributions and achievements of African Americans. They chose the second week in February because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and many Black communities held Both Douglass and Lincoln in high regard.

During the civil rights movement, the week began transforming into a month-long celebration, which many were calling “Black History Month.” President Ford was the first president to officially recognize Black History Month in February of 1976.

Since 1928, ASALH has assigned a theme every year. This year’s theme is Black Resistance, which focuses on African American resistance to oppression, both in the past and present. ASALH is hosting many virtual and in-person events for Black History Month, which you can find here: Black History Month Virtual Festival Schedule.

Additional Resources

If you’re looking for more information on and ways to honor Black History Month, check out the following sites:

Stay Tuned!

Throughout the month of February, we will shine a light on several of our incredible L&P employees and share about several African American innovators.

Sources

History.com Editors. “Black History Month.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 14 Jan. 2010, https://www.history.com/topics/black-history/black-history-month.

Wurzburger, Andrea. “Black History Month Explained: Who Started It, Why It’s in February and More Facts You Should Know.” People, Dotdash Meredith, 1 Feb. 2021, https://people.com/human-interest/black-history-month-facts-and-history-what-to-know/.

Our Values: Take Ownership and Raise the Bar

During this month, we’ve been introducing you to the four company values that guide our everyday decisions and reflect who we are:

  • Put People First
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Do Great Work Together
  • Take Ownership and Raise the Bar ​​​​​​​

These values represent actions that we do to support one another, work together, and help our company grow. ​​​​​​​

This week, we’re sharing more about what it means to Take Ownership and Raise the Bar. Take Ownership and Raise the Bar demonstrates our responsibility to add value and make a difference, challenge the status quo and biases to make things better, foster innovative and creative solutions to drive impact, and explore new perspectives and embrace change.

New Year, New Perspectives: Elaine Chen

To kick off 2023, we’ve been introducing you to several of our newest employees and sharing their thoughts on the year ahead.

Next, we want you to meet Elaine Chen! Elaine is an Information Technology (IT) Systems Technician based in Shanghai, China.

What brought you to L&P?

I was drawn to L&P’s culture of mutual respect, friendliness, inclusivity, cooperation, and innovation. 

What I enjoy most about my job is that I keep learning. While it is easy for me to do most of my work, I run into complex issues sometimes. My job can be both rigorous and challenging.

What’s something unique about you?

I can play badminton with my left hand!

What’s your biggest goal for 2023?

My biggest goal for 2023 is to continue working at L&P.

Global Data Privacy Day

January 28 is Global Data Privacy Day, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of respecting privacy and protecting data. Whether it’s the personal information of our employees, customers, or suppliers, we consider privacy and data security in every step of our processes at L&P.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our employees for their commitment and dedication to protecting the privacy and security of personal data. We couldn’t do it without you!

New Year, New Perspectives: Danilo Tolentino

To kick off 2023, we’ve been introducing you to several of our newest employees and sharing their thoughts on the year ahead.

Next, we want to introduce you to Danilo Tolentino! Danilo is a Strategy and Marketing Analyst for our Kintec-Reitberg branch in Germany.

What brought you to L&P?

I have a background in architecture education and three years of professional experience developing new business models and business-to-business partnerships for a Brazilian retail company that specializes in home furniture and accessories. For the past few months, I searched for an opportunity to work in an international environment within the furniture industry. While searching, I found the Strategy and Marketing Analyst position at L&P and applied.

I am thrilled about the challenges and opportunities ahead of me as a Strategy and Marketing Analyst. This role is a part of Leggett & Platt’s Home Furniture team and involves working alongside experienced colleagues in Europe and the U.S. and developing projects related to market research, brand strategy, and product innovation. That is exciting!

What’s something unique about you?

I love traveling! I have always dreamed about traveling the world and having the opportunity to experience different cultures and get to know people. I’m glad I have already started my chase! Let’s see how it goes in the years ahead. 

What’s your biggest goal for 2023?

My biggest goal for this year is to learn German. I moved from Sao Paulo to Berlin six months ago, so this is a challenge I am eager to take on.

Our Values: Do Great Work Together

During this month, we’ve been introducing you to the four company values that guide our everyday decisions and reflect who we are:

  • Put People First
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Do Great Work Together
  • Take Ownership and Raise the Bar ​​​​​​​

These values represent actions that we do to support one another, work together, and help our company grow. ​​​​​​​

This week, we’re sharing more about what it means to Do Great Work Together. We do great work together by engaging without hierarchy, collaborating as a team, embracing challenges, and working for the good of all of us.

New Year, New Perspectives: Renata Mattos

To kick off 2023, we’re introducing you to several of our newest employees and sharing their thoughts on the year ahead.

Meet Renata Mattos! Renata is a Human Resources (HR) Generalist for our branch in London, Ontario, Canada.

What brought you to L&P?

During the recruitment process and when I met my manager, I felt that this is my place. The way my manager conducted the interview, the questions she asked, and how she introduced me to the company and challenges made me feel like we share the same values.

I enjoy the diversity—not only about subjects and responsibilities but also the diversity of people. The opportunity to be in touch with people from different countries and cultures has been an amazing experience, and I’ve learned a lot.

What’s something unique about you?

When I arrived in Canada five years ago, I started to reinvent and challenge myself. Now, I am learning how to ride a bicycle.

Since childhood, I have never been able to properly ride one. I had some accidents with my cousins and friends, and I was the worst driver! I believe there’s still time to learn.

What’s your biggest goal for 2023?

This year, I want to be a strong business partner by helping my branch develop HR initiatives.

My branch manager is an incredible person. We are learning a lot together, and I am sure we will go above and beyond together!

Our Values: Do the Right Thing

During the month of January, we’re introducing you to the four company values that guide our everyday decisions and reflect who we are:

  • Put People First
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Do Great Work Together
  • Take Ownership and Raise the Bar ​​​​​​​

These values represent actions that we do to support one another, work together, and help our company grow. ​​​​​​​

This week, we’re sharing more about what it means to Do the Right Thing. When we do the right thing, we focus on acting with honesty and integrity, delivering results the right way, taking pride in our work, and speaking the truth.

Sustainability Intern Spotlight — Meet Emily Yost

At L&P, our mission is to build businesses and a culture that are sustainable for generations to come, and Emily Yost, our Sustainability Intern, is helping us do just that.

Emily is currently enrolled in the Master of Energy and Environmental Management program and working towards a dual certificate in Environmental Planning and Geographic Information Systems at the University of Connecticut.

How did you become interested in sustainability?

My original major was environmental studies, but after taking a few sustainability courses, I decided to dual major in sustainability studies. I liked that I was learning to work with businesses to make them more sustainable for the future and helping them discover that working towards this was a great opportunity.

What is your favorite part about being a Sustainability Intern?

The feeling of growth when applying concepts and techniques I’ve learned feels like confirmation that I’m on the right track, and the idea that I can make a positive impact is satisfying. The projects are always exciting. 

I think it is valuable to learn how a large company like Leggett & Platt works to develop robust sustainability plans. I think working with energy data is especially valuable for my master’s degree.

How will you apply your internship experience to your future career?

I’m going to take away how to build sustainability reports, compile and analyze data, and effectively collaborate with multiple departments, vendors, and federal organizations to carry out sustainability projects.

What’s a fun fact about you?

In my free time, I love to do yoga, learn to cook, and read.

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