Category Archives: Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity

Celebrate World Kindness Day

Tomorrow is World Kindness Day—a day for promoting and spreading kindness throughout the world.

At L&P, we value putting people first, which includes being kind to one another. Kindness allows us to connect above our differences and create a place of mutual respect, empathy, and belonging.

Wherever you are in the world, you can spread some kindness:

  1. Send an uplifting message to someone.
  2. Give a compliment.
  3. Check in on friends or family you haven’t spoken to in a while.
  4. Donate to your favorite charity or organization.
  5. Volunteer in your local community.
  6. If you eat at a restaurant, pay for a stranger’s meal.
  7. Hold a door open for someone.
  8. Connect with someone who is new at work.
  9. Cook a meal for someone.
  10. Show appreciation for others’ kindness by giving thanks.

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Each year in the fall, an abundance of light and color fills the homes, streets, and communities of those who celebrate Diwali, which stems from the Sanskrit word deepavali—”rows of lighted lamps.” Also known as the “festival of lights,” Diwali is a five-day holiday primarily observed by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists. Each group has its own customs for celebrating.

During Diwali, people celebrate the triumph of light, good, and knowledge over darkness, evil, and ignorance. Since Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year, it is often associated with new beginnings in life. Common customs for Diwali include:

  • Lighting clay oil lamps called diyas.
  • Creating rangolis—colorful art patterns drawn on floor entrances—to welcome guests and Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity.
  • Visiting family and friends.
  • Having feasts and giving gifts.
  • Setting off fireworks.

To all who are celebrating this week, we wish you an abundance of light, joy, and prosperity!

Setting off fireworks, creating rangolis, and lighting diyas are common customs on Diwali.

Ayudha Pooja: Honoring the Tools of Our Professions

L&P Automotive India recently celebrated Ayudha Pooja—meaning “worship of instruments”—as part of the Hindu festival Navaratri. The custom of pooja (Hindu prayer ritual) gives worshippers an opportunity to honor the tools and instruments used in their professions and to recognize the divine force behind these objects that provides prosperity.

This year, Navaratri was celebrated from September 26 to October 4, and Ayudha Pooja was commemorated on October 4. During the celebration, our teams decorated the entrances to the branch with fruit trees and colorful rangolis—art patterns created on the floor. Tools and machinery were deep cleaned, polished, and covered with turmeric and sandalwood paste. They were also adorned with floral garlands and fruits. To invite positive energy and protection, a Hindu priest performed homa rituals as offerings to the gods and sprayed holy water throughout the branch.

Following the celebration, a day of rest was given to the branch’s tools and machines as a sign of respect.

The entrance to L&P Automotive India is decorated with fruit trees and rangolis.
Employees perform pooja near a Navaratri Golu display lined with dolls, figurines, gods, and goddesses. Kalasam pots are adorned with fruits and flowers for pooja.
Tools, machinery, and other objects used for work are adorned with flowers and fruits.
A woman lights an oil lamp to start the celebration. Offerings surround and sit on a brick altar for the homa rituals.

Promoting a Stigma-Free Culture

Even though everyone has mental health and help with mental wellness is for everyone, many people don’t discuss mental health or seek help due to stigma—negative attitudes or beliefs about people with mental health issues. On this World Mental Health Day, we can help promote a stigma-free culture by:

  • Being informed about mental health and mental health issues.
  • Having a conversation with others about mental health, such as sharing facts and personal experiences.
  • Using people-first language to emphasize that a person is not a disorder. Instead of using a mental health disorder as an adjective (e.g., “He is bipolar”), try, “He has bipolar disorder.”
  • Normalizing mental health treatment as a part of health care.
  • Recognizing self-stigma, which is holding negative attitudes or beliefs about oneself. If you feel shame for having a mental health issue, the Mayo Clinic offers ways to overcome and cope with stigma.

“Mental illnesses don’t define us.”

We invited one of our employees to share her story. Emmy Carpenter, Communication and Design Specialist, is diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and fights stigma by sharing her experience with others:

“I share my experience with mental illness so others who may be struggling know they aren’t alone and that mental illnesses don’t define us. My ‘Aha!’ moment was when I posted about my experience with OCD on social media and received a message from someone who may have been experiencing symptoms of OCD. That’s when I knew that being open about mental health can open a door for others.

I think it’s important for people to be informed about mental health disorders so they can understand what their loved ones, colleagues, and community members experience and how to support them. I also think it’s important for people with mental health disorders to share their stories and ask for the support they need.”


Stigma, Prejudice and Discrimination Against People with Mental Illness. (n.d.). Retrieved September 16, 2022, from

Self-Care at L&P

In a world constantly competing for our attention, it’s important to practice self-care—taking action to protect and promote our overall wellbeing. Self-care looks different for everyone, and with World Mental Health Day around the corner, we invited a few employees to share how they practice self-care:

“For self-care, I enjoy hiking. Being out in nature is peaceful and helps me feel renewed and revitalized.” 
Bonnie Baich, Legal

“What helps me cope with my mental health throughout the years, including the pandemic, is seeking emotional and social support from friends who care rather than those who judge. In addition, I picked up foraging as a new hobby to explore the surrounding nature and take my mind off the daily technology-related distractions.” 
Duy Nguyen, IT Business Services

“I think wellness and mental self-care is about whatever you need to feel happier or more relaxed. For me, it’s gardening. I intentionally build time into my routine to get outside, even if it’s only for 10 or 15 minutes. I walk through my yard, remove some faded flower blooms, or make a mental note of a plant that’s struggling and what I can do about it later. And if it’s a sunny day, I raise my face to the sky, close my eyes, take a deep breath, and smile. It brightens my mood every single time.”
Lynn Werner, Business Support Services

“During the day, I make a point to stretch or quickly foam roll every few hours. Working from home, I tend to spend more time sitting, so stretching breaks are a great way to get away from my desk and reset.”
Megan McManus, Learning and Development

“As somebody who has had bouts of depression, mental health awareness is a daily thing for me. I try and go for a run most days, which has probably been the single best thing I’ve done to aid it. I’m fortunate to live near a trail that allows me to get away for a little bit each day to clear my mind with nature and a podcast/audiobook.”
Nathan Cantu, IT Information Security

“I learned years ago that I have depression. I tried many ways to offset its effects and learned that depression is different for everyone (i.e., what works for me may not work for you). After a lot of different experiments, I landed on the following self-care practices:

  • Talking to a health care professional regularly
  • Spending quality time with loved ones (my kids, family, friends, and pets)
  • Engaging in physical activity/exercise daily
  • Spending time on fun hobbies (e.g., cooking, reading, etc.)
  • Laughing every day
  • Breathing—super easy and super effective
  • Meditating two to three times a week
  • Cleaning—it’s an activity that provides immediate gratification
  • Journaling—get my thoughts out of my head and revisit them the next day to see if I still feel the same way
  • Don’t fear the stigma! So many people suffer from mental health issues but don’t talk about them for fear of the stigma associated with them.”

Rob Sotlar, Learning and Development

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

Next Monday, October 10, is World Mental Health Day—a day dedicated to mental health awareness and promoting mental wellness around the world. With this in mind, we want to talk about mental health and share some information on improving and maintaining mental wellness.

Everyone has mental health.

Like physical health, everyone has mental health—an overall state of emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing. Our mental health helps determine how we navigate and experience life.

It’s important to know that mental health and mental illness are not synonymous terms. While mental health is an overall state of mental wellbeing, a mental illness is a medical condition that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves.

Mental health can be improved.

The quality of our mental health can change over time, and there are some general steps we can take to maintain or improve mental wellness, such as:

  • speaking to a health care professional who can provide guidance tailored to specific concerns and needs.
  • spending time with others (e.g., family, friends, volunteering for an organization).
  • prioritizing physical health. Quality sleep, exercise, and a healthy diet can promote good physical health which promotes mental wellness.
  • practicing gratitude for the seemingly small and big things in life.

Help with mental health is for anyone at any time.

There’s a misconception that a person needs to have a condition or be in crisis to speak with a health care professional about mental health, but the reality is that help is for anyone at any time. If you want to talk to a health care professional about your mental health, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) prepared some Tips for Talking with a Health Care Provider About Your Mental Health.

If you want help deciding whether or not you should speak to a health care professional about your mental health, you can check out the NIMH’s one-page guide: My Mental Health: Do I Need Help?


How to Improve Mental Health. (n.d.). MedlinePlus. Retrieved September 16, 2022, from

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and honors the culture, heritage, and contributions of employees who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, The Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Honoring Hispanic heritage was first introduced in 1968 as a weeklong event. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a law to expand the celebration to a 31-day period – to coincide with the Independence Days of many Latin American countries.

We honor all employees across L&P who celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and have positively impacted our culture and have enriched our workplaces. To celebrate their achievements, we invited a few to share about themselves, their jobs, and what their Hispanic heritage means to them, and we will highlight them over the next few weeks here and on our social media – so stay tuned!

Connect to Hope

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and we want to raise awareness about the new 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline—a phone number you can call or text to receive free and confidential support.

If you or someone you know needs help, connect to hope. Call or text 988, or chat at, to speak to a trained crisis counselor 24/7/365.

Celebrate Friendship

July 30 is International Day of Friendship!

If you’d like to celebrate, try reaching out to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, or you can extend friendship to someone you’d like to know better. Sometimes the smallest gesture makes the greatest impact.

Honoring Juneteenth

June 19 is Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. and freedom of African Americans. While the Emancipation Proclamation became official in 1863, it took an additional 2.5 years for all states to recognize the end of slavery.

At L&P, we remain committed to the values and principles that have made our company strong for 139 years – a belief in respect, integrity, and inclusion. These are the cornerstones of a culture that values every person and every voice – no matter their race.

To learn more about the history of Juneteenth, you can view these resources.