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African Heritage Diageo Team
Celebrates Black History Month
Diageo & Atlantic Wine & Spirits Team Up for Multicultural Blitz
BY CARA McILWAINE
O
n February 13
th
and 14
th
,
more than 50 members of the
AHEAD community celebrated
Black History Month in New
York City. The acronym stands for the
African Heritage Employees at Diageo,
and the mission is to nurture inclusive-
ness and diversity, to value authenticity
and demonstrate respect for all the dif-
ferences in ethnicity and background.
The two-day BHM celebration kicked
off at The Mist Theater in Harlem. Mem-
bers of the Charmer Division Metro
NY Team, led by SVP Joe Lehane, took
AHEAD members out on sales calls. Le-
hane said, “The AHEAD Employee Re-
source Group made a great contribution
to the success of our recent Metro NY
blitz. The entire Atlantic Wine & Spir-
its multicultural team was very impressed
with their engagement and passion for our
great brands!”
AHEAD members from the Relay
Plant got the opportunity to see the impact
of the products they bottle. Member Pat
Hamlin noted, “It was an eye-opening ad-
venture seeing how the sales team operates
and see how important it is for us at Relay
to meet our production commitments.”
Complimenting the blitz, the group
also participated in community service on
the Lower East Side, working with Edu-
cation Alliance. Participants volunteered
with Head Start to teach children about
Black History Month through reading
stories, singing songs and finger painting
together. The activities were fulfilling for
children as well as adults, who were glad
to take time out of their busy work sched-
ules to give back to the community.
Going forward, AHEAD will continue
to celebrate Black History Month and
other key celebratory moments for those of
African heritage and cultural background.
More information can be found at the
AHEAD ERGMosaic Community Site.
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Diageo and AWS teams at The Mist Theater in Harlem
2.
James Casey, Diageo; Simone Morris, Diageo, Amy
Stollmack, Education Alliance; Joe Lehane, Diageo; and
Leslie Vazquez, AWS
3.
Joe Lehane, Simone Morris, Monte Burrow,
Leslie Vazquez and James Casey
4
Joe Lehane, SVP, Diageo, volunteering his time
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