alliantgroup Black Collaborative
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In May of 2020, several Black alliantgroup leaders were moved to take action as a result of the growing racial injustice movement. Kim Allen and Missy Waites reached out to alliantgroup CEO, Dhaval Jadav to create a platform for alliantgroup Black professionals to openly discuss issues surrounding race, equity and community.
Weeks later, more professionals from varied departments across the firm joined forces to make this vision a reality and formed the alliantgroup Black Collaborative (aBC). The alliantgroup Black Collaborative members are working with each other and their colleagues throughout the organization to promote Black Excellence through engaging Black youth in our Houston-area community, empowering Black alliantgroup professionals to reach their leadership goals, and expanding alliantgroup’s search for talented professionals to include dedicated recruiting efforts at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Some of the organizations and partnerships the aBC is currently involved with are:
Alief ISD Mentoring Program
Since 2021, the aBC and Alief Independent School District have been collaborating on a mentoring partnership for Black students attending O’Donnell Middle School. The mentoring sessions focus on different topics, including STEM professions, college and career readiness, and other relevant current topics.
KIPP Zenith Academy
During Black History Month, the alliantgroup Black Collaborative and a couple other high performing Black professionals came together to do a school beautification project at KIPP Zenith Academy in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood. The aBC graciously donated $5,000 so the campus could have an outdoor learning area and for other improvements. During the volunteer day, the team arranged books in the library, painted benches, sorted school supplies and even did some gardening.
aBC STEM Scholarship Program for Black High School Seniors
The aBC is committed to promoting excellence by ensuring high school students are able to further pursue their passions in STEM. As a way to add on to alliantgroup’s current scholarship program, the aBC is sponsoring various scholarships specifically for deserving Black High School Seniors who are interested in pursuing a STEM degree.
United Negro College Fund
The aBC collaborated with our Philanthropy and Investment & Wellness teams to host a 5K benefiting the United Negro College Fund! Our alliantgroup family had the best time investing in UNCF and in each other.
alliantgroup Strategic Advisory Board member, Eric Hylton, was awarded a UNCF scholarship when he was in college, since then he has been committed to giving back to UNCF to help other students just like him. Eric Hylton is a former IRS Commissioner and a member of our alliantgroup Black Collaborative.
The aBC is beyond proud to contribute to UNCF’s need-based college fund and to support black students!
Historically Black Colleges and Universities Recruiting
Campus recruiting is an important aspect of alliantgroup’s recruiting efforts and essential to alliantgroup’s strategy of finding top talent. To further expand and diversify these efforts, the aBC is partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as top Black student organizations, such as National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), to find top talent.
As the alliantgroup Black Collaborative continues their mission of developing and supporting Black excellence at alliantgroup and in the community. The members of aBC are grateful for the support of alliantgroup CEO Dhaval Jadav and their fellow alliantgroup professionals.
Houston Black MBA Association
Houston Black MBA Association is a non-profit, member-based organization working to create educational, career and wealth-building opportunities for Black students, professionals and entrepreneurs.
The aBC supported awarded several scholarships for members of the Houston Black MBA Association’s and to students who are part of the Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) program. This enrichment program for minority high school students is to strengthen leadership, academic, and interpersonal skills, which can provide the foundation for success. LOT programming is comprised of activity-based workshops, seminars, case studies, and exposure to formal mentors.