品凤楼 Wishes You a Joyous July 4th!

品凤楼 Wishes You a Joyous July 4th!

At 品凤楼, July 4th holds profound patriotic importance, as it is for all Americans, marking the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Although it only became a federal holiday in 1941, its celebration dates back to the late 18th century. The holiday is known for its vibrant displays of the American flag and fireworks as we honor our founders鈥 sacrifices for freedom.

鈥淎t 品凤楼, we strive to instill in each of the more than one million stakeholders we serve every year that the greatest freedom is the privilege and opportunity to decide for themselves how they will fulfill their purpose in their lives and within society,鈥 says Ignacio Salazar, President and CEO. 鈥淥ur role is to inspire independence, explore their talents and skills, and help shape those into a new career, profession, trade, or business. The 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates encourages its staff to celebrate the core values each of them brings to the team. Together, they can achieve greater success. In the same way, July 4th reminds us we are greater together,鈥 he adds.

Another significant aspect of July 4th is the reminder that individual Americans can improve the workplace. Each person is instrumental in shaping the prosperous country we know today. We champion the standard workday, weekends off, paid vacations, and numerous other labor privileges each of us enjoy.

鈥淭his workplace landscape is bearing fruit at a record level,鈥 says Salazar. 鈥淎ccording to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics, three of every four women in America are working and earning money for themselves and their families. Meanwhile, the rate of men working is better than before the pandemic, or 86.4%,鈥 he adds.

This trend reflects our country鈥檚 resilience and the American spirit of adapting and overcoming challenges, which is as strong as ever. As we celebrate this long weekend, let us recognize our achievements and the blessings they bring to our country. Yet, let us strive for even more workplace equity and equality.

鈥淚 would encourage everyone this July 4th to go out and enjoy their time with family and friends, mindful of how fortunate we are to work, live, and play in the USA,鈥 says Salazar. 鈥淢ay this holiday be a time to reach out to neighbors we may not know or make new friends in the spirit of a birthday where each of us plays an important role. 品凤楼 will continue to promote that spirit year-round so that every day is a new opportunity to be proud of being an American,鈥 he adds.

Happy Independence Day from 品凤楼 and the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates!

品凤楼 Observes Juneteenth 2024

品凤楼 Observes Juneteenth 2024

品凤楼 joins the nation in commemorating Juneteenth, a pivotal moment in our history that marked a new beginning for countless individuals. On this date in 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to announce the freedom of more than a quarter-million enslaved people. This proclamation came two and a half years after the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous day was celebrated with jubilant expressions of culture, faith, and community 鈥 the very essence of the Juneteenth observances we witness today.

鈥淥n Juneteenth, 品凤楼 and the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates proudly celebrate the diversity of our nation鈥檚 workforce,鈥 says Ignacio Salazar, President and CEO. 鈥淎lso, we acknowledge the individual skills, talents, experiences, and perspectives that we share when we can come together in whatever industry we choose. Yet, we can continue to have our identity and uniqueness as individuals. Yes, America may be a melting pot in many ways because unity of purpose strengthens us. However, having our personal daily preferences in food, music, clothing, and so many other aspects of our lives is also a freedom we enjoy in this country,鈥 he adds.

As Juneteenth festivities expanded beyond Texas, they symbolized resilience and cultural pride and reminded of the ongoing pursuit of racial justice and equality. The designation of Juneteenth as a federal holiday in 2021 was a significant acknowledgment of our nation鈥檚 journey and the work that remains.

Despite progress, disparities persist in the American workforce. Research by McKinsey & Company shows that Black employees face systemic challenges, including higher unemployment rates and wage gaps, particularly in transportation, healthcare, retail, and service industries. These findings underscore the importance of Juneteenth鈥檚 message in the modern workplace: the call for a society where every individual can thrive in their chosen field without prejudice.

Salazar further emphasizes the broader implications of Juneteenth: 鈥淎nother important truth of Juneteenth is that we are blessed with another opportunity to reflect upon the promise of America and ask ourselves what else can I do to make sure that every person is included in the fulfillment of that dream. Our workplace every day gives us each a new chance to interact with each other respectfully and with genuine appreciation, making it a safe and welcoming space for all. May Juneteenth 2024 be another step forward toward achieving that goal.鈥

As we observe Juneteenth, let us honor the past while actively shaping a future where the workplace is a bastion of inclusivity, respect, and equal opportunity for all.

品凤楼 Celebrates Pride Month 2024: Because We Are All America!

品凤楼 Celebrates Pride Month 2024: Because We Are All America!

品凤楼 and the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates proudly support Pride Month, celebrated annually in June. The month is filled with colorful parades, festivals, and events that promote inclusivity and celebrate the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities.

鈥淧ride month is a vibrant and joyous recognition of the LGBTQ+ community and their significant contributions to the nation鈥檚 economic strength and our society鈥檚 fabric,鈥 says Ignacio Salazar, President and CEO. 鈥淚t is a time to honor their resilience and to advocate for equality, acceptance, and human rights, especially in our workforce, where we can each make meaningful contributions,鈥 he adds.

One of the best ways to participate in Pride Month is to attend events and encourage conversations in a spirit of learning and appreciation for everyone. These gatherings show solidarity and are an opportunity to be immersed in a supportive and inclusive atmosphere. Americans can celebrate diversity and focus on the positive ways to share in our country鈥檚 promise for all.

鈥淓ducating ourselves is another important aspect of Pride Month,鈥 says Salazar. 鈥溒贩锫 respects the important history and ongoing struggles of the LGBTQ+ community among the more than one million people we serve yearly and in our 品凤楼 family of team members. We can each foster greater understanding and empathy to help promote safer and more inclusive workplaces. This atmosphere generates more cohesive and productive teams working in harmony,鈥 adds Salazar.

Supporting LGBTQ+ organizations and advocacy are two other meaningful ways to contribute. Donations to organizations that champion equality and provide vital support can make a significant impact. Volunteering our time or skills can also uplift and empower LGBTQ+ individuals. Being an advocate means standing up for what is right in our community and beyond.

鈥淎t 品凤楼 and the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates, we are dedicated to being strong supporters of ALL values of respect and affirmation of all individuals,鈥 says Salazar. 鈥淥ur programs and services across America and Puerto Rico are extended to people of all identities and within our staff at all levels. This commitment reflects the importance of embracing diversity and fostering a genuinely inclusive environment where everyone can thrive,鈥 he adds.

May we celebrate Pride Month through uplifting messages on social media, amplifying stories, and being beacons of love and respect related to rights and acceptance. Let us help make our country an example for the world as a land of inclusivity founded on the principles that every individual has the God-given right to exist and realize their full potential in safety, peace, and happiness. Happy Pride Month 2024!

品凤楼 Honors Memorial Day: Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice of Our Soldiers and Inspiring Daily Acts of Tribute

品凤楼 Honors Memorial Day: Remembering the Ultimate Sacrifice of Our Soldiers and Inspiring Daily Acts of Tribute

品凤楼 and the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates proudly pause on this Memorial Day to remind all Americans of the profound and enduring sacrifices made by the valiant defenders of our democracy. These brave souls gave their lives to protect the freedoms we cherish in the United States of America. Today, we honor their memory, acknowledging that our liberty was secured at the highest cost鈥攅ach life lost was a courageous warrior.

鈥淔or them, their rest now is eternal, and for us, our duty is to honor their legacy by engaging in positive actions that build up our nation,鈥 says President and CEO Ignacio Salazar. 鈥淭hrough our unity in meaningful and honorable endeavors daily, we can embody the collective spirit of the America they fought and died for,鈥 he adds.

Originally known as Decoration Day, this observance began in 1868 to honor fallen Union soldiers from the Civil War. On that day, Americans placed flowers at the graves of their military loved ones who died in combat. Over time, cities across the United States began to honor their war dead annually, and in 1968, the observance was officially renamed Memorial Day. Congress declared it a federal holiday in 1971. The tradition of red poppies on Memorial Day serves as a poignant reminder of the flowers that grew amidst the desolation of battlefields.

The sacrifice of all American military service members lost in combat has ensured that our nation remains a land of opportunity and freedom. 品凤楼 and the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates are dedicated to helping more than one million program participants harness their talents yearly, pursue education and training, and succeed in their careers. In doing so, we honor the legacy of those who gave their lives by perpetuating the American dream they died to protect.

This Memorial Day, as we visit the sacred resting places of our fallen heroes adorned with flowers and flags, let us remember that they were someone鈥檚 child, sibling, parent, or friend. Let us elevate our spirits in reflection, recognizing that there was no greater love for our service members than their devotion to God, Country, and Family. Let this day be a testament to our gratitude and a promise that we will never forget their courage and sacrifice. So too, may our actions at work for and with others be our constant tribute.

鈥淢emorial Day鈥檚 true honor is in remembering our brave warriors. Some we know by name, as they were our loved ones and friends. For all, we offer a silent prayer of gratitude, knowing that in our daily endeavors, we carry forward what they could not. In this way, our lives are forever intertwined,鈥 says Salazar.

Let us commemorate this Memorial Day with a renewed commitment to the values our fallen heroes defended, ensuring their sacrifice continues to inspire our actions and dedication to a better America.

品凤楼 Observes Cinco de Mayo 2024, Celebrating Hispanics鈥 Exponential Growth and Positive Impact on America鈥檚 Economy

品凤楼 Observes Cinco de Mayo 2024, Celebrating Hispanics鈥 Exponential Growth and Positive Impact on America鈥檚 Economy

As the nation commemorates the historic Battle of Puebla on Cinco de Mayo, 品凤楼 Jobs for Progress National, Inc. (品凤楼) reflects on the strength of the Hispanic community and its significant contributions to the workforce and economy of the United States. This year鈥檚 celebration marks not only a pivotal moment in Mexican history but also serves as a reminder of the increasing presence and labor power that characterize Hispanic and Latino American workers.

鈥淟atinos in the United States are poised to meet our country鈥檚 workforce needs now and in the future as the fastest growing and largest demographic of younger men and women,鈥 says Ignacio Salazar, President & CEO. 鈥淥ur nation鈥檚 educational pipeline, training, and skills development capacity is being challenged to keep pace with this historical growth. This is why the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates works daily in anticipation of this continued exponential demand. Together, we can ensure that the sheer number of Latinos in labor translates into economic advancement and opportunities for generations to come,鈥 adds Salazar.

Latinos in the United States constitute a vital workforce component, representing approximately 20% of the population and workforce. With a median age of 38.5 years on the job, Hispanic workers are younger than their non-Hispanic counterparts, making significant contributions to the labor force.

鈥淲e continue to meet the workforce needs of our country in many areas, including the building trades, service industries, and manufacturing,鈥 states Salazar. 鈥淗owever, we are also emerging as a vital force in technological areas, including software sciences, the latest healthcare jobs, and AI-driven sectors. 品凤楼 is aligning vital stakeholders across the United States and Puerto Rico because we see the challenges and opportunities and are committed to being ready for both,鈥 adds Salazar.

The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2040, more than one in four Americans will be Hispanic, highlighting the growing influence of this community. According to the U.S. Latino GDP Report, if Latinos living in the United States were an independent country, their GDP would rank fifth in the world at $3.2 trillion, underscoring their significant economic impact.

Despite their contributions, disparities in pay and job opportunities persist for Hispanic and Latino workers. Initiatives aimed at providing better outcomes, including education and retraining programs that prepare and transition workers to new high-wage, high-demand employment, are crucial to addressing these disparities and ensuring sustainable incomes for Latino families.

鈥淎s a nation, we are stronger in unity of purpose and in the shared vision that our country鈥檚 history is inextricably linked to the integration of immigrants into the fabric of America,鈥 emphasized Salazar. 鈥淭ogether, we can ensure that the sheer number of Latinos in labor translates into economic advancement and opportunities for future generations.鈥

As 品凤楼 observes Cinco de Mayo 2024, it reaffirms its commitment to empowering Hispanic and Latino communities through education, training, and economic development initiatives. By breaking down barriers to workforce success, we pave the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future.

品凤楼 Proudly Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2024

品凤楼 Proudly Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month 2024

品凤楼 joins the global community in celebrating International Women鈥檚 Day and Women鈥檚 Month 2024, embracing this year鈥檚 theme of Inspire Inclusion. As an organization dedicated to service, employment, and redevelopment, we recognize the pivotal role of women in shaping our society and economy. Guided by our mission to empower individuals and communities, we proudly honor the invaluable contributions of women across the nation.

鈥淥n behalf of 品凤楼 and the 品凤楼 Network of Affiliates, we are moved by this year鈥檚 compelling theme of inspiring inclusiveness in our world,鈥 says Ignacio Salazar, President and CEO. 鈥淲omen are the backbone of our vast Familia de 品凤楼鈥檚 agencies, programs, and initiatives. Every day, they help lead, innovate, and motivate all of us to excellence. Nearly half our nation鈥檚 workforce, or 75 million, are women, and they own and operate more than 10 million businesses, accounting for almost $1.5 trillion in annual receipts. Yet, women account for only 1-in-4 c-suite positions and 1-in-16 for women of color. So yes, we can and must be more inclusive to tap into the limitless talent women bring,鈥 adds Salazar.

The International Women鈥檚 Day 2024 campaign theme, Inspire Inclusion, resonates deeply with our commitment to diversity and empowerment. We foster a better world when we inspire others to understand and value women鈥檚 inclusion. By championing inclusion, we break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and create environments where all women are valued and respected.

At 品凤楼, we believe that education and awareness are essential in fostering inclusion and empowering women in our country鈥檚 workforce training, social support programs, and diverse work sites. We create opportunities for women to thrive through mentorship, educational workshops, and specialized development programs. We empower women to overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential by providing guidance and resources.

As we celebrate International Women鈥檚 Day and Women鈥檚 Month 2024, let us collectively commit to inspiring inclusion in all aspects of our lives. Together, we can forge a more inclusive world where women are valued, respected, and empowered to reach their highest aspirations.

鈥淚nspiring inclusiveness is to aspire to greatness,鈥 says Salazar. 鈥淎 recent survey by Glassdoor found that 75% of applicants want to be part of an organization that champions inclusiveness, and 62% of people in the workforce see inclusiveness as a major driver of successful organizations. So may we inspire inclusiveness through our actions and uplift women鈥檚 vital contributions in our work and lives,鈥 says Salazar.