At Box, community comes first. We invite and encourage Boxers to bring their ___ self to work each and every day. Our Employee Resource Communities (ERCs) are employee-led affinity groups that support a culture of belonging and elevate the needs and experiences of underrepresented communities. We’re excited to chat with Faalon Andrews, Co-lead of the Black Excellence Network at Box to learn more about how she’s celebrating Black History Month.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Faalon and I’m currently a SMB Account Executive at Box! I graduated from Northwestern University in 2019 before starting my career in tech sales at Box. I grew up as a military brat so I’ve lived in several states and countries such as Japan, Colorado, Germany, Utah, and the list goes on. When I’m not working at Box, you can find me DJing at local events around Austin and being a board member at Blue Lapis Light, a local non-profit aerial-based dance company in Austin.
What has been your experience with the Black Excellence Network (BEN) at Box been?
From the start of my time at Box, I’ve been heavily involved with BEN. BEN was an incredible opportunity for me to meet some of my closest friends, help organize events within Box, as well as find volunteer opportunities in my own community. Over the past couple years, I’ve participated as an active member but I now have the honor of leading the organization as a BEN co-lead and I can’t wait for another amazing year for BEN!
Are there any events or activities that Box is doing during Black History Month or throughout the year that you’d like to highlight?
We have a ton of awesome events planned this month to celebrate Black History Month! BEN is kicking off the month by hosting a fireside chat with Shanae Brown, Founder of No Cream in This Coffee to discuss how Boxers can best advocate for themselves during performance reviews. Mid month, we’re coming together for a luncheon supporting Black-owned businesses. To close out the month, we’ve partnered with the Box Women’s Network to host a book club discussing the book “Hood Feminism” by Mikki Kendall. These are a few of the events I’m most excited for!
How do you try to influence those around you during Black History Month and beyond?
I see Black History Month as a month of learning and serving. I encourage everyone, no matter the color of your skin, to educate yourself on what this month really means, identify your strengths when it comes to influencing and educating, and spread the wealth of knowledge amongst your peers. And most importantly, Black history and Black pride doesn’t end after this month is over. Continue to spread the love and knowledge all year round!