As we set to welcome sunshine in New England, and usher in a summertime likely far different from the unusual summer all of us experienced in 2020, we’re excited to announce that we at PCG successfully completed our first What’s Your Earth Worth? Challenge (#WYEW) during the month of May.
As you may recall, our competitive nature was fueled in April for our first ever inter-office competition, our Wealthness Challenge, created by marketing manager, Chris Izmirlian. PCG members participated both as individuals and randomly chosen teams to get moving, commit to fitness, nutrition and healthy eating habits. The Blue Team of Marc Austin, Julie Lisischeff, Chris Izmirlian and Katie Mott, tore it up by masterfully dedicating themselves to fitness and healthful eating, launching a full-on runaway defeat of the opposing Red and Orange teams.
Now with a new, eco-focused challenge awaiting, Blue found itself in a position to defend while Red and Orange approached the May contest as an opportunity to overtake and reign supreme, all while learning a highly valuable lesson. Competitive juices aside, May’s What’s Your Earth Worth? Challenge, introduced to us by administrative specialist, Katie Mott, urged PCGers to make conscientious efforts to change – for good. With the 5Rs – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle – as our guide, PCG team members reached beyond a typical way of thinking and put thoughtful practice into play. Driven by a common goal to preserve and protect our Earth, and extend ourselves past Earth Day’s spotlight to do what is right for our planet, we proved that lifestyle changes such as switching to low-energy LED lights, using dish rags instead of paper towels, remembering to shop with reusable totes, purchasing, when needed, sustainable, organic, local, compostable, biodegradable and recyclable products, take up gardening, turn water off when not in use, unplugging when possible, shifting to reusable metal or glass straws, and learning to compost, have not only helped heal our environment, but taught us that creative changes in our routines have given us greater awareness of how our choices impact our home and others.
Overall, our May game of going green was eye-opening and triumphant. While the Blue Team narrowly edged out Red and Orange to claim victory and remain atop the leaderboard, all of us at PCG were winners as we learned more about what it means to be eco-friendly and plan to continue our newly established eco-conscious practices. Remember, it takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to pattern your lifestyle, and we plan to keep moving and think alternatively for our environment thanks to our monthly jumpstarts. We hope you had as much fun as we did participating in our What’s Your Earth Worth? Challenge and we would love to hear what you did to contribute to keeping our Earth beautiful and safe. Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle is now embedded in our daily lives and we want it to spread like homemade, organic jam.
As mentioned, with summertime nearly here, the five weeks in June presented opportune timing to roll out a Diversity and Inclusion initiative, a topic much in need of discussion and embrace. A program designed using the acronym, “Q.U.I.L.T.,” our D&I committee led by the forward-thinking Katie Mott – she plays a major role in all things good at PCG – the smart and savvy Sidney Mao, and Gen-Xer Mary Rose Cusick, was created with the intent to be a visible resource of information and accountability, radiate good vibes by celebrating distinguished talent through the power of positivity, and to spur an ongoing effort to drive internal innovation and business growth by uplifting our team and encouraging them to shine as the stars they are.
Here’s a quick rundown of what’s in store for Team PCG- each week in June will focus on a letter in Q.U.I.L.T. in the hopes that we grow stronger together as a team and learn to listen and appreciate each other and the world around us more than ever.
Q – Question: Pursue opportunities to increase dialogue and greater conversation.
U – Understand: Acknowledge our differences by bridging gaps in clarity and intent with reason, creating an environment and culture for diversity to thrive.
I – Inspire: Promote and place positive value in sharing meaningful stories and experiences across the firm. Capitalize on the unique skills and assets each individual offers.
L – Listen: Allow all voices to be heard. Find meaning in individual’s needs and desires through intentional listening; welcome and encourage honest opinions and feedback. Respond without bias or “but.”
T – Teach: Seek out opportunities to educate and share our wealth of wisdom. Embrace uncomfortable emotions and lead by example by holding one another accountable for words, actions and behavioral patterns displayed in the workplace.
We’re committed to lunch-and-learns to meet, discuss and collaborate, with a goal of being cognizant of who we are as a firm, discover skills and talents each of our team members possesses, and strive to make our team stronger as a result of capturing what it means to be diverse and inclusive. We’ll recap our new program next month, so be sure to stay tuned. Rest assured, while we’re activating the Q.U.I.L.T. program in June, D&I will be a continuous focus for PCG.
If you would like to learn more about our What’s Your Earth Worth? Challenge, our D&I trio or our June Q.U.I.L.T. initiative, please feel free to connect with any PCG team member. We’d be delighted to share!
As always, we wish you health and safety and we hope you enjoy the beginning of the summer months!
Wishes for a terrific weekend!