We’re proud to congratulate Shara Hammond, Leadership and Inclusion Manager for being named the Corporate Diversity Champion at the 2020 Diversity Summit hosted by the Association of Chinese American Professionals (ACAP).
Shara has been described by leaders as a one-woman change agent for good. She continuously encourages qualified risk taking that pushes Marathon Oil forward. Working for a company with a history that goes back well over 100 years, the last thing we want to do is sit back and stagnate. We put a premium on forward-thinking, and Shara embodies this principle.
A few examples of Shara’s recent projects that solidify her achievement as a diversity champion -
- Built a diversity training program for our company’s Executive Committee and senior leadership that forms the foundation of Marathon’s diversity and inclusion efforts.
- In support of the company’s Culture Journey, Shara made sure that the voices of Marathon’s Pan Asian-American, Hispanic, African-American, and female employees were heard by company leadership. She created a series of facilitated workshops that improved our diversity of thought.
- Led an effort to establish platforms for inclusion of minority employees with the formation of employee resource groups -- ERGs. She also mentors the volunteer ERG leaders on how to create a charter and mission, build membership, and develop programs that help employees raise their professional profiles and networks.
In 2001, the ACAP, in collaboration with Marathon Oil, JPMorgan Chase and Shell Oil Company, organized the inaugural Diversity Summit annual conference. The Diversity Summit brings together attendees from both public and private sectors to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace and use as a strategic tool to improve business performance.
As a non-profit organization, the ACAP strives to foster the professional development and fellowship among its members, to facilitate the development of leadership skills of Chinese Americans professionals, and to address various issues that minority professionals face in the workplace.