Adding a personal touch to counteract Zoom fatigue, CMC President & CEO Tina Bennett provided updates about CMC’s progress during Covid, a discussion on the challenges facing the company and offered good news for employees during a pair of Town Hall meetings last month.

The Town Hall featured Bennett and Fred Maher, senior manager, Business Development, in a wide-ranging Oprah-like interview that presented employees with an opportunity to ask questions during the nearly 50-minute long session. Bennett starting the meetings with a review of CMC’s Mission, Vision and Values because there are so many new employees—53 with less than three months experience at the company.

“Our Mission and Vision are the ‘why’ we do what we do,” Bennett said. “Our Values are the ‘how’ we do our work. Unless every employee believes and lives our values, they are just words on paper.”

Bennett also shared news that CMC Board of Directors Chair and owner, Mimi Iklé-Khalsa, has stepped down from her position and former CMC President & CEO Eileen McGinnis will become the new Chair.

“This is a tremendous development for CMC because Eileen…brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role,” Bennett said. “And, we are excited that Mimi will continue to actively contribute to the company as both owner and a Board member.”

Perhaps the most welcome news to come from the meeting was the announcement that CMC has added Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, as an official holiday for the company AND that a floating holiday has been added.

“CMC added Juneteenth as an official CMC holiday for all employees (because) it recognizes our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Bennett said.

Sadly, Bennett announced there would not be a company-wide holiday party this December in recognition of the fact that large gatherings are still discouraged by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and that many departments are extremely busy closing out the year. She said to keep on the lookout for an event in the new year.

If you missed the Town Halls, you can re-watch them here.

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