: Corporate Citizenship Center

CBBB Grantee Interview-Virginia Sharp
The U.S. Chamber Foundation conducted a series of interviews featuring Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) grantees and their stories. We heard from Black small business owners on how the CBBB grant helped them, the impact of the pandemic on small businesses, and what Black business owners need during this challenging time.
Volunteering
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The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every aspect of our daily lives and countless individuals and families around the world have—and continue to—suffer because of it. On January 18, we will honor the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, remembering those who fight for equality and dedicate themselves to making the world a better place. Given the events of 2020 through today, the National Day of Service reminds us that it’s more important than ever to give back and lift up our communities.

Nalini Polavarapu

Nalini Polavarapu has always been interested in taking an interdisciplinary approach to solving challenges on a global scale. She currently works as the Head of Data Sciences – Customer Centricity at Bayer. With a strong foundational background in STEM coursework, she developed a lifelong passion for AI and agriculture, that she has been able to combine when she began her work as Bayer’s first data scientist over 10 years ago. Since then, the team has vastly expanded and the overall data science community within Bayer Crop Science alone employs 700 + people. We sat down with her learn more about her experience as a woman in the tech industry and advice she would give to women looking to follow a similar path. — Alexa Miller, Director, Digital Empowers National Campaign

Move for hunger truck
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Moving is, without question, one of life’s most stressful events. There are so many decisions to make, including what to take, and what to get rid of. In between those hectic hours of packing, cleaning, and figuring out whether or not that sofa is going to fit through the door, most people don’t have the time to consider what they are going to do with all the non-perishable food they have stocked up on over the years.

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