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29 years ago, 19-year-old Ramona Hood was a single mother searching for a consistent day job to support herself and her six-week-old daughter, while simultaneously taking night classes. Aiming to transition from working in retail, Hood landed a steady 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift as a receptionist for Roberts Express, which became FedEx Custom Critical. From her start as a receptionist, Hood quickly moved up the corporate ladder to the safety department after 12 months, holding various executive leadership positions at FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Supply Chain.

Her career path evolved through many areas of the company, including operations, safety, sourcing, sales, and marketing. Hood stated, "It was then that I started to realize the organization was much bigger. I began to really speak about my interest in leadership." Over time, she began offering innovative and strategic ideas that distinguished her from her peers. Hood not only brought unique approaches to the business, but she did so in a way that brought out the best in others. These leadership characteristics and values are ingrained through her past and current leadership roles at FedEx Custom Critical and FedEx Supply Chain. Throughout her career, Hood has been recognized for her outstanding excellence in leadership, responsibility, and passion-driven results in the industry. Hood was recognized by the Greater Akron Chamber with the 30 for the Future award (2010) and acknowledged by Sales & Marketing Executives International with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award (2013). Hood earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Walsh University and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management.  

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The Supreme Court decided to eviscerate a key civil rights protection. It created a new and tougher standard that will make it harder for people to sue over racial discrimination in employment and other contract negotiations. The decision was not a surprise, given the current ideological make-up of the Supreme Court. What was a surprise is that the court decided unanimously to crush this civil rights protection. The four liberal justices signed on to an opinion on civil rights that was written by Neil Gorsuch.

The 9-0 ruling came down in a case called Comcast v. National Association of African American–Owned MediaAt issue is a contract dispute between cable giant Comcast and Entertainment Studios Network, which is owned by television producer and comedian Byron Allen. Allen, who is black, alleges that Comcast discriminated against him when it decided not to carry his network.

Allen sued under section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. This Reconstruction-era law guarantees that all people have the same right to contract “as is enjoyed by white citizens.”

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  • Due to the current states of emergency in VA, DC, and NY, we have decided to postpone our upcoming networking receptions at Nordstrom (DC-area) on March 26thand The Capital Grille (NYC) on May 14th. We will update you as we finalize new dates for these events.

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The Ann Arbor Police Department is facing two separate lawsuits that claim racial discrimination held back promotions for black and Hispanic sergeants.

City Attorney Stephen Postema in court filings denied the validity of both complaints, arguing both sergeants misrepresented how they were passed over for promotions over the last few years.

Sgt. Michael Dortch, a black officer in the department for 21 years, filed a lawsuit on Nov. 18, 2019 in Washtenaw County Trial Court, accusing the department of revoking a promotion to lieutenant due to discipline not equally applied to white officers.

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