AAF was GE's first affinity network. Over the past 25 years, we have been expanding our global network, providing members with growth and development opportunities, and reaching out to local African American communities in areas where GE operates. Through our highly successful Lloyd Trotter Scholarship program, AAF helps make college a reality for many deserving minority students in the U.S. and Africa.
In 2016, the African American Forum (AAF) celebrated a milestone: our 25th anniversary. As GE’s first affinity network, we look forward to continuing to provide our members with the opportunity to grow and develop, both personally and professionally; the ability to reach back and pull up others; and engagement opportunities for taking care of the communities in which we operate.
Just as each year during Black History Month we celebrate those who paved the way for us, AAF gives each of us the opportunity to pay that forward and take our own place in GE’s history. We help employees establish a strong personal network of fellow employees, leaders, mentors, and genuine friends, and also provide opportunities for meaningful community outreach. AAF has been described as a "jolt of energy" and a way to renew our commitment to making our business, our community, and ourselves better.
"Inclusion and diversity are not an initiative; they are necessary to harness the full strength, breadth, and depth of GE. We are a company of the best, most diverse talent in the world; join us and grow."
Mamar Gelaye Business Program Manager XLP GE Healthcare and AAF Operating Leader
Together, we all rise.
Partnership With the Lloyd Trotter Scholarship Fund Since 1995, the GE AAF Lloyd Trotter Scholarship Fund has generated more than $2 million, helping to make the college dream a reality for deserving and talented students. The fund, originally called the AAF Scholarship Program, was renamed for Lloyd Trotter, the former Vice Chairman and CEO of GE Consumer & Industrial, who was known for his dedication to both GE and to the cause of education.
Other Events and Partnerships Annual sponsorship of events with members and leadership symposiums throughout the world to address items of interest to the African American community and share best practices.
Black History Month During the month of February, AAF chapters Black History Month by hosting local events that recognize the work and influence of African Americans in the U.S. The celebration includes events ranging from art exhibits to dessert socials, and is designed to bring focus and awareness to African American culture.
Leadership Events and Opportunities In 2016, AAF hosted its 21st Global Leadership Symposium, reaching over 1,100 members and 200 senior leaders from across GE. The event offered professional and leadership development workshops, networking sessions, community outreach activities, and panel discussions with partners and customers around topics of interest. The event serves as a platform to recognize African American employees whose exceptional contributions help grow GE and build a stronger and more relevant AAF.
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