At Salo, our mission is “Connect and empower to make a difference.” Making connections is our business. So, we use our superconnector skills to connect people—and connect-the-dots between organizations—to empower others. We’re not perfect. We’re still learning. But, we’re determined to make a lasting difference in the world.
Passion unlocks possible
Our team is passionate about many areas of social impact—from diversity and women in the workplace to mentoring emerging professionals and sustainability.
Each year, we select a few social initiatives to focus on. We choose timely issues that are important to our community and can benefit from our company’s skillset. This year we’re focusing on racial equality and addressing socio-economic barriers that hinder workplace equity and opportunities.
Here are a few examples of this year’s social impact partnerships:
ALPFA’s mission is “to empower and develop Latino men and woman as leaders of character for the nation, in every section of the global economy.” Its 95,000 members have access to networking, leadership development opportunities, and 50,000 paid summer internships with Fortune 1000 corporate partners.
Through 11 locations, the Boys & Girls Clubs help 9,000 young people (K-12)—especially those who need it most—to reach their full potential. Salo supports the organization with sponsorships, board participation, and attending events
with the kids.
Cristo Rey High School provides college prep education to students in urban communities. In addition to being a sponsor, Salo participates in Cristo Rey’s work study program—employing students for eight-month internships.
NAAAHR exists to provide a unique global forum for the career development of Black and African American human resources professionals. Along with a national network and professional development, members get access to information around research, analysis, and legislation monitoring on topics relevant to members.
NABA is the oldest and largest membership organization dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for black professionals in the accounting, finance, and related business professions. Representing more than 200,000 black professionals, NABA provides education, resources, and meaningful career connections.
NBMBAA is the premier Black professional organization in the U.S—with 40 chapters nationwide and more than 14,000 active members. The mission of the National Black MBA Association® is to lead in the creation of educational, wealth building, and growth opportunities for those historically underrepresented throughout their careers as students, entrepreneurs, and professionals.
Since 2006, The Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) has been helping low-to-moderate income grassroots entrepreneurs thrive. NEON’s vision is to transform North Minneapolis and the surrounding area into a prosperous, sustainable, and multi-cultural community of entrepreneurs. Salo works with NEON on a DEI-focused partnership.
The Sanneh Foundation empowers youth with programs in areas such as educational attainment, physical health, social/emotional development, advancing diversity, and community well-being. Salo partners with Sanneh through board participation and sponsorship.
It takes inclusive workplaces and diverse teams to achieve the business outcomes that matter most. We’re empowering positive change by:
Committing to engaging, recruiting, and retaining people who represent difference of all kinds—such as race, gender, work style, and diversity of thought.
Addressing the barriers that have hindered traditionally underrepresented people from growth, retention, and promotion within the workplace.
Actively implementing measurable goals and strategies to support a diverse team, including:
Recruiting and retention
Cultural behaviors, practices, and policies
Policies to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion
Business and community partnerships
Everyone on our team is on board
Each member of the Salo team has personal DEI goals. For 2021, these goals focus on intentionally strengthening partnerships with vendors, associations, and community organizations who are committed to empowering and supporting BIPOC groups.
Additionally, some of our team members are literally on boards (of directors) for local non-profits. In fact, we encourage our leadership team members to serve on non-profit boards to get new perspectives and participate in the community. Each leader is allocated time and funds to support causes that are important to them. For example, Lisa Brezonik (CEO) is on the board of Hennepin Healthcare Foundation, Dave Rust (CFO) is on The Sanneh Foundation board, and Nick Gust (COO) is a board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.