Happy Anniversary, ABLE!

DG February 7, 2018 by Denise Gibson

We say it every day here at Toys“R”Us – “Diversity is the mix; inclusion is making the mix work.” The former is our belief, and the latter is our commitment. And that’s why one year ago today, we launched the ABLE Team Resource Group – the Association for Black Leadership and Empowerment – to make sure we’re fostering an inclusive environment to hire, promote and retain African-American team members.

Let me fill you in on what’s to come: the group is celebrating Black History Month with events at the company’s Global Resource Center each week in February, ranging from speaker series with community leaders to “mind and body workout” sessions. And while we’re excited about what’s coming up this month, our celebration really began in January with a special tribute to the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Check it out! ABLE took over the Toys“R”Us chalkboard (aka “Chalk Talk”) at our GRC to create a display inspired by Dr. King and his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech. We then invited our team members to share their thoughts on what the speech means to them and how it motivates us to make the world a better place.


One of my personal favorite comments? “Diversity makes us unique.” It reminded me that we can expand our perspectives on religion, race and gender by keeping an open-mind to diversity. After all…if we were all the same, we’d live in a world with no mental growth. #boring

Overall, this display and the discussion it sparked is an example of how fulfilling it can be to work in a community that offers a well-rounded view on the world. Whether through initiatives like this or in the way we sell and market our products, it’s inspiring to work for a company that not only openly accepts the lifestyles of all its team members, but encourages others to follow its lead.

I (all of ABLE, really) am so excited to kick off our second year, and am looking forward to filling you in on the group’s latest and greatest efforts. So say it with me now – Happy Anniversary, ABLE!