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Honoring a legacy


Following what’s typically a busy December concluding with the holidays, I enjoy entering January refreshed and excited for what the new year will bring.

Unlike many who see January as simply the height of the winter season, for me, it’s a month for hope, planning, resolutions, reflection and service. And Martin Luther King Day, which is celebrated the third Monday of each January, is increasingly being viewed as a day of service – a time when Americans are encouraged to volunteer to help others less fortunate than themselves.

It's in that spirit of serving others that many of RSM’s 11,000 people in our 87 offices nationwide have been volunteering within their communities over the past several weeks in what we’re celebrating as a “Season of Giving,” which culminates on Martin Luther King Day (January 20 this year). Just a couple of examples of how our fellow RSM team members are making a positive difference in their local communities through this special season are:

  • Regional #HashTagLunchBag activities where we make and deliver meals for the homeless within various metropolitan communities, and
  • Working in local communities through faith-based organizations to provide meals to those less fortunate than ourselves, repair homes for those in need and mentor children who might benefit from an extra word of encouragement from an adult.   

Martin Luther King was hugely influential in the American Civil Rights Movement, despite never holding public office. And he was a major advocate of nonviolent activism. I’d like to thank our people for helping celebrate his legacy through our Season of Service. I think Dr. King would be proud.

Charles Barley
Principal, Risk Advisory Services and National Leader, African American and Canadian Excellence Employee Network Group

African American and Canadian Excellence

AACE nurtures an environment that supports RSM’s African American and Black professionals in their pursuit of professional excellence.