The Bozzuto Buzz is about coming together and connecting as a community—sharing our stories and using our voices to express the triumphs and challenges we face. As we progress into a new year, we’d like to share some exciting updates.
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Celebrating Black History Month This February Bridging Bozzuto From Coast to Coast Resilience, Gratitude and Community in 2020: A Rise by Bozzuto Year in Review Clock In With Confidence Welcome to #BozzutoAtHome With Exciting Partnerships
Fostering Belonging Within Our Culture of Kindness: An Introduction by Julie Smith
Creating sanctuary starts here in the workplace. Maintaining a culture of kindness and a safe environment where each of you feel respected and empowered has always been woven into our ethos as leaders. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) remains a critical component of the company—I’m proud to see the recent momentum we’ve gained by connecting with one another and giving back in impactful ways through our employee resource groups and Rise by Bozzuto. I’m pleased to announce the upcoming arrival of another important DEI leadership training we’ve been working diligently on: Belonging at Bozzuto. As you’ll read in this issue of the Buzz, this program is designed to bring awareness to the unconscious biases we have, present ways we can learn more inclusive thought processes and behaviors, and offer opportunities to have meaningful discussions with each other. Thank you for being a part of our journey to become an even more welcoming and inclusive company. I am always impressed by the concern you show for each another and look forward to participating in these initiatives with you. Thank you for being a part of our journey to become an even more welcoming and inclusive company. I am always impressed by the concern you show for each another and look forward to participating in these initiatives with you.
Celebrating Black History Month This February
Each year, a theme is set to inspire the month-long celebration of Black History Month. A tradition started in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, one of the founders of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, this theme sets the tone for honoring and celebrating the history of Black, African and African American culture during the month of February.
Save the Date
Inspired by the Black Family, the theme for Black History Month 2021, the SOUL employee resource group invites you to join them for a virtual family reunion at 12 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The event will start with some history around this important theme and favorite family reunion memories from SOUL members. After hearing from a guest speaker, we’ll enjoy a skit that you won’t want to miss. This event will include a few more extra-special surprises and giveaways—RSVP here. Don’t forget to display a specially designed Zoom background celebrating Black History Month during the event and the whole month—they’re already uploaded to your Bozzuto Zoom account. We encourage you to support Black-owned restaurants by ordering lunch from one to enjoy during the program. Find a list of restaurants to support near you here. Over the course of the month, as you continue to reflect on the Black Family theme, we also encourage you to take part in activities such as reading and listening to works by Black authors, supporting Black-owned businesses and taking some time to educate yourself on Black and African American history. Click here to explore more ideas in our Cultural Placemaking guide. Back to Top
Bridging Bozzuto From Coast to Coast
Bozzuto Management Company (BMC) launched into 2021 with very exciting news—we are continuing to expand our national footprint into West Coast markets. To help us grow our national presence, longtime industry executive Heather Wallace has joined BMC as Managing Director of Client Services. Based in Northern California, Heather will help us further refine our business development strategy as we prepare to bring the Bozzuto experience to California and beyond.
Heather brings with her more than 20 years of industry experience. She was most recently a senior executive with Sares Regis Group, where she helped them double their West Coast presence and modernize their management platform. Having served in key positions in operations, acquisitions and development for leading companies such as Lincoln Property Company, Archstone, Trammel Crow Residential and Alliance Residential, Heather will lead Bozzuto’s Client Services team and will play a pivotal role in bringing our award-winning service to new markets. As we get ready to move West, we want to make sure our exceptional standard of service remains consistent no matter where we are. That’s why we’ll be looking for existing, diverse and high-performing team members to come with us to California—nobody knows how to deliver on our brand promise like our extraordinary team members do. Stay tuned for future opportunities to be a part of this exciting growth.
Resilience, Gratitude and Community in 2020: A Rise by Bozzuto Year in Review
Creating sanctuary is at the heart of everything we do. Our social impact program Rise by Bozzuto unites our employees, residents, partners and clients around a distinct corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, allowing our Bozzuto network to make an impact like never before. In 2020, the unprecedented need brought on by COVID-19 called for adaptive action and Rise launched campaigns that facilitated giving back to those deeply impacted by coronavirus. Click here to find out more about these campaigns and view our first-ever Rise by Bozzuto Annual Report for a recap of our efforts in 2020. With your extraordinary support, in less than 30 days over April and May 2020, Bozzuto contributed $50,000 towards feeding healthcare heroes with sweetgreen and World Central Kitchen, as well as racing to end poverty with A Wider Circle. In the fall, we continued to support those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by collecting and donating food items for Feeding America’s local food banks. The reach of Rise by Bozzuto would not be possible without our 50 Community Champions from every region and division of the company. These incredible leaders are employees who help us launch initiatives for their fellow team members, residents and partners in their region. Thanks to all of your support and engagement with Rise by Bozzuto, we were selected as the winner of Multi-Housing News’ (MHN) inaugural award for Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. We’re especially proud to be the first recipient of this important industry award and we will continue to strive towards meaningful work that drives change within our communities and across our industry. As Bozzuto President and CEO Toby Bozzuto states, “We will continue our good work in the hopes of living meaningful lives through compassion, humility and purpose. We will continue to strive to be a paradigm for what is good and what is right.” If you are interested in helping bring Rise initiatives to your region and building relationships with local organizations, reach us at Rise@Bozzuto.com. Back to Top
Clock In With Confidence
Bozzuto UltiPro is about more than clocking in or requesting paid time off—it’s about simplifying your life. Designed to grow with the company and prepare us for continued success, this new software streamlines payroll, manager tasks, employee information and more. Bozzuto chose UltiPro for its streamlined user experience—rather than having to log in to several different platforms to access HR information, you can count on UltiPro to handily keep all your important payroll and benefit information in one convenient place. If you have questions or need a refresher on how to use UltiPro, there are several effective trainings and resources available on BOLD. Make sure to complete the required training here and find a helpful UltiPro training playlist here. For more information, join one of the upcoming virtual office hours sessions—click here to save your spot. Back to Top
Welcome to #BozzutoAtHome With Exciting Partnerships
Creating sanctuary for those we serve is the reason behind everything we do. This belief has motivated us to deliver extraordinary experiences every day for our residents in the communities we serve from Chicago to Baltimore and New York City to Miami. Wherever they are, we want them to know that they are a part of the Bozzuto community, and we want to make every day feel special. We know how important it is to feel connected to neighbors, family and friends—especially during a time when many of us are physically apart. We initially nurtured this feeling of community, of belonging, in a virtual space through #BozzutoStaysHome. A highly successful series that generated more than 7,000 combined Facebook views and replays, viewers had an exclusive cooking lesson, a style demo, HIIT workout and more—all hosted on our Facebook and Instagram stories. More than 1,600 people tuned into the Time Management demonstrations put on by professional organizer Rachel Rosenthal in partnership with the Container Store. She took over Bozzuto’s Instagram story for two days to answer questions submitted by Instagram users, generating more than 57,000 total impressions for all stories. Newly relaunched as #BozzutoAtHome, the program will feature exciting similar partnerships and entertainment, allowing residents to engage with their communities from the comfort of their homes. Join us as we explore—virtually—what sanctuary can be. Back to Top