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201 8 TOP OPS AWARDS
INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE
Hotwire Communications
When a company's top brass walks the walk on community service,
it doesn't take long for that attitude to spread to everyone in their
corporate orbit.
That's certainly the case with Hotwire Communications' husband
and wife team Chairman Michael Karp and President/CEO Kristin
Johnson Karp, who have injected their own personal commitment to
philanthropy into company culture.
Education is a particular area of passion for the couple. They
founded Belmont Academy and Belmont Elementary Charter Schools
in Philadelphia, and now Hotwire supports two different organizations
supporting women in STEM-Code Art Academy and Girls Who
Code. The company also sponsored Code Art's Miami event letting
young girls from across South Florida participate in a fun day of coding
activities, including highlights from advanced young girl coders,
a friendly coding competition, and STEM workshops and activities.
Hotwire also reaffirmed a sponsorship commitment to Girls Who
Code in Salisbury, North Carolina, which gives young girls a 10-week
training program to teach them programming language.
" Women make up one half of the population, and if you take one half
of the good ideas off the table, you'll be losing so much brain power
and talent, " says Johnson Karp.
Her mantra is that by 2020, at least 30% of Hotwire's employees in
the technology sector should be female. " The idea that we're not
encouraging, supporting and offering a clear path to more females in
STEM is disparaging. It truly takes half of the entrepreneurial, inventive
and innovative minds out of the mix, and it's not good for society
as a whole, " says Karla Nelson-Thatcher, Hotwire's director of public
relations, media & events.
But boosting the number of women in tech is not the end of Hotwire's
commitment to education. The Kendall Federation of Homeowners
Associations in downtown Miami operates its own scholarship
program titled Operation Turnaround, which rewards middle and
high school students who have remarkably improved their academic
work. Hotwire introduced the " Fision Fiber Optics Powering the Future
Scholarship, " a $1,000 scholarship for the homeowners group
FAST FACTS
uInvested more than $27 million into the local community
through job creation and service provision.
uOver 16,000+ community service hours donated annually
through Employee Volunteer Program.
uInvolved in more than 100 non-profit organizations based
in locally serviced communities.
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that provides money for college as well as a laptop computer and an
invitation for the recipient to shadow and intern at the company. Hotwire
also offers scholarships to two students at charter high school
LBA Academy in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, and non-profit KidSafe in
Boca Raton.
Some of the company's most inspiring work stems from its support
of individual employees, fostering the spirit of giving from within. If
an employee wants to enter a local fundraising event such as a 5K
or a bike ride, Johnson Karp pays the entrance fees and matches
the fundraising efforts. In the event the employee can't raise the
minimum goal for the event, she has made it a habit of paying the
rest out of her own pocket just to encourage the effort to get out
there and participate.
" These things have to be holistically part of who we are as adults
and citizens of a community, so [Johnson Karp] does her part to
support it...,' " Nelson-Thatcher explains.
With Hotwire, it's not about choosing to serve its communities. It's
simply ingrained in its DNA. n
- Sara Winegardner
July 2018
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