Franklin Templeton Celebrates Black History Month With Events Focused on Health and Wellness

Mar 14, 2022 1:00 PM ET
Diversity & Inclusion. Franklin Templeton

Franklin Templeton’s Black Empowerment Network (BEN) business resource group (BRG), and partners at several of its specialist investment managers, hosted 18 virtual events in honor of Black History Month, celebrated in North America each February. These included webinar Navigating Finance as a Black Woman; Intersectionality and Identity, Kukuwa: African Dance Fitness Workout; and BEN Black History Month Happy Hour. BEN events focused on health and wellness in honor of the month’s theme in the United States, and spotlighted historical and current racial disparities for people of color and solutions to improve those statistics.

BEN’s signature event was an intimate workshop, Light in Dark Moments: Loving Approaches for Black Emotional Health, with an expert of integrative mental health. Two sessions helped employees deepen connections, understand the impact of racism on health and discover the healing power of emotional expression.

“Black History Month honors the contributions and sacrifices of those of African descent, and recognizes our contribution to all our history,” said Karen Lewis, VP, FT Technology, and Chairperson of the BEN BRG. “ As we examined Black health and wellness, we learned about the importance of not just enduring, but of thriving and giving ourselves permission to take care of ourselves and bring our full selves to everything we do.”

About Franklin Templeton

Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization with subsidiaries operating as Franklin Templeton and serving clients in over 155 countries. Franklin Templeton’s mission is to help clients achieve better outcomes through investment management expertise, wealth management and technology solutions. Through its specialist investment managers, the company offers boutique specialization on a global scale, bringing extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.5 trillion in assets under management as of February 28, 2022. For more information, please visit and follow us on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.