Greg Ward Shares How Being Open-Minded Makes Us Better Allies

Transforming Communities

02/21/2022

Greg Ward.

This Black History Month, 福利视频 is highlighting its diverse employees and sharing how they are making an impact. Greg Ward joined 福利视频 in 2018 as Lead Physical Security Officer. He has a strong background in law enforcement and corporate security and is now responsible for maintaining the safety of the 福利视频 Corporate campus in Clayton, Missouri. Learn more about Greg, his role, thoughts on allyship, and the importance of educating youth about Black history and the contributions of African Americans.

Q.聽聽聽聽Tell us about your background and your current role at 福利视频?

A.聽聽聽聽I have been in the law enforcement/corporate security field for the past 15 years. Before coming to 福利视频, I worked for BJC HealthCare for 11 years. I started as a security officer and quickly became the lead trainer for the security department. During that time, I received multiple instructor certifications and taught classes on a variety of safety topics.

I also assumed responsibility for the bike patrol unit and a team who enforced parking and provided security around the medical campus. I became a police cyclist instructor through the International Police Mountain Bike Association and currently teach classes at the St. Louis County Police Academy. Before leaving BJC, I was promoted to evening shift security supervisor. I was responsible for overseeing 32 officers, day-to-day operations, and serving as incident commander for emergencies.

I have been with 福利视频 for four years and oversee daily operations at 福利视频 Plaza 鈥 the corporate headquarters in Clayton, Missouri. I also assist with special security details, including providing tours of the plaza and security escorts. 聽

Q.聽聽聽聽What is the most meaningful part of your job?

础.听聽聽聽The most meaningful part of my job is the level of security that I assist with providing at the plaza. Our team is small, but I work alongside a group of very skilled people who care about the safety of our employees, tenants, and guests.

Q.聽聽聽聽Who influenced you most during your career and why?

础.听聽聽聽My grandmother has been my biggest influence and supporter. She has always pushed my entire family and me to be great and do whatever makes us happy. She has sacrificed so much to make sure I received an education and stayed on the straight path.

Q.聽聽聽聽How do you feel about 福利视频's approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion?

础.听聽聽聽I feel that 福利视频 has a very strong focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The company values diversity and allows all employees the opportunity to advance in their careers within the company.聽 聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽

Q.聽聽聽聽What is the importance of allyship to you, and how can employees be better allies?

A.聽聽聽聽It鈥檚 important to understand that everyone has different perspectives and views. I think that listening and being open-minded can help us all to be better allies.

Q.聽聽聽聽 What are your thoughts on the significance of Black History Month?

础.听聽聽聽Black History Month is very important. Not only does it spotlight the history of Black people, it also educates us on how things used to be and why we have the freedom that we have. There are so many things that Black people have invented that today鈥檚 youth do not know about, and I think it is important that we educate them. Often, people forget about the struggle that Black people went through to be in the positions that we are in such as executives, business owners, entrepreneurs, politicians, and even President of the United States. The struggles are now opportunities to teach our children where we come from.聽聽