Community Engagement – Our CSR

Community Engagement – Our CSR

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has gained traction in the past decade with many companies rethinking what their role as corporate citizens should be. One of the roles that we take on as a community member is to invest in our community by giving back to organizations and people who are in need. As a result, our employees participate in volunteering and sponsoring activities in the local Charlotte community every year.

“It is important to give back where you can. If it were not for mentors and others, we would not be where we are. I do believe that each one should teach one and pay it forward”

– Sharai Lavoie, CEO and Managing Member at Lavoie CPA.

Carrie Kirkpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament

Two weeks ago, it was time for the annual and local golf tournament that honors the first African American female golfer in Charlotte – Mrs. Carrie A. Kirkpatrick. Carrie was known as the First Lady and Senior States-woman in the Metrolina Area for African American female golfers. She played golf until she passed at the age of 86.

Sharai looks forward to the event every year as she feels it is a wonderful opportunity to do something she enjoys together with great people and give back to the community at the same time. “It’s the best way to spend an afternoon”, Sharai said.

Denise Shropshire, Jean Thomas, Sharai Lavoie and Humpy Wheeler

The event is organized by Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church and funds raised via donations and sponsorship help feed and support families in the Statesville Avenue area. The tournament is essential as the funds raised enables the continuation of support for organizations such as St. Martin de Porres Food Pantry and the Lucille Giles Men’s Shelter.

The 8th annual Carrie Kirkpatrick Gold Tournament took place at the Tradition Golf Club in Charlotte, NC. Sharai, who teamed up with Denise and Jean (pictured above) ended up taking 3rd place for women’s.

“This year’s event was wonderful and thankfully not too hot. Also, I am better at golf this year so I could contribute more to my team!”, Sharai said. “Ultimately, it was great to be a part of this year’s event and contribute to their cause. I already look forward to next year!”

3 Ways to Drive Business Growth

3 Ways to Drive Business Growth

Being the CFO in a high growth company is challenging. Handling business responsibilities, strategies, managing people and responding to setbacks can really chew up your day. Here are 3 things I have learned from great leaders that drives business growth.

1. Empower Your Employees to Act Like Executives

By empowering employees to act as managers, you’ll free up your time to focus on your to-do list. This is a step beyond delegation. When you give trusted employees the power to make decisions, you lift the burden from your own shoulders. At the same time you fuel your staff members’ confidence in their own abilities to lead. This strategy is only successful if you let your employees what your expectations are and how they will be measured. If you have chosen the right employees, they will proudly embrace their new responsibilities and strive to exceed your expectations and drive growth.

2. Leverage Technologies That Pave The Way Toward Easy Management

Take advantage of technology solutions that integrate data and eliminate information silos that are difficult to breach. Decision making is much easier when you have a set of best-in-class applications that integrates and gives you 24/7 access to data in the office and remotely. You and your employees will spend less time struggling to generate useful data and more time analyzing your metrics. This will in turn allow you to make more informed and strategic decisions that will drive business growth.

3. Understand Your team, and Plan Around Its Strengths and Weaknesses

Every group of employees is different. Working with your employees, instead of imposing a workflow on them, will remove friction between leadership and your staff. Examine your employees and establish procedures and policies for work that allow each employee to have the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. As a result, your employees will be settled and comfortable with the company culture and the personalities on your team and can focus on strategies that drive growth.

 

Do you have any tips on how to drive business growth? Feel free to share in the comment section.