The Inclusion Council is led by two co-chairs, Calvin Walker and Muhammad Varachhia, who are passionate about promoting inclusion at NS.
Calvin Walker (left): I have 23 years of experience with Norfolk Southern, and am currently working as a Track Patrol Foreman with the Maintenance of Way group in the Engineering Department, but have worked all over the NS system.
It is truly a great honor to serve as Co-Chair of the Inclusion Council and I look forward to making sure all of our fellow co-workers feel they are a part of this initiative. Diversity & Inclusion represents everyone, no matter their background. It is important that employees feel their voice is heard, valued, and responded to.
An Inclusive workplace, in my opinion, combines a great company atmosphere, employee morale, and positive work experiences. I have previously served as the Chair of the Pocahontas Diversity & Inclusion Council, Chairman for several Local Safety & Service Committees, multiple ERG leadership councils, and a Peer-to-Peer Representative for the Employee Assistance Program. I also volunteer several days a week with the Roanoke Rescue Mission and Feeding America of Southwest Virginia. These efforts equate to the most rewarding work I’ve ever done.
Muhammad Varachhia (right): I joined Norfolk Southern in 2015 and currently work in Information Security. In 2018, I led the YoungNS Leadership and Development sub-committee. Last year, I was elected Chair of YoungNS and worked to establish key relationships with community partners. I also led initiatives on more than 29 events for the year while still implementing a cost-conscious strategy.
To further cultural awareness, I led the team that developed the first Ramadan event at Norfolk Southern with the Diversity and Inclusion Council. Outside of work, I enjoy serving on management teams of several local and national non-profit organizations, spending time with family, and traveling. I look forward to everything the Inclusion Council has set out to accomplish this year as we continue to promote an inclusive work culture.