Global entrepreneur and CEO of international SaaS company Cvent, specialists in meetings management technology, Reggie Aggarwal, issued the following statement on social media, 16 August, concerning the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia:
“As a Virginian, an American, and a son of immigrants, I was sickened by the events in Charlottesville this past weekend. The actions by these hate groups betrays the core of who we are as Americans. It goes against the very essence of what being an American is about, and the principles the country was founded upon.
“As an alumnus of the University of Virginia (along with nearly 50 other Cventers), I am disgusted that these events took place on our campus – a campus known for inclusion, open thinking and education, regardless of race or creed. When I was a student leader at UVA, I went through the Multicultural Leadership Program and Training, one of the many things the University does to make the campus a welcoming space for all. This past spring, the president of UVA, Teresa Sullivan, visited the Cvent offices here in Virginia, and one of the things we discussed was the impact of immigrants on entrepreurism in the US and how the UVA helps promote, foster and cultivate that spirit.
“Cvent and our 2,700 employees are committed to diversity and equality in the workplace and in our society, and our mission is to create technology that powers human connection. We all take pride in the fact that we make a living in bringing people together, not driving them apart.
“Hate and violence have no place in our state, in our country, or in the world.
“Today Cvent is making a donation of $10,000 to the Multicultural Student Services at the University of Virginia, in order to combat ignorance, divisiveness and intolerance.”
– Reggie Aggarwal.