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Episode 60
June 13, 2022

Celebrating Pride Month

Guest Speakers:
  • Isaac Rocha, Damian Hanft
This week on Order Up, Karly is joined by Damian Hanft, Vice President and Brand & Culture Ambassador for Inspire Brands, and Isaac Rocha, Director of West Zone McDonalds and Chief Inclusion Officer at Bama Companies, to discuss Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community’s essential role in the restaurant industry. Tune in to learn more about the significance of LGTBQ+ visibility in industry leadership and the policies and programs being enacted to support and protect individuals, in which everyone is encouraged to bring their authentic selves to the workplace.

(1:35) - Introducing Damian Hanft
(3:09) – Introducing Isaac Rocha
(4:38) – The impact of Pride Month
(8:30) – Celebrating diversity and inclusion at Inspire Brands
(9:41) – A people-first strategy
(10:46) – Enacting a transition policy and communication plan at Bama Companies
(14:45) – Creating structures to help a diverse workforce ascend industry ranks
(18:55) – Loren Eiseley’s “The Star Thrower”
(20:22) – Educating yourself

Damian and Isaac are members of the board of directors for the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA). Click here to learn more about MFHA.

Click here for more information on Inspire Brands
Click here for more information on Bama Companies.

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