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Episode 47
October 25, 2021

Investing in Diverse Communities

Guest Speakers:
  • Elisia Flores, Merary Simeon

When businesses are represented by leaders from within the communities they serve, those businesses thrive. PepsiCo and the National Restaurant Association have been honoring successful restaurant industry professionals of diverse backgrounds for 14 years now with the Faces of Diversity Award.

Today on Order Up, Merary Simeon, VP of global diversity, equity, and inclusion at PepsiCo, and Elisia Flores, CEO of L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, join us to discuss the importance of recognizing the health and economic disparities that disproportionately affect minority communities, investing in these communities to counter this, and ensuring diverse voices are represented within every organization. 

(01:49)     - Faces of Diversity Awards
(04:43)     - American dream come true
(06:28)     - The comfort food of Hawaii
(08:00)     - Generational passion
(09:59)     - Angel in disguise
(12:11)     - Rejoining L & L
(15:18)     - A big unknown
(16:50)     - Staying in the fight
(19:59)     - Franchisee focused
(24:50)     - Pathways to Black Franchisee Ownership Program    
(27:04)     - Become an L & L Hawaiian Barbecue franchisee
(28:16)     - Diversity, equity, and inclusion

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