Diversity and Inclusion
We Are Better Together
We’re committed to creating an inclusive and supportive culture that leverages the unique talents of all our employees to further foster our company’s vision, mission and core values. By leveraging the diverse experiences, background and perspectives of our employees, we realize a competitive position in today’s ever-changing market. Through our key focus areas of growing self-awareness, advancing our organization, and impacting our communities, our employees can reach their full potential at Leprino Foods.
Part of our approach to ensuring a diverse and inclusive culture at Leprino Foods is equipping our employees with resources and learning opportunities to appreciate the complexities within DEI work in our organizations, communities, and personal life. We developed our Better Together Champion Program to encourage a pursuit in our four practices of Inclusive Leadership: Understand, Assess, Engage and Advocate. Our Champions are our biggest allies at all our locations and are key influencers and advocates for diverse perspectives to be included. Our Champions model key inclusive behaviors like seeking to understand, listening with empathy, and celebrating our differences. Hear what our Champions have to say below!
“I am excited to complete the final session and have enjoyed participating. It has made me a better leader”
– Elizabeth, Production
“I have really enjoyed the content of the D&I program and the two courses, especially the Outward Mindset (really blew my mind on a couple of occasions during that class).”
– Estevan, Finance
“I’ve really enjoyed the curriculum (…) I can appreciate the fact that the coursework makes me cognizant once again of where my unintentional biases may lie. I particularly found value in the Assess portion of the course.”
– Steve, Production
“I am feeling great about the program, and I look forward to hitting the ground running once I am fully certified.”
– Alejandro, IT
We strive to offer opportunities for our employees to learn about, support, and celebrate diverse cultures represented in our own employees’ histories and experiences. Here are a few ways our employees support and celebrate diversity:
Women’s Leadership Development:
We strive to empower our female employees and encourage more female representation at all levels of leadership within our organization. This work focuses on gender parity and is responsible for supporting, encouraging, and providing additional resources to our female employees. Activities include:
- LeanIn Meetings
- Education Series
- Community Involvement
- Interview and Public Speaking Support
- New Parent Programs
- And more!
Community Impact Teams:
A foundational characteristic of Leprino Foods is our commitment to supporting the communities in which we live and work. At our plant locations and Denver offices, we have employee driven Community Impact Teams who work tirelessly to build and foster community partnerships and provide help where it is needed most, making tangible impacts. Our company supported strategies concentrate on four key areas which align with the Leprino Foods Company Foundation:
- Local Needs
Our employees represent a diverse array of cultures, experiences, and religious beliefs. We strive to highlight and celebrate important holidays and cultural events that occur each month through educational experiences, food, drink, and time together to learn about and from one another!
At Leprino Foods, we cultivate an environment that is welcoming towards diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences. We recognize that we have work to do and are committed to building self-awareness, advancing our organization, and impacting our communities. We welcome our employees to take an active role in holding not only our organization, but each other as individuals, accountable to our Call to Action. You can learn more about our Call to Action below!
Make others feel valued by asking for their input.
Let your voice be heard and encourage others to share their viewpoints.
Listen to Others
Be present and open-minded as other share their perspectives.
Practice humility by admitting mistakes, learning from feedback and recognizing different points of view.
Celebrate Everyone’s Contributions and acknowledge how diverse perspectives add value to the overall team.