What Diversity and Inclusion Means to Wendy’s
How We Support Our Diverse Community
The Wendy’s family has a vibrant, diverse community of employees across the globe – and we want them all to achieve their full potential, both professionally and personally. We also believe that reflecting the diversity of our consumers and communities has helped us to thrive as an organization.
To support these efforts, Wendy’s has five Diversity and Inclusion employee networks. They celebrate Wendy’s core values and contribute to the betterment of our brand and our people. These volunteer employee networks help advance diversity and inclusion at Wendy’s, and we welcome not only the members specific to each group, but also their co-worker friends and allies.
Though each network has a different focus, they all are dedicated to the development of their members, creating connections among our employees, and giving back to the local community.
Wendy’s first employee network, Women of Wendy’s, enables women to be their best selves and is committed to seeing more women in leadership roles. Over the past few years, our employee network group portfolio has expanded to include WeQual, which focuses on equality and supporting our LGBTQ employees; WenGen, which connects and develops our newest generation of leaders; and WMSN, Wendy’s Military Support Network, which is dedicated to attracting and supporting members of our armed forces who pursue careers at Wendy’s and supporting their families. We also recently added WCDN, our Cultural Diversity Network celebrating people of color at Wendy’s.
Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Extend Beyond our Wendy’s Walls
In addition to our five employee networks described above, we also engage in our community with diversity and inclusion efforts.
For example, WeQual has a strong partnership with Columbus-based Kaleidoscope Youth Center, which is the only organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies. We’ve also partnered with the Columbus Multi-Cultural Network, sponsored by the Ohio Diversity Council, and the Columbus Women in Tech conference, where our female team members were empowered to become the tech leaders of the future. In fact, our own Stephanie Shaw, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions and Analytics, was a participant in a keynote panel discussion at the Women in Tech conference.
We’re energized to do even more in support of Diversity and Inclusion in 2019 and beyond, with an emphasis on education, people development and ensuring Wendy’s remains an employer of choice within the diverse communities we are privileged to operate in.
Earlier this year, we put an emphasis on building Wendy’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that will take us into the next decade. For us, diversity and inclusion means ensuring that Wendy’s employees feel respected, appreciated and part of the Wendy’s family. It also means creating an environment where our team members feel they can be their best selves while at work. These are important components to helping our employees achieve success.
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