We know we need to do more to put our best foot forward and ensure we are doing right by all members of the Papa John's family.
We have promoted Victoria Russell to become the first Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Papa John's International. In this newly created role, Victoria has been instrumental in forming and leading our Diversity & Inclusion committee, beginning late last year, and has shown tremendous passion for the brand. Along with our leadership team, Victoria will be leading efforts that ensure our company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion remains a top strategic priority across all aspects of our business operations.
She has already implemented several important actions to move the company forward, including developing a mandatory diversity and inclusion training and launching an employee group exclusively dedicated to bringing forth diverse voices to senior leadership. Victoria also recently facilitated an unconscious bias training session for Papa John's executive leadership.
We are making this training mandatory for all corporate team members and are in the process of rolling it out across the company.
We are also kicking off the development of two key long-term initiatives:
- The Papa John’s minority-owned franchise expansion and development program; and
- The formation of a new foundation that will be focused on making a positive impact in communities where our team members live and work. We will support causes that bring people together.
Finally, Papa John’s leaders recently visited Atlanta, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit and Chicago as part of a listening tour to get feedback from team members and franchisees on how we can do better.