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Welcome to A Seat at the Table

People with multicultural backgrounds make up the majority of the food service industry, yet few have a voice in the boardroom. A Seat at the Table is a podcast dedicated to highlighting the importance of cultural intelligence in the workplace.

Every episode, we’ll dive into topics such as anti-racism behaviors for businesses, why diversity and inclusion matters, and Black leadership perspectives. A Seat at the Table always ends with practical, actionable advice on how you can communicate effectively with people from multicultural backgrounds.

An inclusive business is a profitable business so join us and take your seat at the table.


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Full Show Notes:

Diversity and inclusion are no longer just about awareness, it’s about action. Business success will depend on how well leaders manage and engage today’s diverse workforce and customer base. The foodservice and hospitality industry is incredibly diverse, but we have yet to see that broader community reflected in leadership and in the boardroom.

This is why we invite you to take A Seat at the Table.

The Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance is the leading advocate of representation, advancement, and development of multicultural employees and businesses in our industry.

On our new podcast, we’ll help you understand how building cultural intelligence will give you the tools and language to effectively communicate with, and invest in, both customers and employees from different cultural backgrounds.

In this series, you can expect deep conversations with experts and leaders on how to build an authentic brand in communities of color, anti-racism best practices for businesses, and navigating the minefield of language.

By developing culturally intelligent leadership practices you can raise your topline, improve relationships with employees and customers while making deeper connections within your community. An inclusive business is a profitable business.  So take your seat at the table.

A Seat at the Table is hosted by Gerald “Gerry” A. Fernandez, the founder and President of the MFHA, an educational non-profit organization that makes the business case for developing cultural intelligence in the workplace. Gerry has been recognized for his decades of work in educating and advocating for the business benefits of cultural diversity and inclusion in the foodservice & hospitality industry. Gerry was honored in the Nation’s Restaurant News 2018 Power List among “the definitive list of industry leaders who are not only setting trends today but also shaping them for tomorrow.”