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June 5, 2020
I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

Esi Eggleston Bracey
EVP & COO NA Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever
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June 5, 2020
In challenging times, the most important thing for a company to do is go back to your mission and let that lead your North star. We want to make sure that everyone has access to good eating. We think good eating brings out the best in all of us, and it’s more than just the food you eat: It’s how you eat it, where you eat it, what you know about the food and where it comes from. In Panera’s case, we say ‘Leave feeling better than you came in,’ and that implies a dining-in experience. Now, if we want to make good eating available for all, it’s about making it available safely and stress free. We’re doubling down on what that means in a pandemic, and a lot of our actions have stemmed directly from that belief.

In challenging times, the most important thing for a company to do is go back to your mission and let that lead your North star. We want to make sure that everyone has access to good eating. We think good eating brings out the best in all of us, and it’s more than just the food you eat: It’s how you eat it, where you eat it, what you know about the food and where it comes from. In Panera’s case, we say ‘Leave feeling better than you came in,’ and that implies a dining-in experience. Now, if we want to make good eating available for all, it’s about making it available safely and stress free. We’re doubling down on what that means in a pandemic, and a lot of our actions have stemmed directly from that belief.

Chris Hollander
Chief Marketing Officer, Panera Bread
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Chris Hollander
Chief Marketing Officer, Panera Bread
Elizabeth Rutledge
Chief Marketing Officer, American Express
This crisis certainly has reminded me how important shared experiences are and I truly believe they’re going to come back. Right now we have to reimagine them. We have to figure out where our customers are and what their needs are, whether it’s thinking about virtual conferences or live experiences that follow social distancing principles. We’re actually executing and testing on those ideas as we speak. Whether it's live streaming theater productions, holding virtual office hours or events for our business customers who need so much help, we've had to think differently. I think you'll see some of these shifts continuing even as the shelter in place restrictions are being lifted across the globe. You have to adapt, and that's what we're doing.

This crisis certainly has reminded me how important shared experiences are and I truly believe they’re going to come back. Right now we have to reimagine them. We have to figure out where our customers are and what their needs are, whether it’s thinking about virtual conferences or live experiences that follow social distancing principles. We’re actually executing and testing on those ideas as we speak. Whether it's live streaming theater productions, holding virtual office hours or events for our business customers who need so much help, we've had to think differently. I think you'll see some of these shifts continuing even as the shelter in place restrictions are being lifted across the globe. You have to adapt, and that's what we're doing.

Kimberly Evans Paige
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, BET Networks & Live Events, ViacomCBS
What we’re seeing now is other networks generating black content or content geared towards African Americans, but they can’t do just that. They too have to show up differently. We like to say ‘You can’t have our rhythm without our blues.’. When things happen we know we have to stand up. We often feel like if BET doesn’t stand up, who will? Even when the pandemic first broke out, none of it was a surprise to us. Literally in a weekend, we knew the severity and impact it was gonna have on our community. It wasn’t like ‘Let’s go report on it.’ It was, ‘Let’s go do something’. And that is BET - it has such an understanding and connection to the community. It never pauses to stand back. It says, ‘We’ve now gotta be at the frontline and help change outcomes.

What we’re seeing now is other networks generating black content or content geared towards African Americans, but they can’t do just that. They too have to show up differently. We like to say ‘You can’t have our rhythm without our blues.’. When things happen we know we have to stand up. We often feel like if BET doesn’t stand up, who will? Even when the pandemic first broke out, none of it was a surprise to us. Literally in a weekend, we knew the severity and impact it was gonna have on our community. It wasn’t like ‘Let’s go report on it.’ It was, ‘Let’s go do something’. And that is BET - it has such an understanding and connection to the community. It never pauses to stand back. It says, ‘We’ve now gotta be at the frontline and help change outcomes.

Esi Eggleston Bracey
EVP & COO NA Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever
I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

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In challenging times, the most important thing for a company to do is go back to your mission and let that lead your North star. We want to make sure that everyone has access to good eating. We think good eating brings out the best in all of us, and it’s more than just the food you eat: It’s how you eat it, where you eat it, what you know about the food and where it comes from. In Panera’s case, we say ‘Leave feeling better than you came in,’ and that implies a dining-in experience. Now, if we want to make good eating available for all, it’s about making it available safely and stress free. We’re doubling down on what that means in a pandemic, and a lot of our actions have stemmed directly from that belief.

In challenging times, the most important thing for a company to do is go back to your mission and let that lead your North star. We want to make sure that everyone has access to good eating. We think good eating brings out the best in all of us, and it’s more than just the food you eat: It’s how you eat it, where you eat it, what you know about the food and where it comes from. In Panera’s case, we say ‘Leave feeling better than you came in,’ and that implies a dining-in experience. Now, if we want to make good eating available for all, it’s about making it available safely and stress free. We’re doubling down on what that means in a pandemic, and a lot of our actions have stemmed directly from that belief.

Chris Hollander
Chief Marketing Officer, Panera Bread
This crisis certainly has reminded me how important shared experiences are and I truly believe they’re going to come back. Right now we have to reimagine them. We have to figure out where our customers are and what their needs are, whether it’s thinking about virtual conferences or live experiences that follow social distancing principles. We’re actually executing and testing on those ideas as we speak. Whether it's live streaming theater productions, holding virtual office hours or events for our business customers who need so much help, we've had to think differently. I think you'll see some of these shifts continuing even as the shelter in place restrictions are being lifted across the globe. You have to adapt, and that's what we're doing.

This crisis certainly has reminded me how important shared experiences are and I truly believe they’re going to come back. Right now we have to reimagine them. We have to figure out where our customers are and what their needs are, whether it’s thinking about virtual conferences or live experiences that follow social distancing principles. We’re actually executing and testing on those ideas as we speak. Whether it's live streaming theater productions, holding virtual office hours or events for our business customers who need so much help, we've had to think differently. I think you'll see some of these shifts continuing even as the shelter in place restrictions are being lifted across the globe. You have to adapt, and that's what we're doing.

Elizabeth Rutledge
Chief Marketing Officer, American Express
What we’re seeing now is other networks generating black content or content geared towards African Americans, but they can’t do just that. They too have to show up differently. We like to say ‘You can’t have our rhythm without our blues.’. When things happen we know we have to stand up. We often feel like if BET doesn’t stand up, who will? Even when the pandemic first broke out, none of it was a surprise to us. Literally in a weekend, we knew the severity and impact it was gonna have on our community. It wasn’t like ‘Let’s go report on it.’ It was, ‘Let’s go do something’. And that is BET - it has such an understanding and connection to the community. It never pauses to stand back. It says, ‘We’ve now gotta be at the frontline and help change outcomes.

What we’re seeing now is other networks generating black content or content geared towards African Americans, but they can’t do just that. They too have to show up differently. We like to say ‘You can’t have our rhythm without our blues.’. When things happen we know we have to stand up. We often feel like if BET doesn’t stand up, who will? Even when the pandemic first broke out, none of it was a surprise to us. Literally in a weekend, we knew the severity and impact it was gonna have on our community. It wasn’t like ‘Let’s go report on it.’ It was, ‘Let’s go do something’. And that is BET - it has such an understanding and connection to the community. It never pauses to stand back. It says, ‘We’ve now gotta be at the frontline and help change outcomes.

Kimberly Evans Paige
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, BET Networks & Live Events, ViacomCBS
I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

Esi Eggleston Bracey
EVP & COO NA Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever

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Chris Hollander
Chief Marketing Officer, Panera Bread
Elizabeth Rutledge
Chief Marketing Officer, American Express
This crisis certainly has reminded me how important shared experiences are and I truly believe they’re going to come back. Right now we have to reimagine them. We have to figure out where our customers are and what their needs are, whether it’s thinking about virtual conferences or live experiences that follow social distancing principles. We’re actually executing and testing on those ideas as we speak. Whether it's live streaming theater productions, holding virtual office hours or events for our business customers who need so much help, we've had to think differently. I think you'll see some of these shifts continuing even as the shelter in place restrictions are being lifted across the globe. You have to adapt, and that's what we're doing.

This crisis certainly has reminded me how important shared experiences are and I truly believe they’re going to come back. Right now we have to reimagine them. We have to figure out where our customers are and what their needs are, whether it’s thinking about virtual conferences or live experiences that follow social distancing principles. We’re actually executing and testing on those ideas as we speak. Whether it's live streaming theater productions, holding virtual office hours or events for our business customers who need so much help, we've had to think differently. I think you'll see some of these shifts continuing even as the shelter in place restrictions are being lifted across the globe. You have to adapt, and that's what we're doing.

Kimberly Evans Paige
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer, BET Networks & Live Events, ViacomCBS
What we’re seeing now is other networks generating black content or content geared towards African Americans, but they can’t do just that. They too have to show up differently. We like to say ‘You can’t have our rhythm without our blues.’. When things happen we know we have to stand up. We often feel like if BET doesn’t stand up, who will? Even when the pandemic first broke out, none of it was a surprise to us. Literally in a weekend, we knew the severity and impact it was gonna have on our community. It wasn’t like ‘Let’s go report on it.’ It was, ‘Let’s go do something’. And that is BET - it has such an understanding and connection to the community. It never pauses to stand back. It says, ‘We’ve now gotta be at the frontline and help change outcomes.

What we’re seeing now is other networks generating black content or content geared towards African Americans, but they can’t do just that. They too have to show up differently. We like to say ‘You can’t have our rhythm without our blues.’. When things happen we know we have to stand up. We often feel like if BET doesn’t stand up, who will? Even when the pandemic first broke out, none of it was a surprise to us. Literally in a weekend, we knew the severity and impact it was gonna have on our community. It wasn’t like ‘Let’s go report on it.’ It was, ‘Let’s go do something’. And that is BET - it has such an understanding and connection to the community. It never pauses to stand back. It says, ‘We’ve now gotta be at the frontline and help change outcomes.

Esi Eggleston Bracey
EVP & COO NA Beauty and Personal Care, Unilever
I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

I vividly remember early on in my career attending a diversity training session where a woman explained to me, ‘When you go into an environment that’s not diverse, you adapt to survive.’ And I had this ‘Aha!’moment like, ‘Oh my God, that’s exactly what I’m doing.’ It was out of that I decided to do something different. If I’m a champion of diversity, I have to put my money where my mouth is, even if it’s uncomfortable.’ I took the perm out of my hair, I started talking about my manicures and being a person of color who was young and female. And from that I was able to make an impact and get more promotions and have a personal experience where I learned that it really does matter when you bring your whole self to the workplace.

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