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Recent news and insights on women in leadership from convenience stores and beyond.

Forbes Recognition

Forbes recognized four convenience-store chains for their social impact on its recent list of America’s Best Employees for Social Impact. C-store chains recognized on the list of 300 businesses included Buc-ee’s, Lake Jackson, Texas, at No. 33; Wawa, Pennsylvania-based Wawa at No. 132; Kwik Trip/Kwik Star, La Crosse, Wisconsin, at No. 167; and Tulsa, Oklahoma-based QuikTrip at No. 287.

The social impact list is intended to showcase companies “doing well at doing good.” To determine the list, Forbes partnered with HundredX, which surveyed more than 100,000 consumers. It ranked the 300 brands that respondents rated most highly in four categories: overall brand values and trust, social stances, sustainability and community support.

Click here to view the complete social impact list.

Separately, Murphy USA was recognized as the only c-store chain on Forbes’ sixth annual list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. The El Dorado, Arkansas-based retailer ranked No. 360 on the list of 500 businesses.

Forbes partnered with market research firm Statista to create the list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity. To determine the rankings, Statista surveyed more than 45,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees. It asked participants to anonymously rate their organizations based on criteria such as age, gender, ethnicity, disability and LGBTQ+ equality, as well as general diversity. It also asked respondents belonging to underrepresented groups to recommend businesses other than their own. In addition, Statista reviews each company’s diversity-related best practices—such as the presence of employee resource groups, the publication of diversity data and the percentage of women in board and executive roles—and incorporated them into the rankings.

Click here to view the complete diversity list.

 Call for Entries

The Globee Awards is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Globee Awards in the Digital Engagement and Social Media Awards for Women in Business.

These Globee Awards recognize organizations for exceptional achievements in digital engagement and social media and celebrate ingenuity and effectiveness in targeting women through influencer marketing, social media advertising, content creation and community building. “Whether it's empowering campaigns or women’s health advocacy, these awards honor your success in connecting and empowering women globally.”

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Globee Awards for Women in Business and how to nominate.

Voice of Experience

In an editorial in Forbes, Edie Fraser, chair of Women Business Collaborative (WBC), writes about her 30-year career as a supporter of equality and Justine and as a supporter of women in business leadership. She notes, “While the needle has clearly moved over the past few years, has the recent growth in director and officer appointments been enough? Currently 10.6% of women hold Fortune 500 CEO positions, with women making up only roughly 30% of boards and c-suites. … To increase diversity, the WBC urges boards to appoint with intentionality, build tenure limits, and allow new perspectives to shape responses to shareholders, employees, customers, and the community’s needs.”

Click here to read the complete column.

Fast Fact

Women-owned businesses make up 42% of all businesses in the U.S., per the Small Business Association

Recognizing Diversity

The Hershey Co. and the Kellogg Co. were named as Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc. 

Hershey is in the midst of its five-year plan, the Pathways Project, to make the company more diverse and inclusive, and earned spot No. 3 on the annual list. The Hershey, Pennsylvania-based candy company improved three spots this year.

The Kellogg Co., No. 26, has been on DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity list for 12 consecutive years.

Kellogg, Battle Creek, Michigan, focuses on driving tangible leadership commitments; equity, diversity and inclusion learning solutions; talent development; strategic partnerships and embedding a multicultural commercial strategy to achieve sustainable results and create an equitable environment for our employees, according to the company.

Shifting the Gender Gap

CSP’s inaugural C-Store Women’s (CSW) Event will be held Nov. 8 through 10 in Napa Valley, California. The Winsight-powered conference is designed with the intent to empower women and teach the convenience-store industry action steps in shifting the gender gap in c-store leadership. It will include career-development education, problem-solving strategies and networking. The three-day event is the kickoff for a program of continuous support, with eight-person teams that meet for discussions throughout the year.

Click here for more information.

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