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I AM: Dawn delivers DEI

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Authenticity boils down to one key concept: be yourself. That concept is critical at Dawn Foods; their passion is their people, and their goal is to create a psychologically safe environment for people to bring their whole selves to work. In short, every Dawn employee can truly “be yourself.”

Making the workplace a safe space took a lot of effort, but Dawn succeeded. The Great Resignation barely touched the company; taking DEI, empathy, and authenticity to a whole new level has driven both retention and core business strategy. Their I Am staff campaign and Women in Leadership program are just two successful facets of Dawn’s belief in people. Dawn’s Chief People Officer – Jason Lioy – joins host Maureen Metcalf to discuss the motivation and implementation of this unique and inspiring drive to help each person achieve their full potential.

Jason Lioy is the Chief People Officer for Dawn Foods, a global leader in bakery manufacturing and ingredients distribution. In this role, Jason leads the global people team to ensure the long-term success of Dawn’s 4,000+ team members across the company’s three core regions: Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America; North America. Since joining Dawn in 2014, Jason has helped build Dawn's brand and culture into one that recruits, develops and celebrates diverse top talent, and promotes expertise, collaboration and a passion for bakery. Prior to joining Dawn, Jason's experience spanned global HR leadership and development roles with a strong background in HR operations in manufacturing plants at Philips, GE, and Armstrong World Industries. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two sons.