ConAgra Foods Recognized for Innovation in
ConAgra Foods named to Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 2010 International Innovation in Diversity Awards for
its Employee Resource Networks
August 10, 2010 05:08 PM Eastern Daylight Time
OMAHA, Neb.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--ConAgra Foods has been named to the 2010 International
Innovation in Diversity Awards, published by Profiles in Diversity Journal, for its innovative use of Employee
Resource Networks (ERN) to advance diversity in the workplace. Number seven on the list, ConAgra Foods was
recognized because they, “have distinguished themselves by virtue of the innovative approach they have taken to
advance diversity in the workplace and in the communities they serve.”
“At ConAgra Foods, we strive to find new ways to leverage our diverse and talented employees for future
leadership,” said Angela Jones, vice president, Diversity & Inclusion, at ConAgra Foods. “It is really an honor to be
recognized for our Employee Resource Networks, which add value to our employees and the company.”
ConAgra Foods’ six ERN’s – Asian Network, Black Employee Network, Latino Network, Young Professionals
Network, Illuminations (LGBT employees and allies) and Women’s Leadership Council – are at the center of the
recognition. The networks are led by employees identified by Human Resources Leadership as emerging leaders.
The leaders rotate every 18 to 24 months. Since the program began, three ERNs have seen their team lead
promoted at least one career level during their leadership tenure.
Executive sponsors give ERN members the unique opportunity to interact with ConAgra Foods’ senior leadership
team, collaborating to develop and execute annual plans. Annual plans include events like quarterly “Knowledge and
Nourish” development sessions held during lunch, that are open to all employees.
Other programs include a pilot mentoring program launched by the Women’s Leadership Council, which allows each
network access to mentoring circles where senior leaders share insights and provide coaching. The program will be
launched to all resource networks this year, after 88 percent of pilot participants reported that they found it valuable.
Additionally, the Annual Leadership Conference, a day and a half leadership and learning lab, invites ERN members
to increase their capability to lead through influence, and develop strategic plans based on the company’s business
The 2010 International Innovation in Diversity Awards recipients are listed in the magazine’s July/August 2010 issue.
ConAgra Foods, Inc., (NYSE: CAG) is one of North America's leading food companies, with brands in 97 percent
of America's households. Consumers find Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Egg Beaters, Healthy Choice, Hebrew
National, Hunt's, Marie Callender's, Orville Redenbacher's, PAM, Peter Pan, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, Snack
Pack and many other ConAgra Foods brands in grocery, convenience, mass merchandise and club stores. ConAgra
Foods also has a strong business-to-business presence, supplying frozen potato and sweet potato products as well
as other vegetable, spice and grain products to a variety of well-known restaurants, foodservice operators and
commercial customers. For more information, please visit us at www.conagrafoods.com.
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