Perdue Farms is excited to announce that its Groundbreaking Associate Inclusion Network (GAIN), won the 2021 Diversity Impact Awards™ in the Top 25 Employee Resource Group (ERG) Award category. GAIN’s mission is to foster of sense of belonging for all associates of color at Perdue. This is the second consecutive Diversity Impact Awards™ win for Perdue, which last year received recognition for its Day of Understanding.

The 2021 Diversity Impact Awards represent the efforts of Diversity Councils, ERGs, and others to support their organizations through an unprecedented global pandemic. GAIN, along with other Perdue ERGs, stepped up to ensure this vital work continued amidst some of our greatest challenges, helping to keep people connected during the most trying of times.

“Cultivating relationships and bridging the gap with our teams is vital to our success as a company,” said Kathryn Danko, Chief Diversity Officer and VP Talent. “It is a major milestone for GAIN to be recognized on its work in diversity, equity and inclusion. Our promise to always do what is right, starts with people first and it shows.”

GAIN is one of Perdue’s five Associate Resource Groups (ARGs) and recently celebrated its one-year anniversary on July 31, making significant headway in its brief existence.


“Everything GAIN has already achieved and hopes to further achieve is people-centric. We’re always thinking of solutions for how we can assist our associates in achieving their goals professionally and personally,” said the group’s Co-chairs Tykebia Fisher and Voncia Molock.

“The positive feedback from our fellow associates keeps us motivated and determined to take GAIN even further than we’ve ever dreamed or imagined. GAIN truly believes that together, we can increase transparency and trust, improve skills and satisfaction, and boost productivity and retention to exceed goals and surpass our competition on all fronts,” they said.

GAIN will be recognized at The Diversity Impact Awards ceremony during the 2021 ERG & Council Conference and livestreamed by the USC Marshall School of Business Center for Effective Organizations (CEO)'s virtual ERG Leadership Summit on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.