GayTravel’s Employee of the Month comes from General Mills whose purpose is, “to serve the world by making food people love.” Their products, which include household names such as Cheerios and all things Betty Crocker, can likely be found right in your pantry. Headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, General Mills touts a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for nine straight years.

We talked with Talent Manager, Joey Levin, whose role is globally focused and includes leading diversity and inclusion strategy within General Mills’ Supply Chain. According to Joey, the most rewarding part of his role includes, “building a more inclusive culture and better systems to identify diverse talent externally and develop top talent internally.”

We asked Joey a few questions about his role at General Mills and his experiences as a young professional who loves to travel.

GT: On a day-to-day basis, how have you witnessed General Mills become a more inclusive workplace, not just for LGBT individuals, but for everyone?

“We are really a company that has strong values and we have amazing leaders that are stewards of those values.  We continue to identify opportunities to create more visibility and dialogue about diverse experiences that may have previously been ‘taboo’ in the workplace. For example, we have “Courageous Conversations” that are often sponsored by our employee resource groups. These events include a key-note speech on a specific topic followed by facilitated, small-table dialogue on the topic with all participants. For example, we recently held a conversation called ‘Take a Knee’ that was sponsored by our ERGs for veterans and African Americans.  We covered recent protests seeking to bring attention to issues of inequity in black communities that occurred during performances of the national anthem.  It’s been really impactful to see the tremendous participation and how honest, open, and vulnerable the hundreds of employees who have attended these events are willing to be.”

When traveling for leisure, what are some of your go-to destinations and why?

“A couple years ago, I went to Italy and stayed in Rome, Venice, Tuscany and Florence. I loved how beautiful it was and the food was incredible. It was amazing walking through buildings and looking at paintings older than our country.”

Another favorite of Joey’s is Auckland, New Zealand. “I had the opportunity to get out and do different excursions like a helicopter hike on the Franz Josef Glacier and a guided cave tour that included rappelling down into a ravine and ended in a cavern covered in glow worms.”

Joey’s parents have a lake house in Wisconsin that he says is always an easy getaway focused on being outside and enjoying lake life.

If you could board a plane tomorrow for a two-week trip, where would you go and why? Who would you bring with?

“The next country on my list is Japan and I would take my partner. We’ve heard from some friends that it’s incredible.  I’m a little bit of a nerd and have always been into gaming culture and the mix of modern and historic cities just seems like an amazing opportunity to learn about Japan’s influence on the world.”

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