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Forbes: Hard Rock International a ‘best employer for women’

“Angel” is a bartender at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. (Courtesy HRI)

Hard Rock International (HRI) was recognized by Forbes as one of the country’s “best employers for women” for a fifth consecutive year July 28.

The global media company annually surveys 60,000 Americans working for businesses with at least 1,000 employees to identify those that are most dedicated to “diversity, equity and inclusion.”

“It is with great pride that Hard Rock continues to be recognized among the top companies actively making strides in diversity, equity and inclusion and be featured as a best employer for women,” Tracy Bradford, president of Seminole Hard Rock Support Services and cofounder of the “Seminole and Hard Rock Women in Leadership” mentoring program, said in a statement.

The Seminole Tribe is the parent entity of HRI.

Since 2016, more than 1,000 women have participated in the mentorship program and/or a specialized education conference, according to the statement. HRI said the mentorship program has resulted in a 26% increase in vice president positions and a 31% increase for managers and directors.

“In the last year alone, female representation at the executive committee level has doubled, and the majority of these appointments are women of color,” the statement read.

HRI also made the Forbes “best employers” list this year in the categories of “new graduates,” “diversity” and “large employers.”  

Hard Rock has more than 45,000 employees throughout its cafes, hotels and casino properties across the globe.

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