Profiles in Diversity Journal Second Quarter 2022

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Corporate Spotlight: bp

A Decade of Creating a Place for Diverse Talent to Excel

By Kelly Jackson, Vice President of People & Culture at bp

I began college thinking I would pursue a career in accounting. But I quickly realized that numbers didn’t excite me—people did. I think this love of people and my desire to help others was instilled in me from a young age. My father was an executive for United Airlines, and I grew up watching him work his way up the corporate ladder at a time when there were few minorities in senior-level roles at Fortune 500 companies. Despite his own difficulties, he remained committed to doing what he could to pave the way for others and proactively support the growth of talent that came after him. I found his drive and motivation incredibly inspiring, and his career journey ultimately had a profound impact on my own career. After graduating college, I decided to join a human resource consulting firm, Hewitt Associates, which is where I got my first taste for the world of HR. This experience spurred me to look for other opportunities where I could broaden my skillset and led me to apply for a position at Wrigley as a HR business partner. Wrigley, now Mars Wrigley, is the largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum in the world. One of the highlights of my time there was leading the HR function at one of the company’s manufacturing sites. I found being able to support, engage, and develop the talent that made the very products that allowed the business to be profitable to be extremely


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