Straight Talk | with Gerry Fernandez

Gerry A. Fernandez , President & Founder, MFHA


Gerry A. Fernandez is the President & Founder of MFHA. He practices straight talk in delivering authentic, multicultural insights that help increase Cultural Intelligence.








Coffee Shops & Cops – Only a Speed Bump

“…although Dunkin’ Brands can speak for itself, as President of MFHA, I know the company very well and can speak of their commitment to embracing inclusion both at the workplace and in the markets they serve. It is unthinkable that they would support a policy of discrimination against police, and there is absolutely no evidence they have done so.”

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Business Before Politics

Almost daily, we hear of  public figures getting into trouble for something they said, posted or tweeted that was poorly phrased or the implications of which they simply didn’t fully consider. Donald Trump’s recent comments are an extreme example of what... read more

Our Time to Lead

A series of recent articles, research papers, and my visit to the city of Charleston, SC this past weekend, has convinced me that now is the time for our industry to get involved more aggressively to help young people find their place in the world of work. The... read more

Our Multicultural Moment: A Challenge to Executive Leadership

For nearly twenty years, the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), in partnership with our corporate members and media partners, has led the effort to promote diversity and inclusion in our industry. We recognize that building Culturally... read more

And Then There Were Three

The foodservice industry is the second largest employer of minorities in America, so we do not have a diversity problem. What we do have is a development problem.

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In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. : Legacy of Hospitality

Legacy of Hospitality As the world celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., professionals in the restaurant and lodging industries should stop and reflect on the role our industry played in denying Blacks and other minorities access to public... read more

“I highly recommend MFHA’s Cultural Intelligence Workshop. It is a business must to effectively engage talent and customers in order to achieve growth goals.”

Arie Ball
VP, Sourcing and Talent Acquisition, Sodexo

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Roy Jackson, SVP, Business Development & Industry Affairs Foodservice & On-Premise, Coca-Cola North America

“MFHA offers innovative programs that strategically position organizations to maximize the multicultural opportunities for today and the future.”

Douglas Allison
VP- Corporate Development & Diversity, PepsiCo Foodservice

“Developing culturally intelligent leaders is critical for innovation
and long-term business success.”

James Fripp
Senior Director – Global Diversity & Inclusion, YUM! Brands, Inc.


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