Circle K in the U.S. launches a new leadership development program dedicated to accelerating and developing minority managers through a partnership with CALIBR, a strategic talent development partner devoted to preparing Black, mid-level, and senior talent for leadership roles through cutting-edge training, coaching, and custom workshops.

At ACT, we are committed to fostering a culture that allows team members of all backgrounds to bring their authentic selves to work and grow in their careers. After conducting a survey and hosting focus groups of hundreds of team members representing ethnic minorities at all levels of our U.S. store and non-store teams, our Race and Ethnicity BRG (known as R.E.A.L. internally) identified several opportunities for improving our efforts in creating an equitable workplace.  We learned from these focus groups that one of the largest areas of concern amongst our underrepresented team members is feeling overlooked for opportunities for advancement and growth. When our REAL BRG shared this, we knew that we needed to take meaningful action.

Change doesn't happen overnight, but these initiatives are part of our journey of creating an environment where our minority team members can grow. We want to create a pipeline for developing diverse talent as we work towards our D&I ambition of equity in opportunities, representation and pay. And, we will continue to research further partnerships and growth opportunities for all our underrepresented groups. I have no doubt that together, as One Team, we are becoming a better, more inclusive company.

Ina Strand - Chief People Officer and Leader of the Executive Advisory for Diversity & Inclusion

We are excited to present our first group of leaders that will participate in the CALIBR program. A big congratulations to all participants from our business unit and global teams!

Steve Boston, Market Manager (Grand Canyon)
Christopher Denton, Market Manager (Gulf Coast)
Kyra Durr, Special Projects Manager (Heartland)
Sophonie Jacques, Price Execution Manager (Florida)
Tevin Page, Market Manager (Texas)
Markashia Phillips, Market Manager (Gulf Coast)
Terence Thompson, Franchise Business Consultant (World Wide Franchise)
Shawann Velasquez, Hiring Manager (Grand Canyon)
Christian Viala, Category Manager (Florida)

ACT Executive Sponsors for the program:
Trey Powell, VP Gulf Coast Business Unit
Gerardo Valencia Trujillo, VP Heartland Business Unit