April Kelly Drummond
“Denny’s long-standing commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion has earned us a number of national, regional, and local awards and recognition. However, no initiative or program can truly be successful without individual commitment from each of us.”
April Kelly-Drummond
Sr. Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement

To learn more about the Denny’s journey and commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion click below.

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Awards and Recognition

Over the years, Denny’s diversity progress has been widely acknowledged by civil rights leaders, community groups, and many publications, including Fortune Magazine, Hispanic Business, Black Enterprise, Asian Enterprise, Family Digest and Latino Magazine.

  • Asian Enterprise magazine

    Asian Enterprise magazine ranked Denny’s as one of the “Top 10 Best Companies for Asian Americans” in 1999-2013 and 2015.

    Asian Enterprise magazine also awarded Denny’s the National Entrepreneur Award for community relations efforts in the Asian Pacific community in 2011.

  • Black EOE Journal

    Black EOE Journal ranked Denny’s as one of “Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Program” in 2013.

  • Black Enterprise Magazine

    Black Enterprise magazine ranked Denny’s at the top of its list of “Best 40 Companies for Diversity” in 2006 and 2007.

  • Carolina Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council

    Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Council named Denny’s “Corporation of the Year” 2010 in Supplier Diversity.

  • Center for Responsibility in Business

    Center for Responsibility in Business awarded Denny’s its 2000 Corporate Conscience Diversity Award for outstanding achievement in corporate social responsibility.

  • Diversity Journal

    Diversity Journal recognized Denny’s in “2015 Woman Worth Watching”

  • Essence Magazine

    Essence magazine ranked Denny’s as one of “The Best Companies for Black Women” in 2004.

  • Family Digest

    Family Digest magazine selected Denny’s from over 700 U.S. companies as one of the Top 7 in the nation for African-Americans in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

  • Fortune Magazine

    Fortune magazine continually ranks Denny’s at the top of its survey of “America’s 50 Best Companies for Minorities.” Denny’s ranked No. 2 in 1998; No. 6 in 1999; No. 1 in 2000 and 2001 and No. 3 in 2002, 2003. The survey is conducted among 1,200 U.S. companies.

  • Hispanic Business Magazine

    Hispanic Business Magazine ranked Denny’s among the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” in 2005, 2006 and 2007 in its survey of “Top 40 Companies for Hispanics.”

  • Latina Style Magazine

    Latina Style magazine named Denny’s to its Latina Style 50 report, citing the company as one of the 50 best companies in the U.S. for Hispanic women to work in 2006.

  • LATINO Magazine

    LATINO magazine named Denny’s “Top 100 Companies providing the most opportunities for Latinos” in 2013 and 2014.

  • Minority Business News USA Magazine

    Minority Business News USA Magazine named Denny’s as a leader in Supplier Diversity in in 2014 and 2015.


    Denny’s received the 1997 Fair Share Corporate Award for Minority Business Development from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

  • National Association for Female Executives

    The National Association for Female Executives ranked Denny’s 13th in its 2002 survey of the “Top 25 U.S. Companies for Executive Women.”

  • Professional Woman’s Magazine

    Professional Women’s Multicultural magazine “Best of the Best Top Supplier Diversity Program” in 2013.

  • Savoy Magazine

    Savoy Magazine selected Denny’s as “2011 Top 100 Companies to Work For” in 2011.

  • SC School of Boards Association

    SC School of Boards Association named Denny’s “Champion of Public Education” in 2008.

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2017 Denny’s Diversity

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For more than 60 years, local families and communities across the country have made Denny’s a neighborhood gathering spot. We’re proud of that heritage and, like any good neighbor, we help support the diverse causes that our communities care about – from education initiatives and minority business conferences, to childhood hunger programs and fundraisers.

Academic Achievement Accessible Scholarship Foundation

Asian Women in Business

BET Experience Community Impact Awards & 106 & Park

BET Black Girls Rock

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upstate

Greater Women's Business Council

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)

Hispanic College Fund (HCF) Scholarship

Human Rights Campaign National Dinner

Martin Luther King Parade (LA, SC)

League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Convention

League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Emerge Convention

League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Latinos Living Healthy Ferias de Salud

Magic Johnson Foundation Hungry for Education Scholarship Program

Magic Johnson Foundation Holiday Hope

Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance MFHA

National Association for Asian Professionals

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

NAACP - national, local

NAACP/TVOne Image Awards Red Carpet Sponsor

National Action Network (NAN)

National Civil Rights Musuem Expansion "Reginite the Dream Campaign"

National King Center Community Service Youth Nonviolence Program/"Reiginte the Dream Campaign"

National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)

National Urban League After School Program Campaign

National Urban League of the Upstate

Native American Business Alliance (NABA)

Nickoleodean HALO Awards

Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Step Up for Students

Selma 50 Year Celebration 2015

The Tom Joyner Foundation

The Conference of National Black Churches

United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHACC)

United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)

United States Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC)

United Way of the Piedmont

Women Business Enterprise National Council

Women Foodservice Forum

Wilberforce University Board Member & Scholarship

Supplier Diversity

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Hungry For Education

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