“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
April Kelly-Drummond

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News and Press

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

  • Black Enterprise magazine selected Denny's Board Member Laysha Ward as one of "2018 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America" and ranked Denny's at the top of its list of "Best 40 Companies for Diversity" in 2006 and 2007.

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

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

  • Diversity Journal recognized Denny’s in 2018 Woman Worth Watching.

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

  • 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 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 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 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 recognized Denny's Board Member Bernadette S. Aulestia as one of 2018's "15 Most Relevant Hispanic Directors" and named Denny's "Top 100 Companies providing the most opportunities for Latinos" in 2013 and 2014.

  • 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).

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

  • Savoy Magazine named Denny's Board member Laysha Ward as one of, "2018’s Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America" and ranked Denny's at the top of its list of "Best 40 Companies for Diversity" in 2006 and 2007.

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

Diversity Videos

2017 Denny's Diversity

2017 Denny's Diversity

Published on Nov 21, 2017

President's Message

President's Message

Published on Apr 18, 2016

Denny's Franchisee and Supplier Profiles - Dawn Lafreeda

Denny's Franchisee and Supplier Profiles - Dawn Lafreeda

Published on April 18, 2016


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