Atlanta Hawks and Papa Johns lead students in an interactive workshop on Friday

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — The Atlanta Hawks and Papa Johns have teamed up to host an interactive workshop for students from surrounding universities at Morehouse College on Friday afternoon, officials told CBS46 News.

The workshop entitled, ‘Why inclusive leaders are good for organizations and how to become has taught students at several HBCUs the importance of positive and productive work environments that encourage the success of team members, companies, and the communities they serve.

The Hawks have announced a multi-year partnership with Papa Johns to become the Official Pizza Team Partners, according to team officials.

“It’s critical that students learn the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion not only in the workplace, but also in their current leadership spaces,” said Andrea Carter, Vice President corporate social responsibility at Hawks. “By sharing our stories and ideas, we hope to make students future leaders who will make others feel heard, respected and valued.”

Hawks representatives kicked off the workshop to discuss career opportunities and professional development. Several leaders and guest speakers, including Dr. Derek Greenfield, specialist in diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as representatives from HBCU and Papa Johns.

“At Papa Johns, we celebrate the unique flavor in everyone,” said Jenn Garner, Papa Johns’ Director of Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility. “By partnering to host this workshop with the Atlanta Hawks, a team that brings together fans of all ages and backgrounds from across the region, we hope to empower the next generation of leaders to build more inclusive and diverse communities. .”

Team officials said the workshop is part of Hawks and Papa Johns’ “Business of Basketball” events, which focus on youth, inclusive leadership and engagement with area HBCUs.

Dr. Greenfield and social media influencer Christina ‘Ms. Basketball’ Granville moderated a panel to further discuss inclusive leadership in the 21st century.

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