What is LEAD?

Aramark LEAD (Leaders & Employees of African Descent) is dedicated to the interest of motivated team members who self-identify as Black, African American, West Indian, or of African descent. Our vision is to cultivate Black leaders at Aramark, support the communities where we live, and foster a spirit of belonging.

Join a recognized leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We’re proud to once again be named a Top 50 Company for Diversity by BLACK ENTERPRISE. This recognition for the professional inclusion of people from all races and demographics is an honor that we’re looking forward to building on in the future.


We’re proud to be an avenue for people to build their networks and interact with people they may not have met otherwise. Our goal is to be a springboard to professional and personal success.

Chanel B.
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, LEAD ERG Co-Chair

Philadelphia, PA

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Partnering with Historically Black Colleges.

As part of our commitment to providing equal employment and career growth opportunities, we proudly support Historically Black Colleges and Universities and welcome you to an exciting and fulfilling career with Aramark.


The first time I joined a LEAD meeting, I got to see the faces of everybody that was at the meeting and I was like, wow, there’s so many people who look like me and who sound like me at Aramark. I realized I can have a connection with other people around the company that have similar or the same experiences that I have had in my life.

Erika Wilkins
Food Service Director

Here’s your seat at the table.

Meaningful, lasting change unfolds when we step outside of our comfort zone. With open membership policies, our ERGs create safe spaces for community members and their allies to learn from each other, grow together, and pursue a better society for all.

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