Diversity at USHG

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Our Goal

By 2024, the demographics (race, ethnicity, and gender) of USHG's salaried employees will match those of New York City's population.

What We Believe

At USHG we believe that 51%ers come from all backgrounds, cultures, and walks of life. We want diverse perspectives in our company to help us on our mission of improving lives through Enlightened Hospitality.


We believe that seeking diversity – diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and skills – is the best way for us to take care of our employees, guests, community, suppliers, and investors. We believe that the strongest team of hospitality professionals can only be built with members from across the full spectrum of race, color, religion, creed, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and beyond.


"Becoming a more diverse workplace is fundamental to offering genuine hospitality and succeeding as a flourishing business. Only by widening our collective worldview will we be fully able to care for our entire community of stakeholders. " -Danny Meyer, CEO Union Square Hospitality Group


The Union Square Hospitality Group Diversity Council


Diversity Council

In 2017, we established a diversity council to keep diversity, equity, and inclusion top of mind for Union Square Hospitality Group and its stakeholders. The council is made of employees from across our businesses, and works on highlighting areas for improvement, creating diverse programming, increasing recruitment from non-traditional sources, and encouraging inclusion and equity in all of our businesses.


USHG Diversity Council initiatives include:


  • Diversity speaker series
    with talks from Marcus Samuelsson and Kelis Rogers, open to all USHG employees.
  • Expanding our hiring pool
    in collaboration with organizations like Drive Change.
  • Reaching diverse student communities
    partnering with Food and Finance High School to introduce students to careers in hospitality through interview prep, job shadowing, and career panels.
  • Gathering data on USHG diversity
    including seniority, gender, and ethnicity — to better understand where we are and where we want to go.
  • Internal awareness campaign
    through a poster campaign and organized discussions about diversity among our teams.