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Let your inclusive behavior light the path for others.

What is the Lead the Way Initiative?

Our Lead the Way Initiative recognizes organizations, institutions, or communities that are examples of best practice in treating others with dignity and respect. Their best practices are models for the next practice for every workplace. Each of us can bring a commitment of inclusion, consideration and kindness to work everyday.

What You Can Do

  1. Make an effort to make someone feel included.
  2. Get a new viewpoint before completing a project.
  3. Do something that benefits someone different from you.

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Existing Stories

Starbucks’ Autistic Dancing Barista


Sam, an Autistic Teen from Toronto thought his movement disorder would prevent him from ever being a barista. After landing a job at Starbucks, Sam’s manager Chris Ali realized his movements could be channeled into playful dancing. This led to a viral video of Sam being taken, an appearance on the Ellen show, and a big self-esteem boost for a wonderful young man.

“Sam has a such a big heart and he’s made me a better person” -Chris Ali, Sam’s manager

Mattell’s More Inclusive Barbie’s


Mattell recently announced they would be introducing a wide variety of new body types to their Barbie line. These include curvy, petite and tall as a well as a variety of new skin tones and hairstyles.

“Barbie reflects the world girls see around them. Her ability to evolve and grow with the times, while staying true to her spirit, is central to why Barbie is the number one fashion doll in the world” -Richard Dickson, President and Chief Operating Officer Mattell

UPMC Leading the Way in Patient Care


It’s 11 p.m. on a Saturday night at a UPMC hospital in Pittsburgh when a nurse realizes his patient doesn’t speak English.

But this doesn’t delay, derail, or impact the quality of care the patient receives.

Thanks to Tami Minnier’s leadership and insight as the Chief Quality Officer for UPMC, the nurse calls an internal toll-free number and is connected to a translator, ensuring the patient’s needs are met as soon as possible.

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