At sundown today members of the Edible Arrangements corporate staff and franchise community that are of the Jewish faith will begin observing Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. And Christmas, of course, is less than two weeks away.
At times like this I am reminded of the diversity of the Edible Arrangements family and the beauty of watching people of various religions, races and cultures coming together in support of a single purpose.
As I look around the Edible Arrangements offices, I marvel at the diversity of the organization. It begins at the very top where we have a founder and CEO who is Muslim and a President who is Jewish! I haven’t checked into it, but my guess is that the Edible Arrangements office closely mirrors the diversity of the nation overall.
Much of the success we have enjoyed over the years can be credited to such variety of thought and experiences. It has led to everything from creative new products to innovative ways of operating our franchises. Even more importantly, it seems to create a vibrancy and energy that would not be possible otherwise.
As our Jewish friends prepare to celebrate the coming holiday and we prepare for other celebrations over the coming weeks, now is the perfect time to celebrate our individual differences and our individual cultures. Embracing diversity makes us all better people.