A Look into Papa John’s Efforts to Drive a More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive Culture





Victoria Russell

Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Papa John’s Pizza

Victoria Russell was named the first Chief of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Papa John’s International, a global brand of 120,000 team members. A 13-year passion for the Papa John’s brand, Victoria is committed to using her voice to bring change and stepping up to the challenge of ensuring Diversity Equity & Inclusion is in the DNA of the company.


The DE&I vision at Papa John’s is to enable Papa John’s team members, customers, supplier, partners, and franchisees of all backgrounds to feel included and a part of the Papa John’s family and to allow the brands diversity to be their strength and competitive advantage. Much like BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA., people are the key ingredient to a better company.


Prior to being named Chief of DE&I, Victoria was named Head of Diversity & Inclusion and was voted chair of the newly formed Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee by her peers. Victoria spent most of her career at Papa John’s in marketing analytics where she gained valuable insights into the business, and the customers and communities they served. Prior to joining Papa John’s, Victoria spent time at Brown Forman and Humana in Human Resources compensation.


Victoria earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Management and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Kentucky. Victoria serves on several non-profit boards including Leadership Louisville, Fund for the Arts and the YMCA. Louisville Business First recently named Victoria, “Woman Making A Difference” through their 2019 Business Women First program as well as the 2019 Class of Louisville’s Forty Under 40. Her other recent accomplishments include Leadership Louisville Class of 2020 and founding member of the Adweek Diversity and Inclusion Council.




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