HE&R Team Members Celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During our company’s celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAIPHM), we featured the team members listed below on our HersheyJobs Instagram channel through our ‘Saturday Spotlight’ initiative. They shared what AAIPHM means to them and what they enjoy about working for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R).
Maggie Leng, housekeeping evening supervisor at The Hotel Hershey, has been with our company since the 1980s. Maggie started her journey with HE&R at Hershey Lodge. To Maggie, AAIPHM means inclusion.
When asked what she likes most about working for our organization, Maggie said, “I love The Hotel Hershey. I love this place. It is so beautiful and breathtaking.”
“It means we are part of the team building this great nation. I am happy and proud to be part of that. It means the world to my family and me."
Kristine Starks, pastry chef at Devon Seafood + Steak, joined HE&R in 2009 after moving to America from the Philippines. She started at Devon as a dishwasher. With an interest in cooking, Kristine began working the line in the kitchen. Before long, she focused on baking and creating desserts, eventually securing her current position.
When asked what she enjoys most about working at HE&R, Kristine said, “I have a job that I love, and my Devon family takes care of me. I am glad to be part of a company that cares for its community, the people, especially Milton Hershey School.”
To Kristine, AAIPHM means that she is “welcome and accepted in American society and that her contributions and skills are recognized. She is thankful that she can be herself and feel like she belongs.”
Eleazar Oliva, food & beverage area manager at Hershey Lodge, has been with HE&R since 2008. Eleazar previously held various roles at the Lodge, including barista, food & beverage assistant manager, and banquet assistant manager.
When asked for his favorite part about working at HE&R, Eleazar highlights, “working with a diverse and capable management team, and having a company that supports my military service and family while I’m away.”
To Eleazar, “AAIPHM is a time to celebrate and take pride in his heritage.”
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company is committed to fostering a stronger internal culture of advocacy and inclusion to help team members share their voices and collectively effect change. We are expanding on existing initiatives and creating new programs to develop additional avenues of progress for team members from diverse heritages.