Greyston Foundation Opens Employment Doors with Open Hiring® Practices

Known for its groundbreaking and inclusive hiring process, Open Hiring®, Greyston Foundation recently celebrated the grand opening of its new offices in the heart of Yonkers. The ribbon-cutting ceremony brought together local officials and community leaders in support of Greyston‘s innovative approach to eliminating employment barriers.

The milestone celebration was attended by New York State Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers City Council Majority Leader Tasha Diaz, and Bridget Gibbons, Executive Director of the Westchester County Office of Economic Development, among others.

Mayor Spano commended Greyston for contributing to Yonkers’ economic growth and empowering members of the community.

Open Hiring has shown the world that if given a second chance, people can really soar and reach their full potential.

Mike Spano – Mayor of Yonkers
Greyston Foundation ribbon cutting. Mike Spano, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Symra Brandon. Tasha Diaz
Greyston Foundation ribbon cutting. – credit: @CityofYonkers

Greyston eager for next chapter

Greyston’s President and CEO Joseph Kenner shared his enthusiasm for the foundation’s next chapter. “For 41 years, Greyston has been unlocking human potential through inclusive employment,” he stated. “It began with a bakery and a Buddhist. And Open Hiring®—the no questions asked, no resume, no background check form of hiring—that began at the bakery. We see the bakery as the incubator of Open Hiring®, and through the Foundation we are leveraging that knowledge, sharing our insights and practices with businesses globally.”

Gibbons commended Greyston’s efforts to create pathways to success through inclusive hiring practices. “Not only does the Greyston Employment Opportunity Center create pathways to success through workforce development and training programs, it is also scaling the adoption of inclusive hiring throughout businesses in America,” Gibbons stated.

Meanwhile, Diaz expressed gratitude for the foundation and its local impact.
Thank you to Greyston for being such a hub in the community, especially communities of color. Greyston has given hope back to people who thought they would never get a second chance.”

New offices, renewed purpose

Greyston’s new offices are on located on the 12th floor of 20 S. Broadway and feature additional office space and modern classrooms for workforce education sessions. At the ceremony, Kenner outlined the foundation’s vision for the future.

“We know that there are folks still looking to hire people and there are people still looking for training—and many of them don’t know how to find it. At Greyston’s Employment Opportunity Center we will be here providing folks with the training and support that they need to get them ready for the workforce and we will continue to do what we do at Greyston Bakery, providing jobs without judgment.’”

Within the past three years, Greyston and its partners have generated more than 5,552 Open Hire employment opportunities. They have also instructed over 450 individuals through its workforce development training programs.

Board Chairman joins Rothschild & Co

Andrew Yearley, chairman of Greyston’s Board of Directors, is set to join Rothschild & Co’s restructuring practice as managing director. With 16 years on the board and four as chairman, Yearley has overseen a significant transformation at the foundation. In addition to championing the Open Hiring® model pioneered by Greyston Bakery, Yearley lead a replication journey to influence other businesses to adopt their approach. Yearley’s direction has also been crucial in advancing initiatives at the Greyston Employment Opportunity Center which specializes in workforce training and transitional employment.

Kenner, CEO and president of Greyston Foundation, is optimistic about future opportunities available under Yearley’s guidance. “With Andrew’s help, we aim to unlock $3 billion in economic impact by 2030 while helping employers implement inclusive hiring practices.”

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