diversity in business 2023

We're thrilled to announce that Populus Group has been named a 2023 recipient of the Daily Herald Business Ledger's Diversity in Business Awards. This prestigious accolade honors businesses that are champions of diversity and inclusion within the workplace. A special publication by the Daily Herald Business Ledger was posted on Sunday, September 17, 2023, where we and other honorees were featured.

At the core of Populus Group's mission is the conviction that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed. Guided by this principle, we've built a company culture and set of values that prioritize giving back to the community. Originally founded with a focus on diversity, Populus Group not only aims to assist clients in improving their diversity spend and engagement but also strives to use our platform to uplift diverse, underrepresented, and underprivileged groups within our communities. From our service offerings to our hiring protocols to our support frameworks, these core values are ingrained in every facet of our business.


Taniesha Thomas, our Head of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, expressed her enthusiasm:

"Being recognized in the Diversity in Business Awards once again reaffirms our commitment to living our purpose unapologetically. We're dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all we do and are grateful to continue this vital journey."

To be considered for this award, we submitted a comprehensive package detailing our company mission, our internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives, and our extensive community involvement—both locally in the Lisle area and nationally. Key initiatives highlighted included:

  • Active community service and engagement
  • Our standing as a minority and veteran-owned business
  • Partnership with companies that share our values
  • Mentorship programs for diverse suppliers across the nation
  • Internal Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
  • Ongoing education and training programs on diversity, inclusion, and unconscious biases
  • Individual team members' significant contributions to their communities

We chose to partner with the Daily Herald Business Ledger for this award because of their stellar reputation as the leading provider of business news in suburban Chicago. Their dedication to the Chicago-area community mirrors our own, making this recognition especially meaningful for us.