by Cory Hunsinger, Human Resources Manager, West Hershey
Submitted by The Hershey Company
Leaving a small town to join the U.S. Marine Corps was a transformative experience—not only in leaving as a Marine, but in observing the strength that comes from our differences and appreciating the impact to be made as a team member.
These days, it feels like we are encouraged to find ways to stand out from the crowd as if being one of many in a group isn’t enough to feel important in our rapidly expanding social lives. We live in a time when social media influencers are revered, and followers are part of the scenery. It’s always better to be an influencer than a follower, right?
When I was a freshly minted 18-year-old in the early 1990s, we didn’t use the terms of “influencer” and “follower.” Those labels were decades away. Instead, we spoke in terms of “leaders” and “individuals.” While the words have changed over the decades, the spirit and context of them remains the same: people want to belong to something bigger than themselves. Often, we unfairly equate success with being the leader and assign lesser success to being a follower, but I believe there are many roles to play in the path to success and one of these roles is as a contributing member of a strong team.
The Hershey Company is headquartered in Hershey, Pa., and is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed. Hershey has approximately 19,700 employees around the world who work every day to deliver delicious, quality products. The company has more than 100 brand names in approximately 80 countries around the world that drive more than $10 billion in annual revenues, including such iconic brand names as Hershey's, Reese's, Kit Kat®️, Jolly Rancher and Ice Breakers, and fast-growing salty snacks including SkinnyPop, Pirate's Booty and Dot's Pretzels.
For more than 125 years, Hershey has been committed to operating fairly, ethically and sustainably. Hershey founder, Milton S. Hershey, established The Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894 and created Milton Hershey School in 1909 which offers a cost-free education to students of need. The Hershey Company’s growth and success over the years has directly benefited the students of the Milton Hershey School as well as children across the United States and around the world through the company’s philanthropic partnerships focused on helping children succeed.
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