We are committed to cultivating a collaborative workplace that is safe, healthy, and fulfilling for all of us. One where employees are positively empowered in their roles and take pride in working here each day. In addition to fostering these values within the brewery, it's our goal to promote diversity and inclusion in our community as well as within the craft beer industry.
We know this work will take time. But we are dedicated to seeing it through. Actions speak louder than words and this page highlights our ongoing commitment to being better and doing better. We encourage you to check back often for updates.
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JULY 6, 2021
Last week Boulevard wrapped up Pride month festivities at the Tours & Rec Building. Click below to read an email sent out to employees from colleague Jon Larance, who was a great leader in our efforts and events throughout the month, noting some of the important accomplishments and highlights from the month. Thank you, Jon, for the dedication you gave to ensure Boulevard celebrated the month in a variety of ways!Read the letter
JUNE 8, 2021
Duvel USA, Boulevard Brewing Company, and Brewery Ommegang today announced Seraf De Smedt will take over as president of the U.S. organization effective immediately. De Smedt has served as the chief finance and administration officer for Duvel Moortgat since December 2013. With the transition to his new role, he will work closely with the U.S.-based leadership team while continuing to oversee the global finance team for Duvel Moortgat. John McDonald, founder of Boulevard Brewing Company, who stepped in as interim president for Duvel USA late January, will return to retirement with this transition.
De Smedt will split his time between Belgium and the United States. The U.S. leadership team will oversee daily operations for the U.S. breweries and national sales team. Leading those duties are company veterans Bobby Dykstra, executive vice president of sales and marketing; Rick DeBar, general manager of Brewery Ommegang; Steven Pauwels, brewmaster of Boulevard; Dali Grabar, director of engineering for Boulevard; Julie Weeks, vice president of communications and culture; and newcomer Stephanie Walker, director of human resources.READ MORE
JUNE 1, 2021
For the first time at Boulevard, many of our employees created an entire program surrounding Pride Month. From merchandise to unique crowler labels and events, we are taking the opportunity to support a few local charities. It is another opportunity for us to engage with the community at large.
After the month, we look forward to providing checks to Kansas City Center for Inclusion (KCCI) and SAVE, Inc. after the month concludes based on our revenue generated throughout June. Both organizations are creating a more cohesive LGBTQIA+ community in the community.VIEW PRIDE MONTH EVENTS
MAY 11, 2021
As of yesterday, all employees at Boulevard Brewing Company, Brewery Ommegang, and Duvel USA have now had the opportunity to participate in the mandatory harassment prevention training. The company hosted seven different sessions, ensuring employees based geographic areas that require specific training guidelines to meet state requirements. The interactive training allowed employees to participate in asking questions as well as providing opinions on real-life examples. FineLine HR Consulting, the third-party firm engaged in the HR investigation, executed all training sessions with the support of company leadership.
Moving forward, harassment prevention training will be part of the onboarding process for all new employees, and additional training will occur on an annual basis for all company employees.
We appreciate all of the time, personalization, and energy FineLine HR Consulting put behind this effort. They've been a valued partner throughout the past several months.
APRIL 23, 2021
This past Wednesday, Stephanie Walker joined the leadership team as the company’s new HR Director. She will spend her first few weeks getting to know employees in Kansas City, where she will office, and at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. She will also meet the sales team who reside across the country virtually.
Stephanie brings more than 20 years of experience in the Human Resources field to Duvel USA. For the past three years, Stephanie led HR efforts at the University of Saint Mary. She served as the senior human resources leader to the organization, implementing HR programs influencing the university’s overall mission, vision, and strategic goals. Her many responsibilities included training plans; implementation of programs consistent with diversity and inclusion initiatives; health, wellness, and leave plan administrations; and overseeing the organization’s compensation plan. Before that role, she spent nine years as a Human Resources Manager for FUJIFILM. In addition, Stephanie spent the first eight years of her career as an Area Manager of Human Resources for Apria Healthcare, Inc., leading the department for the Central Division, which included 3000 employees and 180 offices, call centers, pharmacies, and distribution centers.
Stephanie has already brought great energy and expertise to the brewery in her first few days. We welcome her to our team.
MARCH 29, 2021
Today FineLine HR Consulting began the rollout of harassment prevention training for company employees. A variety of managers across the company attended the two-hour session. A wide range of topics were covered including types of discrimination and harassment, examples of prohibited behaviors, and real-life scenarios in the workplace. In the coming weeks, FineLine HR will hold additional trainings to ensure all employees have the same educational experience.
Also, the company's top candidate for the Director of Human Resources role accepted the position today. She starts in mid-April and brings more than 20 years of expertise in the human resources field and is ready to get started. We look forward to introducing her on this page once she has settled in.
MARCH 10, 2021
Earlier today FineLine HR Consulting shared their non-confidential insights with company employees. Brewery leaders also shared their immediate next steps as the company commits to ensuring a safe, healthy, and fulfilling work environment for all.
As an immediate next step, the company has parted ways with three additional employees. An outside HR consultant is currently working with Boulevard leadership to hire a new HR Director for the brewery. Additionally, trainings and new standards will be implemented in the near future to establish clear definitions of proper conduct and re-establish company culture.VIEW FULL STATEMENT
MARCH 5, 2021
This week, FineLine HR Consulting held additional, final interviews and communicated their insights to brewery leadership based on their findings as a result of the investigation that has taken place over the past few weeks. Broad, non-confidential learnings and immediate next steps the brewery will take to begin employee education, training, and an improved company work environment will be shared with all employees next week. We will also communicate key information here.
FEBRUARY 15, 2021
The brewery is in its third week of a month-long independent external investigation with FineLine HR Consulting. This week they are wrapping up confidential interviews with dozens of current and past employees. After these are complete, a detailed assessment and recommended next steps will be provided to our management team. John McDonald, founder and president of the company, has informed employees they will have insight into those results in the coming weeks.LEARN ABOUT FINELINE
FEBRUARY 3, 2021
Boulevard Brewing Company founder John McDonald has returned to the brewery in a leadership role to help implement and oversee the actions outlined in our prior statement, and ensure the return to a brewery culture where all employees feel happy, safe, healthy and heard.WATCH VIDEO MESSAGE
JANUARY 26, 2021
Boulevard has issued a statement reflecting on the past, acknowledging mistakes, and noting immediate steps that will be taken on our journey forward. Those initial actions include hiring an independent third party human resources firm to undertake an independent investigation of all issues that have been raised, instituting new procedures for reporting workplace concerns, and instituting enhanced and mandatory harassment, bias and discrimination training.VIEW FULL STATEMENT