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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We encourage diverse perspectives
Download 2022 DE&I Report

Diversity is what we do best.

We believe our differences make us stronger. We’re proud to celebrate diversity — from events for Black History Month and Pride Month to International Women’s Day and Chinese New Year. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is an organization-wide priority that we work to promote internally and in the communities we touch. Follow along as we expand our DE&I effort across our 5 pillars: scholarship, recruitment, leadership development, procurement, and community engagement. 

“I could not be more honored and humbled to chair the PENN Diversity Council. The council is a testament to the company’s commitment to create a culture where every team member, regardless of their differences, can truly be themselves and belong.”

Justin Carter, Senior Vice President of Regional Operations and Chair of the PENN Diversity Council

Diversity Committee

Progress through inclusion

We believe a diverse, welcoming workforce is unstoppable. We formed the PENN Diversity Council in 2020, during some of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. Our goal through this council is to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive company.
Scholarship Initiatives

Diversity Scholarship Fund

We support our team members by creating opportunities from within. We are proud to commit $1 million annually to help fund scholarships for the children of our team members, many of whom are the first in their families to pursue post-secondary education.

  • $1 M

    Annual commitment
  • 51

    Recipients in 2023
  • 57%

    First generation, college bound
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Scholarship Initiatives

Support for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)

In 2021, we committed to increasing diversity in our recruitment efforts, with a focus on attracting future leaders from a more diverse pool of candidates. Of the PENN Diversity Scholarship recipients, 10% will be attending HBCUs — and 31% of our Leadership Excellence at PENN (LEAP) interns currently attend an HBCU. In addition, we’ve committed more than $4M to create a STEM scholarship program in partnership with HBCUs in states where we operate.

  • $4M

    STEM scholarships partnering with 6 HBCUs

Everyone has a voice at PENN Entertainment

We believe diversity is the driving force that moves our company forward. We’re building a more inclusive company — giving our team members the support they need

Data as provided by PENN's most-recent Federal Employer Information Report EEO-1 filing. While PENN does not use this report to measure its progress, the Company's filing is publicly available here
The data provided utilizes the traditional gender categories of male and female to align with U.S. Federal government reporting requirements. The Company respects that gender identification is not binary.


  • Male
  • Female

Race & Ethnicity

  • White
  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • Asian
  • Multiracial
  • Indigenous
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DEIB training and leadership development

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) are important to us. In order to create a culture where everyone feels welcome, we have designed a three e-course training program for all team members. Leaders also go through in-person training at each location.

We’re also focused on diverse and female leadership development. Through our PENN Women program, we encourage women to pursue roles in leadership at our casinos and in the corporate offices. The results have been inspiring. Today, our executive team is 37.5% female — and growing.

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Whoever you are. We have a career for you.

We’re building a more diverse and inclusive workforce — and helping our talented team members grow their careers in powerful ways. We want our people to feel empowered to bring their unique perspectives to the table and help drive our business forward. 

  • 100%

    of open executive roles include interviews with competitive female and/or diverse candidates.
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Our DE&I efforts are getting noticed

We’ve been increasing our efforts in the area of diversity and inclusion, and in recent years have been rewarded for our commitment. We were named as Champions of Board Diversity by The Forum of Executive Women in 2021, 2022 & 2023 and the 2021 and 2023 Breakfast of Corporate Champions, which recognizes companies that lead the way for gender balance on corporate boards, and have received accolades from Forbes, the All-In Diversity Project, and the age-friendly institute.

  • Top ranked

    publicly traded gaming company according to Forbes Magazine's list of America's Best Employers for Diversity
  • #4

    in the gaming industry for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging according to the All-In Diversity Project Index
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Supplier Diversity Initiative

The Supplier Diversity Initiative is a coordinated effort at the corporate level, and across all of our destinations, to develop strong partnerships with diverse suppliers. PENN maintains relationships with organizations such as the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc, U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and National Veteran-Owned Business Association (“NaVOBA”). 

Since implementing our Diversity Procurement Program in 2020, we’ve increased our diverse spend by 70%.  In addition, we’re continuing to enhance our efforts through the PENN Small Business Incubator — a program that onboards minority businesses and assists them in growing from local to national suppliers within our company.

  • 70%

    Increase in diverse spend since 2020

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Board of Directors

PENN's Board of Directors is diverse

Our board of directors is made up of professionals from many disciplines including investment banking, asset management, tax accounting and consulting, advertising, gaming/entertainment and more. Their level of expertise is unparalleled. We were named as Champions of Board Diversity by The Forum of Executive Women in 2021, 2022 & 2023 and the 2021 and 2023 Breakfast of Corporate Champions, which recognizes companies that lead the way for gender balance on corporate boards.

  • 44%

    Female Board of Directors
  • 35%

    Female Corporate Senior Management Team
  • Listen and learn

    During our Days of Listening event, we heard directly from team members about the need for DE&I training. We recognize that there are opportunities to improve company culture from within — and we will continue to work toward a more welcoming and inclusive workplace for all. 

  • Leadership Excellence at PENN

    The ongoing collaboration with HBCUs facilitates career opportunities at PENN and increases diverse participation in the Leadership Excellence at PENN Entertainment (LEAP) Program. LEAP provides hands-on training, mentoring, and real-world experience to new/recent college graduates.

  • Pride at PENN

    We believe allyship is a lifelong process of unlearning and relearning, understanding our differences, showing up for others, solidarity — and listening. We encourage our team members to create change in the workplace as strong allies of our LGBTQ+ coworkers.