BOLO Business Podcast Season 1 Guest : Lorraine Copes

Episode 4, Guest Profile, Season 1

Lorraine Copes: Championing Diversity and Inclusion in Hospitality

Lorraine Copes, a trailblazer in the hospitality industry, has woven her passion for food, drink, and equality into a remarkable journey. From her roots in procurement to founding Be Inclusive Hospitality, Lorraine’s mission is clear: to create a more equitable and diverse space within the industry. Let’s explore the chapters that define her inspiring path.

From Procurement to Entrepreneurship

Lorraine’s career path winds through boardrooms, contracts, and negotiations. As a leading procurement executive, she honed her skills with global hospitality brands. But her journey wasn’t just about spreadsheets and supply chains—it was about breaking barriers. In 2020, Lorraine pivoted, launching Be Inclusive Hospitality, a not-for-profit organization committed to driving change.

Creating Community During Lockdown

At the height of lockdown, when isolation threatened, Lorraine built bridges. Be Inclusive Hospitality became a vibrant community—a place where voices converged, ideas flourished, and connections thrived. Through virtual events, mentorship programs, and shared experiences, Lorraine fostered a sense of belonging. She transformed adversity into opportunity, proving that community knows no boundaries.

Mission: Driving Inclusivity

Lorraine’s mission pulses at the heart of her work. She collaborates with hospitality companies, guiding them toward inclusivity. Research, insights, education, and consultancy—these tools dismantle barriers. Lorraine’s vision extends beyond buzzwords; it’s about actionable change. She challenges decision-makers to see beyond tradition, to embrace diversity as a strength.

The Be Inclusive Hospitality Report

Numbers tell stories, and Lorraine’s report speaks volumes. Over 3,000 views and experiences were collected, dissected, and analysed. The groundbreaking Be Inclusive Report explores equity, diversity, and inclusion through a race lens. It’s a compass for transformation—a roadmap toward a more representative industry.

Spotlight Awards: Celebrating Diversity

Lorraine’s vision extends beyond data. She celebrates leaders who amplify change. Enter the Spotlight Awards, an industry-recognised platform honoring diverse voices. These awards shine a light on trailblazers, mentors, and innovators. Through recognition, Lorraine fuels inspiration, igniting conversations that ripple through boardrooms and kitchens alike.

Lorraine Copes isn’t just an entrepreneur; she’s a catalyst. Her journey from procurement to community-building, from reports to awards, is a symphony of purpose. As she continues to champion diversity and inclusion, Lorraine invites us all to join the chorus—for a more vibrant, equitable, and delicious hospitality industry.


Learn more about Lorraine Copes and Be Inclusive Hospitality on their official website.

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