By Roadtrip Nation

James Fripp


My road in life took a while to figure out.
I grew up as a military brat: my family bounced all around the country and the world.
In high school, I took a class called DECA that required me to find a job to pass the class.
My sister was working at Taco Bell, so I decided to follow in her footsteps.
My original job at Taco Bell was in a janitorial position, picking up trash outside the restaurant.
I wanted to join the military, but was disqualified from serving because of my eczema.
Once that was no longer an option, I went back to Taco Bell and put everything I had into the job.
I climbed up the ladder and now work in a corporate position at their parent company, Yum!
I believe everything happens for a reason: I’m still serving people, just in a different sense.
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Senior Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion

I work to make sure our company leadership represents the demographics of the countries we serve.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Helping People

Day to Day

What I do every day is engage people; to the layman, it probably looks like I walk around different offices and say “hi” to people all day long! But what I’m actually doing is trying to figure out what’s working or not working, see how people are feeling, and analyzing our culture to see what we need to do differently and what we can do better. My main goal is to build diversity and inclusion into our culture throughout our organization, from the restaurant to the C-Suite.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Know that just because one door closes, that doesn’t mean it was necessarily the right door for you in the first place. Do what you’re passionate about, but accumulate a broad range of experiences so you can really see where your talents and passions lie.

Recommended Education

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The Noise I Shed

"'You’ve been permanently disqualified from military service' --due to a rash on my hands."