Embracing our strengths

A diverse and inclusive workplace is critical to our success. At Barr, we celebrate all dimensions of diversity, including gender identity, neurodiversity, race, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strive to enable all staff to feel a strong sense of belonging within the Barr community, and to ensure that individuals are provided equitable access to opportunities, advancement, and resources. 

A message from our CEO

Growing and embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into all aspects of our business and everyday work is a top priority for Barr. By supporting and encouraging individuals to show up authentically, Barr promotes a culture that values diverse perspectives and inspires both creativity and innovative problem-solving. This benefits everyone at Barr and our stakeholders—including clients. As the CEO, I’m committed to helping our company stay curious, drive our DEI initiatives forward, and continue to invest time and company resources for this crucial part of our work. 

- Ward Swanson, President & CEO


DEI at Barr

As an employee-owned, client-centric organization, Barr’s people and culture are unique; we have a longstanding belief in the value that individuals can deliver when they feel seen and appreciated. We value the full range of perspectives and experiences that our employees draw upon to relate to our clients’ needs and help them achieve their goals. Because we recognize the compelling business case for DEI, and we centered our DEI initiatives on goals of recruiting and retaining top talent, fostering innovation and authenticity, and preparing for and adapting to future client needs. 

Our DEI Employee Resource Group (DEI ERG) serves as a resource for all Barr employees and works to help increase collaboration across Barr as we continue to grow and embed DEI into all aspects of the company. 


Our DEI guiding principles

  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion are desirable and beneficial for Barr and its stakeholders.
  • Hiring the best employees requires a pipeline of candidates that includes a diverse range of talent.
  • Promoting inclusion helps us achieve our goal of being a great place to work.
  • To sustain a pipeline of diverse candidates, we will help nurture and grow that pipeline.

We value all elements of diversity and aim to provide an inclusive working environment where you’ll feel supported and comfortable as your authentic self. Barr is an equal opportunity employer and supports and encourages equal opportunity for all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran status, and any other differences.



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