General Mills is home to more than 100 food brands, including Cheerios, Yoplait, Pillsbury, and Betty Crocker. From its Minneapolis, Minnesota, headquarters, the food company runs a worldwide operation that works to foster a welcoming, inclusive culture. General Mills' Courageous Conversations speaker series aims to air out difficult conversations to increase empathy in the workplace.
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General Mills was officially founded on June 20, 1928. The public debut, however, was preceded by nearly 70 years of history. Cadwallader Washburn established his flour mill on the Mississippi River in St. Anthony Falls in 1866. His flour mill was wildly successful, and despite facing the damage of a natural disaster in 1878, Washburn continued to succeed. The earthquake that had struck led to Washburn implementing new design and standards for safety and efficiency into the milling business, changing the industry forever.
After Washburn died at age 64, his company, then called the Washburn Crosby Company, was taken on by James Ford Bell. After being offered a $40 million buyout by the underwriting firm Blair & Co, members of the anonymous fraternity that Blair represented actually dissented the deal. This left Bell with two...