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Global Beauty Giant and State Agency Team to Provide Careers to Individuals with Disabilities, Celebrating 100th Hire for the Retailer

Global Beauty Giant and State Agency Team to Provide Careers to Individuals with Disabilities, Celebrating 100th Hire for the Retailer

October 22, 2019 Olive Branch, MS – Sephora, the leading prestige omni-retailer and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services are celebrating a unique partnership that has resulted in the successful hiring of 100 individuals with disabilities at the company’s U.S. distribution warehouse in Olive Branch. 

“We are proud to share that, in just over one year, we have reached our milestone of placing 100 people with disabilities into a career at Sephora,” said Tom Gustafson, Vice President of Human Resources for Sephora.  “We couldn’t have done this without the partnership of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, which has played a major role in making this possible for us and the local community. At Sephora, we believe that belonging is now more important than ever and as an industry leading retailer we can help shape the expectation of what recruiting, hiring and training can look like, for all.” 

Discussions concerning the private/public partnership began in 2016 as Sephora was building its Olive Branch facility and culminated in 2017 with the first training class. 

“One of the primary missions we have as a state agency is to help Mississippians with disabilities find careers,” said Chris Howard, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services.  “To be able to do the work we do on a larger scale with a global company like Sephora is nothing short of a beautiful thing. We appreciate this partnership and look forward to growing it each and every day.  It really does set the standard for moving forward with other businesses in the future.” 

Sephora and the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services are hosting an event to celebrate the milestone, which was reached in early October, 14 months after Sephora opened the 4th of its 5 U.S. distribution centers.   

For more information about Sephora or the programming the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services offers to local businesses, please contact: 

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