After more than 34 years in the United States, Filipino-born Veny Gapud still has a strong accent, and although she has at times encountered gender or race discrimination, she has not let that erase her uniqueness or deter her from advancing in the restaurant industry. “There are always issues like that, but I don’t let that stop me,” says Gapud, who is director of quality assurance and food safety for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the more than 1,900-unit quick-service chain based ...

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