News Release

December 07, 2023

Bloomin’ Brands Legal Team Achieves Diversity Certification For Second Time

The Mansfield Rule Certification demonstrates the team’s commitment to ensure equal opportunity and access to leadership roles

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 7, 2023) –  The Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (BLMN) legal department has received the legal industry’s most rigorous diversity recognition - the Mansfield Rule certification – for second consecutive time. The certification is committed to increasing diversity by broadening the pool of women, LGBTQ+, lawyers with disabilities, and racial/ethnic minority lawyers who are considered for internal job openings and promotions, as well as outside counsel representation.

“This certification holds us accountable to our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Kelly Lefferts, Bloomin Brands Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and and Secretary. “It’s resulted in changes to our hiring process so that the door opens wider to include people of all backgrounds and I’m pleased at the progress we’ve made.”

To obtain the certification, the company committed to consider at least 50% historically underrepresented lawyers for 70% or more of leadership roles and outside counsel assignments.

To learn more about the Mansfield Rule, visit this link.

About Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.

Bloomin' Brands, Inc. is one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world with a portfolio of leading, differentiated restaurant concepts. The Company has four founder-inspired brands: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.  The Company owns and operates more than 1,450 restaurants throughout 47 states, Guam and 13 countries, some of which are franchise locations.  For more information, please visit