Inclusion
Addressing Barriers for Women Leaders: Reducing Gender Bias
Dawnita Wilson
Dawnita Wilson
Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Sodexo

In 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global recognition that there are basic inalienable rights and fundamental freedoms that apply to every human being. The Declaration made clear that men and women have the same rights to basic civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. In the 69 years since then, we’ve made more strides towards gender equality but there is much more work to do in eliminating barriers for women across all aspects of society, including the workplace. (more…)

An Inclusive Workplace is Good for Business
Ivor MacGregor
Ivor MacGregor
VP, Onshore & Mining,
Energy & Resources
Sodexo

Diversity surrounds us every day.

We can see diversity everywhere: in life experience, education, cultural background, gender and sexual identity. In the workplace, celebrating diversity means acknowledging the many identities that make an employee unique. To accept these unique identities, we first have to understand them. Understanding is a key step in creating an inclusive environment where employees feel acknowledged and valued. (more…)

Women Are Changing the Face of Facilities Management
Charlotte Jensen
Charlotte Jensen
CEO Sports & Leisure,
Sodexo North America

Facilities management has long been a male-dominated career field. In fact, it may be even more lopsided than many other male-dominated fields: In facilities management (FM), men outnumber women in leadership roles by nine to one, according to a recent survey from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

That’s slowly starting to change, however, as a growing number of women are beginning careers as facilities managers. It’s a welcome change, and one that’s likely to improve the quality of life in many facilities. (more…)

Three Quality of Lifehacks for a Mom-Friendly Workplace
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

Nearly half of the American workforce is female. And estimates are that nearly 85 percent of those women either are or will become mothers. In a tightening labor market, it’s more important than ever for companies to have “mom-friendly” workplaces if they want to attract and keep some of their best talent.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, here are three Quality of Lifehacks for building a welcoming environment for working mothers. (more…)

Supporting Transfer Students with Welcoming Campus Environments
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East,
Sodexo North America

Transfer students are an important contribution to the University ecosystem. They bring different experiences and perspectives to the campus environment and have a unique set of needs for life on campus. Ensuring that transfer students receive a convenient, safe, and personalized experience is vital to driving continued transfer student enrollment and retention. More importantly, it is every education institution’s responsibility to support this subset of students and prepare them for success. (more…)

Quality of Life for Energy & Resources’ Indigenous Partners & Employees
Erwin Joosten
Erwin Joosten
Senior Vice President
Engineering & Construction Projects

Canada is home to an Indigenous population of 1.4 million. Their quality of life, when compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts, is impacted by factors that many of us can’t imagine.

Only about 40 percent of Indigenous adults in Canada have graduated high school. Many Indigenous adults experience poor health. Beyond this, many Indigenous people face discrimination, poverty, and poor living conditions on reserves.

As it relates to the workforce, close to 40 percent are unemployed. Those that are employed have a significantly lower income than non-Indigenous workers. CBC News reported last year that there is a $27 billion labor pool of Indigenous workers waiting to be tapped. (more…)

Breaking the Other Glass Ceiling: Asian Americans in Leadership Roles
Linda Lan, PMP
Linda Lan, PMP
Director, PMO, NORAM Strategic Sales
Chair of Sodexo Pan-Asian Network Group (PANG)

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and museums, educational institutions and other organizations around the country are paying tribute to the impact Asian Americans have had on American culture.

Whether they were born in the U.S. or immigrated here, Asian Americans are more likely to be well educated than the average American. Nearly half of Asian American adults – 49 percent — have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 28 percent of all Americans. Asian Americans also have lower unemployment rates, and higher average weekly pay than other races, according to the Harvard Business Review. (more…)

Bringing Out the Best from Each Generation
Suzanne Greenlee
Suzanne Greenlee
Director, HR and Benefits,
Sodexo Employee Benefits and
Chair of i-Gen

With generation Z poised to enter the workforce and baby boomers beginning to leave it, workplace demographics are changing. To anticipate the shift, companies need to make sure all employees feel valued for their contributions and  encouraged to bring their unique sets of experiences and perspectives to the workplace.

Gensler’s research found that understanding commonalities and an integrated system of environment, tools and policies will allow organizations to develop specific workplace strategies to bring out the best from each generation.

Here are few tips to ensure each generation brings their best to the workplace: (more…)

How Diversity Powers the Power Rangers
Dawnita Wilson
Dawnita Wilson
Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Sodexo

The Power Rangers, the children’s television staple that launched in 1993, is the story of five young people trained to fight the forces of evil—all while wearing colorful costumes. But for an entire generation, it was much more than that. It was one of the few representations of a racially diverse team on television. (more…)

Equal Pay Day: 50 Years in the Making
Sodexo
Sodexo

Back in June, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, there was a clear goal: Make it illegal to pay a woman less than a man for doing the same job, under the same conditions, with the same level of experience, requiring the same skill, effort, and responsibility.  Despite its good intentions, the law still hasn’t solved the problem—even after 54 years.

Since then, the issue has become muddied in politics. Selecting April 4th as “Equal Pay Day” is meant to represent how many more weeks a woman must work to catch up to what her male counterpart earned in the previous year. Social and traditional media are full of inspirational stories and calls to action, but also stories that take issue with the arithmetic that led us to this day. And that controversy is exactly why the issue of gender pay equality remains an issue more than half a century later, and why today it’s critical for Americans to stop and think about the work that still needs to be done. (more…)

Addressing Barriers for Women Leaders: Mentoring
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

In 1972 Katharine Graham became America’s first female Fortune 500 CEO, leading The Washington Post Company, the fifth largest publishing company at the time, and under her leadership profits grew 20 percent annually from 1975 to 1985.   She also became a role model and mentor for many women leaders in male-dominated fields and spoke openly about the issues they faced.

Last year the US hit a milestone with a record 27 female CEOs at the helm of S&P 500 companies. And while there has been progress since 1972, it has not been enough, especially when women are projected to account for 51 percent of the increase in total labor force growth between 2008 and 2018. (more…)

Driving Gender Equality by Advocating for Women Leaders
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore
CEO, K-12 Schools
Sodexo North America

Gender equality in the workplace isn’t just a women’s issue. Male leaders can drive gender equality in executive leadership roles by proactively advocating for female leaders in their organizations.  As recently noted in Sodexo’s 2016 Diversity report , women comprise 45 percent of the S&P 500 labor force, yet still only represent about 25 percent of executive or senior-level managers, and only 4 percent of CEOs.  Here’s another important statistic: McKinsey & Company compared the financial performance of companies with a significant number of women in top management to those without women in top roles. The companies with the highest number of women leaders had the best performance, averaging 41 percent higher return on equity. (more…)

The Importance of Global LGBT Inclusive Initiatives
Catalyst
Catalyst
Audrey L. Gallien, Director, Marketing
Michael J. Chamberlain, VP, Global Marketing
Alixandra Pollack, Director, Research,
and Regional Director, Mexico & Latin America

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees constitute a sizeable global workforce population, and more than ever, leading companies are acknowledging their contributions. With many global organizations now focused on building inclusive cultures in which all employees feel engaged and valued, LGBT issues are becoming a critical priority in workplaces around the world.

 

Global progress on LGBT inclusion has been most noticeable in countries like the U.S., Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom.  Japan and Taiwan have also recently introduced antidiscrimination legislation regarding sexual orientation in the workplace.  Yet, in some countries, there are no legal protections for LGBT employees, and it’s common to hear that corporate LGBT inclusion policies “don’t apply.”  This results in more discrimination, employee fear, high turnover, and heightened rates of harassment and mistreatment of LGBT workers. (more…)

#BeBoldForChange : Empowering women in the workplace, marketplace and community
Karen Cox
Karen Cox
Senior Finance Director
Sodexo North America

During March we observe Women’s History Month, an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.  Today, March 8th, marks a focal point during this commemorative month — International Women’s Day (IWD).  IWD is a global day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Both occasions mark a moment-in-time to reflect on how far women have come in the workforce. (more…)

Three Quality of Lifehacks for Supporting Women in the Workplace
Quality of Lifehacks
Quality of Lifehacks

For over 100 years, International Women’s Day has been a reminder to recognize women’s contributions to the American workforce and economy. Women in the workplace have come a long way, but there is still a long way to go before women are treated equally to men when it comes to financial compensation and social acknowledgment at work. For example, men still receive more recognition at work for their successes than women according to a recent survey by Bamboo HR.

With this mind, consider these three Quality of Lifehacks for supporting women’s success in your organization in celebration of International Women’s Day and every other day of the year. (more…)

Black Women and STEM: How Hidden Figures Is Inspiring a New Generation
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

On February 26th movie fans all over the world tuned into the 89th Academy Awards ceremony, better known as the Oscars, where the best films of 2016 were honored. La La Land has received a record 14 Oscar nominations, but it’s another film and its story that is gathering much critical acclaim and popular following.

Hidden Figures tells the true and inspiring story of three African American female pioneers –Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — who played an integral role in NASA’s space-race success in the 1960s. Since its release the film has received 25 industry awards and 61 nominations. And earlier this month the film became the highest grossing Best Picture nominated film, beating out La La Land with a box-office total of $119.4 million. (more…)

Best Practices for Accelerating Gender Balance in the Workplace
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Early this year McKinsey and LeanIn.org  released their  Women in the Workplace report, which found that women remain underrepresented across organizations—especially at senior levels of leadership. According to the report, women “experience an uneven playing field, with their odds of advancement lower at every level; there is a persistent leadership gap in the most senior roles; gender diversity is not widely believed to be a priority; and while employee programs designed to help balance work and family are abundant, participation is low among both sexes due to concerns that using them will negatively affect their careers.” (more…)

Celebrating African American History
John White
John White
Vice President - Mid-Atlantic Region
Sodexo

During the month of February, the United States celebrates National African American History Month, a time to commemorate the many contributions and accomplishments of African Americans nationwide.  It’s also an opportunity to highlight the impact that  African Americans have had on everything from technology to medicine. Taking time to reflect on these often hidden figures,  who have changed our country for the better, reminds us  of why diversity and inclusion continues to be such an important part of both our history and our future.   (more…)

Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Achieving the Future We Want
Joan Turner
Joan Turner
CEO Canadian Business SenseAbility

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been celebrated annually on December 3. The theme for this year’s International Day is Achieving the Future We Want.

At SenseAbility, the future we want is one where companies realize the business potential of including people with disabilities as customers, investors and employees. We help companies think differently about their products and services to develop innovative and elegant design approaches that make products and services easier to use and more universally accessible. We are also proud to have Sodexo as a valued member of our business network and for helping change the conversation about people with disabilities. (more…)

Supplier Diversity from the Inside Out
Darlene Fuller
Darlene Fuller
Senior Director
Supplier Diversity, Sodexo

Diversity helps businesses and communities thrive. It’s that simple. When there are more options, more voices and more ideas, there are more opportunities for business excellence. While many organizations focus on cultivating a diverse workforce that can offer a variety of ideas and strengths, it’s equally as important to ensure your business supply base includes diverse vendors. (more…)

The Evolving Role of Latinas in the Workplace
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

September 15 to October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a good opportunity to reflect on the progress Latinas have made in the workplace. Compared to previous generations, today’s Latinas tend to be more educated, empowered, independent and comfortable putting themselves at the center of life decisions.   (more…)

Inclusion and Safety: Drivers of Business Success
David Boyd Williams
David Boyd Williams
Director of Global Diversity,
Sodexo

As demographic shifts accelerate the changing global workforce, leaders who leverage the diversity of their employee populations and create an inclusive culture, could see higher levels of safety and engagement within their organization. While there is not necessarily a causal relationship between inclusion, safety, and engagement, some studies reflect a correlation between these indicators and positive business outcomes. (more…)

Making the World a Safer Place for Women
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Around the world, 1 in 3 women experience physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lives. That means 35 percent of our sisters, 35 percent of our friends, 35 percent of our coworkers—or maybe you’ve even experienced it first hand. (more…)

Honoring the Troops in a Very Sodexo Way
Jeff Moore
Jeff Moore
Vice President, Strategy,
Sodexo North America &
Former Marine Veteran

This weekend, we’ll be celebrating America by saluting the flag and honoring the troops. At Sodexo, we provide food service at many U.S. military installations, and for the past ten years, we’ve been honoring troops in a different way: with a culinary medal. (more…)

Take a Stand Against Hatred
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

I don’t know if we will ever be able to make sense of the tragic events that took place in Orlando this weekend. Like most people, I am struggling with frustration, grief, anger and the senselessness of it all. While I can rationalize this was the act of one very disturbed and delusional individual and that the world is filled with good and decent people, I am still reminded that hate remains pervasive.  During this time of unspeakable sadness, during a month that we celebrate and commemorate the LGBT Community, I want to reinforce the importance of coming together to educate, inform and take a stand against hatred. In our communities, in our workplaces, in our families and in our places of faith I encourage you to use your voice to promote understanding and acceptance. Love can conquer hate, but it is up to us to sow the seeds of goodness, compassion, acceptance and grace.    (more…)

5 Questions with Rohini Anand, Ph.D., SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Global Chief Diversity Office, Sodexo
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Dr. Rohini Anand, Sodexo’s Global Chief Diversity Officer, has spent her career promoting diversity and inclusion. She’s been leading the charge at Sodexo for the past thirteen years. In honor of the United Nation’s World Day for Cultural Diversity, we spoke with Dr. Anand about the challenges of promoting diversity at a company that works in 80 countries around the world.  (more…)

Millennials Who? Why You Need to Get to Know Generation Z
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

The days of appealing to Millennials is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.  With approximately 60 million, native-born Americans, Generation Z (Gen Z) is destined to be the next disruptive force in business. Companies have already started targeting Gen Z.  In 2015 Pew Research Center calculated the Millennial generation at 75.3 million, however due to the unclear lines of division of birth year between Millennial’s and Gen Zers, there is a slight overlap in population causing Millennials to appear larger than reality. So who exactly falls into the Gen Z category?  Opinions differ, but most studies agree that Gen Zer’s were born after 1995.  To better understand the impact Gen Z will have on future business, we must first learn what has shaped their values, behaviors and ideals.

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Making Gender Balanced Leadership a Reality
Sophie Bellon
Sophie Bellon
Chairwoman,
Board of Directors of the
Sodexo Group

Recently Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman of Sodexo’s Board of Directors and Lorna Donatone, CEO of Sodexo Schools Worldwide and President of Sodexo North America, were interviewed on the impact of women in leadership at the 2016 Women’s Foodservice Forum Leadership Conference. The article below is a preface, written by Chairwoman Bellon, for the book: Men, Women, Leadership: A User Guide by Valérie Petit & Sarah Saint-Michel.

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Sodexo Study: Gender-Balanced Teams Linked to Better Business Performance
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

This is the seventh in a continuing blog series based on insights and findings from the Sodexo 2016 Workplace Trends Report. The Report examines nine key trends affecting business outcomes and the quality of life of employees and consumers. To learn more, access the full article: Gender-Balanced Teams Linked to Better Business Performance

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Championing Gender Equality Starts with Empowerment
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

The prestigious WEPs CEO Leadership Award recognizes business leaders for their exceptional championship of gender equality and support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles. Michel Landel, Chief Executive Officer, Sodexo and Janet Awad, Regional Chair of Latin America and Country President, Sodexo Chile, were recently honored with the 2016 7 Principles WEPs CEO Leadership Award.

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Moving Business Forward Requires Not Looking Back on the Past
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

What’s past is NOT prologue, according to Jean Paul Gladu, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. In his presentation during Sodexo’s inaugural Quality of Life Conference, he said that to make progress, “…government and industry should stop worrying about the past and look more deeply at their future. I think we spend too much time looking behind us and we’re not focusing, or at least looking ahead at what opportunities lay in front of us.”

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Gender Balance is Our Business
Michel Landel
Michel Landel
CEO, Sodexo Group

The issue of gender balance touches nearly every corner of our lives – there is a collective demand for balance in politics, business and in our personal lives. But in the case of companies, gender balance should not only be addressed for the sake of equality, but also for the sake of performance.

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Don’t Stand on the Sidelines: Take Charge of Your Professional Experience
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

This week, I’m attending an event that always energizes me: the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Annual Leadership Conference. I’m excited to be here with more than 3,000 other attendees, including a very special guest―Sophie Bellon, Chairwoman of the Sodexo Board of Directors and Chair of Bellon SA. We’ll be taking part in a question and answer session today on the impact of women in leadership, a subject we are both passionate about.

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The Time is Now and the Responsibility is Ours: 3 Imperatives to Achieve Gender Parity
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

 

“Gender equality doesn’t require trade-offs; it only has benefits. And the benefits accrue to everyone, not just women and girls. Societies benefit and, as even men are beginning to understand, economies benefit, too.”

-Jim Yong Kim

President, World Bank

 

 

Around the world, women are increasing their contributions to social, economic, cultural and political development, but unfortunately, the progress towards gender parity significantly lags behind.

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Women Are the Newest Emerging Market
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Can you name the world’s largest emerging market? Most would say China or India or maybe even Brazil.  But Sylvia Ann Hewlett, CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, argues that women are in fact the largest emerging market.  While this might seem like a novel idea, companies should be paying close attention to the economic power women wield.  According to Financial Planning women control the majority of personal wealth in the United States, own businesses that contribute $3 trillion annually to the economy, and are due to inherit 70% of the $41 trillion in intergenerational wealth transfers in the next 40 years.

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Turning a Diverse Workforce into Your Best Competitive Advantage
Rolddy Leyva
Rolddy Leyva

The rapidly expanding global economy has prompted the growth of work teams comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds with different values, experiences, perspectives, knowledge, and skills. Greater diversity in the workforce can positively impact organizational outcomes, including performance. Understanding the advantages of workforce diversity helps you establish an organization with a competitive edge. But companies can only fully leverage the power of their diverse employees by creating comprehensive, thoughtful and fully integrated diversity and inclusion initiatives that encourage engagement and align with the ultimate goals of the business. Creating an environment where inclusion is the expectation and people feel welcome, safe and able to contribute fully will result in heightened innovation, increased productivity and greater organizational effectiveness.

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Mobilizing to Mentor Women in STEM
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

Women have made huge strides in their pursuit of higher education and now earn more associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees than men. Yet they remain noticeably absent from STEM careers despite strong job growth in the past decade and solid projections for continued growth. There’s a lot of incentive: according to Forbes, careers in STEM industries offer better compensation and more career advancement opportunities. In fact, women who hold STEM positions earn 92 cents to the dollar versus 77 cents for women in other fields.

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A Discussion between Generations
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Millennials, the next generation of leaders, ranks quality of life – their own and others’ – highly. This defining perspective will change organizational paradigms around the world within the next decade.

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Accommodating Pregnant Women and New Mothers in the Workplace
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

In the past several decades, there has been a dramatic demographic shift in the workforce. Not only do women now make up almost half of the workforce, but there are more pregnant workers than ever before and they are working later into their pregnancies.  According to the National Partnership for Women & Families, holding a job during pregnancy is more common than at any other time in history. In a recent survey, 61 percent of respondents reported being employed during pregnancy. More families depend on women’s income than ever before. According to the Pew Research Center, women are the primary or sole breadwinners in nearly 40 percent of families with children.

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Winning Over Millennials in the Workplace
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

In our continually growing and evolving global environment, Millennials have a unique perspective as a result of being raised during an era of incredible social and technological change. According to a May 2015 TIME report, the 53.5 million millennials (aged 18-34) now constitute the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. In fact, Pew Research, estimates Millennials represent one in three American workers. While there are many opinions, positive and negative, on the Millennial generation’s dependence on technology, we cannot ignore the fact that these digitally-oriented, social networking savvy future leaders are rapidly changing what work looks like and how it gets done.

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STEM Education: Closing the Gap in Leadership for Women
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

According to the Pew Research Center Americans widely believe that men have a better shot at leadership positions in business and politics, even as majorities say that men and women make equally good leaders. There is little consensus, however, on why women remain underrepresented in these fields. LinkedIn recently summarized findings from data that measured …

Developing Global Citizens Involves an Investment in Education
Javier Miyares
Javier Miyares

Just because the world is more interconnected than ever before does not automatically make us all good global citizens. We must also recognize how and why this interconnectedness can inform and enrich our lives. And that is where the mission of the World Affairs Council D.C. plays an important role.

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5 Keys to Unlocking Diverse Talent
George Chavel
George Chavel

Last week I had the privilege of attending the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America meeting.  The event brought together nearly 1,000 leaders from business, philanthropy, and government to develop solutions for economic growth, long-term competitiveness, and social mobility in the United States.

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Fostering International Engagement Key to Addressing World Challenges
Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig
Ambassador Dr. Peter Wittig

Nearly 100 years ago, at the end of the First World War, the World Affairs Councils were founded in the spirit of fostering international engagement. We can be grateful for the unique role they have played in promoting an informed debate on international affairs. Then as now, the world demands a global education. Our greatest challenges today, be it international migration, eradication of poverty, or climate change, transcend borders, are by definition shared by the world community.

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Bringing a Global Perspective into the Classroom
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

The world’s population is growing at a staggering pace, which is a relatively new phenomenon. After expanding only a tiny fraction for tens of thousands of years, according to History.com, the population hit one billion in the 1700s. The following century, the number of people in the world quadrupled.

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The Opportunity for Women Leaders to Excel in the Global Economy is Now
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

Today, only 26 women lead Fortune 500 companies and just 17 percent of all board members are women. Compound this with the fact that a mere 28 percent of those firms have only one female director. And there has been minimal improvement in the gender wage gap, with men still earning 22 percent more than women in equivalent positions.

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Inclusion Means Better Business
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, Gerri Mason Hall, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, reflects on one of her personal passions – the importance of inclusion in the workplace and its role in attracting, engaging and retaining future leaders. When organizations foster an environment of inclusion all employees, both men and women, thrive and succeed.

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Reflections On A Historic Civil Rights Pilgrimage
David Scanlan
David Scanlan
CEO,
Sodexo Government North America

From Friday, March 6, through Sunday March 8, 2015,  David Scanlan, President Sodexo Government Services and Jessica Montoya, Vice President of Government Affairs and Assistant General Counsel participated in the 15th Annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage hosted by The Faith and Politics Institute.  As part of the program, the delegation visited historic sites in Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery.  This trip coincided with the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ which took place at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma in 1965.  A special ceremony was held on Saturday, March 7 in Selma that included remarks by President Barack Obama and other political and civil rights leaders.

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Making it Happen: Creating New Pathways for Women Leaders
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

Some people believe leadership is about genetics – you are born a leader. In rare cases, I’ve encountered people who have a natural talent and ability to lead others. However, the vast majority of successful leaders are made. Like me, they grow into their positions of authority through life experiences, lessons learned, personal development and a desire to always achieve more.

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The Path to Leadership is Not Always a Straight Line
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

In relation to Women’s History Month, a junior manager recently asked me “what inspired you to become a leader?” I had to ponder her question because there was no silver bullet or magic moment for me. I did not start my career with specific goals or a well-laid plan or even a desire to lead others. In fact, my career progression into senior leadership was not a clearly defined step-by-step move up the proverbial corporate ladder. Instead, it looked more like the up, down and across pattern of a lattice.

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What do Millennials Really Want at Work?
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

They’re coming, they’re coming—and no matter how you refer to those born between 1980 and 1992, they are about to descend on the American workforce in droves. 86 million Millennials or 40% of the entire working population will pour into the workplace by 2020 according to a recent article in Forbes magazine. With the economy making a steady recovery and increasing numbers of Baby Boomers retiring, organizations need to focus their efforts on engaging the next generation of talent, and it may not be as hard as you think.

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Advancing Women and Girls in STEM Careers
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

Young girls and women are less likely than their male counterparts to work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. In fact, just 24% of women work in STEM fields. The good news is that women in STEM careers earn 92 cents for every dollar their male-STEM counterparts earn versus 75 cents in other fields. What’s more, 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on mastery of mathematics and scientific knowledge and skills.

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Our History and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

I have been in my role with Sodexo for 12 years and continually reflect on the progress we have made on our diversity and inclusion journey. While I know there are areas we need to continue to show ongoing progress, we have been able to go from an iconic diversity and inclusion brand to one that is sustainable. I truly believe that Sodexo’s commitment to creating an inclusive culture and fostering an environment where one can bring their whole self to work has had a significant impact on the lives of many employees, both in the Sodexo workplace and at client locations.

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Inspiring Change on International Women’s Day
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1909 to recognize the efforts of women who were campaigning for change during a time of oppression and inequality in America. You may wonder if this observance is still relevant today following a century of incredible progress. Legislation has given women the right to vote, to get equal pay and bans gender discrimination in education programs. Women have crossed the Atlantic and flown into space. In 2013, Janet Yellen was confirmed as the Board Chair of the Federal Reserve System and this year, Mary Barra was named CEO of General Motors. Pretty impressive.

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