Inclusion
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
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
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, Government Sodexo 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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