community
Universities
Beyond the Books: Creating a Campus Community
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West,
Sodexo North America
President, Sodexo Canada

For students, the college experience is a pivotal time of growth. Not only are these individuals learning new concepts and theories through their studies, many are also taking that first initial jump from childhood to adulthood as they navigate life with an increased sense of independence. Whether these students live on campus or commute from home, their experience at college shapes their first impression of life beyond the books. Because of this, providing the foundation for a robust campus community not only enhances the student experience but improves students’ quality of life.  (more…)

Universities
Room for Discussion: Encouraging Open Discourse on College Campuses During Times of Social and Political Unrest
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East,
Sodexo North America

The purpose of academia is to nurture and strengthen the next generation of leaders through research and critical analysis. Additionally, higher education aims to encourage individuals to investigate their interests and pursue a greater understanding of the world surrounding them. Today’s college students, many of whom are members of Generation Z, are some of the most inquisitive and confident scholars who demand campus communities built on the theories of peaceful coexistence and safety for all. (more…)

Community Engagement
Advice from a 15-Year Old Nonprofit-Preneur
Shondra Jenkins
Shondra Jenkins
Executive Director,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation

Actively engaging young people in their community can result in positive and meaningful social change. Learn more about how to engage young people by reading Six Steps to Engage Millennials in Social Change and utilizing the complimentary Youth Engagement Toolkit.

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Community Engagement
The Power of Partnerships Can Improve Quality of Life for Everyone
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

Imagine that you are the mayor of a major U.S. city.  How would you handle the very real challenges of city life, fed by a news cycle of endless stories of poverty, crime, failing schools and infrastructure issues? (more…)

Community Engagement
Volunteering Could Be the Missing Component to Your Workplace Success
Steve Dunmore
Steve Dunmore
CEO, K-12 Schools
Sodexo North America

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

― Winston S. Churchill

Giving back to our communities and to those in need makes our lives more meaningful. Not only do we encourage our kids to do community service while they’re in school, but many people spend weekends doing volunteer work, often through an organized group or a religious institution.

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Inclusion
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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Sustainability
The Bumpy Path to Sustainability
Christy Cook
Christy Cook
Director,
Sustainability Performance
& Field Support
Sodexo North America

I grew up on a small family farm in South Georgia.    Small family farm is code for hard work and community.  On our farm, we didn’t own all the farm equipment we needed, nor did the surrounding farmers, but collectively we organized and shared resources and when it came time to harvest, everyone worked together as a community. Working together for the success of all:  to me, that’s community.  You take care of each other, you take care of the land and it will take care of you.

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