diversity and inclusion
Executive Commentary
Uncommon Strength: Balancing Strategic Planning and Serendipity to Accelerate Change
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East,
Sodexo North America

The ability to accept change and its concomitant challenges and opportunities is an uncommon strength. University administrators develop complex strategic plans to grapple with economic, technological and demographic challenges and increasing competition as their students struggle with a multitude of changes and challenges. (more…)

Inclusion
The Power of Four: Diversity & Inclusion as a Path to Success
Rolddy Leyva
Rolddy Leyva

The current cohort of Gen Z students has many expectations regarding their campus experience, as illustrated by the Sodexo International Student Lifestyle Survey. One of the most important – and most positive for our society – is their deep commitment to multiculturalism, equal opportunity and respect for individuality as cultural imperatives. (more…)

Diversity
Unsung Hero
Aster Angagaw
Aster Angagaw
CEO, Specialty &
Canada Healthcare,
Sodexo North America

Recently I watched the movie “Hidden Figures” for the second time, and was again impressed by the achievements of the extraordinary African- American women featured in the film. Through a combination of brilliance and determination, these women overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and enabled the success of the NASA space program. (more…)

Diversity
Part 2: Q&A With Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader Dr. Rohini Anand
Rohini Anand, PhD
Rohini Anand, PhD
SVP, Corporate Responsibility &
Global Chief Diversity Officer
Sodexo

“Making Every Day a Better Day through Diversity and Inclusion” is Sodexo’s award-winning initiative. What is unique about this initiative and the work Sodexo is doing in diversity and inclusion? 

This initiative was a systemic culture change initiative in North America, focused on the development and success of women, people of color, and other historically excluded groups. (more…)

Executive Commentary
An Ally at the Intersection
Gerri Mason Hall
Gerri Mason Hall
President,
Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation
SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer,
Sodexo North America

Imagine a room with 4,000 people from every state and 40 other nations. It’s a giant room which intersects many ages, genders, races, abilities and ethnicities along with a diverse range of talents, experience and professions. In fact, they come from more than 250 employers including my own, Sodexo. You might wonder what makes this global business conference unique? (more…)

Inclusion
Closing the Disability Employment Gap
Dawnita Wilson
Dawnita Wilson
Director, Global Diversity and Inclusion
Sodexo

People with Disabilities are among the highest unemployed populations in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 10.5 percent in 2016, about twice that of those with no disability (4.6 percent). As employers, this not only provides a significant opportunity to positively impact the workforce, but also, to positively impact the lives of many highly qualified individuals who are often overlooked. (more…)

Inclusion
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…)

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…)

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…)

Corporate Services Inclusion
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
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…)

Workforce & Workplace
The Emerging Workforce & How Demographics are Changing Business
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

The workforce, in the U.S. and globally, is evolving at an unprecedented rate. With the addition of Generation Z, it will soon be five generations strong. While having access to such an extensive pool of talent is an exciting prospect for many employers, managing employees across such a broad range of demographics will require leadership to flex their styles and meet employees where they are. (more…)

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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