Quality of Life Conference
Corporate Services Workforce & Workplace
How Smarter Spaces Can Inspire Progress
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

Experts from around the world agree: the design of collective spaces can improve quality of life. From transforming a city in crisis, to opening channels that increase knowledge, and improving performance in organizations, the effective use of space can foster rejuvenation, creativity and community. Even in the face of what seems like insurmountable obstacles, the way we use and reuse space can inspire progress and instill hope for a better future. (more…)

Inclusion
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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Workforce & Workplace
Jobs, Education and Health Lead to Better Quality of Life
Jennifer Williamson
Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Sodexo North America

The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being and quality of life of people around the world. The OECD works with governments, labor and business to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

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Community Engagement
Is Technology Moving Us Forward or Holding Us Back?
Michael Norris
Michael Norris

We love technology. We live in a digital world. On our wrists or through our fingertips, most of us are connected to a device 24/7.  Technology is present in almost every aspect of daily life.  Growing numbers of people would rather communicate over social networks, email or text than to have a face to face conversation.

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Inclusion
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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Workforce & Workplace
The Inevitable Shift Toward a Quality of Life Economic Model
Mark Bickford
Mark Bickford
President,
Corporate Services
Sodexo North America

A new quality of life economic model is developing thanks to communications, green energy and transportation connected via the platform of the Internet of Things. This glimpse of the completely new economic paradigm that will fully emerge over the next 25 years was offered by Jeremy Rifkin at the inaugural Quality of Life Conference sponsored by Sodexo in New York in May. Rifkin, an economic and social theorist, writer and political advisor, sees the new economic paradigm coupled with extensive sharing of information and goods—like cars—leading to an improved overall quality of life for people and the planet.

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Health & Wellbeing
Quieting Your Monkey Mind
Deborah Hecker
Deborah Hecker

Do you have a “monkey mind?” This wonderfully colorful description describes someone who starts thinking about the challenges of the day ahead the moment they wake up—their mind racing through a list of have to’s, should have’s and why did I’s? As Entrepreneur points out, a restless mind can cause trouble sleeping, poor decision-making, anxiety and even depression—none of which helps us excel during a demanding day. A monkey mind distracts us from the task at hand, creating stress and impairing productivity.

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Health & Wellbeing
How is a School like the Space Station?
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide
President, Sodexo North America

Food matters. The nutritional value and appeal of their food makes a difference to the scientists on the International Space Station. That point was made during a panel discussion “Is Food the Cure?” by Vickie Kloeris, Manager, International Space Station Food System, NASA Johnson Space Center. She was joined by Dr. Frédéric Saldmann, Cardiologist, Nutritionist and Writer, and Lawrence A. Soler, President and CEO, Partnership for a Healthier America. They were among the speakers that I was privileged to hear at Sodexo’s inaugural Quality of Life Conference.

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Health & Wellbeing
What Does it Take to Become a Quality of Life Change Maker?
George Chavel
George Chavel

I recently had the opportunity to hear a true agent of change share a compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today’s world. Arianna Huffington, Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group, shared a detailed roadmap for positive lifestyle change during her keynote speech at the inaugural Quality of Life Conference. She had just come from the funeral of Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, and she posed the question: “Why is it that our eulogies are so different from our resumes?” People’s resumes often bear little resemblance to their eulogies. We are not spending our days aligned with the values people will remember us for.

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Community Engagement
Exploring the New Frontier in Performance
George Chavel
George Chavel

Life was very different back in 1966. War was raging in Vietnam. Rock and roll was revolutionizing music, and the U.S. was in a race with the USSR to land a man on the moon. And all of the best dressed men and women were wearing patterned pants, flowered shirts and boots. I guess some things are better left in the past!

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