Girls Inc. Honors Sodexo President For Empowering Big Dreams

May 07, 2009

Sodexo School Services President Lorna Donatone was honored by Girls Inc. at the nonprofit organization’s annual Washington D.C. Celebration Luncheon this week.

Girls Inc. Honors Sodexo President For Empowering Big Dreams

GAITHERSBURG, Md., May 7, 2009 – 

"I think it's so important that girls realize the world has no boundaries for them and they have any number of choices in who they are as people and how they want to contribute to the world,” said Donatone.  “I encourage girls and women to be the best they can be – however they define that – so they can excel and in turn help others to do the same.”

Donatone has been a real driving force with programs, organizations and initiatives focused on women in the workplace at Sodexo.  She helped establish the company’s employee network group for women and mentors women at Sodexo and in the community.  Donatone is also an active member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and serves on the organization’s board and executive committee as the Treasurer.

“Lorna knows that a healthy sense of self is key to success.  Her work as president of Sodexo's School Services demonstrates her commitment to providing quality solutions to the food and nutrition issues facing children and their families,” said Girls Inc. President & CEO, Joyce M. Roché.  “Additionally, her efforts to mentor and promote women both within her company and the food service industry have produced valuable opportunities for women and girls to create their own success.”

Girls Inc.
Girls Incorporated® is a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and boldSM.  With local roots dating to 1864 and national status since 1945, Girls Inc. has responded to the changing needs of girls through research-based programs and public education efforts that empower girls to understand, value, and assert their rights.  In 2007, Girls Inc. reached over 900,000 girls through Girls Inc. affiliates, our website,, and educational publications.

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with $7.7 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees.  Sodexo serves more than ten million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government, and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a member of Sodexo Group, and funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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