Sodexo Diversity Officer To Accept 2009 Trailblazer Award

March 05, 2009

Award given to an outstanding leader in advancing gender diversity

Sodexo Diversity Officer To Accept 2009 Trailblazer Award

GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 5, 2009 – Dr. Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer for Sodexo, Inc., a leading integrated food and facilities management services company, will receive the 2009 Trailblazer Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) at the group’s annual leadership development conference in Dallas, Texas, March 15-18, 2009.

The WFF, the industry’s premier professional development organization with more than 3,500 members, gives the Trailblazer Award to an organizational executive who publicly supports and actively advances gender diversity within his or her organization and the foodservice industry, as well as creating and implementing new pathways for women at all levels. “Dr. Anand stands as a true role model for our industry,” said Linda Pharr, WFF chair and interim president. “The award recognizes her accomplishments, contributions and continued support of elevating women leaders.”
“Dr. Rohini Anand pioneered benchmark-level diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives,” said Sodexo, Inc. President and CEO George Chavel. “These strengthen Sodexo's value to all our stakeholders and provide models for other companies that share our commitment and vision.”

Among the initiatives credited to Dr. Anand’s leadership are:

  • Sodexo’s Diversity Scorecard Index: a strategic management tool that measures progress in hiring, promoting and retaining women and minority exempt employees
  • Sodexo Employee Network Groups: grassroots, employee-led groups that create connectivity for employees with one another and with the company
  • Spirit of Mentoring Program: pairs employees across divisions, functions, genders and races to enable employees to fulfill their potential
  • Diversity Learning Strategy: a skill-building that engages employees at all levels to raise their diversity awareness and build related skills

Dr. Anand will be the 14th recipient of the Trailblazer Award, established in 1996 and given each year at the WFF leadership conference. The 2009 award is sponsored by General Mills.

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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