Sodexo Executive Keysa Minnifield Honored with Eagle Award

August 12, 2008

Minnifield Lauded for Leadership and Commitment to Business, Community, People.

Sodexo Executive Keysa Minnifield Honored with Eagle Award

GAITHERSBURG, Md., August 12, 2008 — In challenging economic times, when focusing on business strategy and caring for the community are critical to success, a Sodexo executive has been honored for excelling in both corporate and community leadership. Keysa Minnifield, vice president, human resources for Sodexo campus dining, and a 24-year Sodexo employee was selected among 16 African-American and Hispanic/Latino business leaders to receive The National Eagle Leadership Institute® (NELI) and CareerFOCUS Magazine™ on November 14 in Chicago.

The CareerFOCUS Eagle Award™ is one of corporate America’s highest accolades in executive leadership achievement.  It recognizes Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino professionals who excel in both corporate and community leadership.  NELI and CareerFOCUS Magazine™, “The Magazine Leaders Read,” present this annual award to individuals who practice principled leadership and whose records of performance uphold the highest standards of dignity, integrity, and honor.

Besides her role as an executive who oversees human resources for 900 college campus accounts for Sodexo, Minnifield is a charter member of two Sodexo network groups. These groups help to achieve Sodexo’s business goal of increasing diversity and inclusion for all employees. Minnifield served as the Chair of the African American Leadership Forum and remains active in the group, along with participating in the Women’s Network Group. Minnifield has been instrumental in leading the network groups by providing personal and professional development for group members.

Minnifield plays an important role in Sodexo’s journey to leverage the strength of its diverse workforce to make the company better, stronger, and more competitive.

“The Eagle Award invites companies to extend the recognition of talent beyond the walls of their businesses and into the national forefront,” said Georgia L. Clark, founder and president of the National Eagle Leadership Institute and publisher of CareerFOCUS Magazine.  “It’s an opportunity to deliver on the promise of diversity and inclusion while also supporting the business imperative for developing, recognizing and retaining top leadership.” Clark explained.

More than an individual award, the CareerFOCUS Eagle Award™ underscores corporate America’s growing commitment to acknowledge higher standards of leadership.  Winners are nominated by chief executives—most often their chairman, president, or CEO—demonstrating just how valuable their leadership has been to the bottom line.

This year’s winners were evaluated by a 17-member selection committee comprised of alumni Eagle Award winners.  Along with receiving the Eagle Award on November 14, CareerFOCUS Magazine will feature all of this year’s winners and their nominating companies in the November/December 2008 edition.

About NELI
The National Eagle Leadership Institute® (NELI) is a premier leadership development network for Black/African-American and Hispanic/Latino professionals and college students.  NELI was launched in 1995 in response to corporate America's increasing focus on leadership and diversity in the workplace. The Institute’s programs help recognize, recruit, and retain professionals who set a higher standard of leadership.  Its mission is to “Help You Lead.”

Sodexo, Inc.
Sodexo, Inc. ( is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, with $7.3 billion (USD) in annual revenue and 120,000 employees. Sodexo, Inc. 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 the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $9.2 million in grants to fight hunger in America.

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