Sodexo’s Lorna Donatone Honored with Prestigious Fritzi Pikes Woods Trailblazer Award at 2015 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference

March 09, 2015

The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the industry’s premier leadership development organization, honored Lorna C. Donatone, Chief Operating Officer and President, Sodexo Education, with the Fritzi Pikes Woods Trailblazer Award during the 2015 Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Sodexo’s Lorna Donatone Honored with Prestigious Fritzi Pikes Woods Trailblazer Award at 2015 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference

ORLANDO, Fl., March 9, 2015

The Trailblazer Award honors an individual who is dedicated to improving the foodservice industry through her support of gender diversity. The award acknowledges Donatone for her authenticity, individuality and consistent effort in creating opportunity for employees to excel in their careers.  

“Trailblazing takes courage, a relentless pursuit of a passion and the character to withstand adversity,” said Hattie Hill, WFF President and CEO. “Through her passion and commitment to advancing women leaders, Lorna has created significant new pathways that have benefited both Sodexo and the foodservice industry as a whole.”

Donatone is a founding member of SWIFT (Sodexo’s Women’s International Forum for Talent), creator of Sodexo’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) where employees enjoy networking, learning, visibility and opportunities to impact business results and get involved in the community.

Under Donatone’s leadership, Sodexo Education has solid representation of women across the ranks: 45% are executives, 38% are leaders and 23% are in P&L roles.

“What a great honor it is to be selected for this distinguished award,” said Donatone. “I have been fortunate throughout my career to spearhead new approaches and solutions that help women and men gain new perspectives on career possibilities.” 

Donatone is an industry leader and demonstrates her commitment through community involvement.  She has served as a board member of the National Restaurant Association since 2005 and is currently vice chair and trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Donatone is past chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America in 2008. She also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Entertainment Cruises and was most recently elected to the Board of Directors of Jamba Juice, Inc.  Donatone has also been recognized by NAFEM with a doctorate in foodservice, by with an Ascendancy Award for her work in mentoring women and by Girls, Inc. for her work in empowering young women. 

About Women's Foodservice Forum
The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the industry’s premier leadership development organization with more than 25 years of experience advancing women in the foodservice industry. WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers in all segments of the industry including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting and more. Through highly effective and educational events such as the Annual Leadership Development Conference, Executive Summit and Regional Connects, as well as professional development and rich networking opportunities, WFF provides the competence and strategic connections needed to make a positive difference in the careers of women in the foodservice industry. For more information, visit

About Sodexo

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc., leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $25 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at Visit Sodexo on Facebook and follow on Twitter @SodexoUSA.

Sodexo Group
Founded in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 45 years of experience: from reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, to foodservices and facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and concierge services. Sodexo’s success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 419,000 employees throughout the world.

Key Figures (as of Aug. 31, 2014)

Sodexo in the World

18 billion euro consolidated revenue
419,000 employees
18th largest employer worldwide
80 countries
32,700 sites
75 million consumers served daily

Sodexo in North America

8.8 billion revenue
133,000 employees
9,000 sites
700 million square feet under FM
More than 15 million consumers served daily

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