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Sodexho CEO featured speaker at Lewis W. Foy Lecture Series

Sodexho CEO featured speaker at Lewis W. Foy Lecture Series

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Maximizing workforce diversity and inclusion will be the theme of the 2006 Lewis W. Foy Lecture Series at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  Sodexho Chief Executive Officer Richard Macedonia will be the featured speaker at the event to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 12, in the J. Irving Whalley Memorial Chapel on the UPJ campus.  A reception will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the lobby of Blackington Hall.

Mr. Macedonia will share Sodexho’s strategies and successes in an informative and motivational lecture, “Amazing Sodexho: Setting Global Standards in Workforce Diversity.” 

With over 125,000 employees in North America, Sodexho is recognized internationally as a company committed to aggressive and successful strategy for building a diverse workforce.  By establishing national benchmarks, Sodexho has been honored by organizations including The Black Collegian, Hispanic Business magazine, and Black Professionals magazine.  This year, Sodexho was named among the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” by DiversityInc., ranking 14th out of over 250 companies.  They also have been named the winner of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s International Innovation in Diversity Awards.  Sodexho received the award for its Annual Diversity and Inclusion Report that highlights the company’s comprehensive strategy, which includes a focus on building diversity awareness and competencies, diversity councils and network groups, mentoring, succession planning and work/life effectiveness.

By incorporating diversity and inclusion initiatives into its core values, Sodexho has maximized the potential of its employees while maintaining a strong competitive advantage globally. 

In response to Hurricane Katrina, Sodexho employees rose to the challenge and set up command centers to help locate their employees in the Gulf Coast region and provided assistance to them.  They also committed to provide 500,000 meals to the people in need in the area.

Sodexho also worked with Project Backpack as employees helped to collect and ship more than 4,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and other items to children of the Gulf Coast.

For more than 30 years Mr. Macedonia has been integral to the operations of the world’s leading outsourced provider of food and facilities management services.  A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Macedonia graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Sodexho serves 10 million people a day, and philosophically, is commited to hunger-relief initiatives.  Sodexho has contributed $5 million to support this cause. 

Sodexho's customers range from college faculty and students to children entering school for the first time; medical professionals and hospital staff to patients and their families; corporate executives to company employees.  Sodexho’s mission is to “improve the quality of daily life for all the people we serve.  Being socially responsible is central to this commitment in our industry to endorse the Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility.”  Sodexho has always integrated ethical concerns into their business practices.  Mentoring also is a key component of Sodexho’s overall employee development strategy.  It is an opportunity to strengthen organizational relationships cross-divisionally and cross-functionally, align people and processes, enable people to achieve their full potential, and enhance diversity in the leadership pipeline.

The Lewis W. Foy Lecture Series was established in 1980 in honor of Mr. Foy, a Somerset County native who retired in May of that year from his position as chairman and chief executive officer of Bethlehem Steel Corporation.  The series provides UPJ students and others in the community with the firsthand learning experiences of networking with successful men and women in the business world.

Past speakers in the Foy Lecture Series include Stephen G. Sheetz, president and chief executive officer, Sheetz, Inc. (1994); David G. Martin, vice president, individual life insurance underwriting and quality assurance MetLife (1995); Paul R. Carter, president, Wal-Mart Realty Company (1997); John A. Staley IV, founder and president of Staely Capital Advisers, Inc. (1999); Valoree S. Vargo, president, Global Events Marketing (2000); Richard G. Martin, president Enterprise Sales for Verizon Communications Corporation (2000); James S. Broadhurst, chairman and chief executive officer of Eat’n Park Hospitality Group, Inc., and his wife Suzanne W. “Suzy” Broadhurst (2001); Stuart Hoffman, senior vice president and chief economist, PNC Financial Services Group of Pittsburgh (2002); Phillip Devorris, president and chief executive officer of Blair Sign Company (2003); S. James Coppersmith, vice chairman of The Rasky/Baerlein Group (2004), and Jackie Myers, Starbucks Coffee Company’s Central Pennsylvania District Manager (2005).

To register for this free event, contact the UPJ Office of Outreach and Professional Services at 814-269-2099 or visit and click on Foy Lecture.

Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200.  The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs.  UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.
Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 9/26/2006 1:10:00 PM