Sodexo COO and Education Market President Wins Award for Mentoring Women

Sodexo COO and Education Market President Wins Award for Mentoring Women

Lorna Donatone Named 2010 Ascendancy Award Winner
Monday, September 20, 2010 - 1:00pm

CONTENT: Press Release

(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) GAITHERSBURG, MD - September 20, 2010 - Sodexo COO and Education Market President Lorna Donatone was recognized with a national award this week for her role in mentoring women who are aspiring leaders. 

Donatone won an Ascendancy Award from, a professional online community for women, in the Entrepreneurial category. The awards were established in 2009 to recognize, reward and inspire women to maximize their potential in their careers. Candidates were nominated from eight cities and other locales across the country for achievements in corporate, entrepreneurial and career transition settings. Award categories included: Corporate, Entrepreneurial and Career Transition.
"Encouraging women to excel reflects my personal and professional commitment," said Donatone. "I'm honored to be recognized for something that is a passion of mine." She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women's Foodservice Forum, an organization that supports the mission to help women get to where they're going faster.
Donatone is an industry leader and demonstrates her commitment through her community involvement. She serves on the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors and as Chair of the Food and Healthy Living Imperative Committee. Donatone was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America in 2008. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Entertainment Cruises since 2006. Donatone was honored by Girls, Inc. in 2009 for her work in mentoring and empowering young women.
Donatone serves as a director on the Board of the Sodexo Foundation. She has worked to develop Sodexo's Employee Network Groups, demonstrating her commitment to diversity, inclusion, mentorship and training managers and employees.  Donatone currently serves as National Executive Sponsor for Sodexo's African American network group.
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Sodexo, Inc. (, leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. 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 $13 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at
Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Daily Life Solutions
Quality of Life plays an important role in the progress of individuals and the performance of organizations. Based on this conviction, Sodexo is the strategic partner for companies and institutions that place a premium on performance and well-being, as it has since Pierre Bellon founded the company in 1966. Sharing the same passion for service, Sodexo's 380,000 employees, in 80 countries design, manage and deliver an unrivaled range of On-site Service Solutions and Motivation Solutions. Sodexo has created a new form of service business that contributes to the economic, social and environmental development of the communities, regions and countries in which it operates and to the fulfillment of its employees.
Key Figures (as of August 31, 2009)

Sodexo in the World
14.7 billion euro consolidated revenue
380,000 employees
33,900 sites
50 million consumers served daily
80 countries
22nd largest employer worldwide
Sodexo in North America
7.7 billion dollars revenue
120,000 employees
10 million consumers served daily
6,000 clients
700 facilities management sites



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