Sodexo and River Strike Mentoring Gold

Best Advance in Coaching and Mentoring

The results Sodexo achieved with Spirit of Mentoring is a testament to their vision, hard work, and dedication to bringing mentoring to employees at all levels, career points, and backgrounds.

Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, and business mentoring software provider River, today announced their joint win of a Brandon Hall Group 2017 Gold Excellence in Leadership Development Award in the category of Best Advance in Coaching and Mentoring for Sodexo’s Spirit of Mentoring Program. This was the only gold winner in the coaching and mentoring category.

Now in its fourteenth year, Spirit of Mentoring provides global, cross-cultural, cross-gender, and inclusive mentoring, offering a phenomenal example of how to successfully run, manage, and scale a global mentoring program. “By evolving this key talent development strategy over the years, we have been able to sustain our mentoring initiative and consistently realize a return on investment. Participants appreciate having flexibility to co-create reciprocal relationships based on their unique needs,” says Jodi Davidson, Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at Sodexo.

The Spirit of Mentoring program leverages highly structured formal mentoring programs, as well as more informal mentoring, and includes programs such as:

  • IMPACT: Sodexo’s acclaimed formal mentoring program that connects high-potential managers with senior leaders cross-culturally and across business lines in paired relationships that last 12 months.
  • LEAD Mentoring Circles: A formal mentoring opportunity tied to leadership training, designed to accelerate the promotional rate for women and minorities with profit and loss responsibility in the U.S.
  • LIFT: A formal mentoring program for frontline employees.
  • Peer2Peer Mentoring: An informal mentoring program through Sodexo’s Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs).

“Beyond these programs, Sodexo offers all employees access to River’s web-based mentoring platform for informal mentoring, where individuals can initiate one-to-one or group mentoring engagements,” says Laura Antal, Sr. Manager of Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives at Sodexo.

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