Conversations That Matter

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Join the SHFM family as we elevate critical topics during our Conversations That Matter webinar series. The sessions are designed to provide critical context on timely issues including diversity and inclusion topics to encourage frank, solution-focused dialogue. Join us for our first installment to hear from D&I leaders and SHFM members as we address how you can be part of the change on this journey for racial equity.

Conversations That Matter:
Confronting Systemic Racism – Striving for Equity in Hospitality and Beyond  
Thursday, August 20 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET

The foodservice and hospitality industry is known for having one of the most diverse workforces, yet for far too long, we’ve been silent about the impact of race in the workplace. At this critical point in our nation’s social reckoning, our leaders must move past discomfort to courageously create a space for dialogue and structural change. Have you wondered why People of Color in your organization have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic? Do you feel unequipped to support your employees or even share your own perspectives about social justice?
Join special guest speaker, Gerri Mason Hall, as she guides us to start confronting these issues during an interactive session addressing:

  • The impact of systemic racism on employees’ every day experiences
  • Leaders’ roles in examining their racial biases and identity  
  • Strategies to be a visible ally and elevate anti-racism initiatives


Gerri Mason Hall
Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Social Responsibility Officer, Sodexo

Gerri Mason Hall is a recognized thought leader, strategist and voice for Inclusion. At Sodexo, she recently assumed responsibility for driving the Better Tomorrow Plan in the Americas, covering over 250,000 employees. In addition to setting the agenda for developing and maintaining an inclusive environment for diverse teams, Gerri leads the focus on Sustainability for North America. For the past 5 years, she led the people function for North America where she inspired and empowered over 160,000 employees to achieve their potential and company objectives. Gerri is committed to creating an environment where all feel valued and have the resources and support to fully engage in Sodexo’s quest to be the global leader in Quality of Life services. She is a sought-after speaker and expert in the areas of Inclusion & Equity, Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility. 
Augmenting her commitment to Inclusion and advancing the underserved, Gerri is a member of the UNCF Board and sits on its Audit Committee. A graduate of Vassar College and the George Washington University National Law Center, she held several appointments in both the federal and District of Columbia governments. Gerri is a native of Washington, DC and actively involved in her community.

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