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SHFM Diversity and Inclusion Corner

Diversity and Inclusion Corner

The SHFM Diversity and Inclusion Council exists to foster an environment that embraces diversity and inclusion at all levels within the markets we serve. Our goal is to increase the diversity of membership, champion employment opportunities, and highlight and encourage procurement opportunities for minority-owned business within the foodservice industry. We also serve as advocates to bring awareness to diversity issues surrounding the workplace hospitality segment. Our goal is to assist, support and encourage our members to better understand the importance of diversity and what it means to our organization and industry as a whole. We operate as two functional groups. One group’s focus is to increase diversity and inclusion within the SHFM operator membership. The other group’s focus is supplier development.

Diversity and Inclusion Council Leaders

CHAIR – Sumi DeBenedettis, PepsiCo
Co-CHAIR – Victoria Vega, Unidine Corporation 
RJ Bianculli, Emerald Brand

Diversity and Inclusion Corner Resources

Building A World-Class Supplier Diversity Program
How to Certify Like a Pro
How to Maximize Certification
Measure Your Diversity Impact


Recorded Sessions

Conversations That Matter, Presented by the SHFM Diversity and Inclusion Council
Generational Perspectives: Empowering Change Now to Secure an Inclusive Future | September 24, 2020
Presenters: Eric P. Stallworth (Moderator), Head of Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity – People & Culture, North America, ISS Guckenheimer, Tony Duckett, SVP/Director of Sales, Vivreau Advanced Water Systems, N.A.Edward Lo, Vice President of Sales, Volanté Systems, Zee Shami, Culinarian & Owner, ZeeTheCook, LLC and Brisbane Vaillancourt, Vice President Operations, Aramark/Lifeworks


Conversations That Matter Series, Presented by the SHFM Diversity and Inclusion Council

Advancing Cultural Intelligence Within Our Industry | August 27 2020 
Presenters: Gerry Fernandez (MODERATOR), President and Founder, Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), Monroe France, Associate Vice President, Global Engagement and Inclusive Leadership, New York University, Rodney Ruffin, Vice President, Business Development, Thompson Hospitality and Merary Simeon, Vice President, Diversity and Engagement, PepsiCo

Conversations That Matter Series, Presented by the SHFM Diversity and Inclusion Council

Confronting Systemic Racism – Striving for Equity in Hospitality and Beyond | August 20, 2020 
Presenter: Gerri Mason Hall, Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Social Responsibility Officer, Sodexo