Board of Directors
Mia Mends is the Global Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, and CEO, Impact Ventures, for Sodexo. She is responsible for leveraging Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as a key business differentiator worldwide for Sodexo. She also oversees Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Stop Hunger for Sodexo North America, and leads SodexoMAGIC, a joint venture between Sodexo and Magic Johnson Enterprises. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring the successful evolution of the joint venture and the tight collaboration between Sodexo and Magic Johnson Enterprises as a member of the SodexoMAGIC board of directors.
Ms. Mends is a member of the Sodexo Global Human Resources Leadership Team and the North America Regional Leadership Committee. Sodexo is the global leader in Quality of Life services. Operating in 64 countries, Sodexo’s 420,000 employees serve 100 million consumers each day through On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services, and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Mends held the role of Chief Administrative Officer, Sodexo North America. In this position, she was accountable for driving critical strategic initiatives in support of the NorAm business Transformation. In this role, she helped create new Centers of Excellence specific to the sales ecosystem, such as the Marketing & Sales Distribution Center (MSDC) and a centralized Product and Marketing function. Prior to this position, she was CEO of Benefits & Rewards Services, and was instrumental in the acquisition of Inspirus in 2016, which brought Sodexo new employee engagement services and technology assets. Ms. Mends ensured a strong integration of Inspirus into Sodexo and sustained high employee engagement rates.
Ms. Mends joined Benefits and Rewards as Vice President, Sales, for the Americas Region in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before joining Sodexo, she was General Manager of the Prepaid Debit Card Division of Noventis, in Houston, Texas, where she had P&L
and general management responsibility.
Ms. Mends mentors passionately—both formally and informally. She has founded her own non-profit, Seven Sisters to Sisters, and serves on the boards of Girls Inc., the EMERGE Fellows program, Catalyst and the Greater Houston Partnership. She also sits on the Business Leadership Council at Wellesley College and the Harvard Business School African American Alumni Board. She is a corporate director for H&R Block and Limeade. Ms. Mends was recognized in BLACK ENTERPRISE'S 2019 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America feature. She holds a BA in economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ms. Mends is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.