FORT WORTH, Texas — (November 3, 2016) Mia Mends, CEO of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, USA and Inspirus, has been named to the Class of 2016 for the Texas Executive Women (TEW) Women on the Move award. Mends is among only 10 who will receive the award, which recognizes exceptional Houston women who exemplify the core values of TEW through their professional and civic achievements.
The recipients will be honored on November 15 at the Bayou City Event Center in Houston during a luncheon, which serves as the primary source of funding for TEW’s scholarship fund and mentoring programs.
More than 2,500 girls have benefited from TEW’s programs, with many graduates returning to mentor others. Some $300,000 in scholarships have been awarded, and more than half of the program’s participants are first-time college graduates in their families.
“Being named one of this year’s Women on the Move award recipients is more than a personal honor for me,” said Mends. “Not only do I share the mission of Texas Executive Women, but I’m also proud to represent a company that values diversity and inclusion, supports community involvement and fosters education through our culture and workforce. That makes the award all the more meaningful.”
Inspirus, a Sodexo group company, has been named to numerous “best workplace” lists, including the 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back. Most recently, the Fort Worth-based employee engagement company made its debut on the Great Place to Work list of 100 Best Medium Workplaces in the United States, published in partnership with Fortune.
Mends’ personal mission to elevate girls and women inspired her to co-found Seven Sisters to Sisters, a nonprofit organization that creates opportunities for high-achieving minority girls to attend the Seven Sister women’s colleges. She also mentors through the EMERGE scholars program, which prepares high school students for Ivy League schools.
For more information regarding Texas Executive Women or the Women on the Move luncheon, visit https://texasexecutivewomen.org.
Employee engagement is a company’s most powerful lever for driving business, creating a best place to work, and contributing to a better world. That’s what Inspirus does every day as part of Sodexo’s Quality of Life Services offerings. Sodexo is one of the world’s largest companies, touching the lives of 75 million consumers in 80 countries every day. Inspirus is a market leader in the recognition category, with an employee engagement platform that combines recognition with global rewards, well-being, learning, safety and engagement measurement. Inspirus helps market-leading companies across the globe motivate their employees through one point of interaction for everyone — employees, managers and administrators — continuing a decades-long mission to bring joy to work, one experience at a time. Visit us at www.inspirus.com.
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