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Inspirus Supports National Human Resources Association 2021 Executive of the Year Gala


Fort Worth, Texas—(October 5, 2021) — Inspirus LLC, a Sodexo Group company and leader in elevating employee experiences and optimizing organizational culture through people-focused solutions, was pleased to support the National Human Resources Association (NHRA) Los Angeles Chapter 2021 Executive of the Year Awards on September 23,2021 in Los Angeles. Patti Traglio, Director Business Development, Inspirus, Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services, nominated the winner, Amy Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Mattel. Inspirus sponsored, designed and donated the crystal awards given to the winner and all finalists.

A rigorous nomination process produced five finalists for the 2021 Executive of the Year award. All finalists underwent a 360-degree assessment, a panel interview by their peers, and a video session with their team. Each finalist represented a critical industry within the Los Angeles business community. Pictured from L to R:

Finalists NHRA of the Year Exec

Roxane Lukas, Chief People Officer at Scopely; Vina Leite, Chief People Officer of The Trade Desk; Amy Thompson, Executive VP and Chief People Officer of Mattel; Veronica Garcia, Vice President of HR & Talent Management at Skid Row Housing Trust; Christi Karandikar, Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.

Thompson took the top honor, being recognized for her outstanding work in transforming Mattel’s culture. Along with Mattel leadership team, she championed the company’s mission and values and ensured optimal collaboration across the entire organization operating in 35 countries. As Chief People Officer, Thompson oversees all global human resources functions for its 30,000+ associates and has a proven track record of being a purpose-driven leader and implementing programs to increase employee engagement and improve organizational design and accountability.

“I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that celebrates people like Amy who exude leadership excellence,” says Patti Traglio. “She is an exceptional leader that demonstrates purpose and makes an impact in every aspect of her life and work. She inspires her leaders and team to believe and achieve, despite what might appear to be impossible. She is a passionate champion of the employee experience built on inclusive values and knows Mattel thrives when every member feels respected, included and heard.”

The evening gala celebrated the winner, finalists, all human resources executives, and those in the HR community within Los Angeles. Previous winners included Dina Barmasse, Cheesecake Factory (2019); Cindy Ballard, ICM (2018), Glenn Grindstaff, L3 (2017) and Bob Turner, LA Care Health Plan (2016).

About Inspirus
Employees play a large part in defining a company’s culture: their everyday experiences create the foundational structure that drives an organization to be strong, high-performing, and ultimately successful. Inspirus helps organizations harness the full potential of their greatest resource — their people — ensuring they feel valued and connected, fostering greater loyalty, performance, productivity and success. Through our technology, integrated solutions and award-winning customer service, we elevate the employee experience and optimize organizational culture by providing a holistic approach throughout the entire employee journey.

As a vital part of the multinational Sodexo Group, our efforts are strengthened by Sodexo’s global reach, and something more: a guiding principle for positive change — improving quality of life for everyone. Inspirus aims to bring joy to work, one experience at a time.

Inspirus is part of the Sodexo Group. Visit us.sodexo.com to learn more.

About the NHRA
Established in 1951, the NHRA is focused on advancing the development and leadership of human resource professionals. Through professional programs and services offered across the country, the organization strives to support human resource professionals throughout their career life cycle - from intern to executive — as Human Resources leads the way for change in today’s businesses.

Los Angeles is a dynamic and established affiliate of the NHRA whose membership reaches across Southern California and beyond. Our programs focus on strategic business partners making a positive impact on each of their company´s bottom line. Gone are the days when HR´s primary functions were hiring, policing and paper pushing: in today´s ever-changing workplace, human resource professionals have a direct impact on business success

Read the NHRA official press release here.

Topics: National Human Resources Association (NHRA)