Gerri Mason Hall
Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Social Responsibility Officer, Sodexo
Gerri Mason Hall , Chief Diversity, Inclusion & Social Responsibility Officer 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. For the last 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. She 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. With €20.2 billion ($22.2 billion) in annual revenue and 460,000 employees, Sodexo is the 19th largest employer in the world.
Prior to Sodexo, Gerri spent eight years at Amtrak, the US national passenger railroad. She was instrumental in settling a class action lawsuit and as chief diversity officer she dramatically increased the representation of African Americans in leadership roles.
Augmenting her commitment to Inclusion and advancing the underserved, Gerri is a member of the UNCF Board and sits on its Audit Committee. She is actively engaged in the mission to ensure all Americans have equal access to a college education that prepares them for rich intellectual lives and competitive careers. Gerri is a long-standing member of the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation and has been Chair of the Board for two years. In her first year, she led a refresh of the Strategic Plan and surpassed the fundraising goals.
Gerri is a sought – after speaker and expert in the areas of Inclusion & Equity, Human Resources and Corporate Responsibility. A graduate of Vassar College and the George Washington University National Law Center, Gerri held several appointments in both the federal and District of Columbia governments. Early in her career she was a staff attorney at the US Department of Labor and subsequently held leadership positions at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Commission on Civil Rights. Gerri is a native of Washington, DC and actively involved in her community,. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and the Links, Inc.