SOLD OUT! GBC Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board, #bWomen event: The Business Case for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity – June 2019

  • GBC Baltimore Women's Advisory Board, #bWomen event: The Business Case for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
    June 13, 2019
    8:00 am - 9:45 am


Join the Baltimore Women’s Advisory Board for a #bWomen event: The Business Case for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity featuring Aster Angagaw, Former CEO, Sodexo Healthcare North America.

Angagaw will explain what women and organizations need to do to get more women to the C-suite. She will discuss her rise in Corporate America. Furthermore, she will share the career experiences of 20 female executives in five continents whom she has been interviewing for her forthcoming book “Unintentional Choices.”

Although these women faced very different cultural, economic and geopolitical challenges, Angagaw will explain what these highly successful women have in common. She will also address how CEOs, CHROs and other organizational leaders can create an environment in which women can thrive.

Angagaw is a seasoned global business executive with a demonstrated track record of success in senior leadership positions in operations, strategy, organizational transformation, business development and client retention. She is successful in delivering results, and developing and retaining leaders, as well as managing team and individual performance.

Most recently, she served as CEO, Sodexo Healthcare North America. She was a member of the North America Regional Leadership Committee as well as the Healthcare Global Executive Committee for Sodexo, the 19th largest employer in the world and the leader in delivering integrated facilities management, foodservice operations and recognition programs in 80 countries. With $9.3 billion in annual revenues in the U.S. and Canada, Sodexo’s 133,000 employees in North America provide more than 100 unique services that improve performance at 9,000 client sites and deliver Quality of Life services for 15 million consumers every day.

Prior to becoming a CEO, Angagaw was Senior Vice President, Global Head of Sales and Business Development for Sodexo, responsible for directing business development for the global Healthcare segment operating in 35 countries. Previously, she served as Sodexo’s Group Vice President, Global Transformation. In this role, Angagaw led the transformational design as well as coordination of the change management effort globally as the company underwent a transformation from an 80-country to a truly global operational organization.

Angagaw’s experience spans operations, strategy and business development. She served as Senior Vice President of Market Development for Sodexo’s Corporate and Leisure market segments for the U.S. In this role, she was charged with leading and implementing the overall business development strategy, as well as creating and implementing new offers. As Vice President of Operations, she received a leadership award for achieving the highest level of client and customer satisfaction and financial results.

She is an active member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and is part of its Community Impact Initiative committee and Membership committee. She is also served as a member of Sodexo’s African American Leadership Forum as well as the company’s Women’s Network Group.

Angagaw is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She earned an Executive MBA from Temple University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University.

If you go:

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019; 8-8:30 a.m. Registration and networking; 8:30-9:45 a.m. Program

Where: Ballard Spahr, 300 East Lombard Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

For event information, contact Lisa Byrd, GBC’s Director of Events and Business Development, at 410-727-2820.



300 East Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202