Jodi Davidson possesses a vast knowledge and understanding of the critical function Diversity & Inclusion play in today’s increasingly competitive business environment. With twenty years of experience at Sodexo, Davidson has a proven track record in leading their comprehensive portfolio of D&I talent development and engagement programming to include learning, mentoring and sponsorship. She partners globally to offer a comprehensive cultural competence curriculum and to advance the organization’s work/life – flexibility culture to attract, engage and retain diverse top talent.
Davidson’s personal mission is to help people realize their potential and thrive. She chairs Sodexo USA’s Inclusion Council whose role is to embed D&I more deeply in the organization, and was instrumental in the formation of Sodexo’s Employee Business Resources Groups. This past year, Davidson spearheaded an award winning initiative, providing employees with resources and training to foster a sense of safety and belonging in light of current events.
Davidson holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development and is a certified leadership coach through Georgetown University. Her contributions in the field and thought leadership have been recognized by numerous organizations including DiversityInc and Catalyst.
About Sodexo: Sodexo is the worldwide leader in Quality of Life services with over 50 years of unique expertise, backed by nearly 425,000 employees in 80 countries across the globe. In combining the diverse talents of our teams, Sodexo develops, manages and delivers a unique array of On-site Services, Benefits & Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services for over 75 million customers daily, reinforcing the well- being of individuals and improving their effectiveness while helping companies and organizations improve performance. Sodexo has redefined how to best serve our clients’ complex needs across the industries we serve:Corporate, Education, Government, Healthcare, Senior Living, Sports and Leisure and Energy & Resources.
Long & Foster
Long & Foster
Lydia Martinez joined Long & Foster with more than 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of human resources strategic management, talent development and employee relations. With a diverse career history of building strategic partnerships, both internal and external to an organization, as well as building relationships with staff at all levels, Martinez brings the human capital leadership necessary to lead Long & Foster’s teams to the next level of excellence.
Prior to joining Long & Foster, Martinez led the George Washington University equal employment opportunity efforts after a successful career as vice president at Thompson Hospitality, the ninth largest minority-owned company in the United States. She also served as executive director of Institutional Equity and Labor Relations at the Community College of Baltimore County.
Martinez has had multiple speaking engagements with national organizations, including speaking about the value of diversity with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and discussing wrongful discrimination with the National Association of College and University Attorneys. She is committed to transforming the human resources function to further strengthen the company’s ability to support and guide its business partners and support consistent and fair labor practices across the organization. Her strategic leadership style and commitment to measurable success, as well as her in-depth experience in many areas of employee relations, further solidifies Long & Foster’s efforts toward becoming an employer of choice.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Martinez earned her undergraduate bachelor’s and double master’s degrees from the Inter-American University and University of Puerto Rico, respectively. She also holds a juris doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 2002.
Childress Firm PLLC
Childress Firm PLLC
Ms. Childress is the managing attorney and founder of the Childress Firm PLLC, an employment law firm based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Childress holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Childress graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2007. After law school, Ms. Childress served as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Ms. Childress has served as an associate at two global law firms and as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice.
Ms. Childress represents clients in all aspects of employment law. Ms. Childress has litigated retaliation, discrimination, sexual harassment, non-competition, trade secret, unfair labor practice, and whistleblower cases before various tribunals. She serves clients in general business transactions with employees and independent contractors. Ms. Childress drafts agreements such as employment agreements, consulting agreements, termination agreements, and confidentiality agreements. She also routinely reviews employment handbooks and employee policies for compliance with federal, state, and local law.
While in law school, Ms. Childress was an editorial board member for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. She was also an executive board member of the Student Bar Association. Additionally, while in law school, she served as a legal intern in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. She is an alumnus of the National Trial Advocacy College.
Ms. Childress is admitted to practice in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Ms. Childress has held leadership roles in the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and the Washington Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She has been the recipient of several honors, including the National Bar Association’s 2018 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, the Washington Bar Association’s 2017-2018 Young Lawyer of the Year Award, the National Bar Association’s 40 under 40 Best Advocates Award, the Kim Keenan Leadership & Advocacy Award, the Greater Washington Area Chapter of the National Bar Association’s Rising Star Award, and recognition by the National Black Lawyers as one of the top 100 black attorneys. Ms. Childress has been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Essence, the Huffington Post, Success, and Entrepreneur.
Ms. Smith leads HR for Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI), a leading investor in climate change solutions. At Hannon Armstrong, she focuses on advancing culture, strategy and organizational development. Previously, Ms. Smith was chief human resources officer for publicly-traded American Capital and its affiliates. For eight years prior, she was senior vice president of human resources and corporate marketing for CapitalSource. Additionally, Ms. Smith led human resources at subsidiaries of Constellation Energy and Sylvan Learning Systems and worked in various positions domestically and overseas for Citicorp earlier in her career. She is currently serving her second term on the board of directors of The Y in Central Maryland and is a member of the Senior HR Executive Forum. Ms. Smith is recognized as a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) by the HR Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Organizational Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Smith is a public speaker and has been featured in or contributed to publications such as Smart CEO Magazine, Employee Benefits News, The Washington Post, and Washington Business Journal. She was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record in 2019 for her professional achievement, community leadership, and mentoring.