What is the quality of life conference?

Improving quality of life is Sodexo’s business and core mission. We provide services in daycare centers, schools, hospitals, senior living communities, companies, stadiums and military facilities worldwide.

At Sodexo, we are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the well-being of people. We consider quality of life to be a key and yet largely unexplored aspect of individual and collective performance. Based on this conviction, in 2015, we organized the first Quality of Life Conference in New York City. With our second conference, in 2017, we will continue to move the needle toward more inclusive growth and a stronger social fabric.

This conference will be an opportunity to explore new solutions for tomorrow’s needs. We will look at measurable and realistic ways to make progress – drawing on the collective experience of thinkers, influencers and consumers from across the globe.

The Quality of Life 2015 Conference

Pepper Robot

In addition, the Conference will offer a unique opportunity to address the quality of life challenges of tomorrow during the Discovery session.

This exhibition space will allow our guests to experience quality of life solutions for every stage of life. From robot waiters to virtual reality demonstrations and much more, participants will be able to discover hands-on, interactive and immersive experiences. In line with its commitment to improve quality of life for all, Sodexo will showcase some of its latest innovations as well as those developed by game-changing startups from around the world.

2017 PROGRAM

Day 1 - Oct 16, 2017
EMBRACING TOMORROW'S NEEDS

We will delve into the future of quality of life through the eyes of different consumer groups: Corporate Employees, Patients, Workers in Atypical Environments, Seniors, Students and Citizens, in plenary sessions and breakout sessions.

Day 2 - Oct 17, 2017
EXPLORING NEW SOLUTIONS

We will focus on new solutions for quality of life challenges through interactive Discovery experiences, a special Trailblazer Challenge session featuring seasoned leaders and rising changemakers, as well as immersive and experiential moments and startup pitches.

SPEAKERS IN 2017

The 2017 conference will be an opportunity to explore new solutions for tomorrow’s needs. We will look at measurable and realistic ways to make progress – drawing on the collective experience of thinkers, influencers and consumers from across the globe. Among the speakers are:

See biography →Dr. Vincent Attalin

Dr. Vincent Attalin

Aviitam

MD, Co-Founder and Chairman

See biography →Dr. Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH

Dr. Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH

Sanofi

MD, MPH, Chief Patient Officer

See biography →Sophie Bellon

Sophie Bellon

Sodexo

Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

See biography →Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom

Oxford University

Philosopher, Professor at Oxford University and Founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute

See biography →Eric Brun-Sanglard

Eric Brun-Sanglard

The Blind Designer, Inc.

Interior Designer, Motivational Speaker and Author

See biography →Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health

See biography →Fabian Dattner

Fabian Dattner

Homeward Bound and Dattner Grant

Leadership Activist, Aauthor, Speaker, Co-Founder, Founding Partner

See biography →Philippine Dolbeau

Philippine Dolbeau

New School

Founder

See biography →Jon Duschinsky

Jon Duschinsky

The Conversation Farm and AgriProtein

CEO, Communicator, Social Innovator and Entrepreneur

See biography →Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Actress, Writer, Political Activist

See biography →John Frehse

John Frehse

Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Senior Managing Director, Author and Advisor

See biography →Frances X. Frei

Frances X. Frei

Uber

Senior Vice President of Leadership and Strategy

See biography →David Gram

David Gram

The Lego Group’s Future Lab

Innovation Thought Leader, former Senior Innovation Director

See biography →Angel Gurría

Angel Gurría

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Secretary-General

See biography →Cheryl Hughey

Cheryl Hughey

Southwest Airlines

Managing Director Culture

See biography →Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Google

Director of Engineering, Author, Inventor, Thinker and Futurist

See biography →Michel Landel

Michel Landel

Sodexo

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee.

See biography →Laurence Lien

Laurence Lien

The Lien Foundation

Chairman

See biography →Abhishek Lodha

Abhishek Lodha

Lodha Group

Managing Director, recipient of the the President's Award and the Henry Ford II Scholar Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

See biography →Wendy Luhabe

Wendy Luhabe

Economic Empowerment of Women

Pioneer, Leader and Entrepreneur

See biography →Captain Eric Malbrunot

Captain Eric Malbrunot

Marine Nationale

Surface Warfare Officer

See biography →Mia Mends

Mia Mends

Sodexo

CEO of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services/Inspirus in North America.

See biography →Lea Moukanas

Lea Moukanas

Aïda

Writer, President.

See biography →Renaud Prouveur

Renaud Prouveur

Spallian

CEO

See biography →Fredrik Reinfeldt

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Economist and Prime Minister of Sweden 2006-2014.

See biography →Juliana Rotich

Juliana Rotich

BRCK Inc. and Africa Technology Ventures

Technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur and keynote speaker.

See biography →Sanjit “Bunker” Roy

Sanjit “Bunker” Roy

The Barefoot College

Founder and Director, Environmentalist, Speaker.

See biography →Pedro Tarak

Pedro Tarak

Emprendia and Sistema B

Co-Founder, investor and strategic adviser.

See biography →Takaharu Tezuka

Takaharu Tezuka

Tezuka Architects

Architect, President of Tezuka Architects, Professor of Tokyo City University.

See biography →Takunda Ushe

Takunda Ushe

Circle of Influence Projects Society

Co-founder and Director.

See biography →Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

Educator, Journalist, Author, IT & OER Consultant.

See biography →Amalia Zepou

Amalia Zepou

Municipality of Athens

Vice Mayor for Civil Society and Innovation