Top Employer of Registered Dietitians Celebrates RDN Day

March 09, 2022

At every stage of life, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDNs) at Compass Group educate, guide and heal with the power of food. Today, we celebrate them. Compass Group is home to more than 2,200 RDN positions, making it one of America’s largest employers of Registered Dietitians. In each of these roles, RDNs bring an evidence-based food and nutrition perspective, ensuring Compass Group achieves its goal of supporting the health of people and planet.

RDNs make a difference in countless ways in our business and in the lives of our guests. Supporting premature babies with the nutrition they need to thrive. Inspiring a lifelong love of fruits and vegetables in elementary students. Teaching college students how to cook with flavor.  Sourcing the best snacks to fuel the workforce throughout the day. Helping seniors navigate ever-changing food and medication interactions. Developing new recipes that support a commitment to reducing our carbon impact. Ensuring we implement industry-leading food safety practices. Collaborating on research initiatives. Training our associates to serve guests with food allergies, safely. Bringing innovative technology solutions to personalizing the nutrition experience.

“Our Registered Dietitians are an integral part of our Compass Group family. They make it possible for us to care for our people, our culture and our communities through healthy eating and living,” said Aleshia McMath, Compass Group VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “Whether it’s building and celebrating cultural awareness and the connection to food, collaborating with our culinarians to develop delicious recipes, or educating us on the importance of access to healthy food.”

In 2021, Compass Group founded the RDN Diversity Equity and Inclusion Community Network. This team of cross-sector RDNs will lead efforts to drive diversity, equity and inclusion within the company, profession and industry. We are committed to:

  • Encouraging, supporting and mentoring diverse students pursuing dietetics careers 
  • Attracting and retaining diverse candidates to the Compass internship program and RDN positions
  • Expanding cultural humility across food and nutrition services 

“I’m so proud of the many Compass Group RDNs who have chosen to give back to our profession through volunteer work in their communities and servant leader roles in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” said VP of Nutrition and Wellness Deanne Brandstetter, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND. “We are a family dedicated to making change in the personal health of the patients, guests, students and clients we work with, while fostering positive changes in planetary health. We’re curious and innovative as well, embracing emerging technology, scientific discovery and always asking ourselves, ‘What’s next?’”

As the world’s largest foodservice provider, Compass Group offers a diversity of positions and career paths for RDNs.

“I am proud to work for Compass Group where the opportunities are endless. There is a place for everyone to make a lifelong difference,” said Director of Talent Acquisition Lisa Abbay, MBA, RDN, LDN, FAND. “I started my career with Compass 22 years ago as a hospital Registered Dietitian.  I’ve had many opportunities from clinical nutrition to foodservice, and now I’ve landed my dream job in talent acquisition. Never in a million years would I have guessed that I’d be leading a team of hungry, inquisitive and humble recruiters as a Director of Talent Acquisition!”

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