January 2018
Universities
Embracing Chaos: Disruption as a Catalyst for Change
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

Disruption – disaster or opportunity? The 2008 global recession was a milestone, profoundly affecting every aspect of the economy, with repercussions extending to the present. The military term “VUCA” sums up the situation: “volatile, uncertain, complicated, and ambiguous.” (more…)

Executive Commentary
Keep That Resolution: It Can Yield More Than You Think
Lorna Donatone
Lorna Donatone
CEO, Sodexo Schools Worldwide President, Sodexo North America

This past year, I did the unthinkable and followed through on a resolution. And, by following through, my CrossFit journey didn’t just help me find my abs; it also gave me a crash course in business endurance and career success.

The start was all mental obstacles. My career had forced me to ruthlessly prioritize my time. I fit in exercise, but it was more of a squeeze-in than a priority. (more…)

Universities
Creating College Experiences that Build Students’ Character while Strengthening the Community
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East, Sodexo North America

Making a significant difference requires courage, commitment and drive. It is those same principles that are inspiring the next generation of students at University of Detroit Mercy, a Catholic university founded in the Mercy and Jesuit traditions of community service and social justice. (more…)

Inclusion
The Great American Leader
Nebeyou Abebe
Nebeyou Abebe
Senior Director,
Health & Well-Being
Sodexo North America

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of America’s greatest leaders.

Dr. King’s leadership was fundamental to the United States civil rights movement’s success in ending the legal segregation of African Americans in the South and other parts of the U.S. (more…)

Health & Wellbeing
New Year, Healthier You! Make 2018 The Un-Resolution Year
Katrina Hartog
Katrina Hartog
Clinical Nutrition Manager, Lenox Hill Hospital

It may sound cliché but we all want to get off on the right foot.

We make resolutions for the New Year to be better versions of ourselves; in some fashion or another.  Many of us, however, end up feeling disappointed upon the realization of not fulfilling the resolution.  Research shows, half of adults make New Year’s resolutions.  However, fewer than 10% manage to keep them for more than a few months.  Well, I propose, how about this year, making non-resolutions or dare I say, give up on resolutions from the get-go!  I can hear you all cheering now! (more…)