K12 Schools, Sodexo North America
To keep overall operational costs in check some schools find themselves in scenarios where maintenance and operations (M&O), system upgrades, and/or repairs are purposely deferred to a future budget cycle or postponed until funding becomes available (known as Deferred Maintenance). Deferred maintenance may seem like a reasonable short-term fix. But, the fact is this is a growing issue with long-term adverse impacts. (more…)
When I was younger I can’t say I had a thought out career strategy. I arrived in the U.S. at 17, as an immigrant from Mumbai with a total of two bags. My strategy was to put one foot in front of the other. (more…)
A comprehensive facilities management (FM) strategy can support the objectives of independent schools, yielding real results. A solid strategy starts with mapping the operational capabilities and infrastructure needs of the school to plan both preventative maintenance and strategic improvements. (more…)
Back when I first witnessed caregiving, growing up with a father who worked with seniors, it never occurred to me that the field could be cutting-edge. In fact, I thought of it as closer to an ageless art. (more…)
Food insecurity on campus often goes unmentioned. Many assume that college students’ needs are entirely met through parental support and financial assistance programs. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. (more…)
Emergency drills featuring dire scenarios are standard operating procedure for schools, universities and colleges, corporations, and communities. After working through the solutions, we pat ourselves on the back and assume that we’re ready should anything disastrous happen. Then it does, and we find out if we were right. (more…)
As we celebrate Earth Day this year, I feel proud that Asbury Communities can point to our contribution in helping preserve the planet’s resources.
Much of that is thanks to our partnership with Sodexo, which like us, honors stewardship of our resources not only as a business practice but as a value. (more…)
Every year, about 13% of the nation’s over 3.4 million teachers transfer to different schools or leave the profession altogether, according to the Alliance for Excellence in Education in collaboration with the New Teacher Center. It’s estimated that over 1 million teachers move in and out of schools annually, with 40-50% of teachers quitting within five years. (more…)
Take a look around any city these days and you might notice that among the young people there are a fair number of people who look old enough to be their parents. That’s because they are. Baby Boomers are embracing city life. (more…)
The latest chapter in Sodexo’s President to President series, “From Academic Preparation, through Skills Development, to the Knowledge Continuum” by Vistasp M. Karbhari, Ph.D., President, The University of Texas at Arlington, presents a somewhat sobering picture. It outlines the dichotomy between the U.S. academic model and the needs of American businesses, a clear threat to our future economic well-being. (more…)
When was the last time you drove from point A to point B and had no memory of how you actually arrived at your destination?
We can use our turn signals, occasionally check our mirrors and obey the speed limit—but how often do we go through those steps mindlessly? We do it all the time, don’t we? (more…)
I have a daughter and not once during her young life have I thought she deserves less because of her gender. Not at home, in the classroom or on the playing field. The idea seems ludicrous. (more…)
What’s the worst thing that can happen? It’s a question I ask myself and my team to think about every day when it comes to their safety. The answer? Anything. We can’t take for granted the importance of being conscious of our surroundings and activities. Whether we are living on offshore drilling rigs supporting our onshore team or living on construction camps supporting our engineering clients, safety has to live in the forefront of our daily activities. Our lives and health depend on it. (more…)
As we close out this year’s recognition of Black History Month, I am thinking about my daughter and son. They both appreciate diversity and inclusion and are opened minded, and full of life. But I also fear, given the atmosphere in this country today, they may become jaded and discouraged. (more…)
Higher education is the new healthcare—parents, students, politicians and the media question whether the cost justifies the results. As President J. Bradley Creed of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC, notes in “Creating Pathways to Opportunity and Service,” the latest chapter in Sodexo’s President to President series, most people agree on the need for higher education following high school, but confidence that a college degree can advance one’s career and lead to a better life is eroding. (more…)
For many, a university or college education is simply a pathway to an exciting career. But in the case of first-generation students, it represents so much more: hope, progress and most of all, courage. (more…)
We should have seen it coming, we really should. Popular culture has long been full of robots, from movies like Alien and The Terminator to the Transformers our children played with. We accepted their presence as the industry emerged, but few foresaw the full societal ramifications. Now their presence is a daily reality and a growing influence on how we live, work, and learn. (more…)
I graduated from graduate school in 1982. I thought the key to my future was about keeping my head down and working hard.
It was. But, in retrospect, it was about much more, too. (more…)
I consider myself a pretty good mentor. I like to work with people coming up in the field – in my case that would be the culinary arts.
So when the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation asked me to be part of a CEO panel to discuss career trajectories at the recent Armed Forces Culinary Forum, I was excited. (more…)
Sodexo North America
We were about three-fourths of the way up the mountain and my friend’s breath grew rocky in the thinning air. He needed a break. He might need to turn back. The guide told the rest of our group to continue onward and he’d wait with my friend. (more…)
With the current government shutdown, certain food benefits and nutrition programs are impacted by reduced or terminated new federal funding. SNAP recipients are receiving full February benefits on or before January 20 automatically through electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is no longer receiving new federal funds during the current government shutdown. (more…)
In what feels like a lifetime ago, I was in my first year at Harvard Business School. I learned a tremendous amount that year – including one lesson that was more consequential than I thought possible. (more…)
Most new jobs come with a significant learning curve. There are new colleagues to meet, new systems to learn, new protocols to lead. But sometimes, the biggest learning curves are more personal – figuring out which life experiences can shed light on the challenges ahead. (more…)
In many communities, colleges and universities walk a fine line between “town and gown.” While cities are proud to be home to educational institutions, the difference in demographics between those on and off campus are often considerable. Conflicts can arise based on differences in socioeconomic status, educational opportunity, race and ethnicity, political viewpoints and immigration status, particularly in cities. (more…)
I feel like I just returned from the future. It was actually a trip to visit clients, teams and partners in Asia, but there were elements of campus life at primary and secondary schools that, I think, are harbingers of things to come worldwide.
This is good news, because at the forefront was sustainability. (more…)