April 2019
Executive Commentary
Prepare for the Unimaginable Before it Happens
Barry Telford
Barry Telford
CEO, Universities West, Sodexo North America President, Sodexo Canada

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…)

Sustainability
Energy Management for Earth Day Year-Round
Doug Leidig
Doug Leidig
President & CEO of Asbury Communities, Inc.

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…)

Schools
Wrap-around Services Help Keep Teachers at Schools
Wendy Surak
Wendy Surak
Sr. Director of Business Development Sodexo School Services

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…)

Universities
It Will Take a Village: Evolving the Academic Model to Ensure Economic Performance
Jim Jenkins
Jim Jenkins
CEO, Universities East, Sodexo North America

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…)

Executive Commentary
Workplace Safety Requires More Than Behavior-Based Practices
Brigette Philpot
Brigette Philpot
Vice President, Environment, Health & Safety, North Am Ops, Sodexo

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…)