WFF recognizes Lisa Schairer as 2014 Sewell Scholarship recipient

Schairer is the vice president of food and nutrition services and environmental services for Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin.

DALLAS—Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF), the premier leadership development organization in the foodservice sector, and Sysco, sponsor of the 2014 Sewell Scholarship, have recognized Lisa Schairer as this year's recipient. Schairer is vice president of food and nutrition services and environmental services for Aurora Health Care.

"This is a tremendous honor for Lisa and presents a wonderful opportunity for her to further develop leadership skills that have already made an impact within Aurora Health Care," said Amy Rislov, senior vice president, human resources at Aurora Health Care. "Lisa is very passionate about her job and is committed to enhancing the patient experience throughout the Aurora system, which includes directing a high quality and innovative food service. "

Sponsored by Sysco, the Sewell Scholarship award is named in honor of Phyllis Shapiro Sewell, a former Sysco board member and champion of women's rights in the workplace. As a supporter of high-level leadership development programs, Sysco annually provides funds to an emerging female executive to attend the WFF Executive Leadership Program in partnership with Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

More From FoodService Director

Ideas and Innovation
trail mix

We’ve added fueling stations in our units for our workers who didn’t have time to eat or just need a snack. We have areas set up with trail mix, crackers, cookies and water. It helps us avoid people feeling or getting ill, especially when we get closer to exam periods and student workers are studying and not taking the time to eat.

Ideas and Innovation
reusable coffee cup thermos

We were inspired by a book titled “Influence” to start a sustainable cup program called My Cup. All 15,000 new students receive a reusable cup with their name on it, which they can use at the dining halls. Personalizing helps them invest in the program and actually use it.

Menu Development
quinoa bowl

In a time of growing health consciousness, it might not be enough anymore for food to be merely filling. According to Technomic’s 2016 Healthy Eating Consumer Trend Report , diners are looking for food with a function, such as those with high protein content, immunity-boosting properties, antioxidants, probiotics and more. The data suggests 63% of consumers see these foods as healthier than those without any specific nutritional function—and would be more likely to buy them.

But are those stated preferences translating on an operational level? There, the answer is less clear. Baby...

Ideas and Innovation
phone bed call sick

We make people call and directly talk to their boss or supervisor if they are reporting an absence for a shift. While it is more cumbersome, it is a conscious decision. We have adapted and implemented electronic methods to obtain efficiencies in just about every other functional area, except for electronic absence reporting systems. The direct supervisor can put more pressure on an employee to show up—especially those with some form of the “Super Bowl plague”—than any electronic system can.

FSD Resources