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.

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