Your Future... So Sodexo

Read stories about real Sodexo people who help make a difference in the lives of people like you.

Colleen Stauffer

Multi-Service Operations Manager
Hospital Sisters Health System, IL and WI

 

What led you to your current position at Sodexo?
As an RD in a management role, I was drawn to Sodexo because of the plethora of resources and opportunities offered to employees to enable them to excel in their career. Once I joined Sodexo in 2011 as a Clinical Nutrition Manager/Patient Service Manager, it became clear how I could choose my own adventure. In only three years, I have been exposed to clinical management, patient services and operations — allowing me to take on general management duties such as unit financials.

In 2013, I saw a posting for a unit leadership position that I was hesitant to apply for. My mentor, an Environmental Services General Manager with Sodexo, encouraged me to go for it, saying “Do not ever disqualify yourself.” I now oversee clinical operations at Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS), a multi-institutional healthcare system comprising thirteen hospitals across Illinois and Wisconsin, as the Multi-Service Operations Manager. I firmly believe that when working for Sodexo the only person that can stand in the way of advancing your career is yourself. 

What is the best part of your role at Sodexo?
What I enjoy most about working for Sodexo is that I’ve been offered so much opportunity to grow and expand my skill set through continuous training and networking with great Sodexo managers. Sodexo has challenged me on many occasions to step out of my comfort zone, which I am grateful for.

I am proud to work for a company that inspires me to grow and allows me to inspire others with my passion to best serve our patients, customers and clients.

Jackie Sharp

Wellness Director SodexoMAGIC
Walt Disney World & Disneyland

 

What inspired you to go into a career in nutrition?
I’ve been interested in dietetics since childhood. For that, I give full credit to my mother, Caron Sharp, RD, LD. She has been a Registered Dietitian for 34 years and has worked in almost all areas of dietetics. I remember how excited I was to have my mother come to my 3rd grade class and talk about health foods. My mom always partnered with me to create my own school lunches, allowing me to learn how to put together well-balanced meals at a very young age!

Tell us about your role.
I am frequently asked, “How did you land such an awesome job?” when I share that I’m the Wellness Director for SodexoMAGIC at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. This role is something new for both Sodexo and Disney. My position is the “nutrition component” for Disney’s entire wellness program.

What types of projects have you worked on?
SodexoMAGIC recently launched the Sodexo Mindful program at Disneyland, so one of my first projects was to work with our culinary team to customize menus to provide a variety of culturally diverse foods in a “mindful” way. This included training employees and holding launch events at each café. We are in the process of doing our Disney World launch now!

What is a typical day like for you?
There really is no “typical day” for me! I work closely with Disney’s wellness team to create a unified wellness message that is communicated to the Cast Members. I have regular conference calls with wellness, marketing and communications for both Disney and Sodexo to ensure our collaboration maintains the integrity of each of our brands. Keeping “healthy eating” exciting, fun and positive is a daily activity that will always be number one on my “to-do” list.

How does your role improve Quality of Life?
The SodexoMAGIC team at Disney is here to support the Disney Cast Members, to make every day a better day, and to help all Cast Members achieve their best so that they can create those “dreams come true” moments for all Disney Park & Resort guests.

Sara Carrion

Clinical Nutrition Manager II
Columbia Bay Area Medical Center, Corpus Christi, TX

 

What led you to your current position at Sodexo?
Although I was not actively seeking a career change, I made it a point to stay in contact with Bina, a Sodexo Clinical recruiter I met at a networking event in 2011, over LinkedIn and email. When I reached a plateau at my former job, I leveraged those close in my network to help me discover my new calling. When I found an opportunity in the Sodexo career center, I contacted Bina to express my interest. Meeting Bina at FNCE was definitely a pivotal moment in networking because it helped me find a wonderful career with Sodexo!

What would be one thing that may come as a surprise to someone pursuing a Dietitian career at Sodexo?
Dietitians may be surprised at the wealth of benefits Sodexo provides to their RDs. From support for Continuing Education Units, reimbursement of Academy dues, licensure, CDR registration fees and training opportunities, Sodexo truly supports their dietitians!

What is the best part of your role at Sodexo?
The best part involves working with such a diverse team. In my time as a Clinical Nutrition Manger, I’ve had the opportunity to meet other Sodexo CNMs and RDs, present to medical residents, and serve as a member of interdisciplinary teams.

What is the most challenging part of your role?
As a new CNM, the most challenging part of my role involved trying not to tackle too much at once. Attempting to learn Sodexo HealthTouch programming and the At Your Request menu system will not happen overnight. In training, I found there was so much terminology I was unfamiliar with, I took copious notes in order to best understand the information!

What attributes make for a great Clinical Nutrition Manager at Sodexo?
Having clinical experience, a motivating and professional attitude, and management skills are the attributes that can make one successful in my role.

Jillian Butt

Clinical Nutrition Manager II
Trident Medical Center, Charleston, SC

 

What led you to your current position at Sodexo?
I knew I wanted to be an inpatient Clinical Dietitian after I finished my dietetic internship at the Medical University of South Carolina, but I had not given much thought to whom I wanted my employer to be. Until I learned about Sodexo!

What is the best part of working for Sodexo?

  • Sodexo supports professional networking and involvement. I was encouraged to maintain membership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Sodexo reimburses their annual dues. This allows me to stay up-to-date on evidence-based practices and network within my profession. 
  • Sodexo helps me maintain my RD credential. I receive several opportunities throughout the year to get free continuing education credits through Sodexo and am even reimbursed for some of the CEU events I attend outside the company. 
  • Sodexo supports career growth and development. One of the annual requirements of a Sodexo Dietitian is to create a development plan, which allows me to reflect on where I want to go in my career and helps create a roadmap for how to get there through Sodexo Learning and Performance opportunities.
  • Sodexo provides rewards and recognition. During my time as an inpatient Dietitian, I received recognition for going above and beyond for a patient with a CARES award. I was also recognized for my accomplishments as a new manager within my area. These moments of praise make me feel appreciated within the company.
Nina Crowley

Bariatric Surgery Clinical Dietitian
Charleston, SC

 

What led you to your current position at Sodexo?
I am thankful for the ability I’ve had to move around seamlessly within Sodexo! I knew I wanted to work in Charleston, South Carolina, but was not sold on exactly what type of dietitian I wanted to be. I began with a clinical inpatient position but eventually settled in my niche with an outpatient bariatric surgery program. I enjoyed the flexibility that Sodexo has provided me to continue to find myself while working within one company.

What is your typical day like?
After checking emails/phone messages, I head to the outpatient clinic three days a week to see patients, which can be up to 15-20 on a busy day! I counsel them on pre-operative changes before gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy, post-op diet progression from purees to solid foods, and long-term behavior change to stay on track. I monitor patient lab work for micronutrients and help design the right supplement routine.

I also teach three nutrition classes a month and spend about five hours each week addressing micronutrient deficiencies. I work on special projects like the “Bariatric Bootcamp” class, research projects with our behavioral medicine psychologists, writing up research for publications, presenting on bariatric nutrition topics, and working within the MUSC community to educate the staff on all things bariatric nutrition! I love being the go-to nutrition expert for bariatrics and really enjoy being a critical part of the new lifestyle that our patients adopt to get healthier!

What is the best part of working for Sodexo?
After finding my place within dietetics, I realized I wanted to return to school to pursue a PhD, but was unwilling to quit my job and attend full-time. Even during difficult financial and economic times, Sodexo has been financially supportive of RDs attaining graduate degrees with the Tuition Assistance program. Not only is the assistance a great financial benefit, it also supports the message that professional development is a core value!

Some RDs choose not to be involved in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, because their employers do not reimburse their annual dues. As food and nutrition professionals, it’s critical that we learn about advancements in our profession by becoming active members in this organization. Financial support to belong to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, state and local chapters, and a dietetic practice group conveys a commitment to professional success! I am proud to say that Sodexo supports research and outcomes studies, and rewards RDs who present research at regional and national meetings with financial assistance and time away from the office. These are enormous incentives for me that enrich and diversify my professional experience.

What does it take to be successful in your area at Sodexo?
I believe that job satisfaction comes from having autonomy, mastery and purpose in your position. Armed with flexibility, tuition support, professional membership and a specialty area well-suited to my skill set, I have found a rewarding position that I can excel in. I have found that working with bariatric surgery clients requires a special type of dietitian, one who is easy to talk with and non-judgmental and who makes patients feel comfortable in discussing their eating issues.

What motivates you?
I am motivated by an internal desire to excel at whatever I do. I want to help my patients achieve success so I will do whatever it takes to reach them and promote health behavior change. I also feel passionate about professional development within the dietetics community, so I work hard as a volunteer with my local, state and national chapters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to support other dietitians. I am also an advocate for nutrition policy and am going to be the South Carolina Public Policy Coordinator for the next 3 years with hopes of pushing nutrition policy forward!

What are your hobbies or interests outside of work?
For the past 5 years, I have been working on my PhD and now that I have it, I will have to get back to reading for fun! I am also a new mommy, and my new hobby is taking care of my 3-month-old daughter, Andie! I also keep an active social life with the friends and other dietitians here in Charleston. Taking walks with our little family and relaxing and enjoying the Charleston food scene, including our Saturday Farmers Market, are my favorite pastimes!

Jennifer Tomesko

Clinical Nutrition Manager
Newark, NJ

 

What is your typical day like?
I manage a clinical staff that is always trying to be on the cutting edge in order to improve our clinical skills and the overall view of dietitians here. I try to mentor my team to become the best they can be. I also work closely with the physicians and staff as a team, always trying to help improve patient care. This includes ensuring menu requirements are met for each and every patient. Hospitality is a part of my job, too – my bedside manner is as important as the physician’s. I have to make sure the patients know that I care about their well-being so they trust me.

What is the best part of working for Sodexo?
I appreciate the networking opportunities. There are no dead-end jobs here. There will always be opportunities for me to grow and this makes me feel stable. To support this, Sodexo offers a lot of training programs for personal and professional growth. I was hired as a Clinical Dietitian and then moved on to become a District Leadership Support Dietitian, and now I am a Clinical Nutrition Manager.

Have you been able to make a difference?
Yes, I can definitely say I make a difference every day. I try to make sure my patients know that I am here for their well-being and their care is important to me. I don’t just look at the clinical side of the job, I also look at patient satisfaction. My patients remember me – and that makes me feel like I have done my job well.

Wayne Strauss

System Clinical Nutrition Manager
Lima, OH

 

Cultivating and maintaining good relationships is integral to Sodexo’s ability to Make Everyday a Better Day for its clients. For Wayne Strauss, Area Support Manager - Nutrition and Patient Services for Sodexo’s Health Care Division, a major part of his role is relationship based. Wayne provides clinical and patient services resources to 70 accounts in 11 states to ensure company standards and patient needs are met. Listen as he shares how building and maintaining relationships has aided in the success of his career and others he supports.

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