By Guest Blogger Nanette M. Harty, MS, RD
Change is inevitable. Whether it be your job, your location, a personal situation or something else entirely, you’ve likely dealt with change many times throughout your life. And while change often signals progress, there are times when consistency can make all of the difference.
As you may expect, many things have changed for me throughout my 23 year career with Sodexo. From variations in our company name to innovative transformations in our technology platforms, our company continues to evolve and grow as an industry leader.
With that being said, I am proud to say that our values have remained constant and that our mission of improving Quality of Life has proven to be more than just words on paper.
Just as aspects of my Sodexo career have changed and evolved, so has my personal life. Recently, our twins embarked on their college journey, and as a first-time mom, especially one with an RD / Food Service background, food is always a topic of discussion.
Twenty-three years ago, I may have never guessed that my own son’s campus dining program at Marquette University would be managed by Sodexo. He is always PROUD to tell me about all the food options and how nice the people are to “freshman who still haven’t quite figured out the whole meal plan” or how quick they are to “offer a smile and words of encouragement after a tough day.” He raves about the choices and theme nights, and on a rare weekend visit home, he remarked he was missing “Nug Night,” as we dined over a homemade meal I had spent hours preparing!
I believe that life is like a boomerang - you get what you give. It’s ironic when the company you've shared so many years with becomes responsible for caring for your own, and I get the opportunity to see first-hand what improving Quality of Life can mean - especially to a first time college mom.
This whole experience reminds me to never lose sight of our mission and makes me proud to see the difference Sodexo can - and will continue to - make in the lives of those we serve and even those we love.