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The WCWI Leaderboard: 2019 Champion


Sherri Samuels-Fuerst (Manufacturing, Sheboygan)

Current Organization: Sargento Foods Inc.
Job Title:  Vice President – Total Rewards
Industry: Food Manufacturing
Years in the Field:  25+
Organization size: 2,300
"Always lead with your heart, work hard, play hard, laugh often, recognize the positive contributions of others and be grateful for everything you have…especially your health."
What does this nomination and selection mean to you? 
I am very honored to be recognized as a WIWC Leaderboard Champion.  Helping individuals live long healthy lives is my passion.  However, it takes a team of dedicated individuals to truly make a difference.  I’m fortunate to be able to work with the healthcare professionals at our on-site Health & Wellness Center, the amazing Wellness Committee at Sargento Foods and the local Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 coalition, allowing us the opportunity to make a positive difference in so many lives.
What is one long term goal you have for your organization’s employee wellbeing strategy, or those of the employers you serve?
Maximizing the percentage of individuals that are considered “Low Risk,” or as we like to say “Keeping the healthy, healthy” is one of our four Healthy Sargento 2020 goals.  Our objective is to have a minimum of 75% of our employees and their spouses to be considered low-risk as measured by the annual Health Risk Assessment and biometric screenings.  The ultimate goal is to assist employees and their families in achieving a long-healthy life through their retirement years.
What is your vision for the future of employee wellbeing?
Employee wellbeing is at the foundation of a positive organizational culture.  Companies that embrace and promote holistic employee wellbeing - focusing not only on physical health, but also on emotional, social, intellectual, financial and spiritual wellbeing - will have the competitive advantage to achieve a healthy organization.   In doing so, these organizations will be able to attract and retain the top talent necessary to help their company succeed, creating a win-win for all involved.
How does your work contribute to transforming Wisconsin’s workforce?
Working with the Sargento Wellness Committee, our on-site Health & Wellness Center and the Healthy Sheboygan County 2020 coalition, we educate, motivate and support individuals in maximizing their health and wellbeing, regardless of where they are on their personal journey.  In my position, I am also fortunate to have the opportunity to share our company’s experience through public speaking to assist employers with their organizational wellbeing efforts.
If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would the slogan be? 
Always lead with your heart, work hard, play hard, laugh often, recognize the positive contributions of others and be grateful for everything you have… especially your health.  (And, yes, indulge in a little dark chocolate each day!)


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