Emerging Leaders Network alumni joined forces with Certified Food Scientists in a joint IFT18 celebration that marked five years for both programs. The event drew more than 200 food science professionals, and IFT President Cindy Stewart, CFS, was on hand to give a toast to both programs and congratulate them on the successes over the past five years. “As stated in our IFT Promises, we are committed to helping with the advancement and development of careers in the science of food around the world while also elevating the profession,” said Stewart. “Both programs play a critical role in helping to accomplishing this. They are important milestones for the food science profession because ELN bridges the gap between the participant’s academic experience and their on-the-job training, and CFS establishes the core professional competencies of a food scientist.”
International Food Science Certification Commission Chair Norma Dawkins and ELN Jury Chair Bryson Bolton were also on hand to give remarks about the CFS and Emerging Leaders Network (ELN), respectively. The ELN is a highly selective global leadership program established for new professionals in the science of food who are eager to expand their leadership skills. The program is designed to bridge the gap between the participant’s academic experience and their on-the-job training. The 2018 ELN Program included 47 participants from seven countries. Participants were organized into groups based on industry segment and were led by eight peer mentors around topics including career strategy, leading people, collaboration, change management, and emotional intelligence.
In addition to its five year anniversary, the CFS program formally celebrated the 2,000th food science professional certified milestone during the reception. Now in its fifth year, the CFS credential is still the only global food science certification—there are credential holders from 55 countries around the world. Additionally, all food and beverage consumer goods companies currently listed in the Fortune 500 have Certified Food Scientists on staff. Those interested in learning more about how the program can benefit their organizations and careers are encouraged to visit www.ift.org/certification.