Monday, June 28, 2010

CIC's Joe Branton Attended Michael E. Hurst Educational Forum and Salute to Excellence 2010

Each February, the National Restaurant Association’s Educational Foundation requests culinary faculty to nominate deserving students to attend the Hurst Educational Forum and Salute to Excellence. This year, CIC faculty nominated Joe Branton. On the nomination form, faculty must state why they believe the student should be considered. The nominated students then must complete an application and submit it the NRAEF. The selection team at NRAEF will determine which students are accepted and invite them to participate. A total of two hundred are selected.

"The Michael E. Hurst Educational Forum brings together the nation's best and brightest students from college and university restaurant, culinary and foodservice management programs for a day of networking, learning and inspiration. While at the Educational Forum, the 200 selected students connect with the NRAEF's honorees and more than 100 top educators. The breakout sessions give students the opportunity to engage the profession's sharpest thinkers and decision-makers. Through interactive presentations and small group breakout discussions, the industry's most successful leaders offer insight and advice on how to succeed in the business world. ... The luncheon creates an opportunity for aspiring students, industry leaders and educators attending the Educational Forum to meet and network with one another. The luncheon also features scholarship presentations and a stimulating keynote address."

"The Forum was very interesting, " Joe reported. "There were excellent presentations on networking, using social websites, and how to push your resume to the top of the list in jobhunting. There were two female CEOs who gave honest accounts of the selection process and how to move up the hospitality corporate ladder; both gave key advice to women who face certain challenges in the kitchen and in the office. There was a session on balancing a business suit and a hospitality uniform at the same time. The keynote speaker was Truett Cathy, the creator of Chic-fil-A."
The above photo shows Joe with CIC's HCSA group delivering food for Charleston's "Feed the Need."

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