Professional Development Committee

Grow Professionally

The Chicago Section IFT Professional Development Committee organizes two types of events throughout the year; Technical Events, which provide targeted content valuable for professionals in the food industry and General Career Guidance Events that offer professional development opportunities that every business professional can learn from, not necessarily specific to food science. We have monthly update calls that last about 30min for our team to connect, regroup, and divide up work.

Current Members:
  • Alifia Merchant
  • Breanna McArthur
  • Eliana Pinilla Ryhal
  • Elieke Kearns
  • Jenn Farrell
  • Jenna Mills
  • Kristy Du
  • Leann Barden
  • Lisa Sprang
  • Nicole Augoustatos
  • Rajesh Potineni
  • Shawn Gebhardt
  • Subinuer Yilixiati

If you are interested in joining our team to help plan and execute engaging educational sessions please e-mail Elieke Kearns. We would love to have you!

Elieke Demmer Kearns PhD, RD
Chair, Professional Development Committee
R&D Principal Scientist - Nutrition Sciences, PepsiCo
Phone: 312-821-2394
Professional Development Activities
Job Listings

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Career Center

Members of Chicago Section IFT have access to our online Career Center where you can Find a Job and Post a Job.

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Technical Sessions

Technical Sessions provide content that is valuable and targeted specifically towards professionals in the food industry. Sessions generally run 2-3 hours and focus on a specific topic that is technical in nature.

March 2020 Event:
CSIFT Presents Food Law: Food Law - Labeling Risks and Pitfalls
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Career Guidance & Education

Chicago Section IFT also offers professional development opportunities not specific to food science but that every business professional can learn from.

Speaker: Brenda Knapp

September 2019 Event:
Emotional Intelligence
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