Professional Development Committee

Grow Professionally

The Chicago Section IFT Professional Development Committee is broken up into 2 sub-groups 1) Technical Sessions Team – members the PD committee who are part of the technical sessions team are responsible for organizing educational sessions that provide targeted content valuable for professionals in the food industry. 2) Career Guidance Team – this team organizes events that offer professional development opportunities that every business professional can learn from, not necessarily specific to food science.
If you are interested in joining our team to help plan and execute fun educational sessions please e-mail Elieke Demmer, we would love to have you!
Elieke Demmer PhD, RD
Chair, Professional Development Committee
National Dairy Council, Dairy Management Inc.
Phone: (847) 627-3232

Professional Development Activities
Job Listings

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Company: Dawson Sales Company
Type: Full Time
Job: Sales Representative posted in Sales
Location: Chicago
Available until: March 24th, 2018
Company: Label Insight
Type: Full Time
Job: Sr. Food and Beverage Specialist posted in Other
Location: Chicago
Available until: March 23rd, 2018
Company: Custom Culinary
Type: Full Time
Job: Sr Auditing & Technical Specialist posted in Regulatory
Location: Oswego, IL
Available until: March 22nd, 2018
Company: University of Illinois at Chicago
Type: Part Time
Job: Director of Nutrition Science Program posted in Other - Education/teaching
Location: University of Illinois at Chicago
Available until: March 9th, 2018
Company: Griffith Foods Inc.
Type: Full Time
Job: Process Engineer posted in Operations/Food Processing/Engineer
Location: Alsip, IL
Available until: March 9th, 2018
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.

November 2016 Event:
Innovation Insights & Consumer Trends: 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
As nutrition guidelines evolve to reflect the latest nutrition science, food R&D leaders and marketers face both challenges and opportunities. This session will look at the cross-section of dietary guidance with consumer trends and values; the short- and long-term innovation opportunities afforded by the 2015 DGAs and highlight trends of what consumers are actually doing with the DGA recommendations.
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Early 2017 Event:
Please check back soon, our team is hard at work to put together an exciting program for you!

Career Guidance & Education

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

October 2017 Event:
Indoor Farm and Science Lab of Students and Beyond

Breakfast session for CS-IFT members and community to highlight some of the great food science work that is happening right in our own backyard.

The Schurz high school food science lab is something we know our CS-IFT community will want to know more about so we’re providing a first hand experience – hear from the principle, teacher, and students themselves and get a tour of the facility. The students at Schurz High School are not only learning about new ways to farm (urban farming, hydroponics, etc) and feed their community, they are also collaborating with MIT media lab (open source global data project), SpaceX, and NASA to collect data that will help provide future fresh foods in space.

In addition to introducing the Schurz High School children to the great field of food science, this food lab is also working with two outside organizations to empower underprivileged youth to transform their neighborhoods (BuildOn) and to provide the students an opportunity to explore their talents after school and during the summer months (After School Matters).

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New Professionals

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