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IFSEA Mentorship Program

Our members come from all segments of the industry, including dietitians, chefs, purchasing agents, educators, designers, sales and much more. They work in schools, restaurants, health care, casinos and the U.S. armed forces.

Although it's required for Mentors to be an IFSEA member, you do not need to be an IFSEA member to sign up as a mentee. 

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How it works...

To be a Mentor:

Step One: Become an IFSEA member. Click here

Step Two: Fill out the Online Form. Click here

Step Three: Check your email! 

Once we recieve your form and ensure you are a member, we will add you to the website with your email as the direct contact. 

If you sign up to be a mentor in the IFSEA Members Only Facebook Community, we will include a button with an option to sign up through Facebook. 

We highly encourage all members to have a LinkedIn account and we will ask you to include that in your form so we include that next to your Mentor Bio.

To be a Mentee: 

Step One: Scroll through our list of volunteer mentors. 

Step Two: Read their bios, visit their LinkedIn pages and see if there is anyone you would like to talk to. 

Step Three: Click CONTACT ME! (Unless their are other instructions) Each Mentor will recieve an email directly from you!

Become an IFSEA Member and join our Members Only Facebook Community! 

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Meet Our mentors!!


ed manley, mcfbd, mcfe, mcfp, chp

President of the Foodservice Institute, IFSEA Chair-Elect

Boynton Beach, Florida 

Mentoring in the following areas: 

Training & Certifications, Foodservice Industry, Fundraising, Building an Organization, Starting a Business, Military Related to Foodservice, Careers in Healthcare Foodservice

Connect with Ed on LinkedIn 

I want Ed to be my Mentor! Email Ed

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Glenn Beatty, MCFBD, MCFE, CHP 

General Manager at Bonfire Steakhouse, IFSEA Global Meetup President

Florence, Oregon

Mentoring in the following areas: 

Foodservice Industry, Starting a Business, Managing a Restaurant, Business Development, Jobs in Casinos, Event/Conference Planning, Training & Certifications

I want Glenn to be my Mentor! Email Glenn

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Alysha brooks, mcfbd, mcfe, chp

Vice President & Director of Development for the Foodservice Institute, IFSEA Director of Development 

Norwich, New York 

Mentoring in the following areas:

Training & Certifications, Social Media Marketing, Website Implementation, Foodservice Industry, Managing a Restaurant, Event/Conference Planning, Fundraising

Connect with Alysha on LinkedIn

I want Alysha to be my mentor! Email Alysha 

Use our Facebook Mentorship Program to connect with Alysha

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michael Lacroce, mcfe

Co-Owner of Wild Owl Cafe, Co-Owner of The Sherwood Hotel, Owner of Asset Holding Group

Oxford, New York 

Mentoring in the following areas:

Entrepreneurship Foodservice Industry, Starting a Business, Building an Organization, Managing a Kitchen, Entering the industry, Finding Investors, Business Partnership

Connect with Mike on LinkedIn

I want Mike to be my Mentor! Email Mike

Use our Facebook Mentorship Program to connect with Mike

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Frequently-asked questions

Who are the mentors? Our mentors are required to be experts in the industry. They must have at least 15 years of experience in the segment their representing.

Is there a cost? IFSEA Members asking for mentorship are guaranteed 2 hours of consulting. After the two hours, it's at the discretion of the mentor if there will be a cost based on the type of questions you need answered. 

What can I ask my mentor? You may request information in any topic needed such as suggestions on fryers, calculating food cost or even how to get a loan for a new business. 

What if the mentor can't answer my questions? Being in a large organization, mentors will be able to direct you to another mentor or someone in the organization that may be able to assist you. 

May I choose to pay my mentor? Absoultely! Our mentors will gladly take donations for their services. The donations are split among the Kae DeBrent Hodges Fund, the Homeless Veteran's training program and the Worthy Goal Scholarship fund. 

*Disclaimer: Mentors and mentees are having private conversations. IFSEA is not held responsible for any actions resulting from this program. We suggest all mentees review the advice given and make a educated decisions.*