Don't be shy! Come to one of our monthly dinner meetings. They are lively and anything but intimidating. From 5:30 to 6:30 catch up with old friends or mingle with new acquaintances over your favorite beverage. Sit down dinner generally starts at 6:30 followed by a fascinating guest speaker around 7:30 pm. So simple, so fun, so interesting.
2016 - 2017 Calendar of Events Save the dates and stay tuned for other events we may add throughout the year- especially for our New Professionals group!
September 13, 2016: September Meeting, McMenamins Old Church, Wilsonville
October 11, 2016: Student Recognition NIght, Eola Hills Winery, Rickreall
November 15, 2016: November Meeting, Seven Brides, Silverton
December 13, 2016: Holiday Meeting and Oregon Food Bank Fundraiser, Hayden's Lakefront Grill, Tualatin
January 17, 2017 New Professionals, Spaghetti Factory, Portland
February 23, 2017: FIX*, Double Tree Lloyd Center
April 11, 2017: April Meeting, Hotel Oregon, McMinnville
May 9, 2017: Volunteer Appreciation Night, Widmer, Portland
OSIFT New Professionals (NP) Division
OSIFT New Professionals (NP) Division: a fun and casual way to feed your food chops and expand your personal growth.
What is the OSIFT New Professionals Division?
The OSIFT New Professionals (NP) Division is a community of individuals that have less than 10 years of experience working at some capacity in the food industry. The NP Division seeks to provide opportunities for casual "meet-ups" that emphasize the connection of members from across the food industry for both professional development and social amusement.
Who should be part of the NP Division?
All new professionals in the food industry! Company types include ingredient suppliers, growers, distributors, manufacturers of finished products and packaged goods, bakers, brewers, winemakers, and distillers. The NP Division spans beyond food science to those that specialize in sales, customer service, microbiology, marketing and advertising, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, nutrition, and engineering. Anyone who has a hand in the food industry is encouraged to come expand their network within Oregon.
What goes on during a “meet-up”?
Put simply, we’ll hang out. During our meet-ups you’ll get a chance to meet new faces in the food industry and reconnect with those you already know. Conversation will allow you to share your experiences and knowledge with others and learn from their successes and failures.
So it’s a social group…but where is the professional development benefit?
For the most part events will be unstructured and geared toward making business and social connections, but we will occasionally invite more experienced food industry members to speak with us, impart their pearls of wisdom and help us grow in our careers. NP community meet-ups will also provide a comfortable environment to ask work and career-related questions and get answers. For example, “How do I negotiate a raise with my boss?” or “I need to find someone to help with our company’s marketing campaigns, where should I look?”
We hope to see you around at a New Professional Event! If you’ve got questions, please contact one of our New Professional Committee Chair: