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Open for Good Resource and Networking Portal is a resource library, networking, and mentorship portal for hospitality professionals.
The JBF Mentorship presented by KitchenAid will provide a space for selected mentors to connect with chefs looking to further their careers. The mentorship program will make it much easier for people to access information, resources, and networks to ensure that the next generation of leaders is building back a restaurant industry that is more ethical, sustainable, and equitable than ever before.
For more information on the mentorship portal, made possible with support from KitchenAid, head here. If you are interested in becoming a mentor click here.

Women’s Leadership Programs

The James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Leadership Programs, presented by Audi, are designed to support all women–including women-identifying and non-binary professionals–in the hospitality industry at all stages of their careers through scholarships, mentorships, training, specialized entrepreneurial education, and other offerings.
We are committed to providing the tools, resources, and networks to the community to ensure that there are more women-owned businesses; more financial investment in women-owned businesses; and more women in leadership across the industry. For more work and stories click here.

The James Beard Foundation's Women's Leadership Programs are presented by Audi.

Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program is an advanced educational, training, and networking program for proven business owners in all areas of the hospitality industry. The program, created in partnership with Babson College Executive Leadership Department, includes sessions on building your brand, training in negotiations, securing financing for your business, and more.
The 2020 class will be made up of 25 fellows, all demonstrating a desire to grow their business skills and learn about business resilience. This year’s program will be offered fully online.
The WEL 2020 application is now closed. Please check back here for more information on the 2021 program.

Educational Scholarships

The 2020 scholarship application period is now closed. Learn about scholarships here and to sign up for updates on this program, please register here.


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