Legacy Network  

The James Beard Foundation Legacy Network trains emerging leaders across the culinary industry and connects them with future generations of excellence. By developing and cultivating the capabilities among, and peer groups of, these influential professionals, Legacy advances the equitable, culturally relevant leadership required to strengthen the industry. Each protégé, under the guidance of Legacy advisors, becomes part of a powerful network that centers the professional growth of previously underserved communities. The Legacy Network ensures their career paths are diverse, equitable, and sustainable.

Legacy Network is open to all BIPOC, though, Black/African-Americans and Indigenous heritage persons will be prioritized.

The 2022 application period is now open! The Legacy Network program now features two different applications with varying deadlines. Below are the eligibility requirements and application details for the Advisor or Advisee role.

ADVISORS

Application Close Date: June 17, 2022, 11:59 P.M. ET
Number of Participants: 12
Eligibility Requirements:
  • A strong interest and passion to mentor someone, no previous experience required
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Resides within the United States commonwealth and territories
  • Several years of experience in the culinary, food journalism, and/or hospitality industry
Application Requirements:
To complete the Legacy Network Program application, you’ll need to submit the following items:
  • Resume
  • Two Headshot Photos
  • Five-minute Video Submission
    • Question: What's your personal experience with mentoring? Have you mentored others? Are there examples of how you would have like to be mentored during your career? As a Legacy Advisor, what would you like to accomplish or achieve in the next 8 months?

Apply here

 

ADVISEES

Application Close Date: June 24, 2022, 11:59 P.M. ET
Number of Participants: 12
Eligibility Requirements:
  • At least 18 years old
  • Reside within the United States commonwealth or territories
  • Recently entered or up to five years experience in the culinary industry
  • Plan to remain in the culinary, food journalism, and/or hospitality industry
  • Personal goals and aspirations best served by mentorship and peer-to-peer networking
  • Open to feedback
Application Requirements:
To complete the Legacy Network Program application, you’ll need to submit the following items:
  • Resume
  • Two Headshot Photos
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Eight-minute Video Submission
    • Question: What are your career goals? What kind of support do you need? What do you want to accomplish in the next 8 months?

Apply here

PROGRAM TIMELINE

Over the course of eight months (July 2022-February 2023) program participants will develop relationships across the Legacy Network. Advisors will receive training for three weeks starting in late June. In mid-July, Advisees will begin and be introduced their Advisors who will engage regularly with advisees’ goals and benchmarks, and how to achieve them. Most program sessions will take place virtually on a monthly basis between Sundays-Tuesdays.
Legacy Network Applications Open Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Advisor Application Closes Friday, June 17, 2022, 11:59 P.M. ET
Advisee Application Closes   Friday, June 24, 2022, 11:59 P.M. ET
Application Selection Notification End of June 2022
Advisor Training Begins Week of June 27, 2022
Advisee Training Begins  Week of July 11, 2022
Program End Late February 2023
Experiential Trip Spring 2023

 

Have questions about the program or application? Email us at legacy@jamesbeard.org.

 
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