2023 Legacy Network Program Advisee Application
The James Beard Foundation’s Legacy Network Program (LNP) aims to train mentors across the culinary industry and connect them with mentees from the BIPOC community. The LNP will prioritize applicants from Black and Indigenous communities and cultivate alternative professional networks within and across them. LNP will expand to include other under-served and marginalized communities, emphasizing the necessity of cross-cultural, peer-to-peer networks.
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America's food culture more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone. The LNP supports this mission by recognizing the legacies of chefs in generations past and training and fostering a community of rising leaders.
Over the course of seven months (September 2023 - March 2024), program participants will develop relationships across the Legacy Network. Starting in mid-September, Advisees will participants in 10 hours of executive leadership coaching. Advisees will also work with a leadership coach, prior to the Legacy group calls with all participants. Required program components include 60-minute industry specific pods calls and 90- minute group calls taking place virtually ranging between Sundays and Tuesdays each month, financial literacy and mental wellness coursework.
The Legacy Network Program is currently open to members of the BIPOC community, Black and Indigenous applicants will be prioritized.
- At least 18 years old
- Reside within the United States and 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
- Full commitment to and participant in all Legacy program sessions (approximately 25-30 hours total)