Rising Stars

SHFM Rising Star Program

SHFM recognizes the important role Young Professional members play in ensuring the continued success of SHFM in its mission to be a community of hospitality professionals that enhance workplace amenities and foodservice through education, networking and innovation.

The SHFM Young Professional Rising Star Scholarship Program has been established to recognize and reward Young Professionals at member companies with a complimentary SHFM membership and free attendance at SHFM’s National Conference, to include complimentary conference registration, airfare, hotel and ground transportation.

Learn more about our Rising Star Program

2023-24 Rising Star Class

  • Chair
    Brad Silverstein

    Director of Employee Engagement

    LifeWorks Restaurant Group

  • Christine Andrews

    Food Service Director

    Lifeworks/Aramark

  • Xiomara Battle

    Executive Chef

    ISS Guckenheimer

  • Lauren Beckwith

    Food Experiences Program Manager

    ISS Guckenheimer

  • Olivia Desormey

    Senior Account Executive

    GravyWork

  • Shelly Garner

    AVP Industry Relations

    Ecolab

  • Hannah Guy

    Consultant Services Manager-Middleby Beverage Brands

    Middleby

  • Chase Leonard

    Director, Business Development

    Guest Services

  • Natalia Lopresti

    Food Service Coordinator

    Jane Street Capital

  • Carolina Mendez

    Food and Beverage Program Manager

    JLL

  • Steve O'Dell

    Founder and CEO

    Tenzo Tea

  • Alexander Olesen

    CEO/Co-Founder

    Babylon Micro Farms

  • Nicole Perez

    Sustainability Manager

    Foodbuy

  • Anthony Salazar

    Food Service Manager

    ISS Guckenheimer

  • Lauren Scharfing

    General Manager

    BNY Mellon/Flik Hospitality Group

  • Sherri Silverstein

    Director of Food, Reception, & Conference Services, Group Corporate Services

    UBS

  • Shannon Carroll Washington

    Senior Marketing, Communication & Engagement Manager

    ISS Guckenheimer

  • Katie Young

    Director of Workplace Services

    JLL

  • Nicole Zamorano

    Culinary Administrator/Food Service Manager

    Elior - Constellation Culinary Group

  • Jessica Zucker

    Vice President of Marketing

    Compass Group/Eurest

SHFM Young Professional Rising Star Scholarship Program

SHFM recognizes the important role Young Professional members play in ensuring the continued success of SHFM in its mission to be a community of hospitality professionals that enhance workplace amenities and foodservice through education, networking and innovation.

The SHFM Young Professional Rising Star Scholarship Program has been established to recognize and reward Young Professionals at member companies with a complimentary SHFM membership and free attendance at SHFM’s National Conference, to include complimentary conference registration, airfare, hotel and ground transportation.

The purpose of the program is to actively engage Young Professionals at participating member organizations by providing complimentary exposure to all the benefits of membership, as well as the national conference programming and networking opportunities. In turn, SHFM anticipates that participants in the Rising Star Scholarship program will provide valuable insight into how to grow the association by enhancing the value of membership for Young Professionals and help ensure the continued relevance of SHFM with current and future generations of professionals in corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

  • Complimentary registration at one SHFM National conference during the program year, plus airfare, hotel and ground transportation to and from the conference property*
  • Complimentary membership in SHFM for one year
  • Complimentary registration at the Critical Issues Conference—travel not provided
  • Complimentary registration at the SHFM Young Professionals Summit—travel not provided
  • Free registration at local events, and other SHFM networking events (does not include Foundation events)
  • Access to mentors, including executives, suppliers and SHFM Leadership
  • Opportunity to provide input to shape the future of SHFM
  • Opportunity for recognition
  • Opportunity for committee project leadership
  • Virtual networking opportunities throughout the year
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