The James Beard Foundation Women’s Leadership Programs founded by Audi provide training at multiple stages of an individual’s career. The WEL Program provides culinary entrepreneurs with tools in finance, business strategy, branding, and investment. The chefs featured in the #DriveProgress dinner series are WEL Program alumni and received one week of training on how to grow their network and business at Babson College.
In June 2018, Audi named two inaugural Audi WEL Fellows — Sandra Cordero of Gasolina Café in Los Angeles, and Esther Choi of Mokbar and Ms. Yoo in New York City. The Audi Fellowship provides additional opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow by integrating the chefs into Audi activations and experiences.
Through #DriveProgress, Audi is committed to cultivating and promoting a culture that helps enable women to achieve their highest potential by removing barriers to equity, inclusivity, growth, and development.
To purchase tickets to the #DriveProgress series, please visit: https://www.jamesbeard.org/events. The cost for members to attend each dinner is $170, and the cost for the general public is $220.
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ABOUT AUDI OF AMERICA
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ABOUT THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION
The James Beard Foundation’s mission is to promote good food for good™. For more than 30 years, the James Beard Foundation has highlighted the centrality of food culture in our daily lives. Through the James Beard Awards, unique dining experiences at the James Beard House and around the country, scholarships, hands-on learning, and a variety of industry programs that educate and empower leaders in our community, the Foundation has built a platform for chefs and asserted the power of gastronomy to drive behavior, culture, and policy change around food. To that end, the Foundation has also created signature impact-oriented initiatives that include our Women’s Leadership Programs aimed at addressing the gender imbalance in the culinary industry; advocacy training through our Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change; and the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards that shine a spotlight on successful change makers. The organization is committed to giving chefs and their colleagues a voice and the tools they need to make the world more sustainable, equitable, and delicious for everyone. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org and follow @beardfoundation on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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