Activities for New Professionals

What is a “New Professional?”

IFT defines a new professional as anyone who has recently graduated or has been in the food profession for fewer than 10 years. If this is you: Welcome! We can’t wait to see you in New Orleans!

New Professionals Community

Are you relatively new to the food science and technology profession? Or are you an experienced professional who is interested in interacting with others who are new to the profession? Then consider joining IFT’s New Professionals Community, a group of like-minded food science professionals interested in exchanging information, providing support for one another, and making new contacts.

To join this group, visit

Get Connected!

Find out where your fellow new professionals are throughout the Annual Meeting & Food Expo via Twitter. Be sure to follow and use hashtag #NPIFT!

New Professionals Mixer

Join us on Sunday, June 22 at 6PM at Mother’s Next Door (401 Poydras at Tchnoupitoulas) for the New Professionals Mixer. Connect with old friends and network with new ones while enjoying New Orleans style appetizers! This social event, geared specifically to those who are new to the profession (in the industry for less than ten years), is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with other new professionals.

Professional Development during the Annual Meeting

Don’t miss the following sessions during the Annual Meeting & Food Expo in room 386 of the New Orleans Morial Convention Center:

Sunday, June 22, 10:30 am

Dining Etiquette 101:  Everything You Need to Know to Conduct Yourself Professionally at Business Meals and Events

Sunday, June 22, 1:30 pm
#isthisprofessional? Learn how to protect your online and professional reputation as well as the dos and don’ts of social media networking
Monday, June 23, 10:30 am
Generations Working Together: Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y: Stereotypes and Strategies for Working Together: Discover strategies for working with colleagues with very different approaches, beliefs and ways of working
Monday, June 23, 1:30 pm
Networking: Tools and Tips for Building a Successful Career in the Food Industry:
Gain tools to get your professional network started and hear ideas on how younger professionals and students can build their own successful careers
Tuesday, June 24, 8:30 am
Talking about Food: Food Scientists Engaging via Social Media: Learn how to use social media to become an authoritative voice and build media channels that benefit broader organizational communication strategies
Tuesday, June 24, 10:30 am
Business Writing: Learn how to navigate your organization and engage both internal and external audiences through effectively written communications

Diamonds & Donations: IFT 75th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, June 22 | 9:00 p.m. – Midnight
Join us to celebrate IFT’s anniversary in grand style at Generations Hall! Originally built in the early 1820s as a sugar refinery, Generations Hall combines a unique glimpse into a bygone era with a state-of-the-art sound system that will have you dancing the night away with friends, colleagues, and clients. Proceeds from this event support the programs of Feeding Tomorrow, which include student scholarships, the Summer Scholars program, the Developing Solutions for Developing Countries Competition, the Food4Thought food science STEM initiative, and many others, all designed to encourage development of the next generation of food scientists who will help to feed our growing population. Tickets to the event are tax deductible. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate 75 years of food science!