July 2017, Part II
Training Fellow Veterans To Become Chefs. Last week, The Bradenton Herald reported on Bryan Jacobs, a former battlefield paramedic, who is combining his love of cooking and passion for volunteering. After leaving the military, Jacobs didn’t have the necessary civilian certifications to continue his career in the emergency medical field and ended up working in 22 different jobs before he eventually became unemployed, homeless, and addicted to alcohol. As Jacobs started to turn things around after enrolling in culinary school, his brother’s tragic suicide in 2014 propelled him to start Vets2Chefs, a twelve-week culinary program that trains veterans to become chefs with a five-day boot camp, mentors, and an eventual restaurant job. Jacobs explains that the kitchen is not completely unlike the military because both work environments require discipline, timing and order, so veterans are ideal chef material. “Keep your eyes open, keep your ears open and be able to take directions,” he says. “Veterans already have that ability built into them.”
National Retail Federation’s Matt Shay: 4 Reasons Retail Is Alive And Well. Recently, National Retail Federation (NRF) President and CEO Matt Shay penned an op-ed for LinkedIn regarding the changing landscape in retail and how it is strengthening the industry for the long term. To counter the false narrative of what’s becoming known as the “retail apocalypse,” Shay points out four ways in which retail is successfully adapting, growing, and transforming. Shay goes on to explain that “retailers are increasing sales by embracing both storefronts and ecommerce” and “retail remains America’s #1 private-sector employer.” Additionally, Shay noted that “stores are opening and small businesses are thriving” and “bricks-and-mortar locations are on the rise.”
Teen Saves Man’s Life On First Day Of Restaurant Job. On July 5, CBS News profiled 16-year-old Austin Goddard, who recently started his first job as a busboy at Skyline Chili in Cincinnati, Ohio. On his first day at the restaurant, Goddard saw a patron named Larry collapse and he immediately jumped into action. “…They asked if anyone knew CPR and I just ran up and started doing CPR on him,” he said. Medics came and rushed the patron to the hospital, leaving Goddard with a memorable on-the-job experience to tell his mother, a dishwasher at the same restaurant. A few days later, Larry’s family visited Goddard at work and showed him a picture of Larry recovering nicely with a tray of Skyline food.
Former Chanel CEO Reflects On Life In Retail Industry. Last week, Knowledge@Wharton interviewed Maureen Chiquet on her path from literature major to Chanel’s first global CEO. After beginning her career in marketing at L’Oreal Paris, Chiquet returned to the U.S. to work as a merchandiser at Gap. She then helped to launch and build Old Navy before becoming president of Banana Republic. Many of the leadership qualities that Chiquet picked up throughout her retail career were thanks to lessons learned from strong mentors along the way. “I was very fortunate to have worked for two great retailers: Mickey Drexler, who was CEO of Gap, and Jenny Ming, who was president of Old Navy. Both were great leaders in the sense that they had a combination of analytical skills and emotional intelligence,” she said.
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