December 17, 2016

Path to the Passport

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor


The Leadership Passport Program is designed to provide members a guide for year-round engagement in Collegiate DECA, therefore increasing the benefits of maintaining a membership. Recipients must complete activities that are categorized using DECA’s core values and guiding principles to encourage a fulfilling college experience.
            There are two levels of achievement: gold and blue. Required for both are performing 10 hours of community service, developing a list of academic and Collegiate DECA goals for the year, signing up to receive DECA Direct Online (http://bit.ly/decasignup), writing a resume and a cover letter, and attending five chapter related meetings. Gold Diamond additionally requires discussing Collegiate DECA in a class or student forum, holding a leadership position within the chapter, and applying to become a social media correspondent and submitting one article.
            Activities must be completed from the following categories: competence, innovation, integrity, and teamwork. Blue Diamond requires two from each category, while Gold Diamond requires three from each. Do not expect to do this alone; the leadership academy chairs are here to help. They will be setting up events that help satisfy requirements, but dedication on the individual’s behalf is also essential.
            Last year, Johnson & Wales University-Providence had 23 recipients. This year, the goal is 35. Not only is there merit gained through this award, but it looks great on resumes and all passport recipients are given advanced consideration for ICDC 2017 in Anaheim, California.
             For more information or to request a packet of information, please contact Joe Esposito (jesposito01@wildcats.jwu.edu ; (908) 655-5111)) and Parthenia Giannopoulos (pgiannopoulos01@wildcats.jwu.edu). The faculty advisor for the leadership academy is Leslie Buxton (leslie.buxton@jwu.edu). All of the above requirements are also listed here: https://deca.formstack.com/forms/collegiate_individual_passport

The Skills to Succeed

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

On October 28th, students from Johnson & Wales University and Community College of Rhode Island gathered to participate in the SkillsUSA Rhode Island Fall Leadership Conference, which took place at the Johnson & Wales University Radisson Hotel. The event, which bridged delegations from both the collegiate and high school level, focused on developing the qualities necessary to perform not only as a leader, but as a good competitor as well.
The event was spearheaded by the Rhode Island Executive Officer Team, who planned the events and ran the organized activities. Among the Executive Officers is Johnson & Wales University student, Josie Wolfe ’19, a Baking and Pastry Student, who serves as the College/Post-Secondary Vice President. Wolfe was thrilled with the turnout, and was happy to educate participants on what SkillsUSA is about.
The framework of SkillsUSA illustrates the importance of personal, workplace, and technical skills grounded in academics. In addition to emphasizing technical skills, the organization endeavors to provide quality experiential learning opportunities for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. They also emphasize the belief in high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education, and pride in the dignity of work.
One of the main activities was achieving the Statesman Award, an award which demonstrates knowledge of SkillsUSA. In order to achieve the award, students must recite given answers to questions without reference to an Executive Officer. Johnson & Wales University had two students receive this prestigious award: Shaina Flanagan ’20 and Drew DuBoff ’19.
Thank you to Joshua Klemp and the rest of SkillsUSA Rhode Island for an amazing conference. www.skillsusari.org

NSO in NYC

By Drew DuBoff ‘19
Culinary Arts & Food Service Management;
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management, Sommelier Minor

            The Collegiate Leadership Academy (CLA) took place primarily at the Wyndham New Yorker, in New York City, New York from November 3rd through November 5th. The driving force behind the reimagined experience this year was a desire to connect students to DECA’s National Advisory Board Members. As always, DECA places a huge emphasis on networking, evident by the choice of Alan Katzman, Founder and CEO of Social Assurity, as the keynote speaker in the introduction ceremony, who talked about the importance of building positive social media accounts, especially the professional network LinkedIn.
            The following day, the tracks separated and were lectured through touring throughout the city. This year’s focus was SoLoMo (Social, Local, Mobile) Strategies, and every track had lecturers that talked about how they used those strategies to address changes in their respective markets. The case studies also reflected those strategies.
            Those in the Entrepreneurship in Sports & Entertainment Track heard from Scripps Networks and M & M Productions, which was the product of a DECA entrepreneurial project. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets presented to the Finance + Accounting Track. The Marketing + Communications Track listened to speakers from Vector Marketing and Marriott International, Inc., with the latter resulted in a tour of their Marriot Marquis property. The Hospitality + Tourism Track was enlightened by Vector Marketing, the National Apartment Association Education Institute, and Equity Residential. They then toured The Beatrice, one of Equity Residential’s luxury apartments in Chelsea. Finally, Tailored Brands, Men’s Wearhouse and the recently acquired Jos. A. Bank, spoke to the Business Management + Administration Track.  
            At the closing ceremony, JWU had three students as a part of the winning team in each track. Representing Business Management + Administration was Deleita Gysai, representing Entrepreneurship in Sports & Entertainment was Roy Sylvander, and representing Hospitality + Tourism was Thu (Aimee) Dinh Minh Tran.
            Now that #DECACLA is a wrap, look forward to the Northeast Region Competitive Events Conference hosted on campus on February 10th, and #ICDC2017 in Anaheim, California.