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PODCAST – CEO Series: How NRAEF Programs Build a Strong Workforce and Industry

by | Jul 27, 2023 | Blog Post, HOPES, Podcasts, ProStart

Order Up podcast Episode 85 graphic with photos of James Fripp, Kent Walrack, and Michelle Korsmo.In this episode, Michelle Korsmo, National Restaurant Association President and CEO and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) speaks with the NRAEF’s former Chair Kent Walrack and current Chair James Fripp about the continued success of the foundation’s programs in another installment of Order Up’s CEO-hosted miniseries. Kent Walrack, retired executive from Lyons Magnus, joins Order Up for the first time to discuss the growth of programs like ProStart, HOPES, and more over the last five years. Returning to Order Up, James Fripp, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Yum! Brands International shares how the mission of NRAEF continues to inspire and the continued diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts that are essential to an industry that nurtures its workforce.

Listen to the National Restaurant Association’s latest Order Up podcast episode.

  • (03:55) – Introducing Kent Walrack
  • (07:37) – Re-introducing James Fripp
  • (08:59) – Building and nurturing a sustainable workforce
  • (10:35) – Growth of the last five years
  • (14:08) – ProStart
  • (20:13) – Industry professionals getting involved in NFRAEF
  • (22:27) – What’s next?
  • (25:13) – Creating opportunities and recruitment
  • (28:35) – A commitment to the NRAEF in retirement
  • (30:40) – A shift in perspective

Resources to learn more: The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation HOPES | Hospitality Opportunities For People (Re)Entering Society


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