Les Dames d 'Escoffier

We are a philanthropic organization of women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The by-invitation membership, composed of over 2,200 members in 38 chapters in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality.
LDEI Call for 2018 Board Nominations

LDEI is seeking volunteers who are interested in serving on the international Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term. The LDEI Nominating Committee will collect nominations and produce a single slate that will be ratified by the seated delegates.

Criteria for Nomination
To run for office, a member must have served as a Board Member of a local chapter AND have attended the business meeting of an Annual Conference within the last three years. Executive Director Greg Jewell will be checking LDEI Conference attendee lists to confirm that your nominee has met this qualification.

Carefully review your qualifications to be sure they match the duties of the respective office. Members may nominate themselves or they may be nominated by their chapter. If your chapter is nominating a member, make sure you check with your candidates to be sure they are willing to have their names presented for these important posts.

The Nominations Committee will review all of the submissions and craft a ballot based on the experience and contributions of those seeking nomination. This year’s committee is comprised of:

Chair:  Lori Willis, St. Louis
Co-Chair:  Jennifer Goldman, Charleston
President:  Stacy Zeigler, Atlanta
President Elect:  Hayley Matson-Mathes, Hawaii
West Coast:  Bev Gruber, Seattle
Midwest:   Toria Emas, Chicago
East Coast:  Mary Ellen Griffin, New York

March 1           Nominations information emailed to all members
March 31         Deadline for LDEI officer nominations to be sent to LDEI Office
May 1              Executive Director sends slate of candidates/ballots to chapter delegates to ratify
May 31            Completed ballots returned to LDEI office

2017-2018 Board Positions
The following positions are available for the LDEI Board of Directors for the 2016-2017 term. Each position is a one-year term, with the exception of First Vice President. The First VP moves into the president’s position, then the immediate-past president position, making it a three-year commitment. Positions available are:

First Vice President
Second Vice President
Third Vice President
Chapter Board Liaison (3)

Commitment and Remuneration for Board Members
Board members must attend three (3) LDEI Board of Directors meetings during the year they hold office. One will be held at the LDEI Annual Conference. The other meetings will be held at locations decided upon by the Board, which are usually in cities with prospective new chapters or the site of a future annual conference. Travel, accommodations and other expenses for each Board member are remunerated up to the amount budgeted for the year. In addition, board members are expected to participate in monthly hour-long conference calls.

Next Steps
The nomination form and the job responsibility descriptions are available by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please contact the LDEI office at info@ldei.org.

Posted Last February 24, 2017
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