Points of Intersectionality, Creating Inclusive Policies Within our Businesses, Agencies, Cooperatives, and Communities

Time: Thursday Oct 3rd from 1:15PM to 2:45PM

Location: Mt. Adams

Speaker(s): Roux Nolan

Diversity and inclusivity are more than buzzwords and talking points, they are policies and practices that have the power to strengthen our teams and working environments while increasing the market penetration of our products and services.

As we operate in a rapidly changing marketplace, new tools are needed to analyze the plans of our commercial businesses, associative organizations, community cooperatives, and governmental agencies, to ensure we not only keep pace but are leaders in our respective fields.

In this hands-on workshop, we will use analytical tools to create a customized framework for implementing policies of diversity and inclusivity with the central premise that there is more that unites than divides, and that there are numerous ways to reach those that are underserved.

We ask each participant to pre-select one business, agency, cooperative, community or organization of which they represent for the exercise. Multiple individuals per organization are welcome.

*Please note that this workshop is centered around organizational practices and not intended to replace personal development around social justice, anti-racism, gender inclusion, or privilege and we strongly encourage all to continuously receive personal training. This is a continuation of the talk given by the One Person Can Make a Difference scholarship recipient, last year.*

Roux Nolan is the Principal of Food.Partners, a national consulting firm dedicated to the development, management, and expansion of independent foodservice and hospitality industry businesses.

Roux has been part of several award-winning teams including Restaurant Daniel, Brasserie 8 ½ and Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Matsugen while receiving awards for Best Japanese Restaurant, Best Meal of the Recession, Top 10 Restaurants NYC, and 3 stars from The New York Times. Photographs of his work have appeared in various publications including New York Magazine, Time Out, and GQ. He is a member of the American Culinary Federation and Slow Food Italia. Ruben is an annual presenter at the Food Coop Initiative’s National Cooperative Startup Conference, the Loyola University Quinlan School of Business, Niehoff School of Nursing, and Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Roux serves on the Equal Exchange National Working Group that focuses on consolidation within the foodservice industry.

Roux has received numerous industry awards including the Up & Coming Scholarship by the Howard Bowers Fund, the Cecilia Fandel Award for Community and Economic Development; and is the 2018 scholarship recipient of the One Person Can Make A Difference Award by the Provender Alliance. Roux has previously served on the National Arts Committee for GLAAD, a non-governmental media monitoring agency that promotes understanding and acceptance of LGBT individuals by the media and as the former President of the Rogers Park Food Co-op.

Roux was educated at Franklin University Switzerland, University of Cambridge England, The Marriott School of Management, and The Culinary Institute of America.