CAFE Weekly News

Feb 27, 2020, 9:29

CAFE Update October 8, 2019

01 November 2019

2020 Deans and Directors Retreat Keynote

The 2020 Deans and Directors Retreat is proud to offer its program for the 8th year designed to help leaders of programs deal with the challenges from administration, fellow instructors, students and (often) their parents!

Bob Eckert website bio photoBob Eckert from New & Improved is the 2020 Keynoter for the Retreat. His 3-hour workshop will focus on “Leading Innovation: fostering creative collaboration in the people you serve.”

Bob Eckert is CEO at New & Improved. He focuses on helping organizations harness and develop the innovative brain power of their people to deliver new and improved results.

A constant learner, Bob has been involved in the business of helping people reach their highest potential in one way or another for the last thirty years. Bob has been doing his work on a global scale for the last 30 years. He is a facilitator for Facilitators Without Borders and an adviser to its Board of Directors. His clients include General Electric, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes-Benz, TE Connectivity, Kimberly Clark, and many others.

Bob uses his training and coaching skills to make change efforts stick. Fast Company calls him an “Innovation thought leader” and he has been quoted in publications such as Forbes and He has written extensively about innovation leadership. The author of numerous articles and books, his two most popular are Demystifying Innovation Culture Efforts (co-authored with Natalie Jenkins) and More Lightning, Less Thunder: How to Energize Innovation Teams (co-authored with Jonathan Vehar).

The 2020 Retreat will be in New Orleans the weekend of March 13-15th. Registration is limited to 50 people in order to keep conversations flowing and small group work possible. To register for the event, click here.
CAFE members should sign in first, then register for the event in order to receive their member discount. A tentative agenda will be posted soon. Hotel information is on the website.

Job Opening

The following link leads to a unique program manager position in Pleasant Hill California. The program is ACF Accredited, has been in existence for a few decades, and is housed in a brand new, multi-million dollar culinary facility within a Leed Certified building. Pleasant Hill is located an hour from San Francisco and an hour from Napa - so the location is perfect for a culinary program.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the right person. The position must be filled for the beginning of the January 2020 term.

Program Manager


We are reviewing the survey which was sent out last week and we very much appreciate the multitude of responses we received! We will share the results with you in upcoming week and are always open to hearing from you with additional thoughts.

The winner of the drawing (for a free registration to the CAFE Leadership Conference) is Kim Youkstetter from Worcester Technical High School. Congratulations!

Oct19 ezine cover photo webOctober "Gold Medal Classroom"

Have you read this month’s issue of “Gold Medal Classroom"? Great features and columns with peeks into our CAFEvision link and a wonderful look into the future of poultry farming. Go to for the issue. This is FREE so please encourage your peers to sign up on our website to receive the monthly issues.


Deans and Directors Retreat
“A Case for Change”
March 13-15, 2020, New Orleans

16th Annual CAFE Leadership Conference
“Innovations and Inspirations”
June 17-19, 2020, Portland, Maine