Jennifer Purcell

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purcell,-jenniferJennifer Purcell

The Culinary Institute of America
Associate dean of restaurant and service hospitality education

Years with institute: 11

Education, degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:

  • AOS and BPS- The Culinary Institute of America- in Culinary Arts Management.
  • M.S. -The University of Massachusetts, Amherst- in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration
  • ABD- EdD (in progress) The George Washington University -in Human and Organizational Learning .
  • Women’s Foodservice Forum; Women Chefs and Restaurateurs; Court of Master Sommeliers; Certified Hospitality Educator

Mentors and how they have assisted you in your career: Though I’ve not had official mentors, I have always (and still do) actively seek out role models in various areas of interest of development.  This might range from someone I work with and am able to access easily to have one on one time with, to someone I research online in order to read and observe any video clips, interviews, and work they might have done.  Overall, when seeking professional mentorship and advice I typically seek the perspectives of several people versus that of one mentor per se.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements”?   Do you have a defining moment of your career to date? I’m most proud of the broad range of experiences I’ve been afforded in my career.  They have all been professionally relevant, challenging, and personally meaningful to what, where, and who I am today though I never had an intended roadmap as to just where and what I wanted to be.

Most challenging part of your job: The most challenging part of my current positon is the limited time I have with students.  Having been a faculty member prior to my current role, I am very familiar with just how energizing it is to facilitate learning in an environment of eager minds readying to launch out into the food service industry.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: As cliché as it may sound, standing true to what one believes is very important in cultivating and maintaining ones integrity and character.  These are both incredibly important to your personal and professional growth and well-being so seek the higher ground in all you do.