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Mennel’s Isha Chadha Named to 2019 Emerging Leaders Network Program

April 8, 2019

Isha Chadha, Corporate QA Coordinator and Quality Manager of Mennel Milling Roanoke, was selected to join an elite group of quality professionals as part of the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) program through the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). This program was developed for professionals in the food industry, research and academics to assist in expanding their leadership skills. Held May 31 – June 2, 2019, ELN is a two-and-a-half-day seminar where participants learn more about critical leadership skills through discussions on matters of scientific and technological issues.

“I was delighted, but not surprised to learn of Isha’s acceptance into IFT’s ELN program,” said De Thomas, Quality and Regulatory Director at The Mennel Milling Company. “Receiving this opportunity is truly an honor and speaks to Isha’s commitment to Mennel, her colleagues as well as her own professional development. On behalf of the Mennel team, I’d like to extend heartfelt appreciation to Isha for her passion and willingness to grow and share her knowledge within the industry as well.”

Here’s what Isha Chadha had to say about IFT's Emerging Leaders Network program:

What inspired me most to apply for this program was the opportunity to develop my leadership skills on the subject that matters the most to me i.e. food safety and quality. I am thankful to IFT for providing a platform where professionals can exchange ideas and benefit from each other’s experiences at a global level.

Over the last few years, I have noticed many decisions are based on scientific risk assessments and comparing the effects of those risks in the food industry’s processes and systems is a critical task. Moreover, with recent regulatory developments, audit requirements and recall events across the world, it is imperative that organizations have strong leaders with industry know-how, when it comes to making decisions on important matters concerning public health.