Our Story

We are a non-profit, volunteer network whose purpose is to provide mentorship and leadership development to the underserved community in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn from engaging with others and to build expertise in leading effectively.

GLEAM came about as a result of a few kindred spirits deciding to make an impact by paying it forward. One call to action on LinkedIn from our founder, Sanjiv Razdan in April 2020 led to an outpouring of support and camaraderie from a wide cross section of industry colleagues! The core team of GLEAM and volunteering Mentors have all benefited from generous amounts of exposure to learning, development and mentoring during the course of our professional careers. We now feel compelled to find ways of making a difference to others in a manner that will be way bigger than anything we could do individually! We have set a bold and compelling vision for ourselves and our community - we aim to be a truly global, and the most effective mentoring network for the restaurant and foodservice industry community.

 

Our Mission

To provide mentorship and leadership development to underserved and underrepresented professionals in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

 

Our Board

Andy Hooper
Andy Hooper

President, &Pizza

Carin Stutz
Carin Stutz

President & CEO, Native Foods

Laurence Mittelbronn
Laurence Mittelbronn

Member Engagement & Innovation, National Restaurant Association

Rohit Kapoor
Rohit Kapoor

VP of Retail Technology, Starbucks

Sanjiv Razdan
Sanjiv Razdan

Founder GLEAM Network | President Americas & India, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Sheri Miksa
Sheri Miksa

Former CEO Mazzio's, Boneheads, Robeks, Rubio's

Treasa Bowers
Treasa Bowers

Chief Diversity Officer, 7-Eleven

 

Our Advisory Board

Allison Rhyne
Allison Rhyne

VP of Development, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Bob Barton
Bob Barton

COO & CFO, Bouldering Project

Carl Mount
Carl Mount

SVP Supply Chain Operations, Starbucks

Carol Diraimo
Carol DiRaimo

Former Chief Investor Relations Officer, Jack in the Box

Dennis Monroe
Dennis Monroe

Chairman, Attorney, Monroe Moxness Berg

Gretchen Sussman
Gretchen Sussman

Chief Commercial Officer, Leading NOW

John Dikos
John Dikos

President & Chief Development Officer, Killer Burger

Robert Notte
Robert Notte

VP of Technology, MOD Pizza

Rosemary Staltare
Rosemary Staltare

President, RS Consulting

 

Our Partners

Dream Smart Academy
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Popmenu
Trabon Menu Management Solutions
Norton Creative
Abbracci Group
Hicks Marketing
Sysco
Brighton Jones
Bon Appetit Management Company
SPM Communications
 

What participants are saying

"GLEAM has made a measurable impact on my development. I have been connected with other industry professionals at all levels, been guided through a development journey, and learned even more about myself."
— Mentee

"This has been a great experience. My mentee has been prepared, focused intelligent and committed. I am thrilled to be able to give back to her but in truth, I'm getting a great deal out of the relationship too!"
— Robin R., Mentor

"Seeing the growth and development coupled with aha moments even in such a short period of time of mentorship." 
— David I., Mentor

"The GLEAM Mentor/Mentoring Program is groundbreaking in the Hospitality/Restaurant space. The industry is starving for this kind of collaboration" 
— Bob F., Mentor

"My experience with GLEAM as both a Mentee & volunteer have been delightful! I've met lovely, inspirational people, learned about roles within the industry & developed a sense of what I would like to pursue." 
— Charlotte M., Mentee & Volunteer

"I'm very grateful for the match with my mentor. Joining GLEAM matched up with the time that I was taking on a new executive role, one that I had never had before, at a company that had never had anyone in that role before. It has been critical that I find other resources to hone my craft and develop into this role. My mentor has been such a helpful resource for me."
— Andrew J., Mentee

"I really enjoyed meeting someone else in the industry and helping them focus on their One Big Thing. Not only was it great to share some ideas on how they could accomplish this but also to learn from their ideas, best practices, and expertise. I think there was reciprocal value throughout the entire process." 
— Doug H., Mentor

"In my role as a mentor, GLEAM was so much more than providing mentorship and guidance. Having the opportunity to work along-side of some of the most inspiring leaders in the foodservice industry has re-lit a flame that had been a bit smoldered. Every day I learned something new from a mentor, a mentee, a volunteer or a board member. GLEAM has brought together a group of truly wonderful people that work tirelessly to make a difference. I am now in C3 as an Executive Mentee." 
— Rosemary S., Mentor, Mentee & Volunteer