Pathway to Leadership Program

The Pathway to Leadership Program is a 9-month commitment that is aimed at developing the skills of future leaders in the nutrition and dietetics related careers spanning across district, state and national levels. Students will rotate between three out of six of the following professional organizations which will allow them to experience training in the various interest areas. CLICK HERE to find out more. 

  1. Diversity and Inclusion: Identify and/or develop resources for members that will be featured in the quarterly newsletter that promotes diversity and inclusion. Interview members to identify best practices to support diversity and inclusion in the field of nutrition and dietetics to be featured in the quarterly newsletter.
  2. Fundraising: Explore opportunities for fundraising and provide recommendations to the committee to boost fundraising efforts at the state and national level.
  3. Public Policy: Participate in public policy and legislative calls in order to engage in advocacy. Review legislative bills and provide recommendations to the committee regarding support for legislation. Participate in Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Action Alerts. Promote and track member engagement in action alerts in order to increase participation. Students will also engage with their lawmakers in order to promote food and nutrition policies.
  4. Social Media: Support the IAND brand through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media handles. Create an article to be featured in the quarterly publication.
  5. Organizational Planning: Learn about how to operate a not-for-profit organization. Participate in the IAND strategic planning process including reviewing data collected and monitoring progress of strategic plans. Participate in policies and procedures review. Explore opportunities to ensure that IAND is remaining current and aligning with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in order to maintain the stability of the organization.
  6. Council on Professional Issues: Identify and recommend topics and/or speakers for professional education to the CPI committee. Identify and recommend potential sponsors and/or exhibitors for conferences and special events.

Student Affiliate Representative: The Student Affiliate Representative is an appointed position that serves as a liaison between the Academy, the affiliate, and fellow student members. Tasks may include:

  • Participate in recruitment and retention of student members and in special projects within the affiliate.
  • Participate in affiliate activities as directed by the affiliate board.
  • Communicate with educational programs within the state about Academy and affiliate initiatives.

Following the 9-month program, students are encouraged to share a presentation with their respective dietetic programs and share the lessons they have learned in order to assist in building bridges for peer engagement in servant leadership.

Student Benefits: Academy Membership Dues (value $58) and Spring Assembly Conference Registration (value $100) will be paid for by IAND. Academy Dues and Spring Assembly fees will be reimbursed in April following the receipt of a report from the students on their achievements within each of the interest areas.

Pathway to Leadership Co-Chairs

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Ashley Simper, MS, RD, LDN
Lori Granich
Lori Granich, MBA, RDN, CAE

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Meet our current Pathway students!

Jessica Picone HeadshotJessica Picone
Rush University Medical Center
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Hannah Dungan HeadshotHannah Dungan
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center
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Sophia Cheung HeadshotSophia Cheung
Bradley University 
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Arianna Bolivar
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
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Morgan Weise
Eastern Illinois University
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Amanda Gelasi
Loyola University
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Zoe Chen HeadshotSau Yu (Zoe) Chen
University of Chicago Medicine
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Janessia SlaughterJanessia Slaughter
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
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Michael Shadowen
Northern Illinois University 
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Claudia Wojcik HeadshotClaudia Wojcik
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Erin Bannister

Erin Bannister
Northern Illinois University
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Samara Derdiger HeadshotSamara Derdiger
Rush University Medical Center
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Katie Casey
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Lane Logan
UChicago Ingalls Memorial Dietetic Internship
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Ian Washington HeadshotIan Washington
Illinois State University Dietetic Internship
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