CIA Managing Director Honored by Women's Venture Fund
Hyde Park, NY, June 8, 2011 – Eve Felder, managing director of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), Singapore, was honored by the Women's Venture Fund with the organization's Highest Leaf Award at a ceremony in New York City on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. The Highest Leaf Award is presented to women who are role models and leaders in their field who demonstrate how women can influence the business world through innovative strategies and creative ideas. Chef Felder was cited for her creative thinking, management skills and experience, outstanding leadership qualities, and commitment to mentoring others.Chef Felder is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the CIA's first international campus, including its bachelor's degree program in culinary arts management. She assumed her current role in 2010, as the CIA Singapore campus prepared to open. Before that, she served as associate professor, associate dean for curriculum and instruction for culinary arts, associate dean for new culinary faculty and special programs, and associate dean for production and scheduling, all at the college's Hyde Park, NY campus. An advocate for the advancement of women in the hospitality industry, Chef Felder has played an integral role in growing the presence at the CIA of such organizations as Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and the Women's Food Service Forum. Having mentored countless CIA students, she has worked closely with many well-known alumnae like Cat Cora and Melissa Kelly throughout her career.
"It is my goal professionally to help young people realize their dreams," says Felder. "If I can plug them into my network and create mutual synergies among like-minded people, I have reached the pinnacle of what I believe is good and right in life."
Eve Felder is a Certified Executive Chef. She graduated with honors from the CIA in 1988. Prior to returning to her alma mater in 1994 as a faculty member, she was chef at Chez Panisse Café in Berkeley, CA, where she worked closely with Alice Waters and nurtured her strong interest in sustainable agriculture.
In addition to Chef Felder's CIA degree, the native of Charleston, SC holds a bachelor of science degree from the College of Charleston and a master of science degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
In 2007, Chef Felder received the first Educator of the Year Award from Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. She earned a Dutchess County (NY) YWCA Salute to Woman Award in 2000. Chef Felder is one of eight recipients of a 2011 Highest Leaf Award from the Women's Venture Fund (http://wvf-ny.org/).