Barbara Ivens, MS, RDN, FADA, FANDPresident-elect
|POSITION||Skills/Attributes associated with the position||Examples of how I have demonstrated outcomes for each skill/attribute that qualify me for the position|
||As past Academy Foundation chair, our BOD modeled a 100% annual pledge that continues as a challenge for Academy members to imitate. As chair and member of various task forces with diverse participants, I worked collaboratively on key issues of food, nutrition, and food science, that also generated the 3-part 'Systems Links' series presented at 2017 FNCE. As president of the private Gerber Foundation, we sustained funding capabilities of national infant research projects during an uneven economy|
|Nutrition Information Exchange||Principal||3 years|
|ConAgra Foods||Senior Nutrition Director||7 years|
|Leadership Position||Organization||Years Involved in the Organization||My specific leadership contributions, achievements and outcomes:|
|Chair||Joint Academy/IFT ASN/IFIC Foundation Food and Nutrition Science Solutions Task Force||2012 - 2017||As 2015 chair of the above Task Force, we enjoyed the successful acceptance of a 2015 FNCE session joint proposal: Delivering Nutrition Policy and Consumer Food Demand through Food Science; and in 2016 the publication of two Task Force papers in the Academy and IFT Journals on the need and value of multidisciplinary partnerships in advancing public health goals. Centering this diverse group toward our shared outcome required negotiation skills, listening skills and respect.|
|Chair||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation||2009 - 2013||As 2011 Foundation chair, one of the BOD's responsibilities was to raise funds that would extend the Foundation's efforts to ensure that our philanthropic goals for scholarship, grants and awards were met. As the only charitable organization dedicated to serving our profession, our BOD modeled a 100% annual Foundation giving commitment that still continues as a challenge for members to imitate.|
|Volunteer Coordinator||Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group||2011 - 2019||This position identifies opportunities for WM members to become engaged within the practice group. Through conversations with members of all ages and stages of their professional careers, it is rewarding to help channel the interests and passions of members into meaningful projects and positions that benefit the member, the practice group, and the profession.|
|President||The Gerber Foundation||2004 - 2019||My volunteer experience with the Gerber Foundation includes leading the successful transition from a corporate-based non-profit foundation to a separately endowed private foundation with a national focus in pediatric nutrition and health research. To date, the Gerber Foundation has awarded over 300 national nutrition and health research grants totaling over $75 million.|
The future brings unprecedented changes in the workforce, health care and the environment. We need to think globally but act locally, requiring a collaborative and expansive view of the nutrition and dietetic profession across food, wellness and health systems, and disciplines. We must increase the public’s understanding of our value by leveraging strategic alliances, education, communication and innovation. Together we are, and represent, the transformative power of food and nutrition.
Let’s embrace innovation and the transformative power of food and nutrition. Barbara Ivens - the right leader for our future!