Deadline for application submission is May 23, 2018.

Calling all IFT New Professionals! Join an elite group of presenters at the IFT Annual Meeting by being an Ignite Speaker!

What is Ignite? 

Short. A series of five-minute presentations before an audience of your peers.  These sessions will take place on Monday, July 16th at 6:30 pm, during the New Professional Mixer.   You must register for IFT18 to be considered as an Ignite speaker.

Focused. Each Ignite presentation should be organized around at least one of these themes:

  • Your work as a food scientist 
  • Your career journey
  • How you demonstrate leadership in your work environment
  • A hobby or cause you feel passionate about
  • Something that makes you unique

Casual. Ignite presentations lend themselves to a more relaxed presentation style, rather than a traditional session format that you will find elsewhere at the Annual Meeting.  For that reason, all speakers should have no more than 7-10 slides, and they should be highly visual in nature.  Photos, graphics, etc. are highly encouraged; bullet points are not. 

Amplifying. Our goal is to make you as successful as you can be in this presentation. Consequently, IFT will provide you with a presentation coach who will help you through the development of your program and the best ways to illuminate the points of your story.   We want to make sure the best “you” is shining through on stage, and will coach you around your presentation visuals, the cadence of your presentation, stage presence and more.

Apply Today
If you are interested in being a part of this dynamic program, please complete your applications and upload a two-minute video submission by the deadline of May 23, 2018 HERE.  Your submission should be no longer than two minutes in length, and cover the following:

  • Your name, where you work (organization and location)
  • The essence of your presentation – what you would like to speak about and why?
  • What has inspired you about the food science profession?

Note: You will not be judged on the quality of the video submission.

No previous speaking experience is necessary, just a passion to tell a story around something that has meaning to you, and will resonate with those in the audience.  We look forward to reviewing your application.

Click here to register for the IFT18

Questions?  Contact Debra Zabloudil at Debra@learningstudio.biz.

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May 23
Deadline for submissions

July 16
Ignite presentations @ New Professional Mixer

Questions? Contact
Debra Zabloudil – Presentation Coach

Jay Gilbert
New Professional Work Group Liaison

Video Release Form (PDF)

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