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James Chen

James Chen

Cuisine Solutions

Director of Educational Development

Personal Information

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School: Penn State University

Major: Business Management

Years at College Works: 2006 to 2007

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Cuisine Solutions

Title: Director of Educational Development

Industry: Food and Beverages

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I am the Director of Educational Development for the educational department for our company. CREA (The Culinary Research and Education Academy) specializes in sous-vide training for top chefs around the world. I have been brought on the re-brand, re-energize, and develop our business via eLearning.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

My promotion from manager to director within a year of being with my current employer.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP prepared me for the business world by showing me results that can be achieved through determination, drive, and dedication.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP prepared me for the peaks and troughs that can be found in the business world.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

My favorite client was my most challenging client in which my DM had to come out and assist me. I learned the most from this client as they challenged everything single thing that I did and made me realize the world is filled people who are all very different.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

The greatest lesson I learned from my CWP experience was that relationships are EVERYTHING. Building bonds with people and establishing connections provides immense opportunities for success.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

I've kept in contact and randomly encountered many of my CWP friends in numerous cities across the U.S. since the program. I keep in touch with a select few.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

We paint, we learn, and we have fun!

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Embrace the program from the start because it is a life-changing experience. Work and push yourself to the fullest because you owe that to yourself as well as CWP for providing you with the opportunity to succeed.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

CWP can be applied to any field of study or career as drive, determination, hard word, and business is essential for any line of postgraduate work.

Last words of wisdom

"There are no working hours for leaders" -James Cardinal Gibbons

James Chen