Stacy C. Pyett

Board of Directors Candidate
Current Title:
Market Team Lead Dairy and Key Account Manager
Employer: NIZO Food & Health

Why do you want to serve in this role?

The objectives of IFT as an organization are well-aligned with my personal values and life goals. I studied chemical engineering, but the choice of a career in the food industry was a no-brainer for me: I love food! I want to do my part, however small, towards the goal of feeding the world with high-quality accessible food. Collaborative platforms like IFT are essential to achieving that.

Please describe how your attributes and experiences have prepared you for board service.

I am people-oriented, and I love meeting new people and hearing about their goals and challenges. I am a native US citizen, living and working in The Netherlands, working everyday with companies as far flung as Colombia and Malaysia. I am impressed with the approach IFT has taken toward building collaborations to strengthen IFT as part of a global network and I believe I can contribute to extending that process.

In reviewing IFT’s Strategic Promises, please describe the challenges and opportunities you believe IFT will face in achieving our mission and vision.

IFT's challenges and opportunities lie both in the glorious diversity of its membership. How do you support career advancement of students, young professionals, and seniors with their varied needs? How do you develop a global network while there is such variability in the local food professional organizations worldwide? How do you steer a volunteer-based organization to create an exciting and inclusive content-driven program? How do you professionally represent scientific evidence while the membership may not have reached consensus itself?

Please describe an IFT or other volunteer leadership experience and how it will assist you in serving on the board.

My most rewarding achievement within IFT was working together with a group to found the new proteins division. The idea started with a group of three people chatting at IFT 2014. Speaking about our own wishes with other members, we received enthusiastic responses. Along the way, we reached out to experienced division leaders to learn best-practice. Since being founded in 2015, we have been developing our new leadership. I believe that the process of listening to members’ needs, learning from experienced leaders, and inspiring new leaders is what's needed at all levels of IFT service!

Please provide a short narrative biography of important career and personal accomplishments.

Hey everybody, thanks for taking the time to read a little bit about me! Despite my geographically meandering career path, I am a Midwesterner through-and-through. I’m from Ohio but I got my PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. (Sorry Ohio!) After that, I landed in Germany for a post-doc study of microgelled colloids and started to put down roots on this side of the Atlantic. For the last 11 years, I have been working for NIZO, a contract research company supporting innovation in food and health. My current role as market team leader involves working with dairy companies worldwide to understand their strategic aims and to identify the required technologies needed to get them there. I love strategy discussions, I am fully comfortable with an international working life, and I am passionate about contributing to food sustainability.

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