Getting to Know Henrietta Sameke January 2017

Henrietta Sameke

For Henrietta Sameke, being selected as the United Kingdom representative for the 2014 Lead 360 (now Emerging Leaders Network) “was a life-changing experience and an invaluable stepping stone for [her] career.” In addition to meeting talented new professionals from around the world, Sameke, technical policy adviser at the British Meat Processors Assoc., also gained practical insights from her time on the IFT food expo floor and in scientific sessions.

Following the 2014 annual meeting, she became active in the IFT British Section, stepping out of her comfort zone to nominate herself for honorary secretary. Sameke credits this work with furthering her professional development and recognition, as she has been able to work with different people within the industry. She also has enjoyed helping create local events, such as the wine tasting the British Section recently held. “I was involved in its planning so it made me appreciate all the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that an event runs smoothly. It was also very enjoyable learning about the science of wine in a social setting,” she reflects.

While Sameke was initially concerned about the time required for volunteering, she has not found it to be a challenge even during her busiest periods. “Time management and prioritization are the most effective strategies that I use in balancing my commitments,” she says. She encourages all members to find a way to get involved, noting that “the industry needs us all no matter how much experience we have as we will always have some level of expertise in something! It’s a great way to keep learning and to network with like-minded individuals in the industry.”

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