GLEAM Network
We are a non-profit, volunteer network providing mentorship & leadership development to underserved professionals in the restaurant and foodservice industry.

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Grove Bay Hospitality On The Importance Of Building A Successful Company Through Respect and Core Values.

Meet Francesco Balli — Francesco co-founded Grove Bay Hospitality Group in 2010, with the goal of becoming an industry leader in innovative and profitable restaurant concepts. Since its inception, the group has successfully launched an array of concepts, ranging from fast-casual eateries to celebrity chef-driven restaurants. Balli was instrumental in…

Deb Dziena, Recruiter HR/Global Talent Attraction At Royal Caribbean Group Shares Why Transparency When Developing Others Is So Important

Deb Dziena, Global Talent Attraction

Meet Deb Dziena - I’ve been in the F&B and Hospitality industry for over 20 years, in operations, leading teams in various multi-unit concepts domestically and internationally. I spent several years with Rosa Mexicano Restaurants, where I led operations at our Union Square location in New York City, while extensively…

Carol DiRaimo, Board Member and Award-Winning Investor Relations Executive

At GLEAM Network, we are truly grateful to have some of our industry’s most inspiring leaders who dedicate their time, talents, and resources to help move our mission forward. Today we had the privilege of sitting down with founding Advisory Board Member Carol DiRaimo.

Carol DiRaimo most recently served as…

President and CEO of Wow Bao on Leading Through Hyper-Growth

Geoff Alexander, President, and CEO, Wow Bao

Meet Geoff Alexander — Geoff Alexander joined Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises in 1993 and began leading Wow Bao in 2009. …

Chef Douglas Rodriguez, Godfather of Nuevo Cuisine

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the privilege of sitting down with the Godfather of Nuevo Cuisine himself, Chef Douglas Rodriguez. Chef Rodriguez’s culinary creativity has changed the image of Latino food in America. His work has inspired young chefs across the globe.

Son of Cuban immigrants, Doug…

CEO Corner by GLEAM Network

Sysco Regional President On Leading and Connecting Through Core Values

Regional President of sysco on leading through core values
Jane Grout, Regional President, Sysco

Meet Jane Grout — Jane Grout is the Sysco South Florida Region President leading two Sysco Operating Sites: Medley, Florida and Rivera Beach, Florida. She joined Sysco in July 2019 as Executive Vice President and in August 2020 relocated to South Florida as Region President.

GLEAM Network announces partnership with Popmenu, the innovative digital marketing and customer engagement platform built for the restaurant industry.

GLEAM Network, a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization with a global mission to provide mentorship and leadership development to under-represented professionals in the restaurant and foodservice industry, has seen immense growth since its…

Value of becoming a mentor. Mentorship and leadership development. GLEAM network

The unexpected gift of being a mentor

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

During COVID, I was furloughed and had a lot of time (that I typically don’t have) to get involved as a volunteer with the GLEAM…

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