Showcase of the Stars™ was launched in 2000
& has been inspiring students nationwide since.
Showcase of the Stars™ is a Live,
Interactive, Career Exploration Event
Showcase of The Stars™ Empowers
and Educates Students
The Panelists Represent MFHA’s
Leading Member Companies
About Showcase of the Stars™
Showcase of the Stars™ is a live, interactive career exploration event that promotes careers in the food and hospitality industry.
The Showcase Inspiration
The roots of MFHA’s award winning Showcase of the Stars™ began with the vision of Ernie Royal, the National Restaurant Association’s first African-American director. Mr. Royal imagined traveling nationwide to tell young people of color about career opportunities that exist within the industry.
The primary audience for Showcase: minority high school and college students.
- To communicate the vital message for students to stay in school, aim high and believe in their dreams.
- To convey the idea that hospitality careers offer quality of life and excellent earning potential.
- To demonstrate that diversity is valued and needed in our industry.
Showcase of the Stars™ educates, motivates, and inspires students to want to do better in school and to value career education. Providing students with exposure to industry professionals helps then see people that look like them having career success.
- Share your company’s diversity story and discuss potential career paths.
- Provide public speaking experience for your employees.
- Connect and give back to the community.
- Enhance your employment branding.
- Connect with and recruit current and future workforce.
Showcase of the Stars™ is executed in a panel format with four to six industry professionals who represent different segments of the industry. The panelists or “Stars” are seated on stage in an auditorium or theater-like venue, and answer questions from the moderator and the students who may be seated theater style or at round tables.
Following the panel discussion, students are provided free lunch and move to breakout rooms. Each panelist will facilitate small group sessions with 20-30 students where they discuss specific opportunities within each company.
The total program takes about three hours.
- Atlanta, GA
- Boston, MA
- Baltimore, MD
- Charlotte, NC
- Chester, PA
- Chicago, IL
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Detroit, MI
- Durham, NC
- East Lansing, MI
- Greensboro, NC
- Greenville, SC
- Houston, TX
- Los Angeles, CA
- Memphis, TN
- Miami, FL
- Milwaukee, WI
- Minneapolis, MN
- Nassau, Bahamas
- New Orleans, LA
- New York, NY
- Orlando, FL
- Petersburg, VA
- Philadelphia, PA
- Princess Anne, MD
- Providence, RI
- Spartanburg, SC
- Washington, DC
- Wichita, KS
For sponsorship information or to bring Showcase to your school or city, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 461-6352 ask for the Program Manager.
“Partnering with MFHA’s Showcase of the Stars™ has given Chipotle Mexican Grill a unique and rewarding opportunity to share our vision with hundreds of eager and energetic students interested in pursuing careers in the foodservice or hospitality industry. As we continue to build our employment brand as an Employer of Choice, Showcase remains a great venue to share our mission and vision to thousands of potential future leaders in our industry.”
Marie A. Davis, National Recruiting Manager, Chipotle Mexican Grill
“Thank you for inviting Buffalo Wild Wings to be a part of your event! The program was a great way to connect the community and Buffalo Wild Wings. I appreciate the value that MFHA is giving back to the local community and our industry. I look forward to working with you in the future.”
Grace Kurtz, Regional Manager, Buffalo Wild Wings
“I have participated in many of these Showcase events and I am more inspired every time. We have several students targeted for summer internships thanks in part to Showcase. For Sodexo, this is one of our strongest partnerships.”
Vice President of Operations, Sodexo School Services
“Last night I participated in the MFHA Panel discussion at Howard University in Washington DC. It was a very rewarding experience. A great experience! I would enjoy participating again someday! Thanks for the opportunity!”
Cyndi Brodt Market Manager, General Mills Foodservice
“Seeing how energized the students are, after hearing from industry professionals, underscores the need for industry collaboration events like this”
Educator, Virginia State University
“ We brought over 400 DISD culinary, hospitality, travel and tourism students onto our campus for a highly engaging day of learning and that was no small feat! Thank you for bringing your outstanding program to Dallas. There is no doubt that a difference was made for those who attended!”
Steve DeShazo ,CEC, FMP, MAT, Director, Food & Hospitality Institute , El Centro College
“I enjoyed being able to hear first-hand what industry leaders had to say. One speech particularly motivated me more to follow my dreams no matter what.”
Student, Breithaupt Career and Technical Center
“I can honestly say that not being a Foodservice/Hospitality Major did not hinder my experience and level of learning. I feel that your workshop would be beneficial for all majors. I was able to see how I could use this information in my life, on a personal and professional level. Thank you again for coming to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I hope that you will return, as I look forward to meeting with you again.”
Stephanie Timmons, Senior Student, Human Ecology, University Of Maryland Eastern Shore
“I really appreciate how you are empowering students to be successful! The look of confidence that you inspire in the students was awesome! Thank you for what you do!”
Patricia Longmoore, Admission Central Florida Region, Johnson & Wales University Miami
“The program is an example of the type of student experiences we want as a part of our career Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Olympic High School As we returned to the classroom yesterday, one student turned to me and said “I was inspired”. Hearing those three words… that what this is all about.”
Christine Kapakos, NBCT, Culinary Arts Teacher, Olympic High School