David Waters, CEO of Community Servings, will speak to our group about the power of storytelling and narrative -- speaking from his experiences as a business person and community leader. This is the first in the SAGE series (identifying Skills, Accomplishmentss, and Goals for Enterprise) talks and workshops for Second-Year Scholars focusing on the development of the conceptual skills necessary to success as your prepare for your first co-op.
David has been involved with Community Servings as a board member, volunteer and staff person since its founding over twenty years ago and became the Executive Director/CEO in 1999. With a staff of about 40, the agency delivers lunch, dinner and a snack to 1,300 critically ill individuals and families per year across over 215 square miles. In 2008, the agency added a new food service job training program, a social enterprise effort feeding local schools, and several local foods initiatives including a Farmers Market, herb garden, CSA and CSF. Community Servings has been awarded a coveted four-star rating for its efficient and effective business model for providing nutrition services to the critically ill by Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator.
With 35 years experience in food service management, David served as the General Manager of UpStairs at the Pudding restaurant in Cambridge for eight years, where he first created Community Servings annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving pie sale, which is now replicated in cities around the country. He has been honored by the American Marketing Association in the field of nonprofit marketing, received the Hero Among Us award from the Boston Celtics, the Ronald M. Leavell Award from The Dimock Center, and the 2009 Social Justice Award from Wainwright Bank. He is the former Board Chair of the international Association of Nutrition Service Agencies.
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