Director of Impact James Beard Foundation
V Spehar serves as the Director of Impact & Women’s Programs for The James Beard Foundation where they oversee a full suite of programs designed to increase the number of women leaders and owners across the culinary and hospitality fields. This includes the Foundation’s "Owning It" and "Women's Entrepreneurial Leadership" initiatives. Both programs are designed to introduce women in culinary-related fields to best practices related to visioning, business planning, fundraising and pitching their business. V also co-leads the Foundation’s efforts to build a more diverse and inclusive industry.