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Involvement with the Food Industry Leadership Center will give you opportunities throughout your education at Portland State University. From courses taught by world class faculty, to networking opportunities with industry executives; from experiencing what the industry is like through a practicum, to developing a professional network with other Food Industry Leadership Center students, the FILC can give you everything you need to start an exciting career in the $3.1 million dollar a year food retail industry. Take a look at what the Food Industry Leadership Center can offer you.

About the FILC:

The Food Industry Leadership Center began in 1994 as a partnership between the School of Business Administration at Portland State University and the food retail industry. Over 350 companies, including food processors, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and brokers, have participated in the various executive programs. Learn more about the FILC here.


Student Activities

Student Activities: Every term, the FILC puts together events that are designed to enhance the the learning experience and professional development of our students.  Really, "It is not just about what you know, but also WHO you know". These events are key to learning outside of the classroom and provide networking opportunities with executives in the industry.

Events include but are not limited to the following (watch our listserve email to get regular updates):

Monthly inspirators meeting: A monthly networking meeting for local vendor representatives.   They meet for dinner and invite a retailer to speak about business, trends…etc.   (usually meets every 2nd Thursday of the month, September thru may). If you are interested in being one of the 3 students selected to attend this event, visit SBA 260 or email


Executive Forum:  Join us every October for our annual Fall Executive Forum with featured keynote speaker's. This is a two day forum and includes: top notch industry speakers, a student panel, educational sessions, networking reception, dinner, keynote speaker and a women's forum on the 2nd day. Volunteers at this event will have their attendance fee waved, get to sit in on the sessions…and you will be able to network with industry executives that actively support our program.

HARVEST BALL - City of Hope: Oregon Invitational Golf Tournament and Benefit Auction. Ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals in cancer and urology, City of hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics.  This event is highly supported by the industry and is a great networking opportunity.

National Grocers Association: An Industry trade show in Las Vegas! Every year we will take 3-5 students (air, hotel and transportation paid for!) to attend this exciting show at the Paris Hotel!  You will have the opportunity to introduce session speakers, visit the trade show floor and the opportunity to have a show mentor to walk you around!  It is a great opportunity to learn about what the industry offers as far as jobs, products and people!  You must apply for this opportunity!  Visit Rahel in the FILC (sba 260) for an application.   To learn more about the show, visit the NGA website:  and click on convention.

Resume Café: Yes, every year we bring  a professional career counselor just for you to give you tips on landing the first interview with a winning resume! 20 resumes are usually collected prior to the event and then critiqued/edited by the career counselor for Free!

Northwest Food Manufacturing & packaging Expo: The Northwest Food Manufacturing & Packaging Expo (Expo) is considered the largest regional Food Processing Expo in North America. The event attracts a full range of industry professionals from CEO's, plant managers, purchasing managers, production and quality assurance managers. In addition to featuring over 400 exhibitor booths in the SOLUTIONS Marketplace Exhibit Hall, the event offers industry relevant sessions with industry relevant information featuring high level speakers to encourage a broad based attendance by food processor company personnel. Students who volunteer are able to attend for free.


DIVERSITY AND LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP: FILC is pleased to offer this annual workshop to our students!  Students spend most of the first day with Professor Alan Cabelly talking about leadership qualities and then taking a DISC assessment to see where their strengths as a leader fall and allows students to learn how they interact in different situations with different personality types.
The first day ends with dinner and fun group of  guests from On Your Feet-a consultancy that uses improvisation and other experimental techniques to help with creativity, public speaking and presentation skills. Daryl Dixon, of Diversity Resource Group will lead the second day exploring diversity as it relates to the workplace and individual roles in it.
The day will then end with lunch where some FILC alum come and chat with students about their experience related to the food/retail industry.  We are excited to offer this very unique opportunity to ONLY 20 of our students!  For more information or to sign up, please visit SBA 260 or email

Diversity Career Fair: Every February we hold our own food/retail industry focused career fair.
No more overwhelming crowds or two second conversations! At this career fair, both students and recruiters will have the opportunity to talk about employment opportunities in a more intimate and calm setting without the rush. Students are always encouraged to come prepared with most current resumes and business cards.

City of Hope kick off event: Oregon Invitational Golf Tournament and Benefit Auction. Ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals in cancer and urology, City of hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics.  This event is highly supported by the industry and is a great networking opportunity.

Natural Products Expo West: This is the largest natural and organic trade show that brings you a World of Goods. We take students to this annual March tradeshow held in Anaheim, CA! (air, hotel and transportation is all paid for by us!) For application, contact or visit: and click on this years expo west.  Applications must be submitted by the due date.  To learn more visit:


Student-Industry Connection Luncheon: An amazing opportunity to try out your skills at networking!  Our great industry partners and students come together for a luncheon. It is free…. Lunch is served… we talk about all the exciting things we did throughout the school year… awards are given to our scholarship winners and a brief message by a guest speaker… it is a fun way to get to know companies and for them to get to know you! You don't want to miss this opportunity! This years Date: May 13, 2011 at University Place.

Northwest Grocery Association: Dinner/Auction/Golf Tournament, Every May of the year. This Dinner and Auction brings in over 400 industry executives for a Dinner and Silent and Live Auction; followed the next day by a golf tournament. This is a great opportunity to work with and meet some top level industry executives.


City of Hope: Oregon Invitational Golf Tournament and Benefit Auction. Ranked as one of America's Best Hospitals in cancer and urology, City of hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics. This event is highly supported by the industry and is a great networking opportunity.

Inspirators: Buyers Party Golf Tournament in June. This local vendor networking group hosts a golf tournament and is looking for volunteers to help! It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people in the industry! Some of the money raised at the event will be donated to the FILC for scholarships!

Food Management Certificate Program


Food Management Certificate Program:

The PSU Food Industry Management Certificate is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the food retail industry. The FILC offers courses, programs, conferences, forums, seminars and internships to current industry managers as well as talented students interested in developing careers in food industry management.

Learn more about the Undergraduate Food Management Certificate Program here


Certificate Requirements

Select which program you are working on to view the certificate requirements



FILC Scholarships


The FILC scholarship is offered twice a year. Students have the opportunity to apply Fall and Winter of each year and money is dispersed for the following term! Applications are due beginning of November and March. Please watch your listserve emails for due dates.

One of the eligibility requirements of the scholarships' is enrollment in the Food Industry Certificate Program which targets a student's degree in business to the food industry. The certificate program will provide students with a competitive edge by providing opportunities to:

  • Become aware of the key competitive issues facing firms involved in the manufacturing,
  • distribution, and retailing of food and related consumer products.
  • Prepare themselves for management positions within the industry, combining your business option with food industry classes.
  • Work one-on-one with food faculty advisers.


The Network of Executive Women is opening doors for women to the consumer products and retail industry with new scholarships. These annual merit scholarships are awarded to outstanding college and university students in food, retail and consumer products-related programs in the United States by the industry's largest diversity action organization. The Network has contributed more than $100,000 in scholarships to date.

NEW invites all full-time female graduate students or undergraduate students (junior year or higher) who are U.S. citizens and enrolled in a retail, food or consumer packaged goods related program at a U.S. college or university to apply. You must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Download application at:

Due date: May 1st


Deadline: May 1

The Asparagus Club was founded in 1909 to generate a spirit of cooperation and fellowship among
members of the grocery industry. It has sought to unite all segments of the grocery industry – retailers,
wholesalers, manufacturers, and state and national trade association executives. Over the last 15 years,
the Asparagus Club has awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships.

The purpose of the Asparagus Club Scholarship Fund is to enhance the future of the grocery industry by investing in the education of needy and deserving young people who are pursuing a career in the grocery industry,
especially the independent community focused retail and wholesale sector. The scholarship award is to be used toward tuition and fees.

The grocery industry is the world's largest industry, employing three out of every ten people who work in
the United States. Become a part of this exciting and dynamic industry and enjoy a full and rewarding
career. Join the professionals in three major areas of food distribution: retailing, wholesaling, and processing/manufacturing. The wide selection of challenging career opportunities offered in the grocery
industry include supermarket management and ownership, convenience store management, advertising
and public relations, computer technology, food safety, consumer affairs, food plant management,
purchasing management, financial planning and traffic management.

Scholarship Application
The Asparagus Club Scholarships are up to $1,500 per semester ($3000 per year) for up to two years for
college sophomores and juniors and graduate students. A Scholarship Advisory Committee, composed
of the members of the Asparagus Club, recommend the winners in June of each year. All applicants are
notified of the results in early July. Checks will be mailed to each recipient's home and will be made
payable to the student and the college or university. Recipients are responsible for delivering the checks
to their college.

To maintain the scholarship, the recipient must continue to demonstrate his or her scholastic achievement
by earning a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) each semester/quarter. The recipient must also
demonstrate good character. At the end of each semester/quarter, the recipient will provide the

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FILC Scholarships


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What is the FILC Student Listserv?

The FILC Student listserv is an email based information system where prospective and current FILC students will be notified of course information, current events, FILC sponsored programs, and various other events. Subscribing to the listserv is a great way to learn about what the FILC has to offer.


Who should sign up for the FILC Student listserv?

Students who are interested in or currently enrolled in the Food Industry Leadership Center program are encouraged to sign up for the listserv.

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