Talbot brings 11 years of experience in education fundraising and special events coordination to her new position, having worked most recently as the director of community outreach at St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Metairie. In addition to community outreach, Talbot was also a special events coordinator, associate director of admissions and alumni director during her tenure at the school.
She also has experience in government, serving as the district manager and federal caseworker for Congressman Jim McCrery in Washington D.C. and then returned to Louisiana to serve as director of constituent services for Governor Mike Foster during his first gubernatorial term.
As LRAEF executive director, Talbot will oversee the operations of the Foundation, including its scholarship fund and culinary and management education program, ProStart®.
The LRAEF Scholarship Fund is an annual program that supports the continuing education of students and grants scholarships to those attending a two or four year post-secondary school in a culinary or hospitality related program/major.
ProStart is a nationwide, high school program that unites the classroom and industry to develop the best and brightest talent into tomorrow’s restaurant and foodservice leaders. The industry-driven curriculum teaches culinary techniques and management skills that will last a lifetime.
“We are pleased to have someone of Julie’s background join the LRAEF,” said LRA President & CEO Stan Harris. “In addition to her experience in education, her family is also longtime LRA members, which allows her to understand the importance of our industry to the state’s economy. Her passion and energy will serve the LRAEF well.”
Talbot received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. She has been involved with many civic and philanthropic organizations such as the Louisiana House of Representatives Spouses Auxiliary, Junior League of New Orleans, Louisiana Tech Alumni Board, Louisiana 4-H Foundation Board and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Talbot lives in River Ridge with her husband, Kirk, and their two children.
"I’m so thrilled to join such an essential organization like the LRAEF,” said Talbot. “The Foundation addresses a vital need of our state—workforce development for the jobs available in the restaurant and hospitality industries. The LRAEF also provides higher education opportunities and prepares students for a future career. While much has been accomplished, I see a wonderful opportunity for strategic and sustained growth.”
2018 LRAEF Annual Partners: Five Diamond- Acme Oyster House, Auto-Chlor Services, Emeril Lagasse Foundation, Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, Louisiana Restaurant Association and Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers; Four Diamond- Performance Foodservice- Caro; Three Diamond- Atmos Energy and BR Epicurean Society; Two Diamond- Louisiana Gas Association and One Diamond- Katie’s Restaurant and Patrick J. Gros, CPA. The LRAEF would also like to thank the nine chapters of the LRA for their support throughout the year.