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DBT40 Honoree: Raelynn Grogan of Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation


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AGE: 26
TITLE: Director of Education
COMPANY: Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
WORKS IN: Newark

What the nominator said:

“Raelynn’s position as Director of Education for the Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation involves many hats, including her role as the Delaware ProStart Coordinator, which helps guide 3,000 students to successes in the restaurant and food service industry. She has raised $200,000 since joining the team and her volunteer work with Meals on Wheels allows her to do what she truly loves: give back.”

Social media platform you can’t live without:

“Facebook, because I love how it keeps me connected to my family and friends.”

Biggest break:

“I was managing a restaurant when I put in my notice and relocated to Wilmington for a change. I found this position on Indeed.com and went out on a limb and went to the association’s website, found the CEO’s contact information, and contacted Carrie Leishman directly.”

Two words that best describe you:

Compassionate and ambitious.

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

“Everyone should have a reason – person, place, thing, or dog(s) – to call it a day and go home. I go into work and give it my all and then I make sure I get home to spend time with my two rescue Shepherds and give them my all.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Always do something today for tomorrow, professionally and personally, because you never know where a small or big opportunity may lead you. I started volunteering with Meals on Wheels on my days off and fell in love with giving back.”

In one sentence, define success:

“I have always defined my success, whether professionally or personally, as minor accomplishments where I have wanted to pick up the phone right away to tell my ma and pops.”

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