WFFC Woman in Flavor and Fragrance Commerce October 2013

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2013 Open Dinner Honoring  Dr. Carol Karahadian, Starbucks

On Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 the WFFC held their 31st Annual Open Dinner at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park, NJ. Over 600 industry professionals enjoyed the opportunity to network while enjoying the evening’s festivities. This year’s honoree was Dr. Carol Karahadian, Global Director of Sensory - R&D Division, Starbucks Coffee Company. Prior to joining Starbucks two years ago, Karahadian spent 17 years at Firmenich. She joined as a Sensory Manager at the company’s North American Flavor Division and eventually rose to become Vice President of Global Sensory and Consumer Research. David Shipman, President, Firmenich North America introduced our honoree. In line with the WFFC’s mission, a portion of the evening's proceeds went to the Seattle Chapter of Expanding Your Horizons, a non-profit organization for girls in 6th-8th grade to explore math, science and technology, the charity of Karahadian’s choice. Dr. Carol Karahadian is a very gracious woman and was truly appreciative of the honor helping make the event another huge success for the WFFC. In closing, Karahadian thanked the WFFC and declared “Be the stars that you are and spread your sunshine."


L-R: Celine Roche and Dr. Carol Karahadian



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Dr. Carol Karahadian award speech



L-R: June Burkhardt, JC Burkhardt Consulting and David Shipman, Firmenich



International Aromatics’ Steve Gerardi and Paula Kundu with Phoenix Aromas & Essential Oils’ Ryan and Brandon Daly


IFF’s Evelyn Pura and Hedy Kulka with Lindsay Mahon of FONA Intl



L-R: Beata Smoron and John Olszewski, PepsiCo


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