|Executive Chef, Mark Locraft, next to World Food Programme |
booth in Global Village at the XIX International AIDS Conference.
In addition to the session, it was a privilege to walk through the exhibitions, visit the Global Village and have the opportunity to speak with representatives from NIH, the FDA and the World Food Programme. I truly benefited from this experience both professionally and personally.
Professionally, yesterday I learned ways to become a better chef and how to lead my team of chefs in improving our food program so as to better nourish and strengthen our clients. It was nice to be reminded that for our clients living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, the food we provide not only offers physical nourishment, but is extremely important in providing emotional and mental nourishment as well.
Personally, I was inspired by the determination of everyone who is attending the conference. It is encouraging to see, first-hand, the global involvement in fighting AIDS and to be surrounded by a group of people who share a true sense of purposefulness.
Overall, I walked away amazed by how much knowledge and wisdom you can gain when you keep your mind, heart, eyes and ears OPEN.
Learn more about this week’s International AIDS Conference.