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July 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014  
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Mentorship Program to Launch in 2014
The IFSA Mentorship Program is a 4 month program designed to bring experienced members of the inflight services industry together with junior members who are interested in further career development.  The program is a wonderful opportunity for senior members of the industry to give back and further develop the industry.  In turn, it is a great opportunity for junior members to gain valuable career guidance and a framework for career planning through a one-on-one partnership with a seasoned professional.

Through a selection process utilizing applications, IFSA will match qualified mentors with deserving mentees who are looking for development in an area that matches the experience of the mentor.  The mentee and mentor will work together throughout the 4 months with a minimum of 6 hours contact time and at least one in person meeting.  During this time, the mentor will discuss career path, goals and share experiences that are relevant to the mentees growth.

GAEC Update on FDA Labeling Regulation 
There is an ongoing collaborative effort by members of IFSA, Airlines for America (A4A) and the entire onboard industry to align, define and implement industry-wide standards that could be consistently applied across all parties involved. 

IFSA's Government Affairs and Education Committee (GAEC) met with the FDA on March 25, followed by a call on April 17, with an FDA representative to answer our questions regarding labeling. A letter with industry feedback was sent to the FDA on May 23.  

IFSA and Airlines for America members met with the FDA again in July and were assured that the FDA is listening to our concerns and will respond to the industry soon.  However, they were unable to give us a timeline.  

We will continue to support and actively work with the FDA and other agencies to accomplish this aim, as well as continue to create further improvements for the future.  In addition, we will continue to update our membership on all regulations and compliance requirements as we receive additional information.

We will be sure to send you updates as we receive them.



Networking Fun at EXPO 2014: Casino Night and Networking Event at House of Blues   
In addition to the EXPO, attendees should take advantage of the IFSA Hospitality Suite for a relaxed networking opportunity. Meet fellow conference attendees and enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The Hospitality Suite is Tuesday night at 9 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. Sponsored by: McGuire & Associates
APEX/IFSA Networking at House of Blues: You don’t want to miss the opportunity to network with APEX and IFSA members at this fantastic event. There will be a live band, dancing, food and drink, and the event will feature themed areas for some added fun! Transportation to and from the Anaheim Hilton will be provided. Sponsored by: HACO & Coca-Cola Company
Casino Night is a brand new networking event for IFSA Foundation this year, and will raise money for the IFSA Foundation. After dinner on Monday night, plan to stop by the California Ballroom for some fun, games, networking and drinks with your colleagues from 9 p.m. – midnight. Enjoy blackjack, roulette, poker, craps, Wheel of Fortune and 50/50 raffles! It’s a great way to interact with industry colleagues and raise money for the IFSA Foundation.
Full Schedule of Networking Events at EXPO

Have You Registered for IFSA's Annual Conference and EXPO? Don't Miss Out on Early Bird Rates!
This year stands to be our biggest conference and EXPO since 2001! Don't forget to take advantage of our discounted Early Bird Registration rate to save on your 2014 IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO registration. Act quickly because Early Bird registration ends August 6, 2014!   
In order to fully enjoy the endless passenger experience educational content and networking opportunities at the IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO without a worry in the world, book your hotel arrangements directly through the Anaheim Hilton. Beware of scammers!
We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim, in September! 
IFSA Attendee Registration: 
IFSA Hotel Reservations at the Hilton Anaheim:  
Group Name: IFSA2014 
Group Code: IFSA 
Call-in #: 877-776-4932

#ThrowBackThursday - Check out the fun times from 2013's networking events!




2014 Passenger Choice Awards: 
Do you want your airline or airline customers to be recognized as one of the best by passengers from all over the world? The Passenger Choice Awards were created by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) to give voice to airline passengers.

Winners are chosen based on passenger feedback, and are announced at the Passenger Choice Awards Gala, during the co-located Annual Conference & Exhibition. You can help get your airline in the running by ensuring your customers participate in the survey. Click here to take the survey today.

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