Lehigh Valley Business has selected Francine Marz, director of culinary programs at Northampton Community College, as a 2021 Women of Influence recipient. 

The Women of Influence Awards honor high-achieving women for their career accomplishments. The honorees are selected based on their professional experience, community involvement, leadership and sustained commitment to mentoring.   

“The 2021 Women of Influence honorees are extremely accomplished. They are innovators, creators and mentors who inspire others with service to their professions and to their communities,” said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of Lehigh Valley Business. “They mentor and pave the way for future generations of women leaders. Lehigh Valley Business is pleased to honor them.” 

In her role at NCC, Marz oversees the entire culinary department which includes, faculty, staff, student learning and curriculum, the Hampton Winds restaurant, catering, and a new grab and go market and operations. Marz is a Certified Executive Chef through the ACF and aWorldChefs Certified Executive Chef though WACS.  

She attended Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C., earning Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in both Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Food Service Management. She also did a competitive internship as a culinary/baking assistant at Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Fla. In 2011, she completed a Master’s of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with concentrations in Finance and International Business from Argosy University in Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently working on her doctorate (EdD in Organizational Leadership & Innovation) from Wilmington University and will graduate with her doctorate in May 2021. 

“I am ecstatic to be named a Lehigh Valley Business Women of Influence Honoree and was surprised to find out that I was nominated by someone in the community. I have worked hard over the last few years at Northampton Community College and it is a great feeling to be appreciated and awarded for my hard work and dedication to the students, the college and the community,” Marz says. 

Francine Marz

The winners will be honored May 3 at a virtual celebration from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at https://www.lvb.com/event/women-of-influence-awards/. Each of the winners will be celebrated for their achievements through video storytelling. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in the program with their congratulations and cheers using social media platforms from their homes or offices. For tickets, visit https://www.lvb.com/event/women-of-influence-awards/. The event hashtag is #LVBevents. 

For more information about sponsorships and tickets for Lehigh Valley Business’ 2021 Women of Influence Awards, visit www.lvb.com or contact Kara Roberts at kroberts@bridgetowermedia.com