Dean Helen LeBaron Hilton Endowed Chair 


Helen LeBaron Hilton served as dean of what was then the Iowa State University College of Home Economics from 1952-1975. LeBaron Hilton was an advocate of the status of women and the well-being of children.

During her tenure as dean, the college increased in student enrollment, faculty, and programs.

Hilton was the first chairperson of the Association of Administrators of Home Economics of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. She was one of the first members of the American Home Economics Association Foundation Board of Trustees.

President Eishenhower appointed her to the national committee of the 1960 White House Conference on Children and Youth. At the request of President Kennedy, she served on a a panel of consultants on vocational education for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

In 1993 LeBaron Hilton bequeathed $1.4 million, establishing The Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair, the largest fully endowed faculty chair fund at Iowa State University at the time. 

2018 Hilton Endowed Chair Series

A Hollywood Career in Costume Design

Ruth E. Carter
Tuesday, 09 Oct 2018 at 7 p.m.

Stephen's Auditorium, Iowa State Center

Ruth E. Carter is the Oscar-nominated costume designer for Marvel's Black Panther, for which she conceptualized and created more than 1,000 costumes for the world of Wakanda. Carter has worked in the industry for more than three decades and is credited with over forty films. She earned Academy Award nominations for Best Costume Design for Spike Lee's Malcolm X and Steven Spielberg’s Amistad as well as a 2016 Emmy Nomination for Roots. Carter has worked with Spike Lee on 14 films, beginning with School Daze and including Do the Right Thing, and is well known for her work on period ensemble films like Lee Daniels' The Butler and Ava Duvernay's Selma. News release.

Sponsored by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM); Committee on Lectures, funded by Student Government; and the College of Human Sciences, as part of the Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Lecture Series.


Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort

Lee Cockerell
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Great Hall, Memorial Union

Lee Cockerell is the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort. Lee has held various executive positions in the hospitality and entertainment business with Hilton Hotels for 8 years and the Marriott Corporation for 17 years before joining Disney in 1990 to open the Disneyland Paris project. As the Senior Operating Executive at Disney for ten years Cockerell led a team of 40,000 cast members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world. He also created the Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. Lee Cockerell has authored several books on leadership, management and service excellence, including Creating Magic…10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney and The Customer Rules…The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service.
Lee Cockerell Bio (PDF)

Sponsored by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM); Committee on Lectures, and the College of Human Sciences, as part of the Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Lecture Series.

Cofounder of Bon Appétit Management Company

Fedele Bauccio
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Sun/South Ballroom, Memorial Union

Fedele Bauccio cofounded Bon Appétit Management Company, which provides food service to 1,000-plus cafés located at corporations, universities, and museums in 34 states. Together Fedele and Bon Appétit have revolutionized the food service industry, both by introducing fresh, made-from-scratch food to the contract market and by pioneering environmentally and socially responsible practices designed to create a more sustainable food system. From the beginning, Bon Appétit has been committed to the health of its customers, striving for the freshest ingredients and banning unhealthy ingredients such as MSG and trans fats. The launch of our Farm to Fork program in 1999 marked the first of our many commitments to widening that focus to the communities in which we operate, and to the planet itself. Bon Appétit is the first food service company to commit to serving only seafood that meets Seafood Watch sustainability guidelines for commercial buyers (since 2002), to reducing antibiotic use in farm animals (2003), to switching to rBGH-free milk (2003) and cage-free shell eggs (2005), to tackling food’s role in climate change (2007), and to addressing farmworker rights(2009). In 2012 Bon Appétit announced a comprehensive animal welfare plan, including switching to humanely raised ground beef (effective immediately) and to phasing out pork raised with gestation crates by 2017. Fedele’s work has been honored by many nonprofit and industry groups. Bon Appétit has received the Rabobank Award for Sustainable Leadership and the Acterra Award for Sustainability, while Fedele was named a Most Admired CEO: Community Champion by the San Francisco Business Times in 2015 and won the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 National Retail and Consumer Products Award, for redefining the food service industry and pioneering environmental and local sourcing policies. Previously, he received the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Lifetime Achievement Award; one of the James Beard Foundation’s inaugural Leadership Awards, along with First Lady Michelle Obama and eight others; Chefs Collaborative’s Sustainability Pathfinder Award; the Natural Resources Defense Council’s first Going Green Award; and Seafood Choices Alliance’s Seafood Champion Award. From 2006-2008, he served on the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. He is currently a board member of Compass Group North America. Fedele graduated from the University of Portland with a master’s degree in business administration in 1966 and a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1964He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Portland, the University of Redlands, and Notre Dame de Namur University. 

Sponsored by the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management (AESHM); Committee on Lectures, and the College of Human Sciences, as part of the Helen LeBaron Hilton Chair Lecture Series.

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