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The Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business 2013

Cindy Wolf: Mixing Business with Culinary Pleasure

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Cindy Wolf, executive chef of Charleston restaurant and a partner in Foreman Wolf, which owns and operates five of Baltimore’s most highly regarded restaurants, was the 2013 guest lecturer of the Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business. Over 200 students, alums, faculty, and friends were on hand to get a glimpse of the culinary world from Chef Wolf - a two-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the mid-Atlantic region.

As a chef for over twenty years, Cindy shared her experiences starting out in Charleston, SC as a young girl working in a predominantly male field through later experience with a larger restaurant operation in Washington DC. She credited much of her business acumen to hands-on experience and to strong mentoring relationships.

Cindy is well established in the Baltimore restaurant scene and her leadership as a woman in a  male-dominated field lends an interesting perspective on business success.


Enjoy the 2013 Busta Lecture With Chef Cindy Wolf (April 23, 2013) from Notre Dame of Maryland on Vimeo.


The Charles J. Busta III lecture series is designed to showcase the thoughts and experiences of business leaders, especially women leaders, in order to encourage creativity and personal growth in women. The series was created in memory of Charles J. “CB” Busta, a Notre Dame trustee and marketing executive who died in 1999.

All individuals invited to speak are recognized in their chosen fields. We seek inspirational professionals of integrity who have made a real difference, overcome significant obstacles, or delivered dramatic, unexpected success. We especially seek women professionals with these credentials in order to present strong role models who can set a standard of achievement for Notre Dame students. Our invited speakers are chosen based on a strong set of credentials including:

Leadership • Creativity • Innovation • Humor
Competitive Spirit
Balancing Business, Personal and Spiritual Life