Wayne shared a fascinating life journey that has seen him travel the world, create an award winning food that is available in your local grocery store, and most recently assume a leadership role in perhaps the leading center for ethics in the world. Wayne has always had a passion for food, and this pervades his life story. He shared much of this with us, including talking about the value of a plant-based diet and of natural foods to health and the environment, and the importance of food as a connector and a basis for relationships.
Lessons from the Show
Wayne talked to us about his journey and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- We talked about searching for the meaning IN life as opposed to the meaning OF life: Wayne does this in food, and invited us to look at where each of us finds it;
- Success isn’t about your education and abilities, but about your relationships;
- Food is also about relationships, and we can use it in the context of hospitality for the stranger, and creating a space (over a meal) for building a relationship.
Wayne Silverman serves as the Director of Development for the Emory Center for Ethics (CFE). The faculty and staff of the Center believe that ethics is a lens through which people see paths toward moral decision-making. They influence current leaders and cultivate future generations to challenge moral assumptions and embrace ethical concepts that serve and repair the world.
Likely the top center for ethics in the world, the CFE provides leadership in the exploration of ethics to determine the issues that underlie the decisions that shape our minds, lives, and society. Wayne pursue support from individuals, organizations and corporations to help the CFE achieve its mission and vision in the most creative and effective way possible. He provides support for programs in bioethics, neuroethics, ethics and the arts, corporate ethics, food and eating ethics, and more.
From his origins in Chicago, Wayne has lived and worked on two continents and in six states. He has always been an educator and uses his love and knowledge of food and nutrition as a guide in his personal and work life. He has served as an Earth and environmental Science teacher in high school and college, was a college administrator, nonprofit executive in Jewish communal organizations, and an international herbal medicine education organization, the American Botanical Council (ABC). Through his work at ABC, he connected with international leaders in the natural product community that he has leveraged in the years since.
Wayne has always been an organic gardener, home chef and fermenter. His love of food led him and some college friends to create a specialty all-natural food company called Foodman, LLC. The company produces four flavors of a unique, award-winning matzo granola called Matzolah, the Trail Mix of the Exodus. Matzolah has a national following and distribution. The company is still operating while Wayne is providing leadership for the CFE. His wife Laura Silverman is the principal of Sweetgrass Integrative Counseling and Therapy and his dogs Aaaron and Scarlett enjoy the raw diet he prepares for them. He and Laura have three children in Austin and a 5 year-old granddaughter. They love their home in Oakhurst Decatur where they continue to grow vegetables, brew Kombucha and create wonderful food to support their whole food plant-based life.
You can contact Wayne by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can find out more about his work at Ethics.Emory.edu. Reach out to him if you are interested in tasting his wonderful Kombucha!
This is episode # 162