Dietetic Career Spotlight on Joanne P. Ikeda, MA, RD
By SARAH KOSZYK, MA RDN on NOVEMBER 2, 2011
Cartoon Network has an RD? Oh yes! Read on to meet Joanne P. Ikeda, the RD who consults, writes, and practices in a clinical setting.
Koszyk: What attracted you to the field of nutrition and dietetics?
Ikeda: The subject matter was so practical and useful that I recognized the value of becoming “a nutrition expert.”
What is your Job Title
Nutritionist Emeritus, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
What company you are with now?
I am a part-time nutrition consultant to the Cartoon Network. I am also the volunteer RD one morning a week at a clinic in downtown Oakland, CA, that provides medical services to people without health insurance.
What is a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you?
Responding to inquiries from the media. Writing articles for newsletters or other venues. Acting as Vice-President of the Society for Nutrition Education.
How did you get your current job in dietetics?
Received a letter from the Cartoon Network asking me for my resume. They had seen my bio on the UC Berkeley Experts website.
What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?
I am very good at organizing things whether it’s physical objects, tasks to be done, steps in program planning. I learned leadership skills when I became President of the California Dietetic Association. They had great leadership skills training for officers and leaders.
What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?
Be responsible – follow through on all commitments. Network with people in your state who work on developing, implementing and evaluating nutrition education programs. Be eager to cooperative with others. Be visible by sharing and contributing knowledge and information. Always give credit to everyone who has made a contribution to your success.
If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?
Travel – since our retirements in 2007, my husband and I have visited Alaska, Hawaii, Grand Canyon, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Bali, Russia, and Thailand! We love learning about other cultures.