Creative Chief - Linda Lien-Ribardi
Linda Lien-Ribardi is an award-winning brand builder with a decade-long career focused on both restaurant marketing and higher education. For starters, she’s the mastermind behind Ironsides Waffles, the award-winning food truck that received the 2015 Best Menu Concept Award from Food Management, was named one of “the hottest food trucks in New Orleans right now” by New Orleans Eater, and made the list of the top 7 food trucks in New Orleans by Top 7 Travel.
Her flair for both industries shows in her re-branding of Sodexo’s campus dining program for Tulane University, which was named one of the best colleges for food in America by the Daily Meal in two consecutive years during her tenure. She crafted a brand voice and a media-appealing image for the university's food scene which contributed to more than 15 industry recognitions, including two awards from the prestigious National Association of College and University Food Services in 2016. She’s worked on additional special dining and hospitality projects for Nunez Community College, Delgado Community College, Xavier University, Dillard University, and Nicholls State University; and has received over 13 industry awards recognizing her design direction, communication expertise, and strategic planning. It’s no wonder that Food Service Director Magazine named her one of its “People to watch under 30.”
Linda’s credentials go beyond her area of specialty, though, giving her critical versatility in the creative fields. In her current role as Art Director at Loyola University, where her visual panache and creative branding strategies recruit prospective students and catch the eyes of current ones, she draws on an extensive background in higher education to speak to demographics heavily courted by advertisers – and give them something both memorable and fresh.