WFF Conference Speakers Changing The Face of Leadership


The Women’s Foodservice Forum 2015 conference featured a roster of industry keynote speakers.

Keynote speakers including Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith, The Coca-Cola Company chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent, and McDonald’s retired CEO Don Thompson who shared their personal leadership stories. The lineup also included author Daniel Pink and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad.

“Our theme, "Changing the Face of Leadership", was brought to life by our dynamic speakers through their own leadership stories providing our participants with the inspiration to forge their individual plans for career success,” says Hattie Hill, WFF president and CEO.

As part of the event, WFF also presented Outstanding Performance and Achievement Awards in foodservice and scholarship awards to support leadership development efforts of exemplary women.

Lorna Donatone, COO and president of Sodexo Education, received the premier Fritzi Woods Pikes Trailblazer Award in recognition of her support of gender diversity, creating new pathways for women in her company and the industry at large.

Kraft Foods received the SOAR Award, in recognition of the company’s corporate initiatives that have resulted in a strong track record of attracting, developing, retaining, and promoting women to the highest levels of the organization.​

Lisa MacNeil, general manager of the United Restaurant Supplies for Gordon Food Service Canada was the recipient of the WFF Volunteer Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions and leadership efforts in pursuing the goals and overall success of the WFF. 

Marie Perry, interim CFO, controller, and treasurer of Brinker International received the Outstanding Board Service Award in recognition of the major impact she has made as a board member.

Leadership development scholarships were awarded to Heather Stage, director of vending sales and operations for Coca-Cola Refreshments and Marilyn Jones, director of process improvement of the Ben E. Keith Company.

The first recipients of the Fritzi Pikes Woods Aspire Higher Fund scholarship were:

  •  Carmen Cortez, owner of Carmen’s Delicious Catering
  • Andrea Guzman, regional sales manager for Verde Valle Foods
  • Hanna Koski, director of the “WE Over Me Farm” at Paul Quinn College.
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