Women's Foodservice Forum to Host First All-Female CEO Panel

The panel discussion is titled Women of Impact: Driving the Food Industry.
The panel discussion is titled Women of Impact: Driving the Food Industry. Image Used with Permission

The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), a foodservice premier Leadership Development Organization, announced that it will host its first all-female CEO panel discussion with representatives from five major associations in the foodservice arena. This highly anticipated panel discussion, which is titled “Women of Impact—Driving the Food Industry,” will take place on March 15, as part of WFF’s Annual Leadership Development Conference in Dallas, taking place from March 13-16.

Participants of the powerhouse all-female CEO panel will include:

  • Dawn Sweeney, President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association
  • Pam Bailey, President & CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • Susan Neely, President & CEO of the American Beverage Association
  • Connie Tipton, President & CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association
  • Hattie Hill, President & CEO of the Women’s Foodservice Forum 

These five female CEOs from the food industry have never been together onstage engaging in executive dialogue focused on advancing women leaders within the industry. These role models will share stories from their personal and professional journeys to leadership, provide insights on future trends impacting the food industry, as well as talk about skill sets necessary for current and future generations of female executives to advance to boardrooms and the C-suites.

“Each of these accomplished women leaders serve as CEOs of some of our industry’s largest and most influential associations and are impacting our industry through their leadership. I am pleased to call them my colleagues,” Hill says. 

The Women’s Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference will gather nearly 3,000 professionals from all across North America.

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How quickly they forgot the origins....
Gorsline, Marcia Harris, Patricia Harris, Laura Hayden, Florence Jaramillo, Edna Morris, Karen Settlemyer, Julia Stewart, Kathleen Talbert, Jo Linda Thompson and Jackie B. Trujillo.

Over the course of our history, WFF has received enormous contributions from the Past Chairs. These talented, energizing women are a vital part of our past and an important link to our future.

WFF now has over 22,000 active participants, our volunteers number in the hundreds and our Board of Directors is comprised of over 30 of the foodservice industry’s top women and men.

WFF Founding Members

Monica Boyles, McDonald’s
Elizabeth Brennan, Ground Round
Jenene Gare, New York University
Joyce Goldstein, Square One
Denise Gorsline, Domino’s Pizza
Marcia Harris, Maryland Restaurant Association
Laura Hayden, Pizza Hut
Florence Jaramillo, Rancho de Chimayo
Edna Morris, Hardee's
Karen Settlemyer, Grand American Fare
Julia Stewart, Stuart Anderson's
Kathleen Talbert, French Culinary Institute
Jo Linda Thompson, California Restaurant Association
Jackie Trujillo, Harman Management Corporation

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