The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) announced that Dr. Maya Angelou and Soledad O'Brien will headline an all-star bill at their 2014 Annual Leadership Development Conference, which will be held March 23–26, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. As a conference known for presenting some of the greatest thought leaders and industry trailblazers, the Annual Leadership Development Conference will have Dr. Angelou and Soledad O'Brien, as keynote speakers who will be sharing personal stories of triumph over adversity to inspire attendees.

"Through Soledad's new company, Starfish Media Group, an organization dedicated to telling stories, and Dr. Angelou's endorsement of Buck: A Memoir, MK Asante's new book on equality, these influential women continue to seek out new voices and provide platforms for new and established thought leaders alike," says Anna Mason, vice president of operations and general manager of WFF.

Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist whose words and actions continue to stir souls. She has received numerous awards, over thirty honorary doctoral degrees and is a respected spokesperson for women. On Sunday evening, Dr. Angelou's keynote address will kick off the four-day Annual Leadership Development Conference.

Soledad O'Brien is a renowned documentarian, news anchor, journalist, educator, and mentor. As founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, O'Brien dedicates her time to uncovering and producing empowering stories that are often overlooked in the mainstream media.

"The WFF truly believes that one of the greatest assets to career advancement is having exposure to the stories and strategies of great leaders," Mason says. "We are honored to have Soledad O'Brien attend this year and hope that her new endeavors, created to give individuals a voice, will motivate attendees to be leaders in their organizations.

This year's conference marks the kickoff to WFF's 25th anniversary, and will include dynamic, informative, educational sessions that will foster development that encourages career advancement relevant to all levels of industry professionals ranging from emerging leaders to mid-level, senior, and C-Suite executives.

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