Women’s Foodservice Forum to Host 11th Annual Executive Summit in Chicago

  Women’s Foodservice Forum to Host 11th Annual Executive Summit in Chicago

 More than 250 women and men foodservice executives from across the Nation to
attend, discuss executive leadership intelligence, corporate gender diversity
                         issues in a changing market

Business Wire

DALLAS -- July 29, 2013

Today, the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) will kick-off their 11^th Annual
Executive Summit at the JW Marriott Chicago. WFF is the premier leadership
development organization in the country’s third largest industry sector,
foodservice/hospitality.

The two-day Summit will highlight distinct career perspectives in keynotes by
Cheryl Bachelder, Chief Executive Officer, AFC Enterprises, parent company of
Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen; Steve Cahillane, President, Coca Cola Americas and
Edie Weiner, President, Weiner, Edrich & Brown, a leading product development
and strategic planning consulting firm.

WFF will unveil the groundbreaking sponsorship model presented by partner
company, Deloitte. This inaugural presentation will include the introduction
of the Sponsorship Maturity Map and strategies to utilize the tool to improve
sponsorship dynamics within organizations. Darden, a long-time supporter of
the WFF, sponsored this work.

A series of breakout sessions are also scheduled and facilitated by
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. The sessions are
designed to offer women executives a unique opportunity to gain new insights
and further enhance their sphere of influence and drive industry change.

Fred Paglia, President, North America Foodservice for Kraft Foods and WFF
board member, will also be on hand to discuss the recent Daily Beast/Newsweek
feature story, “CEO Dads Want Their Daughters in the Boardroom”. Paglia and
WFF President & CEO, Fritzi Woods were both interviewed for the article.

“This year’s Executive Summit marks a critical turning point in WFF’s
history,” said Fritzi Woods, WFF President and CEO. “For the first time in our
nearly 25 year history, industry surveys show a modest increase in women
executives entering the ranks of the often male dominated C-suites of major
organizations in our industry. While this growth should be applauded, the fact
remains there’s still a great deal of work to be done. Our Executive Summit
this year will convene the greatest number of corporate foodservice women
leaders ever in history. We’re anticipating an active dialogue and exchange of
ideas to further prepare and position women in our industry for success,”
Woods added.

The core mission and reputation of WFF continues to grow and expand beyond the
foodservice industry. In February 2013, Woods led a delegation of WFF member
executives to the White House to participate in a roundtable discussion with
senior Obama Administration officials on the need to broaden federal policies
targeting women and girls. In June, Woods was invited to attend the Clinton
Global Initiative America (CGI) conference in Chicago to engage in dialogue
and develop a national youth workforce development blueprint for the
foodservice industry.

Based in Dallas, the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the industry’s premier
leadership development organizations with more than 20 years of experience
advancing women in the foodservice industry. WFF has more than 3500 active
members, 200+ partner companies and annually engage more than 20,000
foodservice industry leaders via their robust programs and leadership
development platforms. To learn more about WFF, visit www.wff.org.

Contact:

For Women’s Foodservice Forum
Kelley Whalen, 312-274-3538
kwhlaen@hyc.com