DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Board Chair Lorna Donatone and President and CEO Fritzi Woods will lead a delegation of more than 30 foodservice executives to Washington to participate in the organization’s first White House issues briefing.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to visit with members of the President’s staff and discuss the importance of creating and cultivating women leaders, not only in the foodservice industry but across all business, political and social verticals”
The visit marks WFF’s continued efforts to elevate the mission, purpose and goals of the organization; to advance women leaders. The briefing will provide a unique opportunity for top corporate leaders to start a two-way dialogue with the White House about issues that affect women in the industry. Joining Ms. Donatone and Ms. Woods are representatives from The Coca-Cola Company, Darden Restaurants, KFC Corporation, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Sodexo, Starbucks, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and YUM! Brands, among others.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to visit with members of the President’s staff and discuss the importance of creating and cultivating women leaders, not only in the foodservice industry but across all business, political and social verticals,” said Lorna Donatone, COO and President, Sodexo Education. "For more than 20 years, WFF has worked to develop innovative leadership programs and partnerships that strengthen our members’ performance and voice in the workplace."
The delegation is scheduled to hear remarks from senior White House officials including Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls, and Sam Kass, Assistant White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. Other members of the President's staff will brief the delegation on the Administration's jobs/economic priorities, and domestic policy issues related to immigration and education.
“The foodservice industry is the second largest private industry employer in the nation. With only fifteen percent of executive leadership roles filled by women, building a strategic partnership with the White House will help us drive attention to our mission of advancing women leaders,” said Fritzi Woods, President and CEO, WFF.
The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the premier leadership development organization with more than 20 years of experience advancing women in the foodservice industry. WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers in all segments of the industry including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting, and more. Through highly effective, educational events such as the Annual Leadership Development Conference, Executive Summit and Regional Connects as well as professional development and rich networking opportunities, WFF provides the competence and strategic connections needed to make a positive difference in the careers of women in the foodservice industry.
For more information, visit wff.org.