Past successes and future goals

Past successes and future goals

WASHINGTON —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

While enjoying those successes, WFF members who convened here recently at the new Gaylord [3] National Resort & Convention Center vowed not to rest on their laurels, but to work toward overcoming new and remaining gender-related challenges. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

The four-day event began with a multicultural-theme keynote address by Susan L. Taylor, editor emerita of Essence magazine, about the challenges and opportunities for women of color in corporate America. That was followed by a golf tournament at nearby Tantallon Country Club and a “Women Making Their Mark” tour of notable Washington-area restaurants owned by women. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

The next day, author and motivational speaker Bertice Berry spoke to the conferees about advances by women in corporate America, and stressed the need for women to support each other in their careers. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

The event’s principal keynoter, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, exhorted attendees to be conscientious leaders and earn the trust of the people who follow them. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

At the awards banquet concluding the conference, the WFF presented its 2008 Trail-blazer Award to Roz Mallet, interim chief executive of Caribou Coffee [4]. The honor is given annually to a female executive who is dedicated to the improvement of the foodservice industry by her support for gender diversity. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

Robin Robison, regional director for Chili’s [5] Grill & Bar, was recognized with the WFF’s Leadership Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership within her organization and the industry at large. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

Joy Wallace, chief executive of J.O.Y. Foods, was honored with the Entrepreneur Award for professional growth and achievement. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

“These awards celebrate their success,” WFF president Mary Bentley said of the honorees, “and we honor their contributions and continued support of elevating women leaders.” —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

Leadership of the WFF was officially transferred during the conference from 2007 chairwoman Jane Sumner, vice president of PepsiCo Foodservice, to 2008 chairwoman Linda Pharr, chief foodservice relations officer of Boston-based human resources consulting firm Batrus Hollweg International. —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

Execs: Power should be used with responsibility and integrity [6] —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.

Pharr: Keeping on the right track is key to females aiming for top [7] —Speakers, attendees and panelists at the 2008 Women’s Foodservice Forum leadership development conference reflected on advances made by the industry’s female executives during the WFF’s 19-year history.