Speakers

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Jennifer FitzPatrick

CAREGIVERS
Jennifer FitzPatrick

Topic: Managing the Responsibilities of Caregiving AND Work

Jennifer FitzPatrick, MSW, LSCW-C helps people better handle the relentless demands of caregiving for an older loved one while maintaining productivity in the workplace.  Her down-to-earth, practical insights on caregiving are based on her background of over 20 years of professional and personal experience in this field.

Amy McCready

WORKING MOTHERS
Amy McCready

Topic: The Working Mom's Answer to Getting Kids to Listen—Without Nagging, Yelling, or Punishing!

Parenting expert Amy McCready is the founder of Positive Parenting Solutions, the leader in online parenting training.  It provides parents with the skills, knowledge and tools to correct their children’s misbehaviors permanently without nagging, reminding or yelling.

Charmaine McClarie

WOMEN OF COLOR
Charmaine McClarie

Topic: Successful, Savvy and Strategic: YOU!

Charmaine McClarie is a professional development expert and keynote speaker on the topics of effective communication, executive presence, and leadership.  Charmaine has been helping corporate leaders and executives communicate the big picture about themselves and their organizations for more than 20 years.

Gregg Brown

GLBTA
Gregg Brown

Topic: GLBTA Resilience Intelligence (RQ): The Art of Keeping it Together

Canadian Gregg Brown is a captivating speaker, accomplished facilitator and expert in the fields of leadership, change, teamwork and adult learning. Gregg was part of the ground breaking team that opened the first wave of Starbucks stores in Canada.  With a strong interest in behavior change, he then worked with two of the most difficult groups of people to change—hard core prisoners and people living on the street—teaching them life skills.

Hannah Ubl

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
Hannah Ubl

Topic: Millennial Boot Camp: Communicating Across Generational Divides

Hannah Ubl is a generational expert and a powerful voice for her Millennial generation.  In addition to being firmly established in the public speaking scene, Hannah is a writer, researcher, and consultant. Hannah uses a healthy blend of stories and statistics to help people gain a deeper understanding of one another.  In her research, Hannah has unearthed valuable tips and actionable solutions for multi-generational workplaces, which she shares with audiences along with key strategies for marketing and reaching more generationally diverse client bases.

Stacie Berdan

INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY
Stacie Berdan

Topic: Get Ahead By Going Abroad: A Guide to Fast-Track Career Success

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is a seasoned global executive, expert on international careers, and award-winning author on succeeding in the global marketplace. Stacie spent the majority of her career at Burson-Marsteller a global communications firm, rising from entry level to senior management. At Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, she led the successful roll-out of the new global brand. Her leadership experience in corporate communications, brand marketing, public affairs and cross-cultural consulting has spanned over 50 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and North and South America.

News Updates

Dynamic Roster of Foodservice Industry CEOs and World Renowned Speakers To Keynote the 2015 Women’s Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference
Dallas, TX ( February 4, 2015) – The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) announced today that industry icons Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith, Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent and McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson will keynote the 2015 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference to be held on March 8-11, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The lineup of renowned thought leaders will also include best-selling author Daniel Pink and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad.

This year’s theme is “Changing the Face of Leadership” and marks the culmination of a year-long celebration of WFF’s 25 year anniversary.  “It’s amazing that WFF emerged out of the vision of 14 women who came together to discuss the state of women in foodservice 25 years ago and has blossomed into meeting the needs of our industry’s companies and thousands of individuals on an annual basis,” said Hattie Hill, WFF president and chief executive officer. “We expect nearly 3,000 women and men ranging from emerging leaders to mid-level, senior and C-suite executives in the foodservice industry from across the United States and Canada to attend this year’s conference.”

The three-day event delivers best-in-class content, builds meaningful and strategic industry connections and develops core leadership competencies. In addition to dynamic keynote addresses, there will be numerous educational sessions on topics ranging from strategic thinking to increasing employee engagement to the art of leadership storytelling.

“I’m pleased to be part of an organization that is focused on helping diverse talent not only understand what is possible in our industry, but also build the competencies needed to create strong careers, great businesses and a pipeline of ready talent,” said Kat Cole, WFF’s 2015 board chair and president of Cinnabon, Inc. “As WFF embarks on the next 25 years, we will continue to help foodservice-related companies and professionals maximize their success in elevating and retaining women leaders and strengthening the business and leadership capabilities of diverse talent. As part of one of the largest industries in the country employing more than 13.5 million people, we have an opportunity and an obligation to build diverse talent, drive top performance and be an industry of choice for generations to come—WFF will be a catalyst in that effort.”

“We are pleased that Brinker International, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo and Sysco Corporation are among the top supporters of the 2015 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference and are committed to our mission of advancing women leaders in our industry,” stated Hill.

Registration Opens for WFF 2015 Annual Leadership Development Conference
Dallas (October 15, 2014) – Registration is now open for the WFF (Women’s Foodservice Forum) 2015 Annual Leadership Development Conference. This year’s conference will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL. March 8 – 11, 2015.

Sold out last year with record-breaking attendance (3000+), this year’s event is sure to be as memorable. Make plans today for your team to attend and receive premier leadership development paired with the only industry networking opportunity of its kind. The 2015 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference will focus on elevating the foodservice industry, advancing organizations and developing leaders. Attendees will be inspired by key note speakers and go home with actionable insight learned in first-class breakout sessions to share with their teams and implement in their own careers.

To ensure that you don’t miss out, register today!