Speakers

Educational Session Speakers

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Emerging Leader Track

Laura Berman-Fortgang

Laura Berman-Fortgang

Topic: The Art of the Question: Ask New Questions, Get Better Results

Laura Berman Fortgang is a pioneer in the personal coaching field and a best-selling author of five books now published in 11 languages: The Prosperity Plan, The Little Book on Meaning, Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction , Living Your Best Life, and Take Yourself to the Top.

Eric Boles

Eric Boles

Topic: Fearless Leadership

Eric Boles is an acclaimed keynote speaker and consultant for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in the world.  Eric shares inspiring insights and strategies with thousands of women and men each year.

Michael Brandwein

Michael Brandwein

Topic: The Death of Meaningless, Meandering Meetings: Ten Powerful Techniques to Make Meetings Move

Michael Brandwein is an internationally acclaimed expert on communication, management, leadership, and customer service. He has presented in every state in the U.S. and on 6 of the 7 continents. Michael wrote and presented three EMMY® award-winning national television programs on communication. He has written five best-selling books on training, leadership, and supervision.

Valorie Burton

Valorie Burton

Topic: Goal Setting, Goal Getting! Reach Your Goals Faster

Valorie Burton is dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be more resilient—so they thrive in life and work. A Professional Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation, she has served clients in ten countries.  Leadership Excellence magazine named her one of the top 100 thought leaders in the personal development field.

Bill Conerly

Bill Conerly

Topic: Your Business and the Economy

Dr. Bill Conerly connects the dots between the economy and business decisions. He has the unique combination of a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and over 30 years’ experience helping companies adapt to changing economic conditions.

Kindra Hall

Kindra Hall

Topic: The Power of Story: Secret of Exceptional Leaders

Kindra Hall is a professional storyteller—but she’s not reading stories to children in the library. She works with individuals and companies to help them put to use the power of story. Kindra studied the art of story with renowned storytellers. She’s performed at the National Storytelling Festival, and for audiences up to 15,000 across the country.  At 23, she served as the youngest member on the Board of the Directors for the National Storytelling Network.

Shari Harley

Shari Harley

Topic: How to Say Anything to Anyone! Setting Expectations for Powerful Working Relationships

Shari Harley brings candor back to the workplace, making it easier to tell the truth at work. Managers tell employees the truth about their performance. Employees ask for what they need. Prospects tell you why they did or didn't hire you. Customers tell you how things are really going, giving you the chance to retain their business.

Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison

Topic: Next Generation Leadership: Leading Beyond Your Age

Seth Mattison is an expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. Seth advises many of the world’s leading organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

Garrison Wynn

Garrison Wynn

Topic: The Real Truth About Success: What the Top 1%
Do Differently, Why They Won’t Tell You, and How You Can Do It

Garrison Wynn, CSP is an award-winning speaker renowned for his dynamic blend of original humor, customized content, and research into what the most successful people have in common.  In his teens, Garrison worked with Magnavox and baseball legend Hank Aaron to promote the world's first video gaming system.  By age 27 he became the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company's history.  He researched and designed processes for 38 locations nationwide and developed and marketed products still being sold in 30 countries. His background includes restaurant management, manufacturing, telecomm, and financial services—and touring as a professional stand-up comedian!

 

Emerging Executive Track

Susan Colantuono

Susan Colantuono

Topic: Think Like a CEO: Enhance and Demonstrate Business and Financial Acumen  

Susan Colantuono is an internationally known expert on women's leadership development, gender dynamics and hidden gender bias.  Her cutting edge research into the unintended bias that can be embedded in talent and performance management systems has enabled companies to deliver more gender-neutral messages about leadership, performance and career advancement.

Drew Dudley

Drew Dudley

Topic: Creating Cultures of Leadership and the Power of “Lollipop Moments”

Leadership expert Drew Dudley helps us understand leadership in a more nuanced, practical, and entirely hopeful way. As the founder and director of one of the largest leadership development programs in North America, Drew Dudley embraces the idea that leadership can't really be taught, only learned.  So he shares stories and asks penetrating questions that lead people to insights—and significant changes in how they do things. 

John Izzo

John Izzo

Topic: Stepping Up Your Career Power: Growing Your Personal Brand, Maximizing Your Influence

John Izzo consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the world, teaches at major universities, conducts leading edge research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people across the globe. He is a leading business strategy expert, a best-selling author, a community leader, and an avid conservationist.

Lynne Lancaster

Lynne Lancaster

Topic: Leading Across the Generational Divide

Lynne Lancaster is a sought-after expert on workplace and social trends. Whether it’s the Millennials, Generation X, or the Baby Boomers, most people have heard about generational differences, but few know what to do about them. Whether you are leading an organization, managing a multigenerational workforce, or communicating across the generational divide, Lynne shares the insights you need to recruit, retain, manage, and market more effectively. If you’ve ever been frustrated by another generation, you’ll appreciate her actionable solutions—and entertaining approach.

EKevin O’Connor

Kevin O’Connor

Topic: Navigating Through Conflict and Forging Cooperation 

Effective leaders operate very differently than they did even five years ago. In addition to leading those who report to you, now it’s crucial to lead and influence those above you, as well as your peers, and those who look up to you as their role model.

Kim Seeling Smith

Kim Seeling Smith

Topic: Mind Reading for Managers: 5 FOCUSed Conversations for Greater Employee Engagement and Productivity

Kim Seeling Smith is an international expert on hiring and managing in the Social Age. Kim helps organizations build healthy work environments and increase employee engagement and productivity in our 21st Century, digitally connected, globally oriented world.

Michael Staver

Michael Staver

Topic: Talent for Keeps: How to Attract, Retain, and Engage Top Performers      

Michael Staver is a professional speaker and coach, whose focus is building high performing people and organizations.  Mike likes to stir things up.  Edgy, opinionated, sometimes controversial and always truthful, he is a high-energy “rebel with a cause” who challenges us with refreshing honesty to focus on getting the results we want. 

Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker

Topic: Your Intentional Difference: Unleashing Your Hidden Power

Ken Tucker works globally as a leadership strategist and executive coach for Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.  Now with TAG Consulting, Ken spent many years with Gallup as a consultant and speaker.  

Keith Wyche

Keith Wyche

Topic: Corner Office Rules: 10 Realities of Executive Life

Keith Wyche is the former President and CEO of Acme Markets, a division of SUPERVALU.  Keith has more than 30 years’ experience in some of America’s most notable companies, including Ameritech, Convergys Corporation, AT&T, Pitney-Bowes, and IBM. In Wyche’s dynamic talks, rising leaders learn to see themselves through the lens of executive decision makers. Keith shares practical advice that demystifies the maze of middle management. 

 

Executive Track

Richard Honack

Richard Honack

Topic: Global and Generational Marketing

Richard P. Honack is an award winning professor, international speaker and consultant on the topics of cultural trends and realities, marketing, strategic leadership and services marketing and management.  His speeches and lectures emphasize the need to understand the changing values, technologies and dynamics of the six-generations that makeup today’s global ‘Nanosecond culture’—Great Generation, Silent Generation, Baby Boomers, Gen “X”, Gen “Y” and now Generation “Z”.

Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink

Topic: How Smart Organizations are Rethinking Innovation

Daniel Pink is the author of five blockbuster books about the changing world of work, including the long-running NewYork Times best seller A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, and the #1 New York Times best seller Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. His books have been translated into 33 languages and have sold well over one million copies in the U.S. alone.

John Spence

John Spence

Topic: How to be a More Effective Strategic Thinker

"Making the very complex...awesomely simple” is John Spence’s mission. At age 26, John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation, overseeing projects in 20 countries and reporting directly to the Chairman of the Board, Winthrop Rockefeller III. He then became CEO of an international training and consulting firm and has been the owner or CEO of four additional companies.

Michelle Stacy

Michelle Stacy

Topics: Full Engagement Leadership and Keurig, Gillette Mach3, and Oral-B: 5 Strategies that Transform Innovation

If you drink coffee, shave, or brush your teeth, Michelle Stacy has touched your life.  Keurig, Gillette, and Proctor & Gamble have all benefited from her ability to develop vision, build strong brands, and identify growth opportunities.  Michelle’s key to growth is creating a culture of employee engagement.  While her career focused on marketing, innovation and sales, she has operational experience across all functional areas.

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!