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Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad

The #1 Google search in the world on September 23-24, 2011, was 62-year-old Diana Nyad’s valiant attempt to swim the seemingly impossible 103 miles between Cuba and Florida, without a shark cage. Over one million Twitter fans followed Diana as she lived out the message of living life large and chasing our dreams, no matter our age. Despite potentially deadly Box Jellyfish stings, Diana courageously continued toward the other shore for 41 long hours, eventually compromised by the physical effects of the stings.     

Diana is not one to quit. August 2012, a year later, she again faced the seemingly impossible, this time with a secret weapon: a jellyfish suit, a thin nylon covering that prevents stings. But again, Diana's Xtreme Dream was not to be. She swam 51 hours, 5 minutes, much of the country following her every stroke. Again the jellyfish attacked, striking her repeatedly on the lips, where the nylon suit opens to allow her to breathe. There were life-threatening lightning storms. Large sharks circled below her. The powerful Gulf Stream current literally spun the Teams fleet compasses in circles, shoving Diana on a winding route of nearly 100 miles through the water.

Diana did not give up. On Monday, September 2, 2013, she fulfilled her dream at age 64 and became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a protective shark cage. Her fifth attempt since she was 35, Diana willed her way to a Key West beach after 110 miles and nearly 53 hours of swimming.

In the 1970’s, Diana Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. Her world records, such as circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, have led to inductions to many Halls of Fame, such as the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.        

Diana is also a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for National Public Radio, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times.      

Diana owns a fitness business, BravaBody.com, with best friend Bonnie Stoll. She has written three books and speaks French and Spanish fluently. Diana has also earned the reputation of a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker. Standing ovations erupt every time she connects with an audience.

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!