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ABOUT THE EVENT

The WFF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE is the premiere women’s leadership event of the year – THE place to find career-long friends, advocates, development and unmatched inspiration.

Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the leading advocacy community for female professionals in the Food Industry, offering unmatched leadership development, inspirational role modeling, meaningful networking opportunities, and the ability to practice leadership skills in a supportive environment.

Since 1989, we’ve helped women drive their own career advancement and helped organizations develop work environments where women thrive.  One of the most visible and high-impact ways we do that is through the WFF LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. We apply our data-driven insights to tailor Conference content to what women need at every career stage to accelerate their advancement and grow their organizations.

CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

CONNECT
GROW
INSPIRE

You can go further faster with the right support.  A strong professional network helps you overcome blind spots, fill in knowledge gaps and expand your perspective in ways that create new opportunities.
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Your professional growth will follow a unique path based on your specific skills and goals. That could mean charting the fastest course to the C-Suite, seeking a greater breadth of skills or even transitioning into a new functional area or segment of the dynamic Food Industry.
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Inspiration is a powerful force that compels us to aim higher, overcome obstacles and imagine entirely new ways of doing and being. Inspiration lives at the heart of WFF with abundant opportunities to both get inspired and inspire others!
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2020 FEATURED SESSIONS

 

NETWORKING LUNCHES

Monday & Tuesday 
Networking lunches allow attendees the opportunity to share and network with other Conference attendees within their similar job function as well as senior industry executives and several colleagues for an engaging, small-group discussion.

LEADER'S  CORNER

Monday & Tuesday Sessions
Greater access to industry colleagues and more exposure to industry leaders is a critical WFF asset. So, we’ve baked more into the process this year with bonus sessions that offer high-energy, candid, small group discussions on key topics moderated by industry leaders.
 

COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST

Sunday & Wednesday Sessions​
No one wants to go it alone and, with WFF, you don’t have to.  Join like-minded individuals by connecting with one of our six Communities of Interest. We’ll meet on Sunday and Wednesday this year so you can connect right from the start.

WELLNESS SESSION

Wednesday Session
We have a better understanding today that busy professionals are multifaceted people who thrive and increase their contribution when they bring their whole selves to work. Get expert advice in this new offering to support your personal and professional wellness and development as a holistic leader.

OUR SPEAKERS


Trailblazing speakers at the very top of their fields draw you into their inner circle through high-energy, thought-provoking sessions where they inspire growth in your personal and professional development.

Susan Adzick
SVP, Sales & Strategic Relationships
McLane Foodservice

Susan Adzick

SVP, Sales & Strategic Relationships
McLane Foodservice

Susan leads Sales and Marketing for the Foodservice Division of McLane Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. In this role she provides strategic direction against the foodservice segment. Working across all departments within McLane, Susan leverages the strengths of the organization to develop optimal supply chain solutions for current and prospective customers.


Susan is active in the foodservice industry; currently she serves on the Women’s Foodservice Forum Board of Directors, National Restaurant Association Board, National Restaurant Educational Foundation Board, Restaurant Leadership Conference Advisory Board and Arby’s Foundation Board.


Susan started her career in food distribution with PepsiCo Food Systems, as Vice President of Operations and was promoted to Senior Vice President, National Accounts and then her current position with the acquisition by McLane Company. Previously, Susan was in the chemical manufacturing industry with Occidental Chemical Company, Rhone-Poulenc and DuPont de Nemours, Inc. She has a degree in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA, both from Vanderbilt University.

Blaine Hurst
Vice Chairman
Panera Bread, LLC

Blaine Hurst

Vice Chairman
Panera Bread, LLC

Blaine Hurst is Vice Chairman of Panera LLC. Blaine served as Chief Executive Officer of Panera from January 2018 to May 2019, after serving as its President since December 2016.

Blaine joined Panera in late 2010 to begin the Panera 2.0 initiative, an enhanced guest experience enabled by technology and rooted in operational integrity. In 2014, he launched Panera’s Delivery initiative.

Blaine has been named by Fast Casual magazine as one of their Movers and Shakers for the last four years and is the author of eight published patents.

Prior to joining Panera, Blaine was an entrepreneur and consultant, assisting numerous restaurant, retail and distribution companies in their development and growth, including the development of Panera's strategic information systems plan. He previously served as President of Restaurant Technology Solutions LLC, a division of eMac Digital. Before eMac, Blaine was Vice Chairman and President of Papa John's International Inc., after having held the roles of Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Vice President, Information Services. As the company’s first CIO, he led the development and rollout of the restaurant industry’s first nationwide online ordering system. Earlier in his career, before joining Boston Chicken as its Vice President, Information Services, Blaine was a consulting division Partner with Ernst & Young, founding the firm's Center for Information Technology Planning and Development.

Blaine earned a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in Computer Science from Indiana University. He is also a proud Kentucky Colonel.

Kate Jaspon
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

Kate Jaspon

SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Dunkin' Brands, Inc.

Kate Jaspon is the Chief Financial Officer of Dunkin’ Brands. In this role, she is responsible for the global financial planning and analysis, accounting, financial reporting, business analytics, tax, debt and cash management, enterprise risk management, electronic payments, insurance and demand planning functions for domestic and international Dunkin’ Baskin-Robbins. Kate has lead Dunkin’ through a number of transactions including the Company & IPO and follow-on equity offerings, securitization and numerous other debt transactions, the divestiture of a brand and several system implementations.


She also currently serves as the Audit Committee Chair of the Board of Directors for MOD Pizza.


Kate joined Dunkin’ Brands in December 2005 as Assistant Controller. She was later promoted to Vice President, Finance and Treasury and Corporate Controller, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in June 2017.


Eight years prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Kate started her career with KPMG LLP, the international financial services corporation, culminating in a role as Senior Manager, where she supported both public and private companies as an auditor.


Kate earned a B.S. in Finance from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and is a CPA licensed in Massachusetts. She is drinkin’ Dunkin’ Iced Coffee with skim milk and scoopin’ Baskin-Robbins Jamoca.

Julie Juvera
VP Crew Resources, Fry Cook & Cashier
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Julie Juvera

VP Crew Resources, Fry Cook & Cashier
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers

Julie Juvera is the Vice-President of Crew Resources, Fry Cook & Cashier and a member of the Senior Leadership team for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the fastest growing Restaurant chain in the United States.


At Raising Cane’s, Julie serves as an enterprise-wide, senior business partner for the Restaurants, Business Units and Restaurant Support functions. She works closely with the leadership of the Company to develop and lead overall planning and execution of Crew related strategies. All of which is to ensure the successful execution of the Company’s vision - to build Restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great Crew and cool culture and active community involvement.


A 25-year veteran of the foodservice industry, Julie began her career in Restaurant operations at Bennigan’s. With hands-on Restaurant management experience, she moved to Texas Roadhouse where she utilized this leadership experience to successfully develop a scalable Field-HR team to support Operations with their people needs through the Company’s high velocity of growth. After 16 years with Texas Roadhouse, Julie expanded her experience working in a Private Equity environment for California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). While working at CPK, Julie was instrumental in developing innovative people strategies to support the Company’s successful Next Chapter transformation.


Julie’s experience includes being the Chairperson and President of CPK’s Kindness Fund, a not-for-profit, employee-funded organization that supports fellow employees in their time of need. Julie has also served on the Board of Directors of The Family Scholar House, whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single parent students opportunities in advanced education and she has also been a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Chapter in Louisville, KY.


Julie joined the Board of Directors of the WFF in 2016 after volunteering with the organization for 10 years. She serves as the Board of Director’s Chair of the Leadership and Development Counsel. In her 10+ years of service with the organization, Julie served on many committees including the chair of the Success Talks Committee. In addition, she was presented with several honors in the past including the inaugural “Women Making Their Mark Award.”


She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She and her husband, John, live in Dallas, TX with their two children and lead a very active lifestyle; either running or riding bikes and supporting their kids with baseball and soccer.

Sarah King
Chief Human Resources Officer
Darden Restaurants

Sarah King

Chief Human Resources Officer
Darden Restaurants

Sarah King was named Chief Human Resources Officer for Darden Restaurants in March 2017. A member of Darden’s Executive Team, she leads the execution of Darden’s people strategy as well as building organizational capability and employee culture to further enable Darden’s growth. She is also responsible for all aspects of the HR functions within Darden, including oversight of the HR organizations within each of Darden’s operating companies.


Darden owns and operates more than 1,700 Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s restaurants in North America, employing more than 180,000 people and serving nearly 390 million guests annually.


Prior to joining Darden, Sarah spent 19 years with Wyndham Worldwide Corporation where she worked closely with operators and executive leaders to execute successful people initiatives around the world. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Wyndham Vacation Ownership. In this role, Sarah was responsible for developing and rolling out the company’s people strategy, which focused on enhancing the culture to attract, engage and retain top talent.


A native of New Zealand, Sarah studied communications at the Auckland University of Technology.

Ann Mamer Lloyd
SVP, Marketing
Ecolab, Inc.

Ann Mamer Lloyd

SVP, Marketing
Ecolab, Inc.

Ann Mamer Lloyd is senior vice president of marketing and operations for the Global Institutional division of Ecolab Inc, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.


In her current role, Mamer Lloyd is a member of Global Institutional’s senior management team where she leads the development of growth strategies and new customer solutions. She has leadership responsibility for marketing and oversees supply chain and regulatory initiatives for the division.


Previously, Mamer Lloyd was vice president of marketing for Institutional in North America, and prior to that she served as vice president of marketing for the company’s Pest Elimination division.


Prior to Ecolab, Mamer Lloyd served as a vice president and general manager for ConAgra Foods and was responsible for a portfolio of brands, including Slim Jim, DAVID sunflower seeds and Crunch 'n Munch. She also spent two years managing product lines in the company's private label business.

Jamie McKeon
SVP, Demand Creation
Rich Products Corporation

Jamie McKeon

SVP, Demand Creation
Rich Products Corporation

Jamie McKeon is the Senior Vice President of Demand Creation for Rich’s Foodservice Division where she is contributing to the advancement of Rich’s position as a leading innovator and solutions provider to the foodservice industry. She is responsible for division strategy and execution, marketplace analysis and insights, brand equity development, portfolio management, product category management, new product innovation, integrated marketing/demand creation and division financial performance.


In addition, McKeon chairs Rich’s Marketing Leadership Team for the USC Region, which is responsible for advancing Rich’s marketing capabilities and effectiveness through process improvement, marketing competency development and technology initiatives.


She also oversees the U.S. Canada Region’s Business Intelligence Team and Digital Experience Team; and is a member of the region’s strategic planning team. She also serves on the Niagara University Food Marketing Advisory board which was founded to support NU on the development of a new Food Marketing curriculum within the College of Business. The board informs, supports and promotes the program; attracts industry support; and advises the university regarding the curriculum and programming. McKeon chairs the Marketing Committee which is developing a strategic plan and marketing plan for the program in collaboration with the university.


A Rich’s associate since 1997, McKeon has contributed in several marketing roles and was named Vice President of Marketing for the Foodservice Division in April of 2013. She previously served as the Vice President of Marketing for the Consumer Brands Division, where she led the team responsible for growing Rich’s leading consumer brands, SeaPak and Farm Rich.


Prior to Rich’s, Jamie spent 10 years at Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta in marketing leadership, marketing communications and product management. She also worked in marketing for five years in the electronics industry at Pioneer-Standard Electronics in Cleveland, Ohio.


A native of Lorain, Ohio, McKeon resided in Georgia for 26 years before relocating from St. Simons Island to Buffalo in 2013 with her husband Matt. She has two daughters, Erin who is a graduate of Georgia Tech and currently an engineer with Georgia-Pacific and Kelly who is in her fourth year at Georgia Southern University and is studying Marketing. She earned a bachelor of science in business administration from Bowling Green State University and enjoys tennis, speedwalking, biking and paddle boarding.

Jennifer Williamson
SVP, Brand and Communications
Sodexo USA, Inc

Jennifer Williamson

SVP, Brand and Communications
Sodexo USA, Inc

Jennifer Williamson is Senior Vice President of Brand & Communications, North America, for Sodexo, responsible for managing an integrated communications strategy that enhances and protects the company's reputation and brand. Ms. Williamson is a member of the North America Regional Leadership Committee for Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life services. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo’s 427,000 employees serve 100 million consumers each day through On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services, and Personal and Home Services. With $9.9B in annual revenues in the U.S. and Canada, Sodexo’s 150,000 employees in North America provide more than 100 unique services that improve performance at 13,000 client sites. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct.


Prior to her current position, she was Senior Vice President Corporate Communications. Other roles at Sodexo include Vice President Internal Communications, where she was responsible for the implementation of an enterprise wide communication program to drive employee engagement and alignment with the company strategy and business objectives. Prior to that, she served as Senior Director of Human Resources and Diversity Communications where she had successfully led several corporate-wide initiatives including the Employee Value Proposition, Spirit of Sodexo Awards Program and the Employee Network Groups.


Ms. Williamson has more than 20 years of human resources, operations and communications experience along with a strong background in training, change management and strategic planning. Ms. Williamson began her career with Sodexo in 1989 as an executive waitress and moved into a variety of operations management positions. She served as a regional Human Resources manager in Corporate Services and Director of Staffing and Development in Schools.


She is a member of the Board of Directors for Cities of Service and Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization founded in 1999 to ensure that every child in the United States grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food to enable them to lead a healthy, productive life. To date, the Sodexo Foundation has contributed more than $29 million in grants to end childhood hunger.


Ms. Williamson received her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She holds BA in History/Secondary Education from Keene State College, Keene, NH.

CONFERENCE PRICING

$1995

Full Conference Pass

  • Membership to WFF through December 2020 is included with each Full Conference Registration

  • Access to Signature Pre-Conference Event*

  • Educational Sessions by Attendee Level

  • Includes select meals and LIMITLESS Celebration

  • Applicable to registrations purchased after 11:59 pm CT on February 15, 2020


* Excluding  invitation only events


$1395

One Day Pass

  • Covers all events and sessions for the selected day

  • WFF Membership is not included with the One Day Pass

  • Monday or Tuesday Only
 
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