“We are at a critical inflection point in our quest to achieve gender parity. It is up to all of us to harness this momentum, move urgently forward and drive change. Closing the gender gap in the food industry will make us more competitive and unlock our full potential!” - Denny Marie Post
Denny Marie Post
President & CEO
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
President & CEO
Women's Foodservice Forum
President, National Foodservice and On-Premise
The Coca-Cola Company
EVP & COO, Dairy Foods
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Sr. Vice President of Sales & Strategic Relationships
McLane Foodservice, Inc
National Automatic Merchandising Association
Chief Procurement Officer, VP
SVP, Global Sales
CEO & President
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.
Vice-President 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.
Chief Human Resources Officer
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 Llyod
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.
Earlier, Mamer Lloyd managed brands at General Mills and Pillsbury, including Pillsbury Refrigerated Dough and Progresso. In addition, she held roles of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting at both Pillsbury and Jostens, Inc.
Mamer Lloyd has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She is a CPA and CMA, and is actively involved in community initiatives. Mamer Lloyd lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with her husband and two daughters.
Ecolab is a trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations. With annual sales of $14 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.
Rich Products Corporation
Group President, Convenience & Foodservice; SVP, Global Revenue Development
Shawn O'Grady leads the Convenience and Foodservice organization. This $2B business is focused on growing sales and profit for General Mills by serving the needs of convenience store and foodservice operators across the United States, including schools, restaurants and hospitals. In addition, O'Grady oversees the development of two of the company’s global capabilities focused on accelerating topline growth, Strategic Revenue Management and Ecommerce. He was named to this position in December 2016.
O’Grady joined General Mills in Marketing in July 1990. He was promoted to Vice President in 1998, and concurrent with the General Mills acquisition of The Pillsbury Company in 2001, took the helm of the Refrigerated Baked Goods business.
Late in 2004, O’Grady joined the Consumer Foods Sales Division with responsibility for retail customers across the Midwest. He was promoted to President for U.S. Retail Sales in 2007. In August of 2010, O’Grady was elected Senior Vice President of General Mills, and assumed leadership of all remaining customer activities in the U.S.
Prior to joining General Mills, O’Grady graduated with honors from Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s of Science in chemical engineering. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Shawn lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Becky and two children, Jack and Mary. He serves on the board of trustees of the General Mills Foundation, Feeding America and Second Harvest Heartland. He is passionate about ending hunger in the U.S. In his free time he is an avid tennis player and runner.
Former President, East Zone
McDonald's USA, LLC
Chief Transformation & People Officar
Yum! Brands, Inc
EVP / President
Brinker International / Chilli's Grill & Bar
Rebecca J. Walsh
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
SVP, Brand and Communications
SVP, Client Solutions Group & Business Development
ARMADA Supply Chain Solutions
Loraine Yalch is responsible for client relationship management and business development at Armada. She will be instrumental in driving success for Armada’s clients. Loraine has been with Armada for 17 years, having initially started in engineering where she played a key role in the early development of Armada’s supply chain visibility tool, which has now evolved into its Supply Chain Technology Platform.
Prior to her time in the foodservice industry, Loraine was director of operations for OnlineChoice.com, an online demand aggregator in the personal and home services arenas, and served as a project manager for several environmental engineering consulting firms.
Loraine holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Loraine is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and participates in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).
SVP, and Chief Accounting Officer
VP, HR & Organizational Effectiveness
Business Manager, Executive Office
Manager Partner, Insights & Research
Director, Marketing & Communications
Sr. Manager, Partner Engagement
Elizabeth Brennan Baker, Ground Round
Jenene Garey, PhD, New York University
Joyce Goldstein, Square One
Denise Gorsline, Domino’s Pizza
Marcia Harris, Maryland Restaurant Association
Patricia Harris, McDonald’s
Laura Hayden, Pizza Hut
Florence Jaramillo, Rancho de Chimayo
Edna Morris, Hardee's
Karen Settlemyer, Grand American Fare
Julia Stewart, Stuart Anderson's
Kathleen Talbert, French Culinary Institute
Jo Linda Thompson, California Restaurant Association
Jackie Trujillo, Harman Management Corporation
Barbara Timm Brock
Mary O Broin
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