The movement is strong and getting stronger. Women are taking their lives and situations into their own hands. They know that it is now or never. Strong women in all fields of endeavor have started mentoring, sharing and encouraging women to become the best they can in whatever they desire.
In Dallas, Texas on March 4–March 7 WFF (Women’s Foodservice Forum) will continue their effort to lead the way to gender equity in the food service industry. WFF wants to create a successful model that can be shared and emulated in other industries.
The food service industry is the second largest employer of women behind the federal government. In 1989 the WFF was established to assist women in building their skills, expanding their knowledge and broadening their perspectives through education, mentoring and connections. Encouraging them to gain the leadership skills that will allow them to reach their full career potential is one of the main focuses of WFF. They strive to assist women develop their skill set all through their career journey–from beginning (entry level) to the end (CEO).
Hattie Hill, the President and CEO has been involved with WFF since it’s inception. She sees the correlation of the national conversation on #MeToo to #TimesUp, and now gender equity as one that has always been there, but is now out of the shadows. In her research she came across a study that indicates that at the rate women are going in the workplace, it will take about 100 years to reach gender equity. WFF is striving to cut that time by many years. They are striving to be the solution to the things that are holding women back from success.
The leadership conference offers a variety of speakers and topics. The topics are as varied as the women and the positions they now have, and the ones they are striving to attain. The conference is built to assist, teach and mentor. The leadership conference content is driven by the participants. Participants have given their thoughts and comments on speakers and topics they feel would be helpful to them.
This year the conference will launch the “Lead the Way” initiative. Broadcaster and author Maria Shriver, broadcaster Gretchen Carlson and former first lady of the United States Michelle Obama have been selected to christen the initiative.
The conference hopes that the women in attendance will takeaway many things, but one in particular–they want the women to focus on themselves in developing themselves. The conference itself focuses on three areas: the industry (attracting great talent), the organization (companies want to know how it leads and attracts talent at all generations) and the attendees (what talents do they have, what do they want to do, getting great connections and one of the most important things–how can they pass on this valuable learning experience).
To learn more about the WFF and it’s goals or to register for the conference, please go to: Women’s FoodService Forum.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear” we don’t have 100 years.