Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Women's Foodservice Forum launches "100K Strong Commitment Campaign"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

From left to right: Haley Bittermann, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group; Lauren Brennan Brower, Dickie Brennan & Co.; Karen Coaxum, Coaxum Enterprises (McDonald’s franchisee); Anna Tusa, The Crazy Lobster; Ti Martin, Commander’s Palace, Sobou, Café Adelaide; Susan Spicer, Bayona Restaurant; Debbie Pierce, Bon Ton Café; Katy Casbarian, Arnaud’s & Remoulade Restaurants & French 75; Stan Harris, President/CEO, Louisiana Restaurant Association; Dawn Sweeney, President/CEO, National Restaurant Association; Susan Gambardella, Board Chair, Women’s Foodservice Forum; Hattie Hill, President, Women’s Foodservice Forum
  • From left to right: Haley Bittermann, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group; Lauren Brennan Brower, Dickie Brennan & Co.; Karen Coaxum, Coaxum Enterprises (McDonald’s franchisee); Anna Tusa, The Crazy Lobster; Ti Martin, Commander’s Palace, Sobou, Café Adelaide; Susan Spicer, Bayona Restaurant; Debbie Pierce, Bon Ton Café; Katy Casbarian, Arnaud’s & Remoulade Restaurants & French 75; Stan Harris, President/CEO, Louisiana Restaurant Association; Dawn Sweeney, President/CEO, National Restaurant Association; Susan Gambardella, Board Chair, Women’s Foodservice Forum; Hattie Hill, President, Women’s Foodservice Forum

The lack of women in leadership roles within the food service industry has long been an issue, with women largely absent from top-tier spots. According to the Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF), women represent 60 percent of food prep managers and service workers, but only 15 percent of food service companies have 30 percent or more of women represented in senior teams.

Launched this week, the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign is aiming to shift those number by asking prominent food service leaders nationwide to acknowledge the importance of supporting women leaders in executive-level positions. Numerous New Orleans culinary luminaries — including Chef Susan Spicer of Bayona and Mondo, Ti Martin of Commander’s Palace and Katy Casbarian of Arnaud’s and French 75 — have signed on in support of the campaign.

“Women are significantly underrepresented in ... executive teams and we are asking the food service industry to create more opportunities for this group,” WFF President and CEO Hattie Hill said in a statement.

The campaign works to encourage restaurants to take on and sign the commitment, sponsor women leaders in their organizations and partner with WFF to create leadership development programs.

For more information about the campaign and efforts both locally and nationally, visit WFF's website.


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