The lack of women in leadership roles within the food service industry has long been an issue, with women underrepresented in top-tier spots. The Women's Foodservice Forum (www.womensfoodserviceforum.com) says women represent 60 percent of food prep managers and service workers, but only 15 percent of food service companies have 30 percent or more women in senior positions.
The recently launched WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign (www.wff100kstrong.org) aims to improve those numbers by asking prominent food-service leaders nationwide to acknowledge the importance of placing women in executive positions. New Orleans culinary luminaries including Ti Martin of Commander's Palace, Katy Casbarian of Arnaud's Restaurant and Susan Spicer, chef/owner of Bayona and Mondo, 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 encourages restaurants to take on and sign the commitment, sponsor women leaders in their organizations and partner with WFF to create leadership development programs.