BRAMPTON, ONT — Women have made great strides in career advancement, but there’s much work that still needs to be done on this front. And, groups like the Women’s Foodservice Forum are working hard to do it, by leveraging an exceptional leadership program that focuses on training, development and networking.
The WFF was born in the U.S in 1989. Since 2002, the group has been active in Canada, first by hosting an annual golf tourney for women and eventually expanding the programming to include an annual leadership roundtable, plus a host of other activities. Membership has been growing steadily during that time both in Vancouver and Toronto.
This past week, the group held its annual Leadership Roundtable at the Pearson Convention Centre in Brampton, ON. Attracting more than 150 women as well as a sprinkling of men, the roundtables are part of a drive to foster professionalism in the industry. Several hospitality leaders, including Foodservice and Hospitality editor/publisher Rosanna Caira, were table leaders facilitating discussion around the competency of initiative, and stimulating discussion on what’s needed to be an effective leader.
In introducing the morning’s agenda, Cindy Novak of Communication Leadership Network informed the audience that the WWF has grown to nearly 300 members, with a target of 500 expected over the next 18 months.
The group has also gained the commitment of six patron sponsors including Tim Hortons, Cara Operations, Kraft, Campbell’s, GFS and Sysco. Novak also announced that programming will be rolled out in Montreal this coming fall.
For more information on the WFF or how to get involved visit womensfoodserviceforum.com.