Submissions Open for 2021 Young Leaders to Watch

    Industry News | March 17, 2021
    Slutty Vegan founder Pinky Cole starts Atlanta restaurant sensation.
    Pinky Cole, one of our 2020 Young Leaders to Watch, is founder of Atlanta sensation Slutty Vegan.

    Everyone’s talking about millennials and Gen Z as an important customer base, but what’s often lost is just how crucial these generations are for your workforce—particularly in your leadership ranks.

    Younger employees have been increasingly relied upon to bring new energy and solutions to restaurant companies, whether as franchisees, managers, entrepreneurs, or executives. And with the COVID-19 pandemic reshaping the direction of the industry—particularly with technology front and center—young leaders have never been more important to the future of the industry.

    For the last three years, we've published our Young Leaders to Watch report in an effort to identify quick-service and fast-casual leaders under the age of 35 who are bringing exciting new ideas and concepts to the market. Take a look at our past reports:

    Now we're on the lookout for more! Want to recognize one of your colleagues? Or think that person is you? Click here to submit information by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 18. The final list of honorees will be featured in QSR's June 2021 issue.