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WFF, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization focused on advancing women leaders and gender parity on executive teams , launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide call to action to support the advancement of women leaders, at its annual Executive Summit. More than 200 foodservice industry leaders and several prominent New Orleans restaurateurs joined to lend their support to the national campaign.
“Women are significantly under-represented in C-suite and executive teams, and we are asking the foodservice industry to create more opportunities for this group,” says Hattie Hill, WFF President and CEO. “We officially launched the WFF 100K Strong Commitment to advancing women leaders campaign at our Executive Summit in order to enlist industry support in our mission to help create a pipeline of talent to increase representation in the executive ranks of our nation’s second largest industry.”
The WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign is designed to spur foodservice leaders nationally to publicly acknowledge the importance of advancing women leaders, as well as encourage others to take on and sign the commitment at their company, sponsor women leaders in their organizations, and partner with WFF to create leadership development programs that build key competencies.
Women represent 60 percent of first-line food prep managers and service workers, yet only 15 percent of foodservice companies have 30 percent or more of women represented in senior teams. “We all have work to do to achieve our goal of advancing women leaders and the support that we receive will help to reinvigorate and set a path for greater things to come,” Hill says.
The advancement is not only the right thing to do but, according to a study by the American Sociological Organization, there is considerable economic value in better gender-balanced leadership teams, noting that improving gender diversity by a mere one percent leads to a three percent increase in sales.
Throughout the campaign, WFF will provide resources to help women navigate their road to leadership. That support began today with the release of a WFF whitepaper entitled – “A Roadmap to the C-Suite.” Sponsored by Rich’s Foods, the whitepaper is the result of a year-long research study that focused on critical factors that influenced the success of women in the C-Suite, including: risk taking, strategic thinking, business and financial acumen, and driving for results.