Women’s Foodservice Forum announced Greg Creed, CEO of Yum! Brands, as an Industry Titan for his leadership and commitment to driving gender equity, investment in the future of women leaders, and notable impact on the food industry.

An Industry Titan is an executive who is creating change that will increase opportunities for women and drive business growth.  In celebration of WFF’s 30th Anniversary, 24 of the industry’s most iconic leaders will be recognized as Industry Titans on-site at the WFF 2019 Annual Leadership Development Conference (ALDC,) March 10-13, 2019, in Dallas.

“Greg Creed was one of the first CEOs to make a public commitment to help solve one of our industry’s toughest challenges,” says Hattie Hill, WFF CEO and president. “His leadership will, undoubtedly, inspire others to support and cultivate opportunities for women in leadership for stronger companies. We are pleased to recognize Greg Creed as an Industry Titan during the landmark 30th anniversary of WFF.”

“It’s an honor to be named by WFF as an Industry Titan. I’m very proud of Yum!’s initiatives around a diverse and inclusive work environment, which is imperative in today’s world,” says Creed. “We believe strongly that our employees must reflect the global marketplace where we operate, and we’re on a journey to ensure inclusion and diversity, including gender equity, are integrated into all aspects of our business.”

Earlier this year Yum! made a commitment, in alignment with the Paradigm for Parity coalition, to advance more women into leadership roles and achieve greater gender parity in senior leadership globally by 2030. Yum! has also signed onto the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

Creed also established a U.S. diversity and inclusion council called Leading Inclusion for Today and Tomorrow (LIFT2), which includes leaders and franchisees across Yum!, KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. In addition, Yum! offers Unconscious Bias training to corporate employees around the world to increase multicultural competency and build strong leaders who are skilled at leading diverse teams. The company also recently became one of more than 100 companies from ten sectors named to the inaugural 2018 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI).

ALDC is an immersive leadership development experience where women connect with and learn from industry influencers, experts and each other. Most notably, the conference is a unique experience where companies collaborate to accelerate gender equity.

With the annual conference as a touch point, WFF convenes the industry year-round through LEAD THE WAY, the Food Industry’s gender equity movement, launched and championed by WFF.

The food industry is the second largest employer of women, yet women remain significantly underrepresented in leadership roles. LEAD THE WAY offers a data-driven roadmap with trackable metrics and tools, from best-practices to talent sourcing and leadership development, aimed to help companies shift toward more equitable work environments, and strengthening the Food Industry. WFF believes in LIMITLESS possibilities for women, and is also the industry’s premier leadership development organization for women.

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