Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) returns to the White House to honor extraordinary women veterans who are making a difference in communities across the country. The event is part of the White House Champions of Change, which brings individuals to the White House to share their ideas for winning the future.
“As advocates of diversity in the foodservice industry, we want to ensure our nation’s service women and men see the foodservice industry as a great place for quality jobs and fulfilling careers,” says WFF President and CEO Fritzi Woods.
The foodservice industry continuously outpaces growth of other industries and often cites recruitment and talent as some of its biggest challenges.
According to Woods, industry employers view veterans as an attractive talent pool, which explains why the 2011 VOW to Hire Heroes Act was largely supported by foodservice industry associations.
“We are pleased WFF is developing a strong relationship with White House policy makers to work through and implement strategies that will improve our industry,” says Woods.
Joining Woods at the White House was Sodexo Education COO and President Lorna Donatone, who serves as chair of WFF, marking the third visit for WFF to the White House in the past month.
In February, WFF brought more than 30 women executives from the foodservice industry to the White House to forge a strategic alliance between key business leaders and White House initiatives. In addition, WFF participated in a celebration of Women’s History Month on Monday, March 18.