Accelerating the Advancement of Women Leaders 


October 23, 2018

Conference & 30th Anniversary Celebration March 10-13 in Dallas
You’ve read her books, watched her TED talk (along with 35 million other viewers) and now you can see her in person when she shares her latest research on how to cultivate braver, more daring leaders at the WFF 2019 Annual Leadership Development Conference in Dallas.
Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and author of five #1 New York Times best-selling books will share what she has discovered about how to create an organization culture that values courageous leadership and fosters a true sense of belonging during her keynote address Dare to Lead at the launch of Conference.
Based on twenty years of research, including the past seven studying leadership, Brown has identified that daring leadership is a collection of skills and practices that are teachable, observable, and measurable. She’ll share the actionable tools, learning and unlearning that underpin brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart.
Brown will also lead the Signature Pre-Conference Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion Session Sunday afternoon. She will explain four practices of true belonging for people to utilize in diverse organizations. In her session, Braving the Wilderness, she posits that true belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are. The session is included in Conference registration and open to all.
Three decades of advancing women
In addition to outstanding content, sought-after speakers and a new learning approach that engages participants in guided Leadership Cohorts, the 2019 Conference will mark WFF’s 30th year helping women advance in the Food Industry.
Included in registration is an All-Attendee 30th Anniversary Reception and Fundraiser Program where we will honor the industry’s most influential leaders, WFF Industry Titans, who are publicly committing to advancing gender equity. We will also recognize the rising stars, Change Makers Under 30, who will lead our industry into its bright future.
Guided Learning Experience
You will quickly see that some key things are different this year. And for good reason. Because we now have outstanding research to draw on that clearly illuminates the specific competencies women need at various career stages to advance. We developed our 2019 Conference content and delivery approach to ensure you receive that critical content.
We also heard your feedback requesting more networking opportunities in smaller groups and greater access to industry leaders.
It all comes together this year in a facilitated learning approach we call Leadership Cohorts that engage attendees before, during and after Conference. You will master the same research-driven content in lockstep with a dedicated group of peers and with Executive Faculty who further the learning.
Your Leadership Cohort will become your home base and team of colleagues throughout Conference, connecting you to a smaller learning community to explore content specifically targeted to your career stage and needs.
At registration, you will select the Leadership Cohort (Manager, Director or Executive) that best matches your career stage. All Cohorts will explore the same content areas tailored to their career stage. The topics are:

  • Resilience & Risk Taking: The Role of Confidence and Ambition in Career Success
  • The Bottom Line: How Profit & Loss Experience Drives Advancement at All Levels
  • Inclusive Culture: From the C-Suite to the Front Lines, Inclusion Drives Results
“Tapping the latest research to drive content and engaging participants in dedicated Leadership Cohorts to learn, network and grow together will provide a more comprehensive and expert-guided learning experience so that all Conference attendees master the career-changing tools they need to advance,” said Hattie Hill WFF President & CEO.
Embedded Faculty
Another exciting new aspect of the Leadership Cohort approach is our ability to place faculty mentors within each Cohort to enrich the experience and increase access to industry leaders. The Cohort faculty team will engage participants before, during and after Conference. Faculty teams are comprised of:
  • Executive Faculty who bring the content to life with real-world experiences and serve as role models
  • Content Experts to further illuminate the research-driven topics
  • WFF Change Makers Under 30 who provide a unique perspective and view to the future
  • Cohort Facilitators who help participants forge critical connections 
REGISTER for Conference today.

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