Content. Competencies. Connections.
Grow your knowledge, network and impact through WFF's data-driven events and education.
Building relationships and making meaningful connections with colleagues, peers and mentors is one of the most effective ways to develop your skills, broaden your perspective and advance your career.
Research shows that feeling connected to others enables people to achieve more and even makes challenges feel more manageable. People looking at a physical barrier, such as a hill, will actually judge it as 10-20% steeper when standing alone than when standing with someone else. We seem to know instinctively that we can go further and faster together.
That idea is hard-wired into WFF’s DNA. We offer extensive education and leadership development, but our ability to help members make strategic connections is perhaps our most powerful asset of all. Through every aspect of engagement with WFF, opportunities abound to forge new strategic connections with colleagues from other organizations and other aspects of our diverse industry.
Frankly, we are an extremely welcoming group. And committed to one another’s success. If you are facing a challenge at work, a colleague within WFF can share her experience navigating a similar situation. Or point you to an expert resource. You can find mentors, serve as a mentor and recruit your next star performer all by engaging with WFF.
We take networking seriously because we know it grows women’s careers. In fact, research published in Harvard Business Review online by 2018 WFF conference speaker, Sean Achor, Ph.D., and a colleague provides tangible evidence that participating in women’s conferences and making strategic connections builds careers.
They found the likelihood of receiving a promotion doubled in the year after participants had attended a women’s conference and the likelihood of a 10%+ pay increase tripled compared to those who had not yet attended a women’s conference.
We are stronger together and WFF makes the inner circle big enough to include everyone
WFF also provides strategic connections and fosters collaboration among a variety of organizations throughout the food ecosystem. By bringing diverse segments of the industry together, we create a powerful synergy that enables us to engage many more voices in sharing the business case for gender equity and accelerates the advancement of women by increasing the number of organizations working toward our shared goal of driving gender equity.
New and deepening connections with colleagues across the food ecosystem also increases participation in our Food Industry-specific research on women’s progress in the workplace and greatly expands the number of organizations and women who benefit from our learnings.
Some of our strongest industry collaborators include:
International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA)
International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA)
McKinsey and Company
National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA)
National Restaurant Association (NRA)
Research Chefs Association (RCA)
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA)
Women of the Vine & Spirits
Future Leaders Connect
WFF is dedicated to creating a pipeline of quality talent to ensure a solid future for our industry. Today’s students are the next generation of leaders and, through our Future Leaders Connect program, we are proud to support high-potential students working toward degrees in the food and hospitality industries.
This program prepares students for their careers through a combination of valuable leadership development and networking experiences, including attendance at our WFF annual conference. Students are able to engage deeply with our industry and learn about the outstanding opportunities we offer. At the same time, our organizations enjoy meeting, and often recruiting, these talented young people entering our pipeline.
The program was first inspired in 2017 by California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) Executive Chairman and CEO G.J. Hart, and his wife, Heather, along with CPK’s Vice President of People and Field Operations and WFF Board Member, Julie Juvera. The class of 2017 included 15 students from James Madison University’s (JMU) Hart School of Hospitality, Sport and Recreation Management.
With outstanding feedback from conference participants and the industry, we welcomed the second class of Future Leaders Connect at our 2018 conference. The participating students attend the Culinary Institute of America and James Madison University. We look forward to welcoming 10 students to the 2019 conference when we celebrate WFF’s 30th anniversary!
Future Leaders Connect is made possible through the generous sponsors who support the students’ participation at Conference. Want to learn more about how you can help groom the future of the Food Industry?
Live & Future Experiences
WFF started out with a single meeting and has grown through the years to not only include our Annual Leadership Development Conference , but also our annual WFF Executive Summit, numerous Leadership Development Workshops, and industry relevant webinars.
Thanks to inspiration from our ever growing WFF membership, we are continuing to explore new ways to offer more experiences and ideas via our live and virtual events. If you want to help with our next event our have a suggestion for a new event, please let us know.
We are committed to guiding you toward greater leadership and impact at all stages of your career. That’s why our wide range of learning opportunities and educational events are grounded in extensive research and proven insights on how to help women accelerate career progress, expand their contribution at work and increase their influence.
WFF Events connect you with exceptional learning and networking opportunities in an industry committed to closing the gender gap and becoming the employer of choice for the most talented women and men.
Leadership Development Workshops
If you are ready to lead and want to build your own roadmap to accelerate your career, it is time to register for Women’s Foodservice Forum’s (WFF) 2018 Leadership Development Workshops (LDWs). This one-day, focused workshop brings powerful content to a city near you.
Annual Leadership Development Conference
Nearly 3,000 people attend this four-day event, which delivers best-in-class content, builds meaningful and strategic industry connections, and develops core leadership competencies. In addition to dynamic keynote addresses, there are numerous educational sessions on various topics at all career levels.
This exclusive event convenes top industry executives not only for learning and development, but to provide a forum to collaborate on solutions which will activate change for the future of the food ecosytem.
Success leaves clues, which is why we tap the latest research to identify the specific skills and practices proven to drive women’s advancement at work. We then apply those learnings to create outcome-oriented leadership development education that equips women with the competencies that are most highly correlated with strong career growth.
Leadership Competency Assessment
Commit to Your Development
The first step to developing your leadership skills is getting a baseline read of your strengths and opportunities for growth. Our Leadership Competency Assessment (LCA) will give you a clear picture of your current skills and areas for improvement.
Time for your evolution
It takes just 10-15 minutes to complete the LCA with the easy instructions that lead you through each competency to assess your leadership behaviors and highlight critical factors for your success. Whether used as a self-assessment or to guide an important career conversation with a supervisor or peer, our Leadership Competencies can help you drive continued career success.
Why you should take the LCA
Take the Assessment Today
To help you get on the right track to success, we developed our Competency Assessment –a comprehensive self-assessment of your leadership skills and behaviors.
All Year Long. All Career Long.©
WFF’s Leadership Competencies are firmly rooted in evidence that links key career capabilities to robust career enhancement. They are also flexible enough to evolve as we uncover new insights that illuminate the most effective strategies to develop women leaders and drive gender equity.
Whether early in your career or an established executive, our Leadership Competencies help you build and enhance skills around Leading Self, Leading People and Leading Business. The competencies work together to enable leaders to master critical behaviors that drive personal accountability and organizational leadership to make a lasting, positive impact in your career, company and the Food Industry.
These competencies focus on behaviors necessary for all leaders to be successful in self-management and maintaining personal accountability in any role.
Assesses one’s own abilities, understands how actions impact perceptions and effectively maneuvers the culture, climate and politics of the organization at all levels.
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The Traits of Awesome Leaders
Builds strong relationships on a foundation of trust, loyalty and authenticity.
Breaking Through Unconscious Bias to Achieve Organizational Alignment
Encourages open and honest communication with the team, communicates messages clearly and concisely and listens attentively to others.
Communicating Through Storytelling
Beyond Confidence: Cultivating Continued Success
Proactively seeks new opportunities and challenges; takes ownership and accountability for enhancing results or minimizing problems.
Beating the Odds and Creating Your Own Opportunities
The competencies taught in this Pillar highlight the behaviors needed for those in leadership roles to successfully build and manage high performing teams as well as capitalize on strategic professional relationships.
Recruits and retains high-performing talent, sets high standards for performance and ultimately creates a collaborative culture.
Release Your Brilliance
Leaders Own the Moment
Building High Performing Teams
Builds strong relationships with peers and partners, cultivating meaningful connections.
Building Networks for Professional Success
Supports the growth of others by providing regular feedback, fostering connections and formulating individualized development plans.
Coaching for Success: How to Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Others
Utilizes a rational appeal and a convincing business case to influence others and gain organizational support; builds and leverages interdependent relationships with key stakeholders.
Creating a Culture of Accountability
Influence & Diplomacy When You Are Called Upon With One or With One Hundred
The emphasis in these competencies reveals the critical behaviors leaders need to possess for organizational leadership success and for making lasting, positive impacts on the industry.
Analyzes financial data to gain critical insight into key business drivers, adjusting strategy when appropriate.
Seeing the Big Picture: Business Acumen to Build your Credibility, Career, and Company
Leading In Times of Great Change
Relentlessly pursues measurable results; identifies areas for improvement and executes changes as necessary.
What To Do When There Is Too Much To Do
Effectively analyzes risk factors and potential consequences, taking action to realize goals.
What You'll Need to Succeed in the Future Work Economy
Fear Less, Do More
Establishes and implements strategic initiatives that facilitate the growth and success of the business.
Purpose, Passion, People and Profits
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