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A CAREER ROADMAP CAN ACCELERATE YOUR JOURNEY

Create yours at a Leadership Development Workshop It can be difficult to find the time and mental bandwidth to step back for a minute and evaluate where you are in your career — and where you want to go. Yet, a career development plan that provides ongoing steps to enhance your skills and knowledge can lead to greater mastery in your current job, promotions and transfers to new positions. A career roadmap can help you get where you’re going faster.

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INCLUSIVE CULTURE CAN DRIVE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

The research is clear: gender diversity is correlated with both increased profitability and long-term value creation.

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MOVING GENDER EQUITY TO THE TOP OF YOUR AGENDA

What you pay attention to as the CEO, your entire organization pays attention to. It sounds obvious, but deep CEO commitment and engagement has often been a missing component in breaking through institutional obstacles to advance women leaders.

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WFF HOSTS MALE GENDER EQUITY PLATFORM

Just how frequently additional chairs were needed to accommodate the growing number of participants in the Men’s Gender Equity Platform hosted by WFF at Executive Summit this July is a good indicator of the level of interest among male leaders in championing women in the Food Industry.

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2019 CONFERENCE & 30TH ANNIVERSARY: WHAT’S NEW

LIMITLESS is the theme for the 2019 Annual Leadership Development Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration March 9-13 in Dallas and it captures the mood perfectly.

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MOVING GENDER EQUITY TO THE TOP OF YOUR AGENDA

What you pay attention to as the CEO, your entire organization pays attention to. It sounds obvious, but deep CEO commitment and engagement has often been a missing component in breaking through institutional obstacles to advance women leaders.

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THE VOICES IN OUR HEADS

Scientists estimate that we have anywhere from 12,000 to 70,000 or more thoughts every day. Unfortunately, they also say about 80 percent of them are negative.

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BUILDING EXECUTIVE PRESENCE

Long before you get to the C-Suite, or even take the next turn in your career journey, adopting the communications skills and confidence of a senior leader will make you stand out and enable others to see your potential.

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HELPING WOMEN COLLECT A FULL PAYCHECK

When Starbucks Coffee Company announced this spring that they had achieved 100% pay equity among partners of all genders and races performing similar work across the United States, they went Venti and topped their achievement with another bold move. They shared how they did it so others could follow suit.

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GROWING YOUR CONFIDENCE BY FINDING YOUR VOICE

Societal and workplace factors create barriers to women’s advancement, but what’s happening in our own heads plays a role too.

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WFF LEAN IN CHAPTER GOING STRONG

Launched in October 2017 in conjunction with the Food Industry’s first participation in the Women in the Workplace Study by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.org, the WFF Lean In Circle Chapter is bringing women together through 52 Circles with more than 300 members in food companies across North America to grow their careers.

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FIRST WFF/IFMA AWARD PRESENTED

WFF has been proud to partner with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) to introduce the first WFF/IFMA Women in Manufacturing Award to recognize companies in the manufacturing sector of the Food Industry with demonstrated commitment to drive gender equity in their organizations and across the industry.

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LDWS LAUNCH IN 12 CITIES

A one-day workshop with a year of opportunities to learn, network and grow

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Women on the Move

In this section, find out who’s going where among our member and partner companies.

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CHILI'S BAR AND GRILL PRESIDENT KELLI VALADE TAKES HELM AT TDN2K

WFF Board Member and EVP of Brinker International and President of Chili's Bar and Grill, Kelli Valade, is taking the helm of research and insights firm TDn2K.

September 14, 2018

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STOP MULTITASKING AND GET SOMETHING DONE

You were never doing more than one thing anyway Despite neuroscience research that for years has shown multitasking to be a myth, the concept is so appealing to busy, stressed people that we hang onto it the way an eight-year-old clings to the idea of Santa. We wish it were true.

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UP YOUR ENGAGEMENT AT WORK

Four steps to feel more invested More than likely, you have completed an employee engagement survey at least once. Companies measure engagement because the level of commitment, passion and loyalty people have toward their work impacts workplace satisfaction, productivity and the bottom line. Alarmingly, nearly two-thirds of U.S. employees are disengaged, according to a recent Gallup poll.

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THE BIG IMPACT OF SMALL TALK

From flustered to fluid in brief encounters Even for the most outgoing extrovert, making professional small talk can pose a challenge. Sure, you could talk about the weather or your weekend plans. But impromptu interactions with the higher ups or colleagues from other areas present unique opportunities to grow your personal brand and should not be missed.

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MEN WHO CHAMPION WOMEN

Most men want to be part of the solution to driving gender equity and understand that we will not get there without them. Those who do it well understand that inclusiveness means involving both men and women in women’s advancement. But it can be hard to know exactly how to help.

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KNOWING WHEN TO DELEGATE

When individual contributors move into management, or even lead an ad hoc team or task force, it can be difficult to transition from thinking every task is one you have to complete yourself, to realizing that empowering other team members will be key to your success.

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WANT TO GET MORE DONE? TAKE A BREAK!

The idea of “powering through” and relentlessly dogging a task to completion used to sound admirable. But the latest brain research shows it’s more effective to give your brain and body a rest and come back to the task with a fresh perspective and renewed energy.

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SAYING NO TO OFFICE ‘HOUSEWORK’

We know many women work a “double shift” putting in a full day at paid jobs and several hours of unpaid housework, meal prep and childcare at home.

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WHEN SMALL INSIGHTS BEAT BIG DATA

Data-driven, evidence-based, applied analytics . . . the Big Data buzzwords that remind us it is wholly unacceptable to make decisions by gut feel, personal intuition or even just basic common sense. If there are strategic choices to be made, there ought to be reams of data on it.

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INTERVIEW LIKE A SUPERSTAR

The stage is set. Your resume is on the table. Now, all you have to do is convince the person across from you that you’re the one for the job. Sounds easy enough, right?

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LEADING THROUGH DISRUPTION

If you can’t see the forest for the trees, it may be because you have been in the woods a long time. In other words, being barraged with rapid change at work can make it hard to see the opportunities that might actually exist within the disruption.

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WHEN WOMEN TALK AND MEN INTERRUPT

Men and women communicate differently. We get it. But that doesn’t explain why men interrupt women far more often than they interrupt other men. Or what to do about it. For that, we turn to the research.

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YOUR ROLE IN FOSTERING INCLUSION

Company culture tends to trickle down from the top, but there are important roles team members at all levels can play to create an inclusive culture with their own behaviors, in leading teams and managing staff.

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WHEN WOMEN TALK AND MEN INTERRUPT

Men and women communicate differently. We get it. But that doesn’t explain why men interrupt women far more often than they interrupt other men. Or what to do about it. For that, we turn to the research.

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LEADING THROUGH DISRUPTION

If you can’t see the forest for the trees, it may be because you have been in the woods a long time. In other words, being barraged with rapid change at work can make it hard to see the opportunities that might actually exist within the disruption.

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FINDING A SPONSOR

Confidence is all about deciding that you’re going to take control of the steering wheel of your future and drive into it. Instead of the backseat passengers of doubt, fear, and uncertainty controlling you, you’re going to control and take charge of your future.

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LET’S GET THE NUMBERS RIGHT – A LOOK AT THE WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE STUDY

The food industry continues to be a booming sector that faces a contradiction between the leaders of the industry and those who make the purchasing decisions. Women account for the vast majority of food-purchasing decisions in the United States and also make up almost half the entry-level workforce in the food industry, yet women are underrepresented across the board above this level.

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Industry News

SAVE THE DATE MARCH 9-13

New features highlight 2019 Conference The theme for the 2019 Annual Leadership Development Conference had to be LIMITLESS! We couldn’t be confined by preconceived notions, business-as-usual or the limits of history as we take you in important new directions for our 30th Anniversary Celebration and boldly embrace your LIMITLESS future!

September 20, 2018

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CHILI'S BAR AND GRILL PRESIDENT KELLI VALADE TAKES HELM AT TDN2K

WFF Board Member and EVP of Brinker International and President of Chili's Bar and Grill, Kelli Valade, is taking the helm of research and insights firm TDn2K.

September 14, 2018

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THE EVOLUTION OF HR METRICS

There was a time when Human Resources was seen as the purview of managers who had the “soft skills” to deal with people rather than widgets. But as one of the largest expenses on the company balance sheet, HR is under growing pressure to quantify the return on this huge investment and make data-driven decisions that improve the entire business.

July 24, 2018

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INDUSTRY CEOS JOIN WFF TO LEAD THE WAY TO GENDER EQUITY

Food Industry CEOs and senior leaders explored the 2017 Women in the Workplace Study findings and strategized together about the most effective ways to close the gender equity gap during the 2018 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference earlier this month.

March 26, 2018

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GORDON FOOD SERVICE – A MODEL FOR WFF ENGAGEMENT

Over the past five years, Gordon Food Service has been on a transformative journey to attract, retain and develop women at all levels of the organization.

November 15, 2017

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