“We are at a critical inflection point in our quest to achieve gender parity. It is up to all of us to harness this momentum, move urgently forward and drive change. Closing the gender gap in the food industry will make us more competitive and unlock our full potential!” - Denny Marie Post
Denny Marie Post
President & CEO
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews
President & CEO
Women's Foodservice Forum
Hattie Hill is CEO & President of Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the food industry’s thought leader on gender equity providing research, insights and best practice solutions to enable some of the world’s most recognized brands and largest companies in the food ecosystem to close the workplace gender gap. The premier leadership development organization working since 1989 to advance women, under Ms. Hill’s leadership WFF has become the trusted expert on the talent needs of the food industry, barriers to women’s advancement, resources that enable women to build leadership competencies and tailored solutions that equip the food industry to drive gender equity.
Since taking the helm in 2013, Ms. Hill has turned around two years of financial losses to drive a 25% increase in revenue and forged a bold new strategic direction for the organization. Through its partnership with the Women in the Workplace Study by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.org, WFF has launched the first Food Industry-specific data about women’s progress at work segmented by food operators, manufacturers and distributors. Drawing on this research and other sources, WFF facilitates gender equity solutions for its Partner Companies. Participating organizations receive organization-specific data about their talent pipeline, advancement and human resource opportunities and the ability to engage with WFF on best practice insights to accelerate women’s careers. In addition, WFF’s Gender Equity Index (GEI) measures industry progress and enables participating food companies to benchmark their success against peers.
As head of the largest national organization focused on advancing women leaders and driving parity on executive teams in the food ecosystem, Ms. Hill has deep insights into how organizations can reap the proven rewards of a more gender-diverse workforce and how to connect and communicate with women as the fastest growing consumer segment in the country.
A lifelong advocate for women leaders, Ms. Hill has invested her career in helping equip women leaders with the competencies and mindset to advance into key executive roles. She recognizes the influential role women play as consumer decision makers for themselves and their families, and how to apply that understanding through effective marketing.
Although adept at working with varied audiences, Ms. Hill specializes in helping C-level officers and board members navigate change and take decisive action. As founder and CEO of Hattie Hill Enterprises (HHE), Ms. Hill has a 30-year record of accomplishment working with top companies (including McDonald’s, Frito-Lay, Aramark and Compass) in more than 70 countries to connect key products and services with the audiences and markets that will most benefit from them.
Ms. Hill is a consummate communicator, both as an author of three successful books and a highly sought-after public speaker. She is regularly quoted in local and national news publications including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Oprah Magazine, and Food Network Magazine.
Ms. Hill enjoys serving as both an inspirational and aspirational leader who helps teams and organizations envision larger roles with greater impact. This is well reflected in her extensive service as a director on numerous for-profit and nonprofit boards.
President & Chief Concept Officer
President, Foodservice and On-Premise
Coca-Cola North America
National Automatic Merchandising Association
SVP, Global Sales
EVP & COO, Dairy Foods
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Chief Transformation & People Officer
Yum! Brands, Inc
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Sr. Vice President of Sales & Strategic Relationships
McLane Foodservice, Inc
Chief Procurement Officer, VP
CEO & President
SVP, Chief Financial Officer
Dunkin' Brands, Inc.
Kate Jaspon is the Chief Financial Officer of Dunkin’ Brands. In this role, she is responsible for the global financial planning and analysis, accounting, financial reporting, business analytics, tax, debt and cash management, enterprise risk management, electronic payments, insurance and demand planning functions for domestic and international Dunkin’ Baskin-Robbins. Kate has lead Dunkin’ through a number of transactions including the Company & IPO and follow-on equity offerings, securitization and numerous other debt transactions, the divestiture of a brand and several system implementations.
She also currently serves as the Audit Committee Chair of the Board of Directors for MOD Pizza.
Kate joined Dunkin’ Brands in December 2005 as Assistant Controller. She was later promoted to Vice President, Finance and Treasury and Corporate Controller, and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in June 2017.
Eight years prior to joining Dunkin’ Brands, Kate started her career with KPMG LLP, the international financial services corporation, culminating in a role as Senior Manager, where she supported both public and private companies as an auditor.
Kate earned a B.S. in Finance from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts and is a CPA licensed in Massachusetts. She is drinkin’ Dunkin’ Iced Coffee with skim milk and scoopin’ Baskin-Robbins Jamoca.
Vice-President Crew Resources, Fry Cook & Cashier
Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers
Julie Juvera is the Vice-President of Crew Resources, Fry Cook & Cashier and a member of the Senior Leadership team for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the fastest growing Restaurant chain in the United States.
At Raising Cane’s, Julie serves as an enterprise-wide, senior business partner for the Restaurants, Business Units and Restaurant Support functions. She works closely with the leadership of the Company to develop and lead overall planning and execution of Crew related strategies. All of which is to ensure the successful execution of the Company’s vision - to build Restaurants all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great Crew and cool culture and active community involvement.
A 25-year veteran of the foodservice industry, Julie began her career in Restaurant operations at Bennigan’s. With hands-on Restaurant management experience, she moved to Texas Roadhouse where she utilized this leadership experience to successfully develop a scalable Field-HR team to support Operations with their people needs through the Company’s high velocity of growth. After 16 years with Texas Roadhouse, Julie expanded her experience working in a Private Equity environment for California Pizza Kitchen (CPK). While working at CPK, Julie was instrumental in developing innovative people strategies to support the Company’s successful Next Chapter transformation.
Julie’s experience includes being the Chairperson and President of CPK’s Kindness Fund, a not-for-profit, employee-funded organization that supports fellow employees in their time of need. Julie has also served on the Board of Directors of The Family Scholar House, whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single parent students opportunities in advanced education and she has also been a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Chapter in Louisville, KY.
Julie joined the Board of Directors of the WFF in 2016 after volunteering with the organization for 10 years. She serves as the Board of Director’s Chair of the Leadership and Development Counsel. In her 10+ years of service with the organization, Julie served on many committees including the chair of the Success Talks Committee. In addition, she was presented with several honors in the past including the inaugural “Women Making Their Mark Award.”
She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She and her husband, John, live in Dallas, TX with their two children and lead a very active lifestyle; either running or riding bikes and supporting their kids with baseball and soccer.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Sarah King was named Chief Human Resources Officer for Darden Restaurants in March 2017. A member of Darden’s Executive Team, she leads the execution of Darden’s people strategy as well as building organizational capability and employee culture to further enable Darden’s growth. She is also responsible for all aspects of the HR functions within Darden, including oversight of the HR organizations within each of Darden’s operating companies.
Darden owns and operates more than 1,700 Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s restaurants in North America, employing more than 180,000 people and serving nearly 390 million guests annually.
Prior to joining Darden, Sarah spent 19 years with Wyndham Worldwide Corporation where she worked closely with operators and executive leaders to execute successful people initiatives around the world. Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President, Human Resources for Wyndham Vacation Ownership. In this role, Sarah was responsible for developing and rolling out the company’s people strategy, which focused on enhancing the culture to attract, engage and retain top talent.
A native of New Zealand, Sarah studied communications at the Auckland University of Technology.
Ann Mamer Llyod
Ann Mamer Lloyd is senior vice president of marketing and operations for the Global Institutional division of Ecolab Inc, the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
In her current role, Mamer Lloyd is a member of Global Institutional’s senior management team where she leads the development of growth strategies and new customer solutions. She has leadership responsibility for marketing and oversees supply chain and regulatory initiatives for the division.
Previously, Mamer Lloyd was vice president of marketing for Institutional in North America, and prior to that she served as vice president of marketing for the company’s Pest Elimination division.
Prior to Ecolab, Mamer Lloyd served as a vice president and general manager for ConAgra Foods and was responsible for a portfolio of brands, including Slim Jim, DAVID sunflower seeds and Crunch 'n Munch. She also spent two years managing product lines in the company's private label business.
Earlier, Mamer Lloyd managed brands at General Mills and Pillsbury, including Pillsbury Refrigerated Dough and Progresso. In addition, she held roles of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting at both Pillsbury and Jostens, Inc.
Mamer Lloyd has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. She is a CPA and CMA, and is actively involved in community initiatives. Mamer Lloyd lives in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with her husband and two daughters.
Ecolab is a trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations. With annual sales of $14 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions, data-driven insights and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.
SVP, Demand Creation
Rich Products Corporation
Group President, Convenience & Foodservice; SVP, Global Revenue Development
Shawn O'Grady leads the Convenience and Foodservice organization. This $2B business is focused on growing sales and profit for General Mills by serving the needs of convenience store and foodservice operators across the United States, including schools, restaurants and hospitals. In addition, O'Grady oversees the development of two of the company’s global capabilities focused on accelerating topline growth, Strategic Revenue Management and Ecommerce. He was named to this position in December 2016.
O’Grady joined General Mills in Marketing in July 1990. He was promoted to Vice President in 1998, and concurrent with the General Mills acquisition of The Pillsbury Company in 2001, took the helm of the Refrigerated Baked Goods business.
Late in 2004, O’Grady joined the Consumer Foods Sales Division with responsibility for retail customers across the Midwest. He was promoted to President for U.S. Retail Sales in 2007. In August of 2010, O’Grady was elected Senior Vice President of General Mills, and assumed leadership of all remaining customer activities in the U.S.
Prior to joining General Mills, O’Grady graduated with honors from Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s of Science in chemical engineering. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Shawn lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Becky and two children, Jack and Mary. He serves on the board of trustees of the General Mills Foundation, Feeding America and Second Harvest Heartland. He is passionate about ending hunger in the U.S. In his free time he is an avid tennis player and runner.
Former President, East Zone
McDonald's USA, LLC
Rebecca J. Walsh
Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
SVP, Brand and Communications
SVP, Client Solutions Group & Business Development
ARMADA Supply Chain Solutions
Loraine Yalch is Senior Vice President of Client Solutions and Business Development for Armada, a $3 billion supply chain solutions provider to the foodservice industry. In her role, she is responsible for client relationship management, of which the foundation is collaboration with clients to innovate and execute supply chain change strategies. Additionally, Loraine provides leadership and strategic direction in all business development initiatives.
Loraine joined Armada in 2001 as a Supply Chain Engineer. Early in her tenure, she led an instrumental project that led to the development of Armada’s supply chain visibility tool, which evolved into its Supply Chain Technology Platform. As Director of Account Management, she successfully took the technology solution to market. She was promoted to Vice President of Business Development in 2010 and into her current role in 2016.
Prior to her time in the foodservice industry, Loraine was director of operations for OnlineChoice.com, an online demand aggregator in the personal and home services arenas, and served as a project manager for several environmental engineering consulting firms.
Loraine holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Loraine lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Bill.
Armada creates innovative, fully integrated supply chain solutions that deliver competitive advantages and improve business performance for its clients. Through its long tradition of partnering with clients, Armada has become one of the largest fully integrated logistic providers to the foodservice industry, as well as a respected provider among retail and other industries, with operations and offices around the country. Current clients range from Fortune 500 companies to privately held and family-owned businesses.
SVP, and Chief Accounting Officer
Libby Saylor Wright
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Marketing Officer
Krista Gibson is a Marketing & Strategy C-level Executive with over 25-years of experience in the hospitality industry.
Krista is the former CMO for Chili’s Grill & Bar, a global company with +1600 locations in 31 countries where she led all aspects of brand building, innovation and sales growth strategies. She reported to the CEO and was a member of Brinker International’s (EAT) senior leadership team charged with delivering EPS growth for a $3.25B Fortune 750 portfolio company (Chili’s Bar & Grill and Maggiano’s Little Italy). She collaborated with C-suite peers on all business challenges and actively engaged with the Board of Directors on brand strategy.
Krista has extensive experience leveraging macro-trends and consumer insights to develop a customer-centric brand purpose, strategic plans and operating plans leading to market share growth. She led Chili’s transformative, best-in-class digital customer experience fueling the loyalty program, providing actionable insights with Big Data, simplifying operations, and growing the top & bottom line.
Her experiences span all market conditions and brand lifecycles: from emerging concepts to aggressively growing brands to leading globally recognized brands. Krista currently serves on the Board of Directors for MHI Restaurant Group LLC, an emerging fast-casual pizza concept.
Krista has both a Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of Florida. She has also served as a Board Member for SMU’s Digital Accelerator Program & SMU Cox School of Business Associate Board Member. She has completed the Governance Fellowship Program with the National Association for Corporate Directors (NACD) and the completed the Director Development Program at Kellogg.
Chief Growth Officer
Before taking the role as Chief Growth Officer at Women’s Foodservice Forum, Kathryn has held several leadership positions in her nearly twenty years in fundraising and corporate partnership development. Kathryn spent nearly nine years at Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, as Managing Director of Corporate Partnerships. In this position, Kathryn led a dynamic team responsible for the growth and development of Feeding America’s new corporate partnerships, helping secure more than $100 million in transformational funding to support strategic initiatives like the organization’s senior hunger, food rescue and produce programs. Kathryn also established and built Feeding America’s employee engagement function which connects corporate employees with giving and volunteer opportunities in support of the hunger issue.
Previously, Kathryn served as Vice President of Development for Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, also known as Breast Cancer Network of Strength, a support-driven organization with its primary program, a 24-hour National Hotline, staffed entirely by trained breast cancer survivors. In her 11 years, Kathryn was largely responsible for the growth of its signature Mother’s Day events, drawing thousands of corporate and family teams across the country, and raising millions of dollars annually.
A native of Chicago, Kathryn has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University. Kathryn is raising two daughters with her husband Brian.
VP, HR & Organizational Effectiveness
Business Manager, Executive Office
Manager Partner, Insights & Research
Director, Marketing & Communications
Director of Corporate Partnerships and Engagement
Director of Accounting and Finance
Member Relations Coordinator
Elizabeth Brennan Baker, Ground Round
Jenene Garey, PhD, New York University
Joyce Goldstein, Square One
Denise Gorsline, Domino’s Pizza
Marcia Harris, Maryland Restaurant Association
Patricia Harris, McDonald’s
Laura Hayden, Pizza Hut
Florence Jaramillo, Rancho de Chimayo
Edna Morris, Hardee's
Karen Settlemyer, Grand American Fare
Julia Stewart, Stuart Anderson's
Kathleen Talbert, French Culinary Institute
Jo Linda Thompson, California Restaurant Association
Jackie Trujillo, Harman Management Corporation
Barbara Timm Brock
Mary O Broin