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Lorna Donatone is Sodexo’s CEO for Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America. She is a member of the Sodexo Group Executive Committee and Chair of the North America Regional Leadership Committee. As CEO for Geographic Regions, Donatone is responsible for the coordination of businesses around the world. In North America, she leads Sodexo’s growth in the U.S. and Canada.

Before moving to her current role, Ms. Donatone was CEO for Schools worldwide, managing the K-12 business in 42 countries. Prior to that, she served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Sodexo’s U.S. Education market, which includes nearly 500 public school districts and more than 850 college and university campuses. She has held several other key leadership roles in the company, including President of School Services and President of Spirit Cruises. Ms. Donatone has been instrumental in developing Sodexo’s Employee Business Resource Groups, with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, mentorship and training employees. She began her career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and has worked in the airline, banking and high-tech industries.

Ms. Donatone demonstrates her leadership through her community and industry involvement. She has served as a board member of the National Restaurant Association since 2005 and became a trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in 2011, where she is currently Chair of the Board.

Ms. Donatone is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foodservice Forum. She was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America in 2008. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Jamba Juice, Inc. Ms. Donatone chairs the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors and is a member of the Tulane University Business School Council. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Entertainment Cruises.
Donatone was recognized by NAFEM in 2013 with a doctorate in foodservice. She received the Ascendancy Award by w2wlink.com in 2010 for her work in mentoring women. Girls, Inc. recognized her in 2009 for her work in empowering young women. In 2015, she received the Trailblazer Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

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Jim Johnson is the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship  at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.   Johnson’s center focuses on innovative approaches to revitalizing urban areas and on teaching government, community, and nonprofit leaders and managers to become more entrepreneurial and business-like in their operations and service delivery.

Johnson is an expert on community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and  public policy, and workforce diversity issues.   He is widely quoted in national media and appears on national network news programs.  Fast Company magazine named Johnson one of the “17…brightest thinkers and doers in the new world of work.”

Johnson spent twelve years on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, before coming to UNC-Chapel Hill.  He received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University, master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Find out more about Professor Johnson here.
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Originally from London, England, Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and the founder of McKeown, Inc, a company with a mission to teach Essentialism to millions of people around the world. Their clients include Adobe, Apple, Airbnb, Cisco, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.

McKeown is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world including in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. 

Highlights include speaking at SXSW, interviewing Al Gore at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland and receiving a personal invitation from Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, to speak to his Annual Innovation Conference.

His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine and Harvard Business Review. He has also been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR and NBC.

In 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University.

Find out more about Greg McKeown here.

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Denny Marie Post is responsible for the development and execution of Red Robin's brand strategies and product innovation, overseeing the company's Franchise operations, and the Menu & Marketing Team, which includes marketing, culinary, R&D, Quality Assurance and communications teams, as well as several outside agencies.   Along with those responsibilities, Denny is overseeing all operations and marketing efforts for our Canadian locations. She also leads Enterprise Transformation and Implementation.

Denny brings more than 35 years of leadership in consumer-driven marketing and product innovation to Red Robin. She has extensive experience building teams to develop and execute on strategies that increase brand awareness and drive sales.

Before joining Red Robin, Denny provided marketing and business development consulting services to clients that included Sara Lee, Lamb/Weston/ConAgra and Kerry Ingredients. Prior to her consulting role, she served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer at T-Mobile USA. Denny also served as senior vice president, Global Beverage, Food and Quality, for Starbucks Corporation, and senior vice president and chief concept officer for Burger King Corp. At YUM! Brands, Inc., she served in senior management positions for KFC USA and KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in Canada, after more than a decade of experience serving clients through various marketing consulting and creative services firms.

Denny currently serves on the board of Women’s Foodservice Forum, and Blue Dog Bakery, a $20M natural dog treat company. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and social sciences from Trinity University and a Certificate from Wharton Executive Education School of Business in Strategy and Management. She is originally from West Texas. Denny and her husband, Patrick (who she's known since high school), have a son, Daniel. She loves cooking, NBA basketball and travel.

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Dawn Sweeney has been instrumental in focusing the mission of the Association through a unique, multi-year strategic plan, highlighting key areas of opportunity within the restaurant industry.

Sweeney has realigned the Association’s priorities and structure to strengthen its core operations, including consolidating its Foundation around a mission to develop a strong workforce and build the next generation of industry leaders. The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s major goal is to educate students on the restaurant business through the ProStart program – running in high schools nationwide – and to provide educational scholarships

Sweeney has led the Association to several major legislative victories, including achieving federal legislation on menu-labeling, and has launched the first-of-its-kind children’s menu initiative – Kids LiveWell. Under her leadership, the Association’s annual tradeshow – the largest restaurant and hospitality industry tradeshow in the U.S. – has seen growth both in revenue and impact.

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Marie Perry is the Chief Financial & Chief Administrative Officer for Jamba Juice. Jamba is a lifestyle brand focused on embracing a fun and fit lifestyle by offering premium blended beverages. The number one smoothie brand both in the US and globally, Jamba has more than 900 stores globally. In her current role, Marie leads the Finance, Accounting, Investor Relations, Legal and Human Resources functions of the organization.

Prior to Jamba, Marie served as Senior Vice President, Controller & Treasurer for Brinker International where she oversaw the centralized Accounting function. Additionally, she led Brinker’s Treasury function, supporting a variety of key corporate finance activities including: strategic capital planning, capital markets management, funding initiatives, as well as treasury operations. Earlier in her career, Ms. Perry spent 12 years with American Airlines in various finance and accounting roles, including Managing Director of Corporate Accounting, Managing Director of Revenue Accounting, Manager of Worker Compensation, Manager of Financial Reporting and Corporate Finance Associate. Before joining American, Ms. Perry worked at KPMG as an auditor where she obtained her Certified Public Accountant license.

As a leader in the hospitality community, Ms. Perry has invested in numerous organizations and people through her involvement with several professional and civic organizations. This year she will serve as the Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee of Women’s Foodservice Forum and has also served as Board Member (Finance Committee) of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, Board Member for the Center of Brain Health, past Board Member and active member of Dallas Assembly. She is a graduate of Menttium100 - Executive Development for Women and the United Way’s Dallas Blueprint for Leadership Program. Ms. Perry was also selected as one of “The 50 Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas” listed by the Texas Diversity Magazine, and was featured in the “Color of Corporate Success” cover issue of Eclipse Magazine.

Ms. Perry holds a Masters of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and received her undergraduate degree in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Ms. Perry is married and lives in Flower Mound, Texas.

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Hattie Hill is an international leadership development expert, business owner, best-selling author and globally renowned thought leader. Over her more than 30 years as the CEO of Hattie Hill Enterprises, Inc, her organization provided leadership development for thousands of senior leaders at numerous Fortune 500 companies and major organizations throughout North America and 51 countries, including such foodservice companies as McDonald’s, Frito-Lay, Aramark and Compass.

Her vast experience with the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) includes serving as an executive consultant to the board, member of the board of directors for the past six years and interim CEO. As an executive consultant to WFF, she has provided business strategy and oversight related to risk assessment, revenue and operations, as well as spearheaded the creation and implementation of WFF’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. In late 2013, she stepped in as the organization’s interim CEO and was named President and CEO of WFF in June 2014.

She is regularly quoted in local and national news publications, including: The Wall Street Journal and USA Today on matters concerning human relations in Corporate America and the author of three books— Smart Choices That Will Change Your Life, Smart Women-Smart Choices and Connecting to Make a Difference in Your Life.

Hattie serves on the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Sharemeister, Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF) Global Network Foundation, Emory University Gozuieta Business School and Leadership Women.

She has received numerous recognitions including: Top Texas Women in Business by Forbes Magazine, Women’s Foodservice Forum Outstanding Board Service Award, Minority Business Leader Award by the Dallas Business Journal, Dallas Women’s Foundation Maura Award, Inclusiveness Champion of the Year by Ernst & Young and Working Woman Entrepreneurial Excellence Award by Working Woman Magazine.

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Susan leads Sales and Marketing for the Foodservice Division of McLane Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. In this role she provides strategic direction against the foodservice segment. Working across all departments within McLane, Susan leverages the strengths of the organization to develop optimal supply chain solutions for current and prospective customers.

Susan is active in the foodservice industry; currently she serves on the Women’s Foodservice Forum Board of Directors, National Restaurant Association Board, National Restaurant Educational Foundation Board, Restaurant Leadership Conference Advisory Board and Arby’s Foundation Board.

Susan started her career in food distribution with PepsiCo Food Systems, as Vice President of Operations and was promoted to Senior Vice President, National Accounts and then her current position with the acquisition by McLane Company. Previously, Susan was in the chemical manufacturing industry with Occidental Chemical Company, Rhone-Poulenc and DuPont de Nemours, Inc. She has a degree in Biomedical Engineering and an MBA, both from Vanderbilt University.

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As President and COO at Houston-based Sysco Corporation, Tom Bené leads the company’s U.S. and international operations, as well as its corporate commercial and supply chain functions.

Tom joined Sysco in 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer, leveraging his broad business experience to guide the merchandising, supply chain and quality assurance functions. In 2014, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and took on responsibility for the company’s commercial agenda. He stepped up to his current role in 2016.

Prior to Sysco, Tom spent 23 years at PepsiCo in a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising, sales, operations, franchise development and general management, culminating with his role as President of PepsiCo Foodservice. Earlier in his career he worked at American Hospital Supply.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas.

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Marinn Jackson is a seasoned media & marketing executive with a passion for the space. She is currently the Head of Industry at Facebook leading the sales efforts across the Restaurant category. Marinn works with clients across Marketing, IT and Operations to advise traditional companies through digital transformations.

Prior to Facebook, Marinn spend 18 years at Viacom in various roles from Marketing to Sales to International to Business Development. Her last role was SVP of Strategic Accounts where she led partnerships between Viacom and its top advertisers. Her goal was to forge collaborative partnerships beyond media by becoming an indispensable asset to clients, and ultimately drive incremental revenue.

Marinn is a graduate from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

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Alexis Krivkovich is a Partner in McKinsey’s Financial Services Practice and leads McKinsey’s Silicon Valley Office. Alexis also ovesees McKinsey’s Banking Organization Practice in the Americas.

Alexis serves financial services and technology companies as they seek to align their organizations for growth and productivity. She has led high-profile efforts to drive change at scale, including enhancing customer experience journeys, innovating products and services, and redesigning operating models for agility.

Alexis is a regular speaker on financial innovation, change management, and top team effectiveness. In addition, she co-leads Women in the Workplace, a research collaboration between McKinsey&Company and LeanIn.org to encourage gender diversity in Corporate America.

Alexis holds a B.A. with distinction in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three young daughters.

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For the past 25 years Deanna has built her career around her passion for growing and developing talent. In late 2010 Deanna joined Red Robin as the VP of Learning and Development and transitioned to VP of Talent Management in 2013. She focuses her efforts on developing talent, succession planning, performance management, team member engagement, employment branding, internal communications, and culture.

Prior to joining Red Robin, Deanna spent nine years with Applebee’s as the Executive Director for the Applebee’s Leadership Institute. Prior to joining Applebee’s, Deanna was part of the Learning & Development team for PepsiCo (spending time on the beverage side with Pepsi-Cola and the snack food side with Frito-Lay). During her ten years with PepsiCo Deanna participated in a one year international assignment which allowed her to work with leaders in Bangkok, Johannesburg, Istanbul, Barcelona and London.

Deanna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Missouri and a Master’s degree in Management from Baker University. Outside of work Deanna has served on the Board of Directors for two not-for-profit organizations which support women and an advisory board member for the Institute for Management Studies. She is a member of the American Society for Training and Development and a volunteer for three past Women’s Foodservice Forum Leadership conferences.

For fun Deanna enjoys golfing, hiking, and scuba diving or just relaxing with a good book.

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As a founding partner of People Systems Consulting, Jerry brings over 25 years of experience to his work with clients such as Lockheed Martin, Dell Computer, JPMorgan Chase, Southwest Airlines, Shell Oil, Devon Energy, JC Penney, Sabre, and many more large and small clients. In addition to his work in North America, he has engaged extensively with clients in Europe, Asia and South America. His expertise spans a variety of areas, with particular focus on change leadership, performance management, leadership development, and executive team coaching.

Jerry currently serves as Academic Director for several award-winning leadership development programs with Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Executive Education. In addition, he is a faculty member for the George W. Bush Institute’s Liberty and Leadership Forum where he works with leaders in Myanmar, who are committed to bringing about a peaceful transition to democracy and civil society. Jerry has also taught top-rated MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational development and change with SMU’s Cox School of Business.

Previously, Jerry was the Head of Organizational Development and Learning for SMU’s faculty and staff. Prior to SMU, he held consulting and leadership roles with Franklin Covey and Presbyterian Healthcare System.

Jerry holds Certification and Master Certification designations for numerous programs and assessment instruments and has certified thousands of facilitators across the globe. Combining an educational background in Communication, Organization Development and Psychology with his hands-on business experience in marketing, and business development, Jerry brings a sense of real-world application to his work.

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Rachel Valentino is an Engagement Manager in McKinsey’s San Francisco Office, where she is a part of the firm’s Social and Public Sector Pracctice. Rachel serves a mix of clients, including foundations, governments, and private sector companies. Her work focuses on organizational improvement, especially through the use of advanced analytics.

Rachel is currently the team manager for Women in the Workplace, McKinsey’s annual research project in partnership with LeanIn.org, a project intended to advance the talent pipeline and experiences of women in Corporate America.

Prior to joining McKinsey, Rachel worked for nearly a decade in education policy, helping large urban school districts and state departments of education to evaluate and improve school quality and the longitudinal trajectories of at-risk children.

Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University, where she was a federal Institute for Education Sciences fellow, and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and their dog, Atlas.

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2017 Executive Summit

Activate the Change

July 24 - 26, 2017 | Denver, Colorado

Women’s Foodservice Forum’s (WFF) Executive Summit brings senior leaders at the VP level and above together for thought-provoking conversations and work sessions on gender equality to outline the path to advance women leaders.

This is your opportunity to be an architect — create the blueprint for a sustainable plan by activating change and leading our industry. Join WFF and industry leaders to build strategic relationships and drive positive change.

Your voice is needed. Your involvement is critical. Join us.

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WFF’s Executive Summit event is a best-in-class learning opportunity and phenomenal way to network with top industry execs.
Rob Dugas, Chief Procurement Officer & VP, Chick-fil-A
Keep on creating great content like this! I learned so much and loved every minute.
Melissa Doolin-Koehne, Executive Director of Business Development, TDn2K


Susan Adzick
VP of Sales & Marketing
McLane Foodservice, Inc.
Tom Bené
President & COO
Sysco Corporation
Deanna Cauley
VP of Talent Management
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews
Lorna Donatone
Sodexo North America
Hattie Hill
President & CEO
Marinn Jackson
Head of Industry
Restaurant Category
James Johnson
UNC Kenan-Flagler
Alexis Krivkovich
McKinsey & Company
Jerry Magar
Master Certified Facilitator & Change Management Expert
Greg McKeown
McKeown, Inc.
Denny Marie Post
Red Robin
Gourmet Burgers & Brews
Marie Perry
Jamba Juice
Dawn Sweeney
President & CEO
National Restaurant Association
Rachel Valentino
Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company

2016 Highlights


Book your hotel by Wednesday, June 21, 2017 to secure the WFF negotiated rate. Any reservations made after June 21, 2017 will be accepted based on hotel availability.

Omni Interlocken Resort

500 Interlocken Blvd
Broomfield, CO  80023
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Monday, July 24

12:00 pm – 5:30 pm — CHECK-IN & SUMMIT CONCIERGE OPEN
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm — BOARD LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON*
*Invitation Only

Today’s Realities of Board Service

Speakers : Hattie Hill, Sheila O’Grady, Rick Routhier

A discussion on Spencer Stuart’s latest findings on board governance trends. Highlights will include the most recent data on composition, turnover, boardroom diversity and what boards are looking for in directors today.


Best Practices from the Women in the Workplace Study

Speakers : Alexis Krivkovich, Rachel Valentino

Tuesday, July 25

7:00 am — BREAKFAST

Essentialism for the Workplace

Speaker : Greg McKeown

Break through to the next level of results. Essentialism is about getting the right things done, rather than simply getting more things done.

You’ll learn to apply a more selective criteria for what is essential to achieve the outcomes you want.

Leveraging Data to Drive Decisions

Speaker : Dr. James Johnson

Get ready for unprecedented changes that will transform how we work and live. "We are in the midst of an unprecedented demographic transformation. If you ignore them, you do so at your own peril."

Professor Johnson will lay out the strategies to embrace these challenges and the opportunities that come with them.

Industry CEO’s Bold Truths to Address Realities

Panel : Dawn Sweeney - Moderator, Lorna Donatone, Denny Marie Post
12:00 pm — LUNCH

Leading Change: What The CEO & C-Suite Must Know

Speakers : Jerry Magar, Deanna Cauley

Casual attire and comfortable shoes are suggested.


Spend the evening in nearby Boulder, Colorado. Begin with a reception showcasing the food trends of tomorrow, and conclude with dinner on your own.

Click here to view nearby recommended Boulder Dining Options.

Shuttle service to the reception leaves promptly at 5:30 pm and will run from Boulder back to the hotel every 30 minutes starting at 7:00 pm. The last shuttle departs from Boulder at 10:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 26

7:00 am — BREAKFAST

The Facebook Story: A Look Inside the Advancement of Women at Facebook

Speaker : Marinn Jackson

Join Facebook executive Marinn Jackson, Head of Industry for Restaurants, for a discussion about what companies can do to encourage female leadership in their organizations. Marinn will talk about what Facebook is doing to create a more equal and inclusive workplace and how you can bring groups of male and female employees together to surface and resolve issues around gender in organizations.

11:00 am — DEPARTURES