Annual Leadership Development Conference

DALLAS, TX | MARCH 4 - 7, 2018

Schedule - March 4-7

Our Agenda is to Help You Achieve Yours

Whether you're just joining the ranks, charting an entirely new course or a veteran executive making your way to the C-Suite within the food industry, our dynamic keynote speakers and educational sessions will inspire you and provide you the tools you need to make your next career move.

Program listing is subject to change.


7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

All Attendee Grab & Go Breakfast

7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Advancing Through the Talent Pipeline in Product Innovation and Food Science Disciplines


Focus on Breaking Through and taking charge of your own success in the product innovation sector powered by the STEM fields.

Who should attend: Food scientists, research & development professionals, chefs, and supply chain professionals. Presented by Griffith Foods. Breakfast included.


7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

The Experiential Economy: How to Successfully Engage the New Consumer With your Experience

Grand D/E

We have heard about the Experiential Economy, but what does it mean for the food industry, for your business, and your brand? Sarah Quinlan, the head of Market Insights for Mastercard will share the latest consumer spending trends as they relate to retail sales and the food industry. These trends are drawn from the billions of transactions that Mastercard sees each year. She will discuss how to make these insights actionable and, how specifically your business can get ahead of these trends to greater profitability and growth.

Who should attend: Finance, Marketing, Product, Developers, Researchers, Customer Insights, Professionals and Economists. Breakfast Included.


7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Sparking Conversations, Motivating Change: Best-In-Class Employer Practices


Deanna Bass, Director - Global Diversity & Inclusion, will share how Procter & Gamble is leveraging its voice to tackle gender bias by sparking conversations. You may recognize some of their campaigns: #LikeAGirl, #WeSeeEqual, #ShareTheLoad, #LoveOverBias and more. This topic is ideal for marketing, HR and general managers to learn how publicly communicating company values can impact recruiting and retention while growing the business. The content will leave you inspired, with practical guidance for how you can lead change in your own sphere of influence. Presented by P&G Professional. Breakfast included.


7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

General Session

Trinity Ballroom

Closing the loop, opening new possibilities. Capping 3 ½ days of learning and networking, close your conference experience with an inspiring keynote from journalist, Emmy winning producer and thought leader, Maria Shriver. Through Leadership: The Power of the Mind, Maria shares her passion for helping people live a more brain healthy lifestyle. Learn behaviors to improve your own brain health, and how to support work and lifestyle habits that help team members avoid burnout, understand the myth and danger of multitasking and become more fully functioning at work and at home. Maria is calling all "agitators, instigators and innovators" ready to break through to new levels of performance and possibility.

To close out the 2018 Annual Conference, Women’s Foodservice Forum is pleased to announce that former First Lady Michelle Obama, will join us at the closing session on Wednesday, March 7. Mrs. Obama will participate in a conversation with Hattie Hill, President and CEO of WFF.


Contact Us

Women's Foodservice Forum Registration Headquarters

Local: 1-972-770-9006
Fax: 1-972-770-9150


Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM CT

Mailing Address

Women's Foodservice Forum
6730 LBJ Freeway
Building B
Dallas, TX 75240

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