The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) has opened registration for its 2009 Annual Leadership Development Conference. The conference, which will celebrate the organization's 20 years of elevating women leaders, will be held March 15 to 18, 2009 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Registrations received before Jan. 30 will qualify for special early-registration pricing.

"In this challenging economic condition, it's more important than ever for organizations to invest in their talent and for individuals to invest in their professional development in order to strengthen their careers," said Linda Pharr, Chair, Women’s Foodservice Forum. "The WFF's Annual Leadership Development Conference provides the perfect opportunity for women and men in foodservice to gain critical skills and network with other professionals that will spark positive change for their company and their career."

Keynote speakers Robin Roberts, co-anchor, ABC News' Good Morning America, Julia Stewart, CEO/Chair of DineEquity Inc., and Tim Sanders, former leadership coach at Yahoo! will engage and inspire the 2009 WFF Annual Leadership Development Conference attendees.

WFF is offering more than 50 unique educational sessions, allowing 2,800 women and men to personalize their agenda to elevate their skills, confidence and network. The sessions span three distinct tracks and one enhancement track:
  • Emerging Leader Track (Professional and Manager Level)
  • Emerging Executive Track (Director and Senior Director Level)
  • Executive Track (Vice President and C-Level)
  • Enhancement Track: Entrepreneur Track (Entrepreneurs and Aspiring Entrepreneurs)