The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) is partnering with the Center for Executive Women at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., to offer its members enhanced educational programming. The collaboration will debut April 6 to 9, 2010, at the Annual Leadership Development Conference in Las Vegas.

"The Kellogg School of Management is renowned for making strong leaders stronger and the WFF is thrilled to be partnering with them to develop executive-level educational programming that will elevate women leaders in the foodservice industry," Mary O'Broin, WFF chair, said in a press release. "The Kellogg School's involvement in our annual conference makes it even more of a must-attend event for foodservice industry professionals wanting to advance their careers."

"The Center for Executive Women at the Kellogg School is dedicated to helping senior-level women advance to top executive positions," Victoria Husted Medvec, executive director of the center and Adeline Barry Davee Professor of Management and Organizations, said in a press release. "Partnering with the WFF is a great channel by which to impact the foodservice industry, developing the next generation of female business leaders by exposing them to top Kellogg faculty, cutting edge research and the latest business concepts."

In developing programming for the WFF's Annual Leadership Development Conference, Kellogg will inspire and help leaders in the foodservice industry elevate their careers. Kellogg and WFF will continue their partnership into the future to develop educational opportunities for varying professional tracks--from emerging leaders to executives.

For more information, visit Full event registration and schedule will be available on February 1, 2010.
Jordan R. Uttal, a founder and past-president of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), died Nov.15 at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas. He was born July 30, 1915, in New York City.

A veteran of World War II, Jordan enlisted as a private in December 1941 and served in the Army Air Force in England. He married Joyce, a Red Cross field director at the air base, in 1944. He returned to civilian life in November 1945 with the rank of Major and numerous military honors and decorations. In October 1948, Jordan co-founded the Second Air Division Association as a memorial to those who served. A library was established in Norwich, England, and is currently endowed by the IDDBA. He served as president twice and was Honorary Life Governor.

Jordan had a 50-year career as a respected leader in the cheese industry, retiring in 1980 from the Purity Cheese Division of Anderson Clayton/Kraft Foods (now a division of Associated British Foods). His leadership was recognized with numerous awards. He served as president of the International Cheese and Deli Association (now the IDDBA) 1970-71, was a founder and president of the American Blue Cheese Association and a director of the National Cheese Institute. He loved cheese and made many friends in his years in our industry.

Information on IDDBA's research, education and other industry activities is also available on its Web site,