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NRA’s Sweeney named to Most Powerful Women list

Dawn Sweeney, the National Restaurant Association’s president and CEO, has been named one of Washington’s most powerful women by Washingtonian magazine.

The list includes more than 100 of the region’s most influential women in business, law, government, education, media, nonprofits and the arts. It recognizes those who define the agenda and determine the course of action in their enterprises.

“Dawn is a leader in the restaurant industry and it comes as no surprise that she has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in Washington,” said NRA Chairman Jack Crawford. “Her leadership has been vital in continuing to grow both the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation as we promote key initiatives that benefit America’s 1 million restaurants and the 14 million Americans that drive our industry. We are proud to have her included among such a prestigious list of influential women.”

Under Sweeney’s guidance, the NRA has realigned its priorities and structure to strengthen its core operations as well as the association’s annual tradeshow – the largest restaurant and hospitality industry conference in the United States. In addition, she oversees the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, a philanthropic foundation that is dedicated to enhancing the industry's service to the public and building the next generation of industry leaders.

She also directs other key association initiatives, including Kids LiveWell, a nationwide children’s nutrition program; the ServSafe food-safety handling certification program; Conserve, its sustainability initiative; and the NRAEF’s ProStart program, which runs in nearly 2,000 high schools across the country and provides culinary scholarships to thousands of students.

Pictured, top right: Dawn Sweeney

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