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NRA, WFF partner to develop industry’s future leaders

The National Restaurant Association and Women’s Foodservice Forum have teamed up to offer educational resources that help ensure the industry attracts and produces the best and brightest business leaders for its future.

Through the Association’s eLearning platform, the WFF will provide best-in-class leadership development resources, including certification programs, a virtual library of learning materials and an online community in which users and industry peers can connect with one another to share knowledge and experiences.

The program, geared toward women and men, seeks to ensure that foodservice remains an industry of choice, the Association said.

“The restaurant and foodservice industry, currently the nation’s second-largest private sector employer of more than 13 million individuals, is projected to add another 1.3 million jobs over the next decade,” said Dawn Sweeney, the NRA’s president and CEO. “The demands of our industry are great, from increasing economic pressures, changing regulatory concerns and competition for workers. Leveraging the expertise of the Women’s Foodservice Forum will allow us to enhance our efforts to address these challenges and ensure the industry’s future success.”

According to the WFF, its research indicates that individuals who develop their leadership early on in their careers tend to advance sooner than those who do not.

“Organizations who invest in their emerging leaders see results that drive better business performance,” said Fritzi Woods, the WFF’s president and CEO. “By creating an online e-learning leadership development program and partnering with the NRA to deliver it to this audience, we have the opportunity to reach this highly underserved population in the foodservice industry.”

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