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WFF leader, NRA director Fritzi Woods dies

Fritzi Woods, president and CEO of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and a board member of the National Restaurant Association, died suddenly Sept. 18.

Woods, who served as the WFF’s leader for the last three years and as an NRA board member since 2011, was regarded as an influential business woman who led her group, the largest leadership development organization in the foodservice industry, in advocating for women as leaders.

“All of us at the Women’s Foodservice Forum are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader Fritzi Woods,” said Laurie Burns, WFF Chair and Darden Restaurants’ senior vice president, Specialty Restaurant Group Strategic Platform & Development. “She was an inspirational leader and mentor and a powerful voice for growing the opportunities available to women in the foodservice industry. We will miss her immensely.”

As an NRA director, she served on the Association’s Jobs & Careers, Member Value and Audit committees.

“Fritzi’s passion and vision for the WFF were inspirational, and she truly brought transformational leadership to the organization,” said Dawn Sweeney, the NRA’s president and CEO and WFF Board member. “She was quick to share her experiences and expertise, and was a friend to all who knew her. Her loss will be deeply felt by everyone who considered her a colleague and friend.”

Recently, Woods had been working with the Obama administration to advocate for policies promoting gender-balanced executive teams.

In addition to serving on the NRA board, she was a board member for several organizations, including Jamba Juice, Ignite Restaurant Group, BUCA and Lone Star New Market.

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