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3 lady leaders impacting our industry

As Women’s History Month continues, we’re celebrating the achievements of some of our industry’s female leaders.

Lorna Donatone



Donatone, CEO of geographic regions and region chair for Sodexo North America, is committed to spreading the word about industry opportunities. The National Restaurant Association and Women’s Foodservice Forum board member is passionate about ensuring more women advance to leadership positions. “Companies must do their part to get the best and brightest to want to work for them. Focusing on diversity is critical.”

Adenah Bayoh



Bayoh, a Liberian refugee turned New Jersey native and successful IHOP franchisee is constantly looking to advance opportunities for other female leaders in our industry. She credits her grandmother for her drive, who she says built a strong business, but was unable to achieve success because of the war. “She didn’t reap the benefits of her labor because of the war, so I want her to live her dreams through me.”

Amy Brandwein



Brandwein, chef-owner of Centrolina in Washington, D.C., started out as a cashier at a Roy Rogers restaurant. One of the biggest lessons she’s learned is that women must ask for what they want and expect to get it, be their own advocates, and do the job better than everyone else. “I strongly believe that people helping each other benefits everyone, especially when women are helping women. That’s crucial to opening the doors to female ownership.”

March is Women’s History Month. Visit our partner, the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, to learn more about diversity in the restaurant industry.

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