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NRA’s Polk named to WFF board

The National Restaurant Association congratulates Barbara Polk, our chief administrative officer, on being named to the board of directors of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.

The WFF is the industry’s premiere leadership development organization for female executives.

Polk, who heads up oversight and execution of the NRA’s strategic organizational initiatives as well as management of its human resources, legal, information technology and board operations, joins Doug Allison of PepsiCo Foodservice, Rob Dugas of Chick Fil A, Ryan Elwart of Georgia Pacific, Chris Roberts of Cargill Foodservice North America and Karen Williams of DineEquity Inc., as the newest appointees to the WFF board.

Hattie Hill, the WFF’s president and CEO, congratulated the new board members along with chairwoman Marie Perry of Jamba Inc., chair-elect Susan Adzick of the McClane Co., and treasurer Denny Marie Post of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews. “I am excited to start the New Year with this dynamic new group,” she said.

Polk, who joined the NRA in 2015, said she is honored to serve on the board and help mentor, train and promote women in the foodservice industry.

“This is a time of great opportunity for women in our industry,” she said. “There are so many talented, smart and qualified female leaders out there. More of them need to be present in the C-Suite and serve on boards. We need to support them.”

Polk said working at the NRA and being named to the WFF board are especially meaningful to her since both her grandfather and brother were both cooks and chefs.

“For me to be an executive with the NRA and on the WFF board is humbling. Hopefully, I can be an example for other women and show them that so much is possible.”

She also said advancing the careers of women is one of the industry’s most important missions.

“We need to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs and leaders so they can take our industry to the next level,” she said. “Some of them can even be CEOs one day.”

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