Dr. Maya Angelou and Soledad O'Brien to Keynote the Women's Foodservice Forum 2014 Annual Leadership Development Conference

Dr. Maya Angelou
Soledad OBrien
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DALLAS, Dec. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) announced today that Dr. Maya Angelou and Soledad O'Brien will headline an all-star bill at their 2014 Annual Leadership Development Conference, which will be held March 23-26, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. As a conference known for presenting some of the greatest thought leaders and industry trailblazers, the Annual Leadership Development Conference will have Dr. Angelou and Soledad O'Brien, as keynote speakers who will be sharing personal stories of triumph over adversity to inspire attendees.

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"Through Soledad's new company, Starfish Media Group, an organization dedicated to telling stories, and Dr. Angelou's endorsement of Buck: A Memoir, MK Asante's new book on equality, these influential women continue to seek out new voices and provide platforms for new and established thought leaders alike," said Anna Mason, vice president of operations and general manager of WFF.

Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist whose words and actions continue to stir souls. She has received numerous awards, over thirty honorary doctoral degrees and is a respected spokesperson for women. On Sunday evening, Dr. Angelou's keynote address will kick off the four-day Annual Leadership Development Conference.

Soledad O'Brien is a renowned documentarian, news anchor, journalist, educator and mentor. As founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, O'Brien dedicates her time to uncovering and producing empowering stories that are often overlooked in the mainstream media.

"The WFF truly believes that one of the greatest assets to career advancement is having exposure to the stories and strategies of great leaders," said Mason. "We are honored to have Soledad O'Brien attend this year and hope that her new endeavors, created to give individuals a voice, will motivate attendees to be leaders in their organizations.

This year's conference marks the kickoff to WFF's 25th anniversary, and will include dynamic, informative, educational sessions that will foster development that encourages career advancement relevant to all levels of industry professionals ranging from emerging leaders to mid-level, senior and C-Suite executives.

The 2013 conference was attended by a record-breaking 2,600 WFF members and was completely sold out. Registration is currently open for the 2014 event. For more information and to register today, please visit: http://annual14.wff.org.


The Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the industry's premier leadership development organization with more than 20 years of experience advancing women in the foodservice industry. WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers in all segments of the industry including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting, and more. Through highly effective and educational events such as the Annual Leadership Development Conference, Executive Summit and Regional Connects as well as professional development and rich networking opportunities, WFF provides the competence and strategic connections needed to make a positive difference in the careers of women in the foodservice industry. For more information, visit wff.org

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