Announcing ACF’s first-ever women’s symposium, “United in Food: Women Leaders Of Today and Tomorrow”


Happy International Women’s Day! It’s the perfect day to announce something we’re very excited about. On August 8, 2019, during ACF National Convention: Orlando, the ACF will host a four-hour symposium, “United in Food: Women Leaders Of Today and Tomorrow.” The day will include panel discussions and keynote presentations with some of the leading female voices in the culinary industry.

On the docket are keynote addresses and panel discussions, including:

  • Spotlight Speaker
    Elle Simone Scott
    Women Leaders Panel, SheChef Inc.
    America’s Test Kitchen
  • The Value of Mentorship
    Lindsay Ofcacek
    Managing director of the LEE Initiative
  • Blazing Your Culinary Trail
    Jennifer Hill Booker
  • Actionable Next Steps Panel
    • Panelists include:
      • Leah Sarris
        Director of Operations/Executive Chef
        Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine
      • Amy Sins
        Chef and Radio Host
      • Stephanie Charns, CSCE, CWPC
      • Allysun Selick
      • Bev Shaffer
      • Susanne Ebacher-Grier
      • Tracy Lorenz
    • Moderator:
  • Clips of the film “A Fine Linewill accompany related discussion led by the film’s director and producer, Joanna James of Zoel Productions and the MAPP Campaign. “A Fine Line” explores why only six percent of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, when traditionally women have always held the central role in the kitchen.

In addition to the Symposium, women in culinary leadership will be a big part of ACF National Convention 2019.

More speakers and panelists are still to be announced in the coming months. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the event schedule for information.

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