Foodservice Council for Women

Women's Entrepreneurs CircleNow in its 6th year, the Foodservice Council for Women, a networking organization that connects and promotes women leaders locally and builds connections nationally. Throughout the year three high energy panels are held at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo, and Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show. Don't miss this high energy - action packed - line up of women industry leaders! Find out what challenges they faced? What lessons were learned? What they wish that had known starting out? Advice and secrets on making it in today's competitive marketplace? Questions will be addressed in this interactive panel session.  See our exciting lineup of panelists for 2017 below! 

The 2017 Foodservice Council for Women Panelists Include: 

Sandy Korem is the CEO and Founder of The Festive Kitchen, a one-of-a kind catering company based in Dallas, Texas. No other catering company in America has established such a diverse and profitable "take-home catering" division. In 2008, Sandy was awarded the White House Food Service Medallion for outstanding service to President George W. Bush. Her company, The Catering Coach, helps restaurateurs maximize their off-site catering potential and, if desired, establish a "take-home catering" revenue stream. Sandy uses her 20 years of experience to teach independent restaurant owners how to increase sales and profits with little or no investment and maximize earning potential by adding catering to their existing business. For more information about Sandy, visit 



Sandy Korem

CEO & Founder 

The Catering Coach




Carol B. Dover 

President & CEO

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association 

2017 Beacon Award Recipient 

Carol B. Dover has served as President/CEO of hte more than 10,000 member Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) since July of 1995. Dover is a professional association manager, a lobbyist, a former government insider, and a Florida State University Dedham School of Hospitality graduate with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. As the FRLA's President/CEO, Dover works to protect, educate, and promote the diverse interests of Florida's hospitality industry before the Florida Legislature and lobbying against unfair government regulation. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association, Council of State Restaurant Associations, International Society of Hotel Association Executives, VISIT FLORIDA, Florida State University College of Business Board of Governors, Florida TaxWatch and the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park. 




Kathleen is the founder of Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC, an innovative growth strategy firm, specializing in shifting leaders and businesses to new levels of success. Kathleen and her partners offer strategic consulting services, brand development, keynote presentations and results-driven solutions for hospitality, healthcare, service, manufacturing and retail clients. Her firm consistently works with Fortune 500 leaders, INC 1000 founders and entrepreneurs.

In August of 2012, Kathleen and her sister Sue Tierno and niece Jen Tierno launched their concept Suzy’s Swirl in Gurnee, Illinois. Suzy’s Swirl is a self-serve yogurt, gelato and sorbetto shop. Their vision is to re-ignite the American Dream through swirling frozen goodness, swirling greatness and swirling gratitude with their innovative franchise program. In June of 2014, they opened their second location in Lake Bluff, IL.

Kathleen is a nationally recognized growth strategist, motivational speaker and author, and a proven leader in business and non-profits. She blends her corporate sensibility and rigor with entrepreneurial vigor and innovation to deliver sustainable solutions. In 2010 she published her first book, The BEST Shift of Your Life – The Restaurant Manager’s Guide for Success Outside the Restaurant.

Before founding her own companies, Kathleen served as the President and COO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers from 2005–2007. During her tenure, she led the organization through the impacts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the extensive recovery process that followed and through an unprecedented 100% growth in two years. The highlights of Kathleen’s tenure as President and COO included sales growth from $24M to $100M, expansion of store locations from 24 to 68, geographic expansion from 3 states to 14 states and increase of workforce from 800 to 2100. The most significant contribution however was the development of a strategic platform for growth while maintaining the integrity of the Raising Cane’s culture and brand.

Kathleen is also a featured speaker and keynote presenter at corporate events, association meetings and multiple industry functions. The following is a sample of her recent presentation platforms:

• The People Report Quick Service Symposium - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
• Fast Casual Summit
• TDn2K Global Best Practices Conference
• New York Hotel and Restaurant Show
• The Interim Healthcare National Conference
• The Association of Healthcare Foodservice

Kathleen is currently a board member for the People Report™ and Women’s Foodservice Forum, People Matter Strategic Advisory Board, Bama International and she is the co-founder of The Foodservice Council for Women. Kathleen is a past president and board member of Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers.

She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in hotel restaurant and management from University of Wisconsin – Stout and Master in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago.

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