Foodservice Council for Women

Women's Entrepreneurs Circle

Urban Expositions and Kathleen Wood are pleased to host the Foodservice Council for Women annual panel discussion and networking session.

What does it take to win in the foodservice industry today?  What tools and resources do you need to be successful?  What are the questions you need to ask, you wish you would have asked or you never knew to ask?  What are those true "secrets" that gives your business a competitive edge?  These are just a few of the many questions that our winning panel will address in Women Winning in Business. 

The Foodservice Council for Women presents this high energy – action packed – line up of winning industry leaders sharing their insights, resources and "secrets" for winning in today's competitive marketplace.  Our industry leaders will address your questions in an interactive general session.  If you are looking for new ways to win in business this is a new session you don't want to miss! 


Beacon Award Recipients

In past years, the Foodservice Council for Women has presented the Beacon Award to a women in the industry who has served as a source of light and celebration our community and advanced the career path for women in the industry. Prior recipients include: 

Edna Morris
Director, Axum Capital Partners;
CEO, Range Restaurant Group
2016 Florida Restaurant Show Recipient

Kelli Valade
President, Chili's Grill & Bar
2016 Western Food Expo Recipient

Sara Moulton
Celebrated Chef, TV Host,
Author, & Educator
2016 NY Restaurant Show Recipient




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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