Richard Rivera, president and coo of Darden Restaurants and former chairman of the National Restaurant Association Multicultural Outreach Task Force, will be the luncheon keynoter.
"With the growth of multicultural groups throughout the country, cultivating an inclusive environment in business today is more important than ever," notes Juanita Na?ez, MFHA board member, MFHA Symposium co-chair and vice president of diversity for Carlson Restaurants Worldwide. "Diverse markets have a growing influence on business and the economy, particularly in the hospitality and foodservice industry."
The four general sessions will address critical issues in the organization's four key areas: 1) Workforce (Session: Best of the Best Workforce Diversity Practices), 2) Marketing, (Session: One Size Does Not Fit All - Effective Marketing Strategies that Work), 3) Minority Business Enterprises (MBE's) (Session: Straight Talk on Supplier Diversity - Stepping Up and Speaking Out), and 4) Community-based Organizations, (Session: Driving Customer Count Through Community Involvement).
MFHA 2003 Symposium will take place at the Wyndham Anatole in Dallas, Texas. Registration information is available at www.mfha.net ($495 non-MFHA members, $450 MFHA members). For more information about the MFHA Symposium 2003, contact the MFHA office at (401) 751-8883 or visit www.mfha.net.