The only event of its kind within the foodservice and hospitality industry, MFHA's annual conference allows top executives to collaboratively take a good look at where diversity initiatives of the last decade have succeeded and strategize how to effectively apply these achievements towards future growth.
"It's been an exciting 10 years, but we have a long way to go," says MFHA President and Founder Gerry Fernandez. "In order to improve national economic performance in our sectors, we need to continue to see minority business ownership increase, minority career profiles advance and cross-cultural communication improve. This conference is the only place where so many of our peers can join together and brainstorm on how we can take it to the next level."
Drawing on the expertise of minority community leaders and top foodservice and hospitality professionals, "Decade of Diversity" will feature such speakers as Fred Canady, vice president of supplier diversity for the Pepsi-Cola Co.; Jon Luther, ceo of Dunkin' Brands; Juliette T. Okotie-Eboh, vice president of community affairs for MGM Grand Detroit Casino; Vijay K. Sharma, vice president of information systems and technology for Sodexho USA; Richard Snead, president and ceo of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc.; and Don Thompson, executive vice president and coo of McDonald's USA, LLC.
Also featured will be Chef Jeff Henderson, author of the 2006 memoir "Cooked: One Man's Journey from the Streets to the Stove." Henderson will reflect on the challenges he faced as a convicted felon and African-American in the world of haute cuisine.
MFHA will use the conference to introduce a new version of the successful Sed de Saber