Leadership

Brain jam takes main stage at chain restaurants’ Woodstock

In the music business, they’d call it a super-group jam session: Four accomplished talents coming together on one stage to see where the back-and-forth will take them. But this fab four consists of CEOs from Dunkin’ Brands, Brinker International, the National Restaurant Association and Outback parent Bloomin’ Brands, and their riffs will be different perspectives on the macro issues confronting all chain executives.

Those topics could range from the Affordable Care Act to unionization, a hike in the minimum wage, and paid sick leave, according to session moderator Dawn Sweeney, the NRA’s president and CEO. She’ll be joined during that “Meet the Press” component of the session by Bloomin’s Elizabeth Smith, Brinker’s Wyman Roberts and Dunkin’s Nigel Travis. Their mandate is to provide high-level perspective on the challenges and opportunities that can vex restaurant executives at any scale of operation.

Beforehand, Sweeney will set the scene with a review of prevailing industry conditions and concerns, aimed specifically at the c-suites of multi-unit operations.

The general session—Leadership Watch Power Panel: What’s Next—is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 9.

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