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WFF announces leadership awards

Women's Foodservice Forum (WFF) announces recipients of the 2007 Trailblazer Award and Emerging Leader Award. These awards recognize those who have made a significant, positive impact on the organization and the industry.

Trailblazer Award

Pat Anton, president of the Anton Family Foundation and former WFF chair, will receive the 2007 WFF Trailblazer Award. Sponsored by General Mills, the Trailblazer Award is for individuals dedicated to improving the industry through their support of gender diversity, creating new pathways for women in their company, and implementing them at all levels of their organization.

As co-founder and former president/chief executive officer of Anton Airfood Inc (AAI), Anton has promoted gender and minority diversity in the firm's hiring, training, and management practices. Women consistently make up approximately 50% of the manager/supervisor positions at AAI. In spring 2005, 106 women out of a total 223 were serving in those capacities. Anton has also mentored young women, and the industry has benefited from projects as the Hospitality Business Alliance, an educational partnership with the National Restaurant Association.

Emerging Leader Award

Lynette McKee, vice-president of franchising and new business development, Dunkin' Brands Inc, will receive the WFF Emerging Leader Award. This honor, which is sponsored by Ecolab, is awarded each year to a woman executive in the foodservice industry who shows exceptional leadership qualities, both within her company and the industry, and whose professional growth and achievements are recognized through career advancement.

McKee helped to raise the bar in franchising for Dunkin' Donuts, which led to name Dunkin' Donuts the #2 franchise in the 2007 Franchise 500, as well #1 in its category and #3 in the fastest-growing franchises. She has shared her experiences through papers such as “Managing the Franchisee Relationship During a Corporate Shift.”

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