The Women’s Foodservice Forum has honored five emerging leaders with the second annual Women Making Their Mark award, which identifies and celebrates up-and-coming women executives in foodservice.  

The winners, selected among this year’s 23 nominations from 16 different foodservice organizations, will be honored at the WFF 2014 Annual Leadership Development Conference, which will take place March 23-26 in Dallas. The group includes women leaders from McDonald’s, Rich Products, Dunkin’ Brands, Kellogg Company and Church’s Chicken.   

"We want to recognize the next generation of women leaders," said Anna Mason, WFF general manager and vice president of operations. "These women have demonstrated the courage to lead and disrupted the status quo — all while taking others with them."

WFF, the premier leadership development organization working to advance women in foodservice, is celebrating its 25th year throughout 2014. The annual conference is expected to bring together more than 3,000 attendees next week.

The Women Making Their Mark awards are focused on emerging talent in positions under the vice president level at foodservice organizations. Nominees are submitted by senior-level executives and must meet set criteria. An anonymous panel of female executives reviews and scores all nominations, and the five winners in 2014 were the highest-scoring entries. Celebrated qualities include innovation and initiative leading to a positive impact on the organization, business, industry or colleagues.  

Following are snapshots of the 2014 Women Making Their Mark winners.