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Schedule of Epic SESSIONS!





The Impact of COVID-19 on Women & Gender Equality


Joanna James, director of A Fine Line, Melanie Ross Levin, director of the Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy & Carrie Leishman, CEO of the Delaware Restaurant Association will dive into a recent McKinsey report, with McKinsey's Senior Editor, Nora Gardner to elaborate and unveil astounding facts on how COVID-19 has impacted the road to gender equality, and what this means now.

Breaking Barriers & Changing the Narrative


Delaware Democrat running, and in the lead for state senate-- Sarah McBride, has been nothing short of an absolute trailblazer, while not only breaking barriers in her home state of Delaware, but on a national level as well. Sarah will soon be the highest-ranked transgender/LGBT elected official in the United States. 

Creating Space: Physical, Mental & Organizational


It all starts with mindset!! Start your morning off right with Carlee MyersFounder & CEO of Philadelphia's Stress Less Co. Carlee will lead an interactive workshop session around mental health and the importance of creating space, in all aspects of your life-- at work, in relationships, organizationally, and most importantly- in your head!

Stewards of the Land: Rise of the Female Farmer 


Katey Evans of Evans Farms LLC, (Seen on Shark Tank earlier this year) plus Audra Mulkern, James Beard finalist and director of "The Female Farmer Project," will speak on what it's like to lead in a primarily male-dominated sector of hospitality, the importance of local food sourcing plus inspiring stories of the challenges and rewards that come with being a female in agriculture! The panel will be facilitated by our local superstar, Carlie Roberts of One Coastal Farm & Kitchen!

Navigating Careers in the "Never Normal"


We’ve read about, waited, and wished for the ‘new’ or ‘next’ normal long enough. With so many forces and factors conspiring to reshape the hospitality business, it’s time to prepare ourselves and our careers for a ‘never normal’ future. And the good news is that despite the challenges, this new reality offers powerful opportunities for growth – for yourself and your teams. Explore four shifts with Julie Winkle Giulioni, that can introduce infinitely more possibilities for learning and development including a new framework that facilitates ‘anytime/anywhere’ growth.

Hustling to Survive: Revamping Your Business Model & Getting Creative


Robin Selden, Executive Director of Marcia Selden Catering in Connecticut, Paula Kreuzburg, Executive Director of the International Caterer's Association, and Martha Hoover, former sex crimes prosecutor & Founder/Owner of Patachou Inc. in Indianapolis and Nicole Marquis of Philadelphia/DC Vegan food chain, HipCityVeg- will all dive into best practices of revamping their business models through COVID-19 and how they stayed afloat by coming up with innovative and outside the box tactics.

Resiliency: Power Meets Poise & Grace Meets Grit


Leading by example and never giving up after the failure of her dream wine business, being told "no," and maneuvering through a male-dominated industry... Deborah BrennerCEO & Founder of Women of the Vine, will sit on this panel along with "Vegan Pioneer" of Wilmington, Abundance Childowner of community Vegan Soul Food restaurant, Drop Squad Kitchen and Chef Dayanny De La CruzExecutive Chef of Miami Hard Rock Stadium for the Miami Dolphins, and the first female to EVER cater a Super Bowl. This panel will be moderated by Jasmine Jones, Senior Communications Manager of the National Restaurant Association  Educational Foundation.

Sallie Krawcheck:

Investing in YOU


To close out our epic Women of Hospitality Conference, our keynote speaker, Sallie Krawcheck-- CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest, (as seen on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, TIMES Magazine, Huffington Post, Fortune, CNN & more!) an investing tool for women-- will speak on the importance of financial stability, the current status and projection for the gender pay gap, and how this affects us now,  and how investing in yourself will help to boost your career beyond limitation. Buckle in-- this is a  keynote you don't want to miss!!!