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For all of you high-quality hospitality employers looking to support women and those who identify themselves as being part of an ethnic or cultural minority, have we got the recruitment websites for you!
The hospitality industry employs over 8.8 million people, and it is estimated that more than 1.6 million new workers will be needed in the coming decade to keep pace with demand. http://Www.DiversityInHospitality.com and http://www.WomenInHospitality.com provide employers the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to “do better” in supporting all their employees – both in the workplace, and in their employees’ careers.
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Congratulations to Fritzi Woods, who is set to become the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s next President and CEO this coming May.
This influential group has endorsed our Diversity Websites (DiversityInHospitality.com and WomenInHospitality.com) ever since the beginning, and we know what a great organization they truly are. The Women’s Foodservice Forum has helped to bring women to the forefront of the Hospitality Industry, and we couldn’t be happier for their success.
Alice Murray, the President of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (www.womensfoodserviceforum.com) had the following to say about our website, http://www.WomenInHospitality.com;
“Recent studies of the U.S. workplace prove undeniably that gender balanced leadership positively impacts businesses’ bottom lines. The Women’s Foodservice Forum’s (WFF) goal is to develop leadership skills for women in all segments of the foodservice industry. We support WomenInHospitality.com in their commitment to bring more women into the foodservice industry and to help them advance in their careers.”
Some great insight from a great organization!
Bonuses for Diversity Hiring
August 14, 2008
One of the great things about covering restaurants is the chance to talk to industry people of all stripes. Last night, for example, a veteran human resources executive called to tell me about compensation trends (too late, alas, I’d filed the story) at her company, which I won’t name because the conversation wasn’t on the record. But she seemed in a talkative mood and given her reputation and experience I was only too happy to oblige despite the fact the story was finally off my desk.
One of the things we talked about was “diversity.” It’s still a topic of concern among operators, if only because no restaurant company wants to run afoul of the EEOC or worse, the public, which could very boycott a chain that give the appearance of failing to hiring people of color.
She said her company, a leader in its segment, by the way, has for several years been giving bonuses multi-unit supervisors who hire female and minority managers. She couldn’t tell me the percentage “diversity” hiring accounted for but she did say the incentive piece was enough to make a difference.
That surprised me a little, and it made me wonder if other restaurant companies bonused multi-unit managers for hiring female, black, Latinos, or Asian managers. I’ve know of only one other company — a fine-dining operator — that just this year made something similar part of its GM compensation.
In that case, however, the bonus depended partly on increasing market share by way of minorities.
Does your company bonuses managers for hiring people of color as managers? If so, can you furnish details of the incentive plan? I’m eager to find out more.
Posted by David Farkas on August 14, 2008 | Comments (0)
Networking online and off-line: I appreciate the opportunity to be interviewed byNation’s Restaurant News
Networking online and off-line
By Nora Caley
Networking used to mean handing out business cards at Chamber of Commerce events. While those face-to-face meetings are still valuable in a job search, there are also some high-tech ways to meet people who might help you find a job.
Eric Goodwin, president of the recruiting firm Goodwin and Associates in Concord, N.H., says there is a place for networking in person, as long as it’s done in a way that is genuine and authentic.
“The best relationships happen naturally and organically,” he says. “There is always one person in the room who is busting out their business cards. I don’t think that’s appreciated by business people.”
Goodwin says websites like LinkedIn.com are a great way to network. At LinkedIn, people sign up for free, then find a person they want to meet by connecting with friends and friends of friends who can eventually lead them to that contact.
There are also social sites such as Facebook and MySpace, in which people can meet online. He says Goodwin and Associates has partnered with Facebook to create a site where restaurant professionals can communicate with each other.
“Hospitality folks can share war stories, recommend books and wine, and exchange ideas,” he says. “They can develop mentor relationships.”
There are also newer online communities that are specifically for foodservice workers. Bite-Club.com offers posts that people can respond to and has a job board and events calendar. FohBoh.com is a site that offers chats, blogs and comments, so foodservice workers can offer their opinions about topics that range from food prices to charitable causes. There is also a job board.
“For people who have been downsized, I would get involved as quickly as I can with some of these online sites,” Goodwin says. “Some jobs aren’t posted, and some are becoming available shortly but are not currently public, so someone may know a friend who knows a friend.”
As for old fashioned, in-person networking, there are opportunities in traditional and untraditional places. Suzi LeBlanc, director of human resources with Fifth Group Restaurants in Atlanta, says some people network everywhere, from a bank line to the gym.
“For industry networking, I prefer wine tastings and wine-oriented events, which tend to bring out many of my peers,” she says. “I like the quarterly Midtown Alliance meetings to meet nonindustry folk.”
Check with your state restaurant association to see if it has local chapters for various cities or regions. Those smaller chapters often host mixers and luncheons. Some are open to nonmembers.
Finally, there is always temp work. Some hotels and restaurants hire contract workers or temporary employees to staff a banquet or other event. You might be able to meet industry people and make some money while pouring wine or helping to plate a thousand entrées.
2008 Nation’s Restaurant News. All Rights Reserved.
August 10 – 12, 2008
The Fairmont Hotel
The MFHA Multicultural Talent Summit
is a highly interactive two-day event.
The program is designed to engage
industry leaders and talent acquisition
professionals in learning and planning
breakthrough strategies to recruit, retain
and advance multicultural talent.
• Launch the MFHA strategic
vision: Mission 20/20
• Equip participants with an
action plan to accelerate
their talent development
and outreach efforts
• Present talent development
• Deliver professional
development training for
minority and non-minority
• Provide insights about next
Executives & Managers
• Talent Acquisition &
• Diversity & Inclusion
• Senior Staff Managing
SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 2008
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
REGISTRATION / CHECK-IN
• Regional Council Meetings
• MFHA Products / Services
• 2009 Showcase of the Stars sign-up
PROJECT IMPLICIT MASTER MIND SESSION
• Project Implicit is an educational research in a virtual
laboratory where participants examine their own
hidden biases to help improve recruiting results.
• Participants who participate in this session must
pre-register and complete an assessment at the
MFHA-Project Implicit virtual laboratory:
• This session aims to improve recruiting results by
providing real insights about understanding attitudes,
biases, and stereotypes.
MONDAY, AUGUST 11, 2008
7:00 am – 9:00 pm
OPENING REMARKS FROM CO-CHAIRS
INTRODUCTION TO MFHA MISSION 20/20
Gerry Fernandez, President & Founder, MFHA
KEYNOTE: Professor Nat Irvin II.
Multicultural Futurist – A Look Into the
VIDEO PRESENTATION: The Workforce of
• The Workforce Report – The State of the Diverse
Workforce in Foodservice [The People Report]
• MFHA Employee of Color Engagement Survey Results
MFHA INSIGHT EXERCISE: Using “World Café”,
a facilitated group experience that includes
• Examine perceptions of the value proposition for
multicultural talent in the industry
• Document common themes
• Link and connect insights
TALENT PLANNING EXERCISE: Using “Open
Space Technology”, a facilitated group
experience targeting specific groups.
• Dicussions will focus on attraction, development,
and retention of multicultural talent.
• Tables organized in two categories:
– Corporate/Home Office
– Local or Property/ Unit/ Field
• Participants will examine case studies / best
practices and develop individualized talent
development templates (action plans)
TOWN HALL MEETING: Open Forum – Sharing of
learnings and insights
CLOSING SPEAKER: Examples of Talent Solutions
GALA COCKTAIL RECEPTION
MFHA LEADERSHIP & SCHOLARSHIP GALA
• Showcase of the Stars video
• Scholarship presentations
• MFHA Awards
TUESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2008
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
OPENING SESSION: Highlights and Summary
of Previous Day
• A Taste of Efficacy: Professional Development for
People of Color
Target Audience: Emerging Leaders / Mid-Level
Managers/ High Potentials
• Straight Talk for Diversity Leaders
Target Audience: Experienced Diversity Officers/
• What About Me? The Role of White Males in
Target Audience: White Male Leaders
• So…What’s Different About Managing
People of Color
Target Audience: Unit-level, District, Region and
Corporate Operations Managers
CLOSING SPEAKER: “How to Have the Hard
POST SUMMIT OPTIONS
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
WOMEN OF COLOR LUNCHEON
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
(repeat of morning Summit Workshops with
To register visit w w w.mfha.net
CORPORATE MEMBERS 2008
To register log on to http://www.mfha.net
FOOD AND BEVERAGE MAGAZINE ENDORSES SITE AND INITIATIVES OF WWW.DIVERSITYINHOSPITALITY.COM AND WWW.WOMENINHOSPITALITY.COM
“Here at Food & Beverage Magazine, we pride ourselves on the fact we deliver the most hard-hitting and accurate journalism possible from both the entertainment and food service industries. But it’s not an easy task. To accomplish our difficult mission, we need resources as well as allies we can trust and respect implicitly. The staff of WomenInHosptality.com and DiversityInHospitality.com sites absolutely command that level of respect. Theirs is the most admirable of goals — to promote multiculturalism and diversity and create an even playing field for women trying to succeed in the food service industry. What could be nobler? What could be more ambitious?”
Publisher & Owner
Food and Beverage Magazine
Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association Endorses DiversityInHospitality.com and WomenInHospitality.com!
“The Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association recognizes the ever changing face of our industry. In order for businesses to be successful, it is imperative that we embrace all cultures, races, ethnicities and genders. From hiring employees to marketing to customers, those businesses that are culturally competent will reap the benefits of their inclusionary practices.”
Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association
“The Hong Kong Chefs Association readily adopts the mission of
celebrating diversity as a whole allowing chefs to be individuals
first without arbitrary prejudicial measurement or segregation.
A chef is a chef is a chef, as professionals and as human beings.”
Hong Kong Chefs Association