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How We Continue to Honor Women in the Industry

Catch up on our Women's History Month series

Zoe Adjonyoh

March 31, 2022


Images of people standing in a courtyard under umbrellas and string lights
Photo: Paige Brown Photography

At the James Beard Foundation, we strive to honor the innumerable contributions of women in the culinary field, during Women’s History Month and beyond. Through our programs, we hope to influence a better, more equitable food, restaurant, and hospitality field where women are encouraged to grow and thrive at the helm. We are committed to providing the tools, resources, and networks to women to ensure more women-owned businesses; more financial investment in women-owned businesses; and more women in leadership positions across the industry.

Our Women’s Leadership Programs are designed to support all women in the hospitality industry at all stages of their careers through scholarships, mentorships, training, specialized entrepreneurial education, and more. Our Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program, offered in partnership with Cornell University, is a 10-week virtual curriculum includes sessions on negotiating, design thinking, business and financial models, funding your businesses, and more. This April, our community of WEL alumnae will meet for the inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. Interested in learning more about WEL? Stay tuned for our applications that open this summer.

Over the course of this past month, we hosted a series of Instagram Lives for our Women’s History Month series. We featured a variety of voices from across the industry—including alumnae from our Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) program—to chat about topics including navigating motherhood in hospitality, mindfulness at work, new business models, and leveraging your brand on social media. Catch up on these meaningful conversations by heading to our YouTube channel.

Monday, March 7
Navigating Motherhood in Hospitality

Speakers: Beverly Kim, The Abundance Setting, and Sandra Holl, Floriole Cafe and Bakery
Watch now

Monday, March 14
Mindfulness & Wellness at Work

Speakers: WEL alum Jeanne Cheng, and Kwini Reed, Root Of All Food
Watch now

Monday, March 21
New Models for Business

Speakers: Judy Ni of baology, Philadelphia, and Caroline Glover of Annette, Aurora, CO
Watch now

Monday, March 28
Leveraging your Brand on Social Media

Speakers: Dawn Burrell, Lucille's Hospitality Group, and Monti Carlo, Island Girl Cooks
Watch now

As director of Women’s Leadership, I lead the strategy and growth of the women’s leadership programs with a focus on partnership, collaboration, and ongoing holistic industry support and connection. So, please feel free to reach out to me with any ideas on ways we might support the work you’re doing in your town, city, state—or if you can support us in our mission!

For notice of this opportunity, news, and other program updates, sign up for our Industry Support Newsletter here or reach us at Stay tuned to our blog, as the Programs team will be regularly contributing.


Zoe Adjonyoh is the director of programs, women’s leadership at the James Beard Foundation. Zoe is the founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen and Kissing Cultures, and co-founder of Black Book. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter