Golden Corral Leaders Honored at Women’s Foodservice Forum Conference
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Golden Corral Leaders Honored at Women’s Foodservice Forum Conference

CEO Lance Trenary Named Industry Titan; Suzanna Wooten Named Change Maker

March 18, 2019 // // RALEIGH, N.C. - Two Golden Corral executives were honored by the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) for their contributions to the food industry and advancing career opportunities for women in the field.

Golden Corral President and CEO Lance Trenary was named an Industry Titan for his commitment to prioritizing women’s advancement within the company and creating change that will increase opportunities for women across the industry.

Trenary was one of 35 forward-thinking CEOs from major foodservice brands who were recognized by the WFF. The honorees joined ranks to help implement WFF’s call for industry-wide gender equity solutions driven by CEO engagement that will enable the industry to win the war for talent, reap the proven rewards of gender-diversity and drive business growth.

“Golden Corral is committed to providing opportunities for women at all levels of our organization,” said Trenary. “Advancing gender equity is a critical success factor for our brand and our industry as a whole. As a new member of their CEO Council, I look forward to increased interaction with WFF.”

Suzanna Wooten, Golden Corral’s Franchise Accountant and CPA, was selected by her organization as its Change Maker. Wooten and a rising group of women stars will participate in ongoing research surveys and focus groups for the WFF, tracking their career goals and trajectories. This will help WFF identify key factors that influence success early in a woman's career and provide participating companies with greater insight into how to most effectively support the development of young women leaders.

“It is a tremendous honor to be chosen as Golden Corral’s Change Maker,” said Wooten. “To be recognized in this way is personally rewarding and it motivates me to contribute at an even higher level. I am encouraged as we move forward toward a future workplace where all genders are equal and where one’s ability to succeed is based on skills, character and a drive for results.”

Trenary and Wooten were recognized for their contributions at a ceremony as part of WFF’s 30th Anniversary Celebration during the 2019 Annual Leadership Development Conference, March 10-13, in Dallas, Texas.

About Golden Corral

Golden Corral, based in Raleigh, N.C., is the nation’s largest grill-buffet restaurant chain with 489 restaurants operating in 42 states as of January 1, 2019. Golden Corral is famous for its variety, including USDA steaks cooked to order, smoked meats, awesome pot roast, hot yeast rolls, and desserts like homemade carrot cake and the Chocolate Wonderfall®.

About Women’s Foodservice Forum

Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the food industry’s thought leader on gender equity. WFF provides the research, insights and best practice solutions that enable food companies to address the pressing need for talent, drive better consumer insights and increase business performance by realizing the full potential of women leaders. Working since 1989 to provide the tools and resources to help women build leadership competencies that enhance career advancement, WFF also partners with the food industry to create work environments where women thrive and organizations reap the rewards of a gender-diverse workforce.

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