Due to the numerous health and safety risks that have recently arisen regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, cancelling our national leadership conference is in the interest of safeguarding the well-being of our valued Members, Partners and staff. We are facing uncharted territory across the globe where the World Health Organization (WHO) now classifies the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued guidance encouraging the cancellation or suspension of large, in-person gatherings.
Please be assured that you are at the very top of our minds and that we will communicate with you again as soon as we have answers to your questions and additional information to share. We recognize the profound implications of canceling an event of this magnitude and its importance in providing professional development for women in our industry.
Since we started the Women's Foodservice Forum 31 years ago, we have always cared about our Partners and Members and our commitment to professional development, career advancement, and gender equity in the Food Industry will not waver.
In support of providing best-in-class professional development all year long and all career long, we are proud to announce that we will be launching the new WFF Connect Member Portal in the coming weeks. This WFF Connect Member Portal will offer virtual access to leadership development content, inspirational speakers, and networking opportunities with WFF members.
We deeply appreciate your commitment to the Women's Foodservice Forum and our annual Leadership Development Conference. Thank you in advance for your patience while we work through the implications of this decision in the coming weeks.