Women of Hospitality

Women of Hospitality (WoH) exists to celebrate and promote the women of our industry while strengthening relationships and creating new networking opportunities. RAM seeks to secure sponsors who believe in our mission to empower women and who will actively participate in this event. Please view sponsorship opportunities as a PDF


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Showing Up and Speaking Up: For Yourself, Your Career, and Your Community

Join us for a day of discussion, growth, and empowerment.  We will discuss themes of femininity in the workplace, how to confidently become your own boss, leadership and management, the ins and outs of social media, the importance of diversity, community involvement, overall growth, and so much more! View our speakers, panelists, and breakout session leaders below!  



8:30 AM

Catered by the incredibly talented, Classic Catering People

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Opening Remarks & Panel Discussion

Engage in conversation with some of our state's best female executives to hear their stories and advice about making it big in a tough industry.

Deanna Segreti - Director of Corporate Marketing, Saval

Shelby Reister - Art Director, Saval

Naijha Wright-Brown - Owner Land of Kush 

Gabby Lowman - Director of Human Resources, Atlas Restaurant Group

Caroline Kauffman-Kirschnick - President EMR

11:00 AM - 11:45AM

Breakout Sessions

"Seriously, how do you do it!?" When Cloning Yourself Isn't an Option with Tricia Hudson: Co-founder Hudson Coastal, Chair of the Board RAM, Board of Directors Visit Howard County, Advisory Committee Member Center for Hospitality Howard Community College, Mom of 3, and more!

Marketing That Gets Them Talking: Make It Fun & They Will Come!: Iearn from the Burrito Queen, Pam Felix Co-Founder California Tortilla and Co-Owner DC Improv Comedy Club 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch - Catered by the incredibly talented, Classic Catering People

Non Alcoholic Mocktails provided by Revvl

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Restaurants in Media: a discussion with Megan Knight, anchor/reporter for WMAR and Push to Start owner/publicist Nicole Atkinson

Hallway Convos: Building True Relationships with the Ladies of Just Call Me Chef: Catina Smith, Amanda Mack, Keema Johnson, and Stacia Epps

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

A Discussion on Mental Health

Thriving as a Woman in Hospitality: Overcoming Mental Health Stigma and Imposter Syndrome to Live Your Values at Work with Jennifer Staples, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Founder of Work Wiser 

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Closing Remarks, Networking, and REALLY COOL ART!
Hear from Carrie Leishman, President and CEO of Delaware Restaurant Association, an officer of the National Restaurant Association, and the first state to develop a network for Women in Hospitality!
The museum is open only for conference attendees to enjoy. Reflect on the day while networking with your new WoH friends and enjoy the colorful and exciting exhibits the American Visionary Arts Museum offers.  

Silver Sponsors:

McCormick logo

The Classic Catering People logo


Bronze Sponsors:

DBS logo
Atlas logo

Maryland Open logo

Clyde's logo

Supporting Sponsors:

MDP logo

Saval logo

EMR logo

JCMC logo

PFG logo

Aero Service Group logo

Phillips Seafood logo

Wagner Foodservice logo

Jasper's logo

HoCo logo

Goldman Sachs logo

Sprague logo

Madrones logo

WMAR logo

Revvl logo

Land of Kush logo

WGL Energy logo

Offshore Encore logo

Work Wiser logo

DRA logo

Hudson Coastal logo

Push to Start logo

California Tortilla logo

Copper Shark logo

Elkridge Furnace Inn logo

Mijenta Tequila logo