Women of Hospitality

WOH logo in front of image of women eating

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

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!

Check our our speakers, panelists, and breakout session leaders below!

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8:30 AM


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 male-dominated industry.

Deanna Segreti - Director of Corporate Marketing, Saval

Shelby Reister - Art Director, Saval

Naijha Wright-Brown - Owner Land of Kush 

Julie East - VP of Talent and HR, Atlas Restaurant Group

Caroline Kauffman-Kirschnick - President EMR

11:00 AM - 11:45AM

Break Out 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!

Becoming Your Own Boss With Confidence with Pam Felix, The Queen of Burritos: Co-founder California Tortilla, President DC Improv Club

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch - Hear a few words from our friends at Sobar.

Sobar is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit whose mission is to promote innovative beverage options to those who cannot or choose not to drink alcohol. Our vision is to eliminate the stigma of not drinking alcohol and encourage inclusion of innovative, healthy, and equitable non-alcoholic beverages everywhere alcohol is served.

1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Break Out Sessions

Balancing the Power Dynamic in Food Media with Jess Mayhugh and Sue-Jean Chun: Managing Editor for Eater and Punch, PR & Specialty Marketing Consultant

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 Women 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 Delaware Restaurant Association and her thoughts on femininity in the workplace while enjoying dessert bites and bar offerings.  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 has to offer.  

Silver Sponsors:

McCormick 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