Coca-Cola Joins Forces with Women’s Foodservice Forum forEntrepreneurial Boot Camp This March

Women’s Foodservice Forum, the COCA-COLA company, DALLAS FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Amegy bank of Texas OFFER entrepreneur boot camp 

The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the industry’s premiere leadership development organization, announced today that it is partnering with The Coca-Cola Company, Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport and Amegy Bank of Texas to present the Entrepreneur Boot Camp (“Boot Camp”) in Dallas, Texas on March 13, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole. The half-day interactive session of inspiration and knowledge building is designed to empower attendees with the skills they need to grow their businesses. Headlining the event will be media entrepreneur and founder of The Adelante Movement, Nely Galán.

With women-owned businesses in the U.S. increasing 68 percent since 1997 and generating over $1.4 trillion in revenues as of 20141, the four organizations recognize the need to reach out and provide leadership and development training to the women who run these entrepreneurial organizations. The Entrepreneur Boot Camp is targeted to small business owners looking to grow their companies and/or entrepreneurs thinking of starting a business.

WFF and The Coca-Cola Company first partnered in October 2015 to present the highly-anticipated inaugural Entrepreneur Boot Camp in Atlanta. The session received high-ratings from participants and the response reinforced the need for this knowledge and inspiration to be shared with women in major cities around the U.S. and Canada, starting with the Dallas/Fort-Worth market in 2016.

“Our partnership with The Coca-Cola Company on this project garnered a tremendous amount of interest from women in Atlanta last Fall,” shared Hattie Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Foodservice Forum. “With the newest session, we aim to further support and educate women across a variety of industries this year and broaden our audience, kicking off this Boot Camp as a bonus session open to local DFW entrepreneurs, small businesses and attendees of our Annual Leadership Development Conference.”

The Annual Leadership Development Conference is WFF’s premier event which attracts approximately 3,000 people a year from across the U.S. The Boot Camp will feature educational workshops on topics such as building and sustaining a business, marketing a business with authenticity, business certification, Millennials and Generation Z. An Entrepreneur Expert Panel will also provide key insights on overcoming business challenges, which is one of the reasons women looking to grow or start their own businesses are highly encouraged to attend.

“Coca-Cola is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs across the globe as part of our 5by20 initiative, and we know our partners share the same aspirations for our community as we do,” said Kathleen Ciaramello, President of National Foodservice and On-Premise for Coca-Cola North America. “Teaming up with the Women’s Foodservice Forum and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport has granted us the opportunity to invest in women from across the U.S. and help them achieve their entrepreneurial goals.”

Through 5by20, The Coca-Cola Company addresses the most common barriers women face when trying to succeed in the marketplace. This initiative offers women across the globe access to business skills training courses, financial services and connections with peers or mentors – along with the confidence that comes with building a successful business.

“DFW Airport is committed to creating and promoting economic opportunities which support women, and minority-owned businesses in our community and in our industry,” said Sean Donohue, CEO for Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. “We are very excited to support the Women’s Foodservice Forum to help increase awareness of opportunities for women-owned businesses to achieve financial success and sustainability.”

To sign up or learn more about the Entrepreneur Boot Camp, please visit:

About The Women’s Foodservice Forum

The Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) is the industry’s premier leadership development organization with more than 25 years of experience advancing women in the foodservice industry. WFF serves thousands of individuals and hundreds of employers in all segments of the industry including operations, manufacturing, distribution, publishing, consulting and more.  Through highly effective and educational events such as the Annual Leadership Development Conference, Executive Summit, leadership development programs and rich networking opportunities, WFF provides the competence and strategic connections needed to make a positive difference in the careers of women in the foodservice industry.  For more information, visit

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world’s most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company’s portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, POWERADE, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia, Dasani, FUZE TEA and Del Valle.  Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates.  For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at, follow us on Twitter at, visit our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at or find us on LinkedIn at


About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport warmly welcomes more than 64 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world.  DFW Airport customers can choose among 152 domestic and 56 international nonstop destinations worldwide.  DFW is elevating the customer experience with modernized facilities and updated amenities, as well as through a $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program to renovate its four original terminal buildings.  Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel. For current information about DFW International Airport, visit the DFW Airport web site, download the Official DFW Airport Mobile App for mobile devices, or follow DFW on social media.


About Amegy Bank of Dallas:

Amegy Bank believes in relationship banking, where clients know their bankers’ names and bankers know their clients’. Amegy Bank takes a look at banking from our clients’ perspective and makes it easy for them to bank with their clients. Through Community Banking Partnership, Amegy brings solutions to clients by being proactive and providing them access to all parts of the bank in their own geographic areas. With more than 75 banking locations in Texas, Amegy understands the spirit and personality of communities, industries and the economy. Amegy is proud to specialize in banking privately owned business of all sizes and public companies in all industries with additional expertise in real estate, energy and correspondent banking. Supporting the deposit and loan capabilities of our business relationship managers, Amegy brings a highly experienced team of product specialists who offer a wide range of depository, lending, mortgage, brokerage, investment management, trust and internet services for consumers and private banking clients.


Source: 1. American Express 2014 State of Women-Owned Business Report