Restaurant execs form women’s networking group

Women in restaurants, hospitality and technology have created a professional women’s organization — Women of Restaurants, Technology and Hospitality (WORTH) — aimed at mentorship, support and empowerment.

Founded by Brittany Amerson (Farmers Restaurant Group), Cristal Ghitman (SynergySuite), Deena McKinley (Papa Gino’s), Kim DeCarolis (Fat Brands), Lauren Selman (IFBTA), Suzanne Stopp (IPConfigure), and Tammy K Billings (Aben), WORTH aims to provide a safe space for women to ask questions, share and gain insight into personal and professional challenges in these industries, Ghitman said in a company press release.

“We recognized the conversations we often have between women about our experiences in this industry should have a larger platform, to leverage our commonalities and provide representation, visibility and safety for both industry veterans and women just entering hospitality,” said Ghitman, who is director of strategic partnerships at SynergySuite. “WORTH is a decentralized group that aims to connect and support women in all areas, from mentorship to advocacy to friendship.”

WORTH has launched an online community through LinkedIn and plans to organize meetups, webinars, conference events and other opportunities for engagement.

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