Dawn Sweeney, IWF Washington D.C. member and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Interview in Huffington Post
April 27, 2015 – Dawn Sweeney, IWF Washington D.C. member and CEO of the National Restaurant Association interviewed with the Huffington Post last week. Sweeney discussed her career trajectory, her approach to leadership and highlights of her career – such as her previous position as President and CEO of AARP Services and her integral role in the launch of the “Got Milk?” advertising campaign while with the International Dairy Foods Association. Sweeney has served as CEO of the National Restaurant Association since 2007.
The National Restaurant Association’s members include quick service, fast casual, managed foodservice, casual and fine dining – along with manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. The American restaurant industry is composed of nearly one million restaurant and foodservice outlets and over 13 million employees. Since taking the helm at the end of 2007, Sweeney has led the Association in a wide-range of policy issues, while offering services and products that promote the industry and help individual operators and large multi-unit companies succeed. Sweeney has realigned the Association’s priorities and structure to strengthen its core operations, including consolidating its Foundation around a mission to develop a strong workforce and build the next generation of industry leaders.
Sweeney has led the Association to several major legislative victories, including achieving federal legislation on menu-labeling, and has launched the first-of-its-kind children’s menu initiative – Kids LiveWell. Under her leadership, the Association’s annual tradeshow – the largest restaurant and hospitality industry tradeshow in the U.S. – has seen growth both in revenue and impact.
Sweeney has been named one of the perennial top association CEOs in the country for the past several years. She serves on the boards the U.S. Travel Association and the Women’s Foodservice Forum, and is an active member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100, the International Women’s Forum, and the Committee of 200, an international network of female executives. She is also a charter member of Child Obesity 180, an initiative of private, public, non-profit and academic leaders committed to helping prevent childhood obesity through evidence-based initiatives.
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