Conversations That Matter

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Conversations That Matter:
Eye Opening Strategies of Inclusive Recruiting

Join our ongoing Conversations That Matter Series as we explore how to develop and strengthen strategies to recruit a more diverse group of talent that reflects the broad array of perspectives and experiences of the communities we serve. Our panel of business and human resource experts will share industry best practices during these dynamic times, unlocking the power of diverse teams to not only build inclusive cultures, but also foster innovation and increase the bottom line.
Our panelists will explore how you can move the dial on your own strategies, including:

  • How to think about and adopt fair hiring practices that encourage diversity
  • How to diversify your management team to achieve your organization’s goals
  • What companies need to implement regarding pay parity and transparency

Don’t miss this important conversation!

Join the SHFM family as we elevate critical topics during our Conversations That Matter webinar series. The sessions are designed to provide critical context on timely issues including diversity and inclusion topics to encourage frank, solution-focused dialogue.

Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 6 |  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Free – reservations required. Reserve your spot today!



Victoria Vega | SVP Operations, Marketing & Innovation, Unidine Corporation (Moderator)

As Senior Vice President of Marketing & Innovation, Victoria Vega brings over 30 years of contract foodservice experience to her role on Unidine’s executive leadership team. She oversees over brand strategy, consumer experience, nutrition, wellness & sustainability as well as operations excellence and quality assurance. She is well-known as an innovative operations leader, dynamic speaker and is passionate about delivering unique dining experiences through guest engagement.

Victoria is the 2020 recipient of the IFMA Silver Plate for Foodservice and is a past president of the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management. She launched the SHFM Diversity & Inclusion Council and currently co-chairs this critical initiative. 

Victoria was honored with the Richard Ysmael Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to workplace hospitality and received an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice from NAFEM.  Named as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Hospitality annually since 2015 by Total Foodservice Magazine, she has also been honored by the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts with the Stephen Elmont Lifetime Achievement award.
Kaela Blanks | Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist, WaWa

Kaela Blanks’s core belief is to make an impact by empowering people to thrive. She is currently the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist at Wawa, where she can put that core belief into action every day. Kaela ensures people feel seen & heard, included & involved, while connected & supported through her work on the DE&I team. This includes empowering Wawa’s Innovation Networks (WINs), advancing opportunities to make Wawa even more of a place of belonging and amplifying the impact Wawa can have within its community and for its customers. She passionately cares about people and is grateful to be able to channel that passion through her work.
Prior to Wawa, Kaela drove the DE&I strategy at Aramark as the Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager. She holds her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Human Resources from Northeastern University and is an alum from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Misty Gaither | Director & Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Indeed
Misty Gaither is the Director & Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Indeed. She is primarily focused on removing bias and barriers from systems and processes, advising on how to build more inclusive products and building a culture of inclusion and belonging. Prior to Indeed, Misty held business development and sales roles at Altria Group and JPMorgan Chase. She pivoted into DI&B by way of Business Development at Code2040, a non-profit start up focused on Racial Equity and Inclusion in technology, and later made the move “in-house” as the first DI&B business partner at Twilio.
Misty is a natural connector and relationship builder. She leverages being the “only” in a room as her superpower and is passionate about implementing change through education and awareness about the innumerable topics surrounding DI&B and disrupting the systemic issues that exclude underrepresented groups.
Misty is a proud alumna of Florida A&M University, School of Business and Industry where she earned her degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration.