HT’s Top Women in Restaurant Technology awards, sponsored by Tillster, were presented to 10 impressive women making their mark in restaurant technology.
The Class of 2020 is a group of impressive women. Here are this year's honorees:
Felicia White, Senior Director of Training and Development at Church's Chicken
New LMS + LTO = Big Win
Felicia White, Senior Director of Training and Development at Church's Chicken, led the most successful limited-time offer (LTO) rollout in years, resulting in double-digit increases in sales and transactions. Additionally, she was instrumental in helping Church's Chicken achieve a 90% increase in training completions at the unit level, while closing a persistent knowledge gap between corporate stores and franchise locations.
White is among the industry's top IT minds that will share her expertise at Restaurant Next, an immersive two-day virtual experience scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13. Explore new operational concepts, tap into contactless technologies, source solutions for safer operations, and more at this event.
Defining Data Strategies
Lunchbox, an omnichannel platform simplifying digital ordering for restaurants, hired Sarah Kabakoff, as VP of Solutions in June.
As Director of Enterprise Solutions at Toast, Kabakoff established herself as an expert in digital strategies, customer data analytics, restaurant operations and point-of-sale. Her strengths also include project management, SaaS and CRM.
Sharon Evans, Executive Program Manager, Dine Brands Global
Managing Disruptive Tech with Finesse
As Executive Program Manager at Dine Brands Global, Sharon Evans is ultimately responsible for the success of Dine Brands' top-priority technology programs. In her role, she manages the execution of Dine Brands' most innovative and disruptive programs related to cloud integrations, microservices and restaurant technology transformation.
Rising Star Award
Richelle Anderson, OneDine
Creating Wins for Operators
Richelle Anderson has quickly moved up the ranks at OneDine to Chief Operating Officer. As the client-liaison lead for the tableside ordering and payment solution, she ensured customers were able to leverage their data to improve their marketing and business strategies, building loyal and new users. Anderson worked with customers to find ways to generate revenue while ensuring the guest’s dining experience exceeds expectations. She has created faster customer onboarding. Instead of 6 to 8 weeks, the integration, training and activation clocks in at 2 to 3 weeks. This has improved customer satisfaction company growth because customers start experiencing wins sooner with OneDine technology.
About the Awards
The Class of 2020 is a group of impressive women. Now in its fourth year, this awards program recognizes women in technology roles at both restaurants and technology suppliers who are making their mark in a male-dominated industry. Currently only about a quarter of professional computing jobs are held by women, according to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
Forty-eight percent of women surveyed say the primary reason why women are underrepresented in technology is the lack of mentors, while 42% cite a lack of female role models in the field, according to Adeva IT's State of Women in Technology report.
Recognizing the accomplishments of women in restaurant technology will not only benefit the perception of women in tech, it will also shine a light on the opportunities available and inspire future generations.
HT’s Top Women in Restaurant Technology awards recognize women in three categories: Rising Star, Innovators and Lifetime Achievement. HT is currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Top Women in Restaurant Technology.