Chicago, IL (RestaurantNews.com) Dawn Sweeney, President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, has been named one of Washington’s most powerful women by Washingtonian magazine. The list includes more than 100 of the region’s most influential women in business, law, government, education, media, nonprofits and the arts.
“Dawn is a leader in the restaurant industry and it comes as no surprise that she has been recognized as one of the most powerful women in Washington,” said Jack Crawford, Chairman of the National Restaurant Association. “Dawn’s leadership has been vital in continuing to grow both the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation as we promote key initiatives that benefit America’s one million restaurants and the 14 million Americans that drive our industry. We are proud to have her included among such a prestigious list of influential women.”
The Most Powerful Women list recognizes those who define the agenda and determine the course of action in their enterprises.
As President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, Sweeney leads the primary business association for the restaurant industry. The National Restaurant Association represents over 500,000 restaurants over multiple foodservice concepts, including quick service, fast casual, managed foodservice, casual and fine dining, along with manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.
Sweeney also serves as the CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, a philanthropic foundation dedicated to enhancing the industry’s service to the public and building the next generation of industry leaders. The Foundation’s major goal is to prepare students for rewarding careers in restaurant management and the culinary arts.
Under Sweeney’s leadership, the NRA has realigned its priorities and structure to strengthen its core operations, and the association’s annual tradeshow – the largest restaurant and hospitality industry tradeshow in the U.S. – has seen growth in revenue and impact.
Sweeney also directs NRA’s key initiatives, including Kids LiveWell, its nationwide children’s nutrition program; its ServSafe food safety handling certification program; Conserve, the Association’s sustainability initiative; and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ProStart program which runs in nearly 2,000 high schools across the country and provides culinary scholarships to thousands of future restaurant and foodservice leaders.
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 1 million restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce of 14 million employees. We represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the industry’s largest trade show (NRA Show May 21-24, 2016, in Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe); unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF’s ProStart); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids’ menu options. For more information, visit Restaurant.org and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook and YouTube.