Over the course of the past year and a half, I’ve been asked countless times, “How do you do it?” As a leader, wife and mother, I understand the unique challenges that come with raising a family. And while this holds true in any industry, the restaurant industry is particularly challenged by a belief that women are choosing to step away from growth and leadership opportunities. The numbers echo this belief—the gender leadership gap has grabbed the global spotlight, and with good reason. It’s why I feel we have a responsibility at Chili’s to initiate change and start a conversation.
We are proud to start that conversation by igniting a movement called ‘Women Taking The Lead’ at Chili’s. It’s an inclusive opportunity to open the lines of communication about the impact that women are having now, and will continue to have, in our future. Women Taking The Lead simply reflects what I see every day at Chili’s; leaders who are making a difference in the lives of so many.
As we all continue to explore our purpose, I feel compelled to create opportunities for our leaders at Chili’s to seek out their best life. Women Taking The Lead is a movement guided by a “thinktank” of cross functional, cross departmental voices for change in which we are committed to raising awareness for our own female leaders who can and should succeed both professionally and personally at Chili’s.
Our recent recognition from Great Places To Work as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women is just the beginning.
A few weeks ago at our General Manager Conference “THIS IS 40”, we shared a vision of what lies ahead. In front of 2,000 fellow ChiliHeads, friends, global partners, franchise partners and supplier partners, we shared our purpose: WE CONNECT, SERVE AND GIVE TO CREATE THE BEST LIFE. Women Taking The Lead is just one way to raise our voices in this industry as a best place to work for everyone!
We would love to hear what you think. Join the movement by jumping in on the conversation on Twitter and Instagram, or learn more on our Chili’s YouTube channel. You can see it all unfold by following #ChilisWTL or following me @kvpalooza!
We’re just getting started!