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Let's Talk Womxn - Entrepreneurs. Food & Drink.
Let's Talk Womxn - Entrepreneurs. Food & Drink.

LET’S TALK IS A COLLABORATION OF WOMEN RESTAURATEURS TO BUILD COMBINED ECONOMIC POWER. IT IS NOT AN ORGANIZATION, IT IS NOT AN ENTITY, IT IS AN ACTION-LED MOVEMENT BY WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS AS PEERS.

City Cohosts

Anne Quatrano
Anne Quatrano
Atlanta
Deborah VanTrece
Deborah Van Trece
Atlanta
Rosa Thurnher
Rosa Thurnher
Atlanta
Jen Ziskin
Jen Ziskin
Boston
Nancy Cushman
Nancy Cushman
Boston
Tracy Chang
Tracy Chang
Boston
Jodi Fyfe - The Paramount Group
Jodi Fyfe
Chicago
Mary Aregoni - Saigon Sisters
Mary Aregoni
Chicago
Rohini Dey - Vermillion
Rohini Dey
Chicago
Sarah Stegner - Prairie Grass Café
Sarah Stegner
Chicago
Carla Chalkley
Carla Chalkley
Cincinnati
Joby Bowman
Joby Bowman
Cincinnati
Let's Talk Womxn - Teri Graber
Terri Graber
Cincinnati
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Anne Boninsegna
Columbus
Let's Talk Womxn - Columbus - Paula Haines
Paula Haines
Columbus
Let's Talk Womxn - Columbus - Wendy Miller Pughes
Wendy Miller Pughes
Columbus
Alli Jarrett
Alli Jarrett
Houston
Sharon Haynes
Sharon Haynes
Houston
Tracy Vaught
Tracy Vaught
Houston
Let's Talk Womxn - Brie Golliher
Brie Golliher
Kentucky
Ouita Michel
Ouita Michel
Kentucky
Dana Spandet
Dana Spandet
Milwaukee
Jesse Ignatiev
Jesse Ignatiev
Milwaukee
Marilupe Moreno
Marilupe Moreno
Milwaukee
Anne Andrus
Anne Andrus
Minneapolis
Jametta Raspberry
Jametta Raspberry
Minneapolis
Kim Bartmann
Kim Bartmann
Minneapolis
Molly Broder
Molly Broder
Minneapolis
Barbara Sibley
Barbara Sibley
Greater NY
Maria Loi
Maria Loi
Greater NY
Maricel Presilla
Maricel Presilla
Greater NY
Let's Talk Womxn - Naama Tamir
Naama Tamir
Greater NY
Ellen Yin
Ellen Yin
Philadelphia
Jennifer Carroll - Philadelphia
Jennifer Carroll
Philadelphia
Jezabel Careaga - Philadelphia
Jezabel Careaga
Philadelphia
Jill Weber - Philadelphia
Jill Weber
Philadelphia
Charleen Badman
Charleen Badman
Phoenix
Lori Hassler
Lori Hassler
Phoenix
Tracy Dempseys Originals
Tracy Dempsey
Phoenix
Brooke Maynard-Perez
Brooke Maynard-Perez
Seattle
Kat Cirar
Kat Cirar
Seattle
MacKenzie DeVito
MacKenzie DeVito
Seattle

National Collaborations

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Let's Talk Womxn - Virtual Summit

Let’s Talk Change

Let’s Talk Change

Let’s Talk Change Women’s Summit 3/1. Kick off Women’s History Month with an unconventional, virtual, power packed two hours for women entrepreneurs and executives. A deliberate antithesis to the many vanilla forums that abound. To revolutionize change within ourselves and around us. To amplify our ability to ask, be seen, and be heard. The four components are:

  • Transformational Women Speakers. Stay tuned…
  • McKinsey & Co. Remarkable Women Change Module. Presented by TED speakers, author, founders & leaders of this program Joanna Barsh and Natacha Catalino.
  • Men on Change. Jose Andres (Founder/CEO ThinkFoodGroup, Humanitarian World Central Kitchen), Danny Meyer (Founder/CEO Union Square Hospitality Group, Founder Shake Shack), Andrew Zimmern (Host Bizarre Foods, What’s Eating America, Founder Passport Hospitality & Intuitive Content)
  • Meet the Change Makers. Sarah Alter (President NextUp, formerly Network of Executive Women), Therese Gearhart (President, Women’s Foodservice Forum), Deborah Mintcheff (President, Les Dames d’Escoffier International), Joanna James (Founder, MAPP), and Rohini Dey, Ph.D. (Founder, Let’s Talk Womxn).

 


City Collaborations

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Recent Collaborations

Our Credo

  • Let’s Talk Womxn launched in the thick of the pandemic in 2020 for women restaurateurs to learn from & support each other.
  • It has explosively evolved to much more – to help us women business owners build bargaining power, build visibility, combine voice, and undertake economic collaborations.
  • It is a magical model of “competitors as collaborators.” We are happy to share our model and “B cube credo” to inspire other sectors and all women.
  • It has grown to include 550+ women entrepreneurs in 13 cities across food and drink. We also launched DC Women in Food & LA RE:Her (NewsNation, LA Times). Reach out for your city.
  • Our movement is completely out-of-hide and voluntary. With no overhead or staffing, all support and revenue flows directly to our women entrepreneurs.
  • Each Let's Talk city is co-hosted, nourished and led by 2-4 leading women restaurateurs. Our learnings are cross-pollinated by cohosts across cities.
  • The X factor in Women is our algebraic explicit openness to women owners of all sizes, stripes, colors, formats, orientation, identities, startups or celebrities. We are all peers.
  • Within six months of inception, we were included in NRN Power List Top 50 for inclusive impactful leadership alongside industry giants.
  • Collaborative city initiatives have included women’s restaurant weeks, panels, corporate and nonprofit forums, multi-restaurant tasting menus and galas, gift baskets, food fairs, happy hours, a picnic with the City, supper clubs. National events have been held for IWD and the Women's Right Convention. Much more is always afoot.
  • Let’s Talk Women have applied for grants collectively, met with a governor, met city councils for regulation, written OpEds, negotiate with and refer vendors, and participated on panels to share our collaborative uplifting model.
  • Women entrepreneurs in culinary are tired of a deluge of manuals, guidelines, conferences & webinars. Or being on the fringe of involvement, dictated by economic power (read PR heft) and fawning-over-the-beloved-few herd mentality. Let's Talk redresses this. We invite industry powers and boards to do the same.
  • Let’s Talk deliberately has no lofty mission statement, statement of values or five-year plan. The universe abounds with these well-meaning, murky, unaccountable articulations.
  • The goal of Let's Talk is to build the camaraderie, visibility, scale, and economic power of our women entrepreneurs. Together.
  • Let’s Talk Womxn is founded and led by Rohini Dey, Ph.D. Vermilion restaurateur in Chicago. Also formerly McKinsey & Co., former World Bank, and former trustee/founder/chair of the James Beard Foundation Women's Leadership Program for a decade.

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  1. share our collaborative Let's Talk Womxn model, a force beyond DE&I initiatives
  2. leverage our expertise on all things restaurants, food, drink and entrepreneurship as 550+ frontline owner operators
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