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Tuesday, February 28 • 8:35am - 9:15am
Opening Keynote: Driving Industry Change

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Following the extraordinary upheaval of the pandemic, enterprises quickly realized there is no more “business as usual.” And in no industry is that truer than foodservice and hospitality. While massive numbers of veteran workers departed -- never to return, multiple generations of employees entered (or re-entered) hospitality roles, each looking for more than just a job. Younger workers particularly require meaningful employment, equity, flexibility, and accountability from their companies. But everyone wants a competitive and livable wage plus a sustainable career path. Meet Saru Jayaraman, the founder and president of One Fair Wage, who will share her efforts, experience, and the promising results of improving wages and opportunities for restaurant team members.

Moderators
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Saru Jayaraman

Founder & President / Director, One Fair Wage / Food Labor Research Center, UC Berkeley
Saru Jayaraman is the President of One Fair Wage and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), which grew into a national... Read More →

Speakers
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Christian Siglin

Beverage Director & Operating Partner, Fernside Bar
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Mikey Knab

Former Restaurant Owner and Hospitality Advocate
Mikey started working as a dishwasher when he was 15 years old. He worked his way up through all positions in restaurants, eventually working as Director of Operations for the Meza Family Restaurant Group, which he helped expand from one small unit in the Kensington neighborhood of... Read More →


Tuesday February 28, 2023 8:35am - 9:15am PST
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