Cherryh Cansler / Before joining Networld Media Group as director of Editorial, where she oversees Networld Media Group's nine B2B publications, Cherryh Cansler served as Content Specialist at Barkley ad agency in Kansas City. Throughout her 17-year career as a journalist, she's written about a variety of topics, ranging from the restaurant industry and technology to health and fitness. Her byline has appeared in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites, including Forbes, The Kansas City Star and American Fitness magazine. She also serves as the managing editor for
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Focus Brands franchisee: 'Focusing on disparities will not advance your career'

Melanie Hoggard is a Focus Brands franchisee with her hands in three concepts — Moe's Southwest Grill, Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Cinnabon.

McAlister's franchisee: 'Don't climb the ladder; build your own'

Heather Ricks, a McAlister's Deli franchisee in Virginia, has a six-person management team. Five are females, and one of her restaurants boast an all-female kitchen.

Rosati's CEO: 'If your company is a boys club then join the club'

Marla Topliff, president of Rosati's Pizza, fell in love with the restaurant business after working as a marketer for Rosati's.

HuHot founder: 'Delegate well and train others'

Linda Vap, president and founder of HuHot Mongolian Grill, was a scientist before she got into the restaurant business.

Cottage Inn exec: 'Female leaders ask the right questions'

Deborah Masse has led Cottage Inn to double-digit sales growth by rolling out a new branding initiative and through the introduction of digital and social marketing.

Moe's franchisee: 'Don't take no for an answer'

Jennifer Wade has been a Moe's Southwest Grill franchisee since 2002. The single mom now owns three locations and is the only female franchisee on the Moe's Franchise Advisory Council, in which she serves as president.

Dickey's CEO: 'Female leaders will evolve the industry'

Laura Rae Dickey replaced her husband, Roland, as CEO in January when he became CEO of the chain's parent company. She took on the CEO title without hesitation and suggests that other women do the same.

Vitality Bowls founder: 'Leadership roles make great careers for mothers'

Tara Gilad, founder of Vitality Bowls, was inspired to create the concept by her 2-year-old daughter's struggle with food allergies.

NRA president: 'No other industry is as inclusive as the restaurant industry'

Before joining the NRA as president, Dawn Sweeney was president and CEO of AARP Services and also held leadership positions at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the International Dairy Foods Association.

Uncle Maddio's VP of Ops: 'Welcome adversity'

Restaurant openings at Outback Steakhouse were the gateway to Jenelle Brown's career, but that progressed into managing human capital and the health of operations.

Auntie Anne's president: 'Diversity in leadership is critical'

Neary eventually joined Auntie Anne’s in 2005, holding various roles in the company, including VP of global marketing, until she took over as president in 2015.

Schlotzsky's exec chef: 'Gender doesn't define success'

The chef, who was featured in numerous television shows on The Travel Channel, Telemundo Network, the Cooking Channel and Fox Utilísima Network, is fluent in English and Spanish, speaks a little French and is now learning Porteguese.

Global checklist: 7 must-ask questions before planting flags outside your home country

Just because a concept takes off in one area doesn't mean it's meant to cross borders. Waiting too long, however, is also a huge mistake. Answer these seven questions to find out when and where you should expand your brand.

Kat Cole: 'Female leaders must mentor other women'

Kat Cole started in the industry as a hostess when she was 17. She now leads Focus Brands, overseeing 4,500 ice cream shops, bakeries, restaurants, and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 60 foreign countries.

Buffalo Wild Wings CEO: 'Having diverse leadership brings out the best in any industry'

Sally Smith believes women make great leaders because they "figure out a way to do it all."

17 female execs offer advice about rising to the top of a male-dominated field

In honor of International Women's Day (March 8), 17 successful female execs discuss the challenges and joys of leading in a male-dominated field.

Amsterdam Falafelshop CEO: 'Always see the human side'

Arianne Bennett and her husband created Amsterdam Falafelshop 10 years ago and have developed it into a successful franchise.

A day without women in the restaurant industry?

Women contribute largely to the restaurant industry, according to the Departmentment of Labor, which reported that in 2015, the foodservice industry as a whole was made up of 54.5 percent women. The majority of positions held by women include line...

Standing out in 2017: How to implement 4 fresh marketing tips

Check out four ways to up your marketing game in 2017.

FastCasual's parent company launching

Networld Media Group will launch on April 1. It will cover industry trends and news, profile business owners and explore the technologies and tools available to help operators grow their businesses.

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