Several New Orleans restaurateurs are supporting the launch of the Women’s Foodservice Forum’s WFF 100K Strong Commitment Campaign, an industry-wide call to action to support the advancement of women leaders.

The national nonprofit organization focuses on gender parity on executive teams. Women represent 60 percent of first-line food prep managers and service workers, yet only 15 percent of foodservice companies have 30 percent or more of women represented in senior teams, officials said.

“We all have work to do to achieve our goal of advancing women leaders and the support that we receive will help to reinvigorate and set a path for greater things to come,” said said Hattie Hill, WFF President and CEO.

Among the New Orleans restaurateurs supporting the campaign are Haley Bittermann, Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group; Lauren Brennan Brower, Dickie Brennan & Co.; Karen Coaxum, Coaxum Enterprises; Anna Tusa, The Crazy Lobster; Ti Martin, Commander’s Palace, Sobou, Café Adelaide; Susan Spicer, Bayona Restaurant; Debbie Pierce, Bon Ton Café; and Katy Casbarian, Arnaud’s & Remoulade Restaurants & French 75 Bar.