Libby Saylor Wright
COO, Women's Foodservice Forum
Libby Saylor Wright is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), the food industry’s thought leader on gender equity providing research, insights and best practice solutions to enable some of the world’s most recognized brands in the food ecosystem to close the workplace gender gap.
In her role as COO, Libby is responsible for ensuring that WFF’s mission to accelerate the advancement of women leaders in the food industry is realized through the organization’s business strategy, programs and events, strategic partnerships, operations, finance and people.
With more than 20 years marketing and innovation experience, Libby has leveraged her client and agency experience to build business and brand strategies, and lead cross-functional teams to improve business results.
Prior to WFF, Libby served in several roles with increasing responsibility during her 13 years with The Coca-Cola Company, including the Vice President of Strategy for the Kroger business unit, Portfolio Innovation Lead, Vice President of Marketing and Menu Innovation for The McDonald’s Division and Retail Sales Director. Given the ever-changing dynamics of the beverage industry, Libby was fortunate to support the development of three new organizations within The Coca-Cola Company; Shopper Marketing, Retail Sales and Portfolio Innovation.
In addition to her time at The Coca-Cola Company, Libby worked for two marketing agencies (PowerPact and Clarion / ARC Worldwide), The Pepsi-Cola Company and NationsBank / Bank of America.
With a bias for leading with an understanding of consumer culture and trends, Libby has become proficient at developing strategies and in-market actions that link the requirements of consumers with the needs of the business.
Engaging with and on behalf of women in business has been a passion area for Libby as reflected in several of her speaking engagements and special projects, including the #breadwinnersproject, the Working Mother’s Mentor Podcast and her personal branding workshop with the McDonald’s Women’s Owner / Operator Network.
In addition to her professional experience, Libby served the community in multiple capacities, including on the board of EWOE, as a career coach for the Posse Foundation, as the President of the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. and holding membership in several other service organizations.
Libby finds the balance of her corporate responsibilities and community engagement to be the best way to fulfill her many passions.
Libby is married to Dr. Gary Wright. The couple have a teenage son, Sef, who is a student at Parish Episcopal School.
Monday, February 24, 2020
Innovation Stage, 12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.