On November 8, 1976, the landmark investiture and reception dinner for Les Dames d’Escoffier, led by founder Carol Brock, was held at the French Consulate, welcoming 50 pioneering women as its first members. In the intervening years, lies a tale of dedication in overcoming the enormous gender barriers that existed, as well as persistence in discovering the many qualified professional women who were, in fact, there, but largely invisible.

Our mission is to support women in the worlds of food, fine beverages, and hospitality through education, community service, scholarship, and mentoring.

Breaking The Silence

Confronting Harassment in the Hospitality Industry

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

12 – 1:30 PM EST


More sexual harassment claims in the U.S. are filed by restaurant employees than workers in any other industry with as many as 90% of women and 70% of men in the sector reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment. While the media is full of stories about harassment by and of high-profile chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers, routine harassment is rampant throughout the hospitality world. Les Dames d’Escoffier New York (LDNY) presents a virtual discussion to provide employers and employees with best practices for preventing, recognizing and addressing harassment of all kinds in the hospitality industries.

Panelists: • Taryn Abrahams, MFT, SHRM-CP Founder/CEO, Empower Behavioral Services, LLC • Saru Jayaraman, an academic at UC Berkeley and the President of One Fair Wage, a national organization • Theodora Lee, Share-holder, Littler Mendelson P.C. and owner of Theopolis Vineyards • Ashley Oberdorff, PHR, Director, Empowered Hospitality • Alpana Singh, Sommelier, Restaurateur, Host of Emmy-Award winning PBS-TV Show, Check, Please! • Lauren R. Taylor, Director, Safe Bars and Defend Yourself •


Dame Melanie Young, Founder/Host of The Connected Table Live Radio

Taryn Abrahams
Saru Jayaraman
Theodora Lee
Ashley Oberdorff
Alpana Singh
Lauren R. Taylor


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