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Nancy Ellis, Emily Conrad Recognized by WFF as Change Makers

By Raj Prashad

At the 2019 Women’s Foodservice Forum Annual Leadership Development Conference, Nancy Ellis, Director of Premium & New Growth at Arby’s, and Emily Conrad, Senior Supply Chain Analyst at SONIC Drive-In, were named among 43 “Change Makers” in the food and restaurant industry.

In front of more than 3,200 attendees, Nancy and Emily were brought on stage and recognized thanks to their efforts in driving strong business results and demonstrating inclusive leadership.

As the Director of Premium & New Growth, Nancy is responsible for developing premium products, sandwiches and entree programs. In addition to driving the strategy behind the core menu and LTO calendar, she oversees a team of three managers made up entirely of women. Her passion is to help elevate other women in the industry.

“As women in the workplace, it’s important that we continue to pursue greater opportunities.


I have had the pleasure of working with talented, inclusive female leaders during my career, and I strive to be such a leader for my own team.” Nancy Ellis, Director of Premium & New Growth, Arby’s

As the Senior Supply Chain Analyst at SONIC, Emily manages inventory items at the distribution centers to support SONIC’s LTO calendar, ensuring drive-ins receives the correct quantity of product at the right time.

She is active in SONIC’s women’s leadership network and co-founded SONIC Thrive, which focuses on career development of individuals looking to advance their careers.

“So much of your legacy is the impact you have on others. I am grateful for those at SONIC who have had such a positive impact on me.


At the end of the day, I am motivated by adding value, positively impacting others and cultivating an inclusive environment where we all succeed.” Emily Conrad, Senior Supply Chain Analyst, SONIC

Congratulations to Nancy and Emily on their recognition as future industry leaders.

Photos compliments of WFF.