What Now: How Entrepreneurs Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe are Adapting to a New Normal
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Women of Influence Virtual Series: Mandy & Rebecca Wolfe, Co-Founders, Mandy’s Salads
When Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe first opened Mandy’s Salads at the back of a Westmount boutique, they didn’t have culinary or business degrees — but they did share a vision and passion for bringing the NYC salad-bar craze to Montreal. With no initial signage in its first year, Mandy’s grew solely by word-of-mouth and, with it, grew a Mandy’s community. Fast-forward sixteen years, the two sisters and equal partners have built a mini empire that includes eight successful Mandy’s locations.
Heading into 2020 expansion plans were in the works for new local and international locations, along with the release of their first cookbook. But when Covid hit, business as usual came to a standstill and growth plans were effectively put on pause. The dynamic duo were forced to drastically adjust operations to adapt to a new environment and continue providing their dedicated community the essential food they’ve come to know and love.
Join us on June 10th, to find out first-hand how this dynamic duo is navigating one of the hardest hit industries, rebounding from the initial impact, and adapting their business model for the new future of food services. Topics will include:
- Coming to terms with the personal disappointment - and bottom line impact - of 2020 expansion plans put on pause
- Leadership lessons and tips for navigating partnerships in times of crisis
- Insights on new operations & communications strategies that prioritize the health and safety of employees and customers across multiple restaurant locations
- How to innovate the take-out and delivery model in lieu of in-restaurant dining (and make it profitable)
- Leveraging brand influence and supplier access for social impact
- Navigating all of the above, while also home-schooling seven children
This will be predominately an English speaking event, with French closed-captioning available.
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About the Series
In the midst of this unprecedented COVID climate, Women of Influence and presenting sponsors BDC & Cisco are travelling (virtually) from coast to coast to tap into the first-hand perspectives, guidance, and key insights of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs.
Our MC will sit down with business owners of varying sizes, industries, and stages of growth who will share how they are managing — both personally and professionally — and what strategies they are using to survive in their respective fields (and how others can do the same). Connecting via the Cisco Webex platform, the Women of Influence community will have the opportunity to ask direct questions about similar business issues they are facing.