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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
On Wednesday, June 10th, find out how these legacy entrepreneurs are leveraging their experience to successfully navigate the current climate. If you are an SME or in the food / hospitality business, this is a conversation you’ll want to tap into.

This will be predominately an English speaking event, with French closed-captioning available.

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Date:
June 10, 2020
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Agenda

60 Minute Live Event

Welcome Message from Women of Influence

Fireside Conversation with Alice Tran and Mandy & Rebecca Wolfe

Live Audience Q&A

Notable guests

Our Keynote Speakers

Meet Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe <br> Co-Founders of Mandy’s Salads

Meet Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe
Co-Founders of Mandy’s Salads

In 2004, two sisters, Mandy and Rebecca Wolfe took a leap of faith and opened up Mandy’s Salad Bar (Mandy’s), Montreal’s first-ever “create-your-own gourmet salad” restaurant, in the back of clothing store Mimi and Coco. With no initial signage in its first year, Mandy’s grew solely by word-of-mouth and, with it, grew a Mandy’s community.

The two sisters and equal partners complement each other perfectly with Mandy as the Creative Food Director & Chef, and Rebecca as the Designer and Head of Brand Marketing. Known by many as the “Salad Sisters”, the concept behind Mandy’s first developed from their mutual desire to bring the NYC salad-bar craze to Montreal and, it worked!

Fast-forward sixteen years later, Mandy and Rebecca are now the proud owners of eight successful Mandy’s locations– with many more new locations on its way – both locally and internationally! The first of a two book deal cookbook is due to launch Spring 2020. The sisters are also mothers to seven kids between the two of them.

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BDC & Cisco are proud to partner with Women of Influence as the presenting sponsors of the inaugural Virtual Series.

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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.

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